Introduced in 1995, the Asics DS Trainer was among the frontrunners of the light-support trainer category. At that time, running shoes looked like a combination of big foam stacks with synthetic overlays and a large bulky frame. The DS Trainer was a truly new concept with a low profile midsole and a minimal medial post.
The Asics DS 24 has had a fair overhaul with some new features that haven’t been seen in the Asics Model such as a new upper which is now seamless and knitted. Traditionally the DS trainer has been targetted at lighter weight or tempo style running where the runner is happy to sacrifice a bit of weight and cushioning to get a quick transition. The Asics DS Trainer 24 also follows the same philosophy and theme.
-Beautiful aesthetics with 3 colorways
-Performance knit upper that provides a secure fit
-Medial stability which helps overpronators
-Flyte Foam midsole that offers great energy return
More and more brands are removing the Trusstic bands from the shoe to reduce weight, however, the system in the outsole isn’t intrusive and provides a little rigidity. The Trusstic system is a thermoplastic layer placed between the midsole and outsole. It reinforces the outsole while functioning like the muscles of the foot, thus aiding in quick transitioning without sacrificing the performance. This helps energy return when the foot strikes the ground and lessens the reliance on cushioning systems.
As it is not meant to be a full-blown stability shoe, the DST-24 features Duomax which is not very tall and narrows at the forefoot. The Duo max inserts supportive system on the medial side helps to support a runner who fatigues in the ending stages of a run switching from midfoot to heel. The dynamic Duo Max on the inside gives the shoe a nice stable ride and prevents the shoe from moving side to side too much. As it does not have a raised top, the Duo max unit supports neutral pronators adequately.
The tongue and collar are lightly padded to bring some cushioning to the ankle and the heel. Some reviewers found the tongue, less padded than similar competitors and that is because this shoe prioritizes responsiveness over comfort. There is also no sleeve leaving the tongue free to move around.
The traditional lacing system helps secure the feet and prevent too much movement in the interiors of the foot. As it says in the name, this shoe uses a GEL technology in the heel and forefoot to add comfort and reduce the shocks of striking. In addition, this also helps your feet stabilize and can redirect energy into a forwarding motion.
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The shoe also features an updated heel counter design, which is designed to grip your feet better when you lift your heel, so you feel more secure in your runs. This update is especially useful for those who run at a faster pace.
Made using a polyurethane formula, the Ortholite sockliner inside the shoe helps keep your feet cool and dry in hot weather. Since they are also easily washable, runners who are prone to sweat a lot will find this a good feature.
Compared to the previous version of the shoe, the 24 is more "neutral" with more features for an overpronator. Some runners attributed this to the decreased DuoMax and the removal of the lateral Trusstic support.
When tested on the road, this shoe offers a firm and responsive experience. Because of its slight rigidity and solid materials on the midsole, the DS-24 can feel somewhat flat on slower runs. It gives its best performance on higher paces with its immediate energy return.
The outsole retains the small lugs scattered that were present in the DS 23 outsole which offers superb control and grip. The AHAR technology also helps make the outsole sturdy, allowing a great experience on unforgiving pavement also. Some reviewers wore this shoe more in gym workouts than outdoors and praised its stability features.
Dynamic Duo max is mostly used in stability shoes and in the DS-24, it also allows easy side to side movement when you’re running or working out. So you can easily do box jumps, skipping rope workouts without the fear of falling over.
The inclusion of the IGS (Impact Guidance System) technology helps the foot maintain its natural gait while reducing the shocks of heel strikes. This works with your foot to provide dynamic stability.
-Rearfoot Gel® Technology Cushioning System
-I.G.S (impact guidance system) technology
-Duomax® Support System
-AHAR ASICS High Abrasion Rubber outsole
While this shoe offers good responsiveness for faster and shorter runs, it is not the best choice for long-distance every week. The advantage of firmness comes at the expense of cushioning that long runs require.
Hardcore fans of the DS Trainer will find this shoe satisfactory given that the variety of lightweight stability shoes is dwindling. The striking aesthetics and the performance knit upper can tempt many runners to switch their loyalty over to Asics.