Asics Gel DS Trainer 13

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Asics Gel DS Trainer 13

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Mild update to a popular performance shoe.

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I went to a shop to get a backup option for a pair of suppport shoes that were giving me issues. Tried some more supportive Asics including GT-2*** and Kayano's and these - the joker in the pack as not really a Continue reading...
Great shoe- supportive but reasonably light weight Continue reading...
As good as my old 11s. (I run 10Ks)

I am now running in one size smaller. Perhaps buying in Switzerland and Japan makes a difference. As for value, I paid £50 here in Japan and £80 in Switzerland. Great valu Continue reading...
very comfortable for distance up to 15 miles anything more may feel bit hard on your feet. however it did not stop me from wearing them for half marathon to full marathon events. Continue reading...


Afternoon all!

Has anyone on the forum tried the new Bandito's? I think they are a replacement for the DS Racer but they look to be mid-way between the DS Racer and the DS Trainer. I am looking for something to replace my beloved DS 10's.

Sweatshop stock them...

Any comments welcome.


Posted: 22/04/2008 at 15:08

I was thinking exactly the same BAR!!!!  Not had ther courage yet though to go an buy/try.  Would welcome any comments from those that have bought them, I am like a magpie - it glitters so I want it!!!!!

Posted: 07/05/2008 at 06:42

Hail Hail

We got them in stock yesterday, and its slightly heavier than the DSR, but loads lighter than DST,  Very comfortable, good level of support, and seems to be some cushioned in the heel than the DSR.  Major difference though is (in a similar way to Nike Marathoner) is the 360 degree "ventilation".  What this effectively means is that there are holes (yes, HOLES) in the sole of the shoe.  Thus allowing for extra "cooling", it also means that if you wanna run through puddles, you're gonna get wet feet!!  Mind you, I've got the Marathoners, and its never been a problem.  I think they'll be a valuable addition to the Asics range.

Posted: 07/05/2008 at 07:19

I use DST's for tri as they are fine without socks - sounds like the Bandito with the sole vents may be a better choice for tri especially as they have extra heel cushioning over DSR's and as a porker that's important to me!

RB - what's the toebox like on these??? spacious like the DST or tight like the DSR - if tight, that maybe a problem for my wide feet

Posted: 07/05/2008 at 09:06

It seams you can only get the Bandito at Sweatshop though. Those exclusivity deals with shops always worry me. What's the logic behind it?

Posted: 08/05/2008 at 08:02

Does anyone know what the sizing is like with the Bandito. I've run in the DS Trainers for the past 2-3 years and have always had to take a size 11, whereas I had a pair of Kayanos on the go this time last year which were a size 10.

Given that the Banditos are also a lean shoe (=snug fit) I'm wondering if I will have to stick to an 11. Any thoughts very much appreciated, so that I can grab a pair asap! 

Posted: 10/05/2008 at 12:30

I've just bought these to replace my DS Trainers which are starting to wear out. Are they just for racing though? I intend to use them for my marathon training - is this a bad idea? Never ahdany problems training in DSRs...

Posted: 20/10/2008 at 14:21

they have just the same sole as the asics noosa so i would think its just same sort of shoe just nicer colours

Posted: 20/10/2008 at 21:50

Thanks for the reply Snorks. The Noosa is a tri shoe though, right? I'm just worried if the Banditos are a bit too light to be doing 50-odd miles a week in,

Posted: 21/10/2008 at 11:07

it all depends on your running style. if it were me i wouldnt as i use the kayano to train in and i race in saucony fast twitch 3s and i have raced in the ds trainers

if youve used the ds racer you should be ok in them

Posted: 21/10/2008 at 12:27

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