Asics GEL-DS Trainer 16

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Thecrouchender
Reviewed: 08 July 2011

Not what I was expecting

High level of cushioning
Feel very bulky and not really like it could ever substitute a race shoe like the Asics DS racer 8.
After 6 months of racing AND training in the Ascis DS-racer-8 shoe for both 10k and half-marathon distances I was looking for something for higher mileage as I get back in to marathon training over the next six months (aiming for sub-3 hr, current PB 3:11).
The reviews of this product are fantastic but I have been disappointed with this shoe. Although it's reasonably light for a high mileage shoe, it feels like a brick compared to the lightweight DS racer 8. It also feels very bulky in the heel. There is a lot of cushioning and so it may be quite comfortable but after about 100 miles in this shoe i still feel as though i am wearing flippers/wellies/boats compared to a racing shoe.
I will use these for training, but I couldn't ever imagine running a competitive race in these having got used to such a light a nimble trainer over the previous six months.
If you are used to lightweight racing shoes then i would certainly not recommend them, if on the other hand you have a very heavy shoe like the asics gel kayano then you may well be impressed.

I wish i had just bought another pair of DS Racer-8.
Score breakdown



Fit:
4.0
Responsiveness:
3.0
Cushioning:
4.0
Comfort:
3.0
Breathability:
3.0
Durability:
3.0
Value:
3.0

Thecrouchender would not recommend this product
Simon Tapp 4
Reviewed: 03 July 2011

Light, fast and responsive

Some running shoes feel a little 'bulky' but these have much more of a natural feel.
traction is strong and there's just the right amount of pronation control support.
I had my first run out in them today and already I can feel the benefits of the 'up-grade'
At first the heel/ankle cup felt a little low - but maybe I'm used to a higher fitting shoe.
A bit of a faff to lace up to start with
More than happy! I'm glad I splashed the cash - normally I look for medium priced shoes. Achilles Heel have them at £70 (RRP £92)for the old (better, less garish) colour.
Score breakdown



Fit:
4.0
Responsiveness:
5.0
Cushioning:
5.0
Comfort:
4.0
Breathability:
5.0
Durability:
4.0
Value:
4.0

Simon Tapp 4 would recommend this product
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