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Knock off the weight without losing performance with the Asics® Men's Gel-DS Trainer 18 Running Shoes.
DS Trainer does it again!
About 10 years ago I was running 11-13 miles a day and loved these DS trainers. I got out of running for a while and have just gotten into it again over the last year. I am doing a lot less mileage now 2-3 miles a day plus a long run on weekends. I have been struggling to find a shoe that I really like (I tried Brooks, other Asics models even a pair of Reebok's) and while they were OK nothing felt great. I was worried about trying the DS trainers again because I weigh a little bit more and thought I needed a true 'cushioning' shoe. I saw the 18"s were on sale and so I decided to try them anyways, and am I ever glad that I did! These shoes just feel like gloves on my feet, the fit is perfect. They have good cushioning without being too heavy (they still feel fast!). I run equally on trails and roads and have found that they perform well on either. DS Trainer is easily in my 'Top 2 Best Shoes Ever' list. Give them a shot... you'll love them!
Fit: Feels true to size
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Excellent training shoe.
This is one of my favorite Asics running shoes ever, and I have been wearing Asics for my serious athletic shoes for over 40 years. I first had the DS Trainer 16 and it has only gotten better. It fits great. Good support and just enough cushion to remain lightweight. The rigid heel box is one of the things that sets this shoe apart for me. I also like the trussic support on the bottom that has been added to this model and some others. It adds just enough "spring" to the step without too much stiffness. After a long workout on my feet, they do not feel tired and the bottoms don't hurt, but I don't have to wear those heavy super-cushioned shoes. I am partial to some of the bright colors and combinations, but would prefer more of a choice than out-there yellow or so-so blue.
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In 1949 Kihachiro Onitsuka was manufacturing basketball shoes in his living room. Little did he know that he would eventually have created a world-renowned brand for runners and other athletes looking for quality and comfort. ASICS™ is an acronym for the Latin phrase "Anima Sana In Corpore Sano", which translates to "A sound mind in a sound body." And that is exactly what Asics is striving for.
To create top-performing running apparel, running shoes and other running necessities, Asics opened the Research Institute of Sports Science. In Kobe, Japan, this site is where technology and innovation go hand-in-hand to create breakthroughs in running clothes and running shoes. With over 45,000 square feet of space for testing, Asics studies everything from the movements of the human body to the durability of their running gear with a 350m all-weather running track.
When it comes to quality and "what's best for the body", Asics goes above and beyond. When Asics athletes visit the facility, Asics creates tailor-made running clothes and shoes that work with that athlete's body. From this research, Asics is able to enhance the running clothes and running shoes that they create for all athletes. Asics takes every opportunity to better their running clothes, so the athletes can better themselves.