Asics Gel-DS Trainer 16 Review

The Asics Gel-DS Trainer 16 is available in men and women’s styles in a variety of neon colors and sizes. These lightweight trainers have gone through a slight makeover in recent years. Although they are designed to correct neutral to mild overpronation, they are not as chunky as similar running shoes in the same category. Asics focus in producing the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 16 was to develop a lightweight shoe that provided support but wouldn’t slow the runner down.

Features of the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 16

These running shoes have all the features Asics is known for. The Asics Gel-DS Trainer 16 is building around their patented Impact Guidance Systems (IGS) which supports the foot from heel to toe for maximum correction and comfort. Your natural gait is enhanced by the Guidance Line system which consists of vertical grooves that further ensure the foot is hitting the ground and launching correctly. The midsole is lighter than normal but still provides enough comfort to get you through your morning run or a marathon.

As all avid runners are aware, the impact of running can do a number on joints and feet. To help alleviate that, the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 16 include a rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning system that helps dissipate the shock of foot hitting the pavement. This system also maintains stability as well as allows the foot to move fluidly from heel to toe.

One thing that is unique about Asics is that they incorporate gender specific features in their shoes and the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 16 is no different. The women’s shoes are designed to conform to her foot during the normal periodic changes. Deformation of the arch is controlled but support is maintained so you can still run in comfort.

Both men and women’s shoes are made from a combination of synthetic, leather, and mesh materials so that feet can breathe. The ComforDry sockliner promotes a healthy, dry environment so you can avoid the smell and infections associated with keeping feet in a moist hot area. The heel of the shoe, which sees the most wear and tear, is made from dual density Solyte which enhances comfort and promotes durability. Even the shoelaces are ergonomically designed to reduce irritation and improve fit.

Feedback about the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 16

The majority of people who purchased Asics Gel-DS Trainer 16 liked the shoes. They found the shoes were extremely comfortable and were able to get them through a variety of running conditions. This includes the daily run as well as 10k to marathons. They especially enjoyed the fact that the shoes are lightweight. The shoe itself weights less than 10oz. It does not feel like you are trying to run with bricks on your feet. When the shoes are laced up tight, the heel is locked in so you don’t have that annoying slipping.

The Asics Gel-DS Trainer 16 is definitely different from earlier models. If you are an Asics fan and have worn earlier models of these shoes, you may be pleasantly surprised at the difference. The main complaint people had about the running shoes were the colors. In this model line, the colors are neon bright which may not match your personal style. For example, one color option available in women’s sizes were Fuchsia/White/Silver. However, they have a number of different color combinations so you may be able to find a pair of Asics Gel-DS Trainer 16 that works for you and your wardrobe.