I have tested the Asics GEL-DS Trainer 25 – a good light racing trainer. Read my review here!
If you use classic, high-cushion trainers for your normal workouts, you might want to consider stocking up with a fast lightweight shoe for race-pace training purposes. A light trainer is characterized by being lightweight and therefore faster than a classic everyday running shoe. A lightweight running shoe is therefore ideal for speed training, tempo runs and race-pace runs.
The Asics GEL-DS Trainer 25 is the latest addition to the GEL-DS Trainer range, and in my book it is therefore a strong proposition for runners who want to be introduced to a fast and lightweight running shoe. Compared to its peers, the ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 25 stands out as a stable light trainer.
Asics has continued the improvement of the shoe’s upper which is now a combinatioof knitted mesh with small air holes for increased breathability. I initially thought that the mesh would stretch a bit, but that was not the case, and the shoe fits snugly. The light material of the contoured sock liner helps make the trainer so comfortable, allowing your feet to spread.
The shoe does a good job on both dry, rain and drizzle runs, yet with this trainer - as is the case with almost any other trainers - your feet will not be completely bone dry following a run in the rain.
The contoured insole of the Asics GEL-DS Trainer 25 is designed in such a way that it follows the natural shape of the foot, ensuring good ground contact and stride control.
The rearfoot GEL technology gives a good bounce when heel striking, thus reducing stride impact on the body. At the same time, the midsole FLYTEFOAM technology together with an 8mm midsole drop formulate a smooth transition from foot strike to toe off, and therefore you will find yourself transitioning from heel strike landing to mid and forefoot landing.
By altering the point of ground stride ground impact, other muscles will be activated, and you might experience that eg. your calf muscle will feel slight sore initially. However, that will go away as you get used to training in this lightweight shoe.
SUPREME FIT AND STABILITY
Asics have upgraded the heel cap which now wraps more tightly the around the heel giving a higher degree of stability. This heel cap gives more structure around heel cup for better stability and lock-down as you run.
Adding to my excitement about the fit of the Asics GEL-DS Trainer 25 is its strong grip, allowing you to control your strides in full, protecting you from inward rotation, jolting and rolling your ankles.
A small wedge on the inside of the Asics GEL-DS Trainer 25 helps to counteract overpronation. This shoe is designed for runners with mild to moderate overpronation but can in my opinion easily and risk-free be used by neutral runners as myself.
The trainer is a perfect choice for runners normally using Asics GEL-Kayano and who wants a light, powerful and fast running shoe.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The Asics GEL-DS Trainer 25 is a great lightweight trainer for the runner who wants to add speed to training. The midsole and the 8 mm heel drop ensure a responsive fast feel and smooth stride transition.
Personally, I prefer using the trainers for road or park paths, but the nice fit and stability makes the shoe well-suited for also gravel road and light trail runs. I will no doubt use these trainers for future speed intervals or short races, but I do recommend, as mentioned above, to integrate the use of such a lightweight trainer gradually in your normal training routines in order to avoid sore ankles and even overload in the beginning.
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