Arch support
M: 187g | W: 159g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Heel height
M: 18mm | W: 17mm
Forefoot height
M: 10mm | W: 9mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Many applauded the lightweight construction of Asics Gel DS Racer 11.

  • Some found that this shoe offered impressive flexibility and natural freedom of motion.

  • The 11th version of the Gel DS Racer features the Open Mesh, which is responsible for the breathability and comfort.

  • It features the Solyte technology for added durability and responsive cushioning.

  • The mild over-pronation of the foot is handled by effective mid-sole components, such as the dual density DuoMax Support System, the Trusstic System, and the Guidance Line.

  • This is an affordable running shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some felt that this shoe fits too tight for them, particularly in the forefoot area.

  • Others felt that cushioning needs improvement.

  • A few testers felt that the shoelaces weren’t able to stay secured and they irritatingly came loose frequently.

Bottom line

The Asics Gel DS Racer 11 is a lightweight, supportive running shoe ideal for road running. It is equipped with the necessary technologies that help runners survive long distance races and marathons.

World wide, Gel DS Racer 11 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Asics, is the 2nd most popular.

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90 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 90
    Jon OberLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The official product description says that this can be used from a 5K to a marathon, but I would save these for tempo runs and races up to 13.1 if you are like me and normally run in trainers.
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Updates to Gel DS Racer 11

The Asics Gel DS Racer 11 comes with an enhanced upper. It is more breathable and provides secure fit. The update includes the perforated sockliner that optimizes moisture drainage for additional underfoot breathability and comfort.

Another update is the outsole. The DS Racer 11 used the notable and updated DuoSole technology that delivers reliable traction and added durability.

Gel DS Racer 11 size and fit

With the updates in the upper and outsole, the fit and sizing remains unchanged. It is still identical with the previous version. It is available in a standard running shoe length. The forefoot is a bit narrow and the heel and midfoot are in regular volume.


Expect durability and reliable traction with the shoe’s DuoSole technology. This matches perfectly with the DuraSponge technology that offers flexibility and responsive cushioning. With the Asics high-abrasion rubber in the heel, durability is out of question.


The midsole utilizes the brand’s Trusstic System, made from a lightweight thermal plastic midsole for torsional rigidity and reduced sole weight.

The shoe also uses the rearfoot gel cushioning system for better shock absorption and smooth heel-to-toe transition. The dual midsole foam is strategically placed to enhance support and stability. The Solyte midsole material also gives added cushioning and durability.

For added midsole breathability, the shoe uses the brand’s Magic Sole technology. It has ventilated holes that allow the foot to breathe efficiently.


The upper of the Asics Gel DS Racer 11 uses an open mesh that delivers an impressive breathable coverage. The seamless construction delivers a comfortable fit and keeps foot free from blisters and irritation. The new perforated sockliner gives underfoot comfort and added breathability.


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