Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

Competition

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.

Price
$120
Weight
Men: 8oz
Women: 6.6oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 10mm
Women: 10mm

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.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 10.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The 22nd edition of the DS Trainer is currently the lightest shoe featuring Asics’ most innovative midsole cushioning, the FlyteFoam.
  • More than a handful of expert reviewers consider the cushioning to weight ratio as truly exceptional.
  • The lightweight stability was appreciated by some runners.
  • A good number of users mentioned how comfortable they were right out of the box in this shoe.
  • Bigger and more prominent lugs in the forefoot enhance traction, particularly when changing directions or rounding a curve.
  • More than a few runners consider the price as quite reasonable.
  • The Gel DS Trainer 22 can handle race day requirements or when piling on the miles.
  • Reflective details in the heel make this an ideal shoe for night time running.

2 reasons not to buy

  • More than a handful of reviewers found the fit to be narrower than the earlier model or when it is compared to many of Asics’ other shoes.
  • Very limited color options.

Bottom line

Asics brings the FlyteFoam technology to this very versatile shoe. With the latest midsole update, the Asics DS Trainer 22 easily becomes a light, supportive, and resilient shoe that can do both races and trainings. This is an excellent option for experienced or elite athletes who want a do-it-all shoe that takes on speed and distance with ease. If Asics comes up with more color options, the Trainer 22 could become one of the most sought after lightweight trainer/racer options in the market today.


Rankings


Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 52 ratings

5 star
48%
4 star
23%
3 star
15%
2 star
2%
1 star
4%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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87 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 by Flying Feet Sport Shoes • Matt • Level 2 expert

    If you're looking for a lightweight running shoe you could use for racedays, speed workouts, anything like that, that has a litte bit of support built in, the Asics Gel DS Trainer is definitely going to be one of the better options out there.

  • 89 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    This revered trainer/racer gets back to its roots… That’s also helped bring this shoe back into the lightweight territory (two years ago, the DS Trainer weighed 9.2 ounces), making it a solid choice for intervals on the track and tempo runs on roads.

  • 85 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    Half trainer, half racer, the supportive Asics DS-Trainer has held its own over the past two decades. Now updated with a Flytefoam midsole, and an ounce lighter than before.

  • 90 / 100 by The Active Guy • The Active Guy • Level 2 expert

    After wearing these shoes on a few test runs, I will definitely be trying these out in my next road race.

  • 92 / 100 by Canadian Running • Michael Doyle • Level 1 expert

    The Gel-DS Trainer 22 is one of the most exciting shoes we’ve seen from Asics (or any other brand, for that matter) so far this year.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Running Shoes Guru • Level 1 expert

    The ASICS DS Trainer 22 continues to impress those in the know. The introduction of new FlyteFoam material makes it a workhorse that can double as a race day shoe.

  • 89 / 100 by iRunning • wkaxyst • Level 1 expert

    Recovery and shakeout runs were positive, but I had best results doing tempo workouts and fast paced long runs.

  • 84 / 100 by Womens Running UK • Elizabeth Hufton • Level 1 expert

    Overall, this is a great fast shoe for neutral runners who want a firm ride, or mild overpronators looking for a responsive race-day shoe.

  • 83 / 100 by Run Society • Eva Natalia • Level 1 expert

    ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 22 has countless ways to make a girl cheerful.

  • 82 / 100 by Keep Try Review • Glenn • Level 1 expert

    I would recommend them to anyone who’s looking for a light and minimalist shoe that still provides excellent support to pronating feet.

  • 80 / 100 by Keep Try Review • Sam • Level 1 expert

    I would recommend the ASICS GEL DS Trainer to anyone with good strength in their ankles and a normal to narrow foot.

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Updates to Asics Gel DS Trainer 22

  • Asics’ most advanced midsole technology in the FlyteFoam is clearly the biggest difference maker in this shoe. It brings more responsiveness without losing the stability and moderately-cushioned run that is a trademark of the DS Trainer series.
  • The outsole is another area where the Asics DS Trainer 22 gets a boost in performance. Most notable among the changes is the appearance of prominent star-like tread in the forefoot for a significant increase in grip despite the weather
  • A more subtle change in the outsole comes in the form of a slightly bigger and deeper Guidance Line that helps with the smoothness of the transition through the gait cycle and more flexibility.
  • Part of the reason why the latest model of the DS Trainer is very light is because of a more minimalist upper. There are lesser and thinner overlays that are well-positioned to give adequate midfoot hold, especially for those who over pronate a little.
  • Finally, better reflective details improve the safety precautions when running in low-visibility areas.

Asics Gel DS Trainer 22 size and fit

The Asics DS Trainer 22 generally runs true to size, but a tad narrower in the toe box. For those who have slightly wider feet, getting a size up should be a sensible option. The midfoot has sufficient security while an external heel counter locks down the rear portion. As it has a more glove-like fit, the entire shoe moves very well with the foot.


Outsole

The outsole design is very typical of Asics, except for the well-appreciated enhanced forefoot treading. It is actually an improvement over the past model as the Asics DS Trainer 22 offers a better grip, including areas after a rain. The AHAR+ rubber is a staple in the underfoot construction as it prolongs the life of the outsole. Running almost the full length of the outsole is a vertical cut that is also called the Guidance Line. The line makes the landing to toe-off movement efficient and smooth. A softer blown rubber, which is known in Asics lingo as DuraSponge, is utilized in the forefoot for more traction.


Midsole

Asics packs the good stuff in the heart of the DS Trainer 22’s engine room—the midsole. As mentioned, the premium midsole technology in all of Asics’ arsenal is now featured here. The FlyteFoam is supposed to be 55% lighter than regular EVA with more cushioning, durability, and responsiveness. The resulting significant weight reduction is mainly due to the new midsole foam. Giving this shoe a lightweight stability is the Dynamic DuoMax or a touch of firm EVA under the arch that is encapsulated by a FluidRide foam to keep the ride smooth. The structural integrity of the shoe, especially around the midfoot is because of the TPU material hugging the lateral to the medial side of the midfoot. For better shock-absorption, the silicone-based Gel cushioning system is fitted in the heel.


Upper

The very simply simple upper is largely a combination of very breathable open mesh with minimal bonded overlays around the midfoot. With the seamless construction in the upper, runners are assured of a friction-free run. Providing some semblance of security in the heel is a prominent heel counter. A healthy interior is made possible by a ComforDry Sockliner that has anti-microbial and anti-odor properties.