Summary

We spent 7.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Several users applaud the impressive level of comfort of Asics Gel DS Trainer OG.
  • A good number of reviewers note that the outsole has solid grip and traction on various types of surfaces.
  • Some wearers notice that Asics Gel DS Trainer OG provides superior stability.
  • Some like the neoprene cleatie silhouette for easy entry and exit of the shoe.
  • A handful of comments like that Asics offers this in mix of colors that are trendy and doesn’t feel overly styled.
  • The mesh upper keeps the foot breathable and cool, according to some comments.
  • Leather overlays and accents give the Gel DS Trainer OG a premium feel, some sneaker fans have noted.
  • For a handful of buyers, the suede material on the upper doesn’t easily wear out with sturdy leather that doesn’t feel like it is cheap.
  • A lot of customers claim the Gel Sole unit doesn’t leave the feet feeling fatigued and heavy after hours of walking or light running.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few reviewers found the DS Trainer OG to be a bit heavy.
  • Some users find the overall silhouette a bit chunky and wide making the entire shoe look bulky.
  • A couple of purchasers are disappointed the shoe only had a few colorways to choose.
  • A few customers argue that the $150 price for each pair of retro sneakers is a bit steep compared to other retro sneakers from other brands.

Bottom line

Asics Gel DS Trainer OG is a good comeback for this popular long distance running shoe from the 1990’s. The retro sneaker comes packed with the reliable Gel Sole unit that keeps runs and walks well cushioned and comfortable all throughout the day.

The DuoSole outsole also gives a good contrasting grip with the heel and forefoot with superior traction on various surfaces. Priced at $150 per pair, the retro lifestyle sneaker is one good comeback shoe to consider buying.

Facts

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Asics Gel DS Trainer OG features a mono-sock tongue in the one-piece neoprene and textile upper with EVA midsoles. This pair uses the traditional flat lacing for a good lockdown. It also has a one-piece cleatie silhouette that hugs the feet. 

Maintaining monochromatic colors of black or white, the Asics Gel DS Trainer OG is splattered with accents to highlight its modern design further. The running shoe turned lifestyle kicks also has an overlay comprising of quality leather material while its underlay is composed of mesh and a sturdy netted toebox.

Coming in contrasting colorways, one option for the trainer includes a black base with aqua and hot pink accents while the white base has plum and green accents with a neon green DuoSole.

 An Asics branding stripes on the side panels and another brand detail at the tongue completes the look. The shoe comes a bit chunky but very trendy with vibrant color accents to elevate the overall design. The lifestyle sneaker also goes well with casual clothing.

Equipped with a reliable Gel cushioning system in the midsole since it was first released, the Asics Gel DS Trainer OG promises comfort and durability. The bi-density DuoMax foam in the midsole provides a reliable cushioning in every step. The midsole absorbs impact while delivering a comfortable ride. Another important notable feature is the DuoSole outsole system with an enhanced grip and traction on various surfaces wet and dry.

Japanese brand Asics comes from the  Latin phrase “anima sana in corpore sano” which translates to "If you pray to God, you should pray for a sound mind in a healthy body." The brand has been in existence for close to 70 years but remains less popular outside of Japan and some major American and European cities.

But what the company lacks in popularity and endorsements from Hollywood are well compensated by its cult following and immense approval among hardcore athletes and sports enthusiasts gaining respect for its designs of top rated performance footwear in the world. Founded by Kihachiro Onitsuka, Onitsuka Co. Ltd. Had its beginnings in Kobe, Japan in September 1949 with a vision of creating good sporting shoes by fostering the people through sports.

The company slowly inched its way into popularity first by manufacturing basketball shoes and other sports performance footwear. On July 21, 1977, Onitsuka Tiger merged with GTO and JELENK to form a general sports equipment manufacturer Asics Corporation. Despite the name change, a vintage range of Asics shoes are still produced and sold internationally under the Onitsuka Tiger label.

With a distinguishable Asics logo designed by Herb Lubalin, the company has remained with its goal of contributing to the global sports culture and helping people around the world to live in health and happiness through sports.

  The Asics Gel

However, everyone would agree that the biggest contribution of the brand Asics to the footwear industry is the production of the Gel running shoes. The Gel cushioning system that Asics developed placed the company on the pedestal as a serious player in shoe manufacturing.

The Gel Cushioning system, a soft material injected at the shoe forefoot and heel, absorbs landing strikes, reduces fatigue, and reduce impact injuries.

Early developers of the Gel cushioning claim they are better than an air cushioning system. The gel is made up of a silicone based substance that is injected into the EVA midsole for shock absorption and dispersing vibration.

Soon several Gel series shoes were released by the brand. Among those shoes using the Gel cushioning system released in 1995 is the Asics Gel DS Trainer. It became very popular among long distance and high mileage runners. The running shoe features a DuoSole outsole that has superior grip and traction and a stabilized and durable upper for comfortable runs.

  • The sneaker features a mono-sock tongue in the one-piece neoprene and textile upper with EVA midsoles.
  • The Asics Gel DS Trainer has an external skeleton upper over mesh designed for extra midfoot stability.
Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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