Who should buy the Gel DS Trainer 23

The Asics Gel DS Trainer 23 offers lightweight cushioning and support in a secure construction. A worthy running companion for you if:

  • You want a cushioned running shoe that can support mild to moderate overpronation
  • You prefer a long-distance running shoe that can support flat feet
  • You are a heel-striker looking for a stability running shoe for the roads

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Updates to the Asics Gel DS Trainer 23

  • The design is similar to its immediate predecessor, the DS Trainer 22, with only the overlay placement and the color schemes being the most obvious difference
  • The midsole uses lightweight foam for a comfortable running experience, as well as other components that provide support, stability, and shock absorption
  • Two long-lasting rubber compounds deliver traction, protection, and reactiveness

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Protection and cushioning from DuraSponge

The outsole unit of this shoe makes use of AHAR or Asics High Abrasion Rubber, which is also present in the Asics DS Trainer 24. Its purpose is to shield the sole unit from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It surrounds the high-wear areas. 

Asics Gel DS Trainer 23 AHAR

The DuraSponge is made out of blown rubber. It covers the forefoot section. While shielding the sole unit and providing traction, it also makes sure to add a bit more cushioning through its responsive and springy nature.

Asics Gel DS Trainer 23 durasponge

The DuoSole design features inconspicuous lugs that are patterned across the forefoot area. They heighten surface-grip while retaining flexibility.

Asics Gel DS Trainer 23 lugs

Flytefoam's lightweight yet durable comfort

Flytefoam is a full-length foam that’s created to deliver lightweight comfort to the foot of the runner. Though it doesn’t have a substantial weight, it has a sturdy construction that resists sagging or early breakdown.

Asics Gel DS Trainer 23 flytefoam

A silicon-based unit called Gel is added to the rear section of the Asics Gel DS Trainer 23’s midsole. Its goal is to attenuate impact shock during the striking phase of the gait cycle.

The Dynamic DuoMax Support System is made up of a material that has double the density as the primary foam platform. Because it’s placed on the medial side, this component aims to correct mild overpronation and prevent the buckling of the arch during the running session.

Asics Gel DS Trainer 23 d duomax

A thermal plastic unit called the Propulsion Trusstic System imitates the tissues and tendons of the underfoot, creating an energized and elastic form that encourages an enabled toe-off.

Asics Gel DS Trainer 23 propulsion

The Guidance Line is a vertical groove that assists the foot in attaining a smooth and natural gait.

Asics Gel DS Trainer 23 guidance line

Flexible coverage of the Gel DS Trainer 23

Adapt Mesh is a material that covers the foot and keeps it secure. It’s crafted to be breathable and flexible, thus giving a comfortable yet form-fitting wrap.

Asics Gel DS Trainer 23 adapt mesh

Seamless construction is employed in the Asics Gel DS Trainer 23. It has a soft and smooth nature that prevents skin irritation throughout the running session.

Thin overlays are printed directly onto the façade. They cause the rest of the upper to adjust in conjunction with the tightening or loosening of the shoelaces.

Asics Gel DS Trainer 23 overlays

The external heel clutching unit fundamentally holds the rear part of the foot in place and prevents it from wobbling or exiting the foot-chamber unintentionally.

Asics Gel DS Trainer 23 heel cup

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 238g / Women 198g
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Stability
Update: Asics Gel DS Trainer 26
Forefoot height: Men 10mm / Women 9mm
Heel height: Men 20mm / Women 19mm

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