Women's ASICS® GEL-DS TRAINER® 16 :: Now in its 16th version, the super popular women's ASICS® GEL-DS Trainer® has been fortified with a layer of dual density Solyte that enhances the feel and improves the overall ride. Light and quick with improved cushioning, this trainer is the perfect solution for those seeking fast action with added stability. Tried and true fans will also be quick to notice that the addition of the Guidance Line adds efficiency through their gait cycle. Sure sounds like this shoe knows how to go with the flow. 8.5 ounces
I could not believe this is the same shoe as the DS Trainer 15! It has a completely different and stiffer feel. It rides a bit higher on my heel. It took about 5 - 5k runs to break in. I noticed stiffness under my big toes, but that went away during the break in. Now I like this shoe. I am running a bit faster, not sluggish, no pains. My complaint about the 15 was it wore out quickly. I can imagine this is no longer true with the 16. I will buy another pair.
I love the heat
I don't love the color, but the fit of these is amazing - they feel like road flats with better support and cushioning.
Having previously worn a more cushioned shoe than this (with a thicker sole), I initially found them to be a bit jarring, but after a couple of weeks, I was in love with them!
Back in the DS Trainer
I had worn this shoe for years and got away from it a few years ago when I was convinced by a salesperson at my local running store that I shouldn't be running long distances in it. I disagree. It has always been the best shoe for me. I have a small frame and am light, so a light shoe is what I am most comfortable in. I am very pleased to be back in the DS Trainer and love it as much as I did back when I started in it. Very comfortable, ample cushioning, good breathability and most important for me, light.
Boca Raton, FL
great lightweight stability
great for fast runs and even everyday shorter runs. I don't usually use this one for my runs longer than 6 miles. Has great cushioning and fair amount of stability for my avg. to high arch type. My heel doesn't seem to sit into shoe far enough may get better with use.
I'm seriously in love.
I've been running in the 2100 series for 6 years; I bought one pair of Asics DS trainers about 5 years ago, but have since avoided them because I am tall with a medium frame (130 lbs), and I thought these were only for 97-pound girls.
I have medium arches and pronate.
What an incredible shoe. Right out of the box, they felt like a dream: light, perfect fit, and incredibly cushy. The first time I ran in them was the 4-mile Coronado Bridge run, they performed beautifully for this distance.
I'm still using my 2160's for my long runs (8-15 miles) because I know they provide better support; but all my runs under 8 miles are run in these, and I just love them. Just bought my second pair to rotate, and am seriously considering using the Gel-DS 16's exclusively!
Best feeling shoes I've ever put on my feet, period. Glad that RoadRunner just got a new color in stock!
San Diego, CA
MUST READ IF YOU'RE BUYING THE PINK PAIR
I LOVE these shoes!! They are fantastic. BUT if you order the pink pair, be aware that the shoelaces are TERRIBLE. I've been running competitively (ie going through 3-4 pairs per year) since 1995 and these are the cheapest shoe laces I've ever had. So when you get the shoes, I recommend changing out the laces so they fit properly. The laces which come with the shoes are so cheap, that you can't tighten them sufficiently/can't "hold" and the shoes feel loose when you run. But if you get new laces, these shoes are worth the price!
Very different shoe than the 15
These shoes are very different than the DS Trainer 15. They almost feel like a minimalist shoe. They are very comfortable and could pass for a slipper. I am a small person and do not need a lot of support, however these shoes offer hardly any lateral support. I ran on a gravel path for about 10 miles and afterward my left foot felt like it had a slight fracture in it. I wear these around the gym but am hesitant to really run in them for long distances. If you want a bit more support than go for the 15 version.
Marathon Race Day Must-Have
This is a must-have for marathon runners. The DS Trainer offers great support for being a lighter weight shoe. I ran my PR in this shoe (3:00:29) and have nothing negative to say! This is also a great shoe for speed work days, in addition to race day. I rotate them with the 2100 series trainer and have had great success. Every time I try to bring a comparable brand into rotation, I experience nothing but disappointment! Bottom line: get it, love it and run fast in it!
Nicole (Team Marathon Proud)
Grand Blanc, MI
love this shoe
I'm updating my review from earlier this year. I'm right there with Dvyne59 on this shoe - I'm seriously in love! 230 miles on my first pair, close to that on my second, starting my 3rd, and I'm ordering my 4th today. My longest runs in it are 10k. I love love love this shoe. Maybe I'll order 2 pairs because I'm scared to death they will change something in the next version. Please don't!
I love the heat
Las Vegas, NV
Great for half marathons and below
I love these Asics. Coming from the Kayanos, these are so much lighter and more responsive. I've run up to 13-14 miles in them. I'm hesitant to run further than that, but they are great for the half marathon distance and below. They feel great right out of the box. I wear a 9 in street shoe and buy a 10 in running shoes (both Kayanos and Brooks Adrenalines). A 10 in these was perfect. No black toenails so far, either!
i love this shoe!
I was unhappy with the updated model of the Brooks Adrenalines, so I tried the DS 16 trainer (my first pair of Asics). They are the most comfortable shoes; so comfortable, that I ran 10 miles right out of the box. No break-in period needed. Great cushioning, support and fit! Just lovely.
Womens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 16 Running Shoe
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