Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe

Men's ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17

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Men's ASICS® GEL-DS TRAINER 17 :: Run fast and fully supported when you hit the road in the men's ASICS® GEL-DS Trainer 17. You'll run in complete confidence when you're sporting this Stability fan favorite. Enjoy glove-like fit and ideal comfort with heel-hugging collar and fewer seams. Stay cool with breathable mesh! 10.4 ounces

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PERFORMANCE STABILITY [?]
Get a lighter, more stable run in Performance Stability shoes. If you're a runner with average arches who likes to race, wants to go faster and enjoys better ground connection this is your shoe. Enjoy a smooth ride that's low to the ground and ideal for tacking on the miles. When choosing running shoes, find your perfect fit using this chart. Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame.

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Features & Benefits:

  • Clutch Collar System™: A descendant of the Heel Clutching System, an Endoskelatal collar compliments the exoskelatal heel counter for a uniquely secure fit
  • Guidance Line™: Vertical flex groove decouples the tooling along the line of progression for enhanced gait efficiency
  • Propulsion Trusstic®: Mimics connective tissue in the foot by creating tension as foot enters propulsion stage
  • Biomorphic Fit ® Upper: Stretch material strategically placed on the upper helps to reduce buckling and the potential for irritation
  • ASW3156
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Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe
 
3.5

(based on 20 reviews)

53%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (12)
  • Breathable (10)
  • Cushions impact (10)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Fast (7)

Cons

  • Heavy (6)
  • Poor arch support (4)

Best Uses

  • Road running (14)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      70% 

      (14 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      95% 

      (19 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (14), Low arch (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (14), Gym rat (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (20)

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5.0

I love these shoes

By Guy who loves running fast and long

from San Francisco, CA

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Durable
  • Fast
  • Good Arch Support
  • Good Traction
  • Great with Jeans
  • Lightweight
  • Pronation Control

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Endurance Training

    Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

    Super excellent right out of the box. I thought I would go slow with a break in run and ended up running ten miles without thinking about it. Great cushion and support, breathes well, perfect. at 190 pounds running 20 miles of speed work per week these are great shoes. My feet pronate a little bit so the pronation control is fantastic.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent trainer for serious runners

    By Burd the aging runner

    from Sayre, PA

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Fast
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Running

      Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

      Excellent running shoe. This is my third pair in the DS Trainer series. It cushions yet remains relatively light and very responsive. Today I ran 26.2 miles in preparation for an Ultra in June.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels half size too big
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Different Shoe

      By J in Jax

      from Jacksonville, FL

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Gained weight
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

          I liked the 16 so much that I bought three pairs. This feels like a different shoe, heavier and stiffer. The 17 weighed in a little over 1 oz. heavier (10%) than my latest pair of 16s and featured a Kayano-like ride. Maybe they got too many durability complaints, but I'd get 350 miles out of the 16s. I'm switching shoes and, given the lack of other Asics offerings in this category, this means switching brands. Too bad.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Average Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Hot looks cool feel

          By Michael

          from Quail valley, Ca

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Comfortable
          • Cushions Impact
          • Good Traction
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Poor Arch Support

          Best Uses

          • Road Running

          Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

          I was attracted to them because they were on sale and endangered. Low enough that if they were'n't so great to run in I could just wear them with jeans etc. So far so good though. The sock liner thing feels way better than I thought it would. I have been wearing motion control shoes but I wanted something with a lower drop as I am trying to change my technique. the Trainers seem to be working for me. I don't know how durable they are I haven't had a chance to wear them out yet but Asics generally makes a good shoe in fact I realized that the last 3 or 4 pair of shoes have been Asics. so I suppose that says something right there, I would recommend them they are light, comfortable and have decent lateral support. And you gotta love that electric blue

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Low Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Consistent

          By jlatc

          from Dallas, TX

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Comfortable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Running

            Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

            Just added my 3rd pair of 17's, 46th overall in DS Trainers---any doubts about whether or not I like them? Consistently supportive and cushioned ride.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Fit and Comfort are Excellent!

            By Steve the Walker

            from Westchester County, NY

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Breathable
            • Comfortable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Great All Around Fit
            • Lightweight
            • Pronation Control

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Walking

            Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

            I use the shoes predominately for faced paced walking. I have a problem with my right heal being more narrow than my left so slipping of the heal has been an issue in other shoes. The heal hugging collar does the trick! Solved my problem!!!

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Good training shoe

            By Mike D

            from Long Island, New York

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Breathable
            • Comfortable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Durable
            • Fast
            • Good Traction
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Pavement

              Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

              I was pleasantly surprised at how well these shoes performed. I typically do 50+ miles a week and the shoe wore very well throughout. Every runner is diffent of course, and will have a different opinion than mine. Again, I could not have been happier with these and looking forward to another pair.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Arch Type:
              • Low Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              3.0

              Too Old Fashioned

              By Brooks

              from Greenville, NC

              About Me Gym Rat

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact
              • Durable
              • Good Arch Support
              • Good Traction
              • Lightweight
              • Pronation Control

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Walking

                Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

                I am 32 years old and have been running for about 12 years. Currently have been running halves and 10K's. The DS Trainer was my absolute favorite back in the early 2000's (when I ran marathons) but it has faded over the years. This is the second time I have tried to go back to it. They have dropped some weight which is good but the shoe feels clunky and needs to be sleeker like the new Brooks "Pure" line. Overall not a bad shoe just not exciting and poor color choice

                • Sizing:
                • Feels half size too big
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Average Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Decreased injuries

                By Burd the aging runner

                from Sayre, PA

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Fast
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Running

                  Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

                  I use this as my main training shoe after initially using an earlier version to race marathons. It occurred to me that I finished the marathons with far less knee pain than when I used heavily cushioned shoes. I switched to training in these about 18 months ago and am very pleased.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels half size too small
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  1.0

                  cutting into back of achilles/calcaneus

                  By Roadrunner beep beep

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Road Running

                      Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

                      Been wearing ASICs DS trainers for at least a decade or more. this Model is putting lots of pressure on my left heel/tendon where it meets the top of the shoe. There is the extra plastic piece sewn into the heel. I think this may be the problem. Didnt notice it on earlier models

                      • Sizing:
                      • Feels half size too small
                      • Width:
                      • Feels true to width
                      • Arch Type:
                      • Low Arch
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      2.0

                      DS trainer 17

                      By gman

                      from rochester ny

                      About Me Avid Athlete

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Poor Arch Support
                        • Poor Cushioning

                        Best Uses

                        • Road Running

                        Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

                        Been running in DS trainers for past 18yrs. DS 17 for whatever reason caused heel pain and developed plantar Fascilitis. competitive runner who knows how to properly train for 18yrs,with little variation in training techniques over the years. I did go 1/2 size larger for first time as recommended. perhaps that may have changed my gait. anyway, returned one used and one still-boxed for 1/2 sizesmaller.. will keep you posted

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels half size too big
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Arch Type:
                        • Average Arch
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Lightweight - a few tweaks from the 16

                        By KJ PT

                        from White Mountains, NH

                        About Me Avid Athlete

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Fast
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Road Running

                          Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

                          I stayed away from the DS - Trainer 17 for a while because of lots of iffy reviews on RRS. I went through a few different shoes before I came back to my trusty DS-Trainers.

                          Despite the reviews about them being heavier than previous models, I still find them to be very lightweight. I cannot perceive a difference in weight between the 17s and my super-worn 16s.

                          The 17s are slightly wider in the toebox than the 16s. This was great for me as my 16s were initially a bit narrow for my wide forefoot.

                          The traction is fair. Fine in dry conditions, and a little slick here and there on wet pavement. I run some trails on these as well, but that is definitely not what they are made for.

                          This year's color kind of stinks, but fit is what I'm going for. Overall a great product and I'm looking forward to the 18s to throw another pair in the rotation.

                          • Sizing:
                          • Feels true to size
                          • Width:
                          • Feels true to width
                          • Arch Type:
                          • Average Arch
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          2.0

                          A step in the wrong direction

                          By UGA Fan

                          from Atlanta, Ga

                          About Me Avid Athlete

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Breathable
                          • Comfortable

                          Cons

                          • Heavy
                          • Poor Arch Support

                          Best Uses

                          • Road Running

                          Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

                          "Upgraded" from the 16 to the 17 late last year when 16s were not available. I've been confused and frustrated since. Some of the other reviewers have sufficiently covered the weight mistake (I mean really? Every manafacturer is reducing weight and Asics is ADDING weight to their lightweight trainer???)

                          Unlike others, I have found the 17s to be less supportive than the 16s. While the 16s and 17s are far from stability shoes, the 16 provided just enough. Sadly the 17 seems like it provides even less. More weight plus less support is not the right combination for me. But I'm pig-headed and reluctant to change.

                          I have been through three pairs of 17s (40-50 miles/week) and I'm moving on. The weirdest part about the 17s is that the first pair and the third pair had more support than the second. I could not only feel the reduction in support, I could actually see my foot functioning differently. And since I was rotating shoes, it was obviuos every other day. Like I said, werd.

                          The Saucony Guide 5 or 6 look like a good substitute and fit me well during testing. Less weight than 17 and just a touch of support.

                          Hope my experiences and feedback help!

                          • Sizing:
                          • Feels true to size
                          • Width:
                          • Feels true to width
                          • Arch Type:
                          • Average Arch
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          2.0

                          Below expectations for consistent winner

                          By AC

                          from Wayne, PA

                          About Me Avid Athlete

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Good Traction
                          • Pronation Control

                          Cons

                          • Heavy
                          • Uncomfortable

                          Best Uses

                          • Road Running

                          Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

                          I have been running in the Asics DS Trainer line for the past 20 years. I have really enjoyed the low weight and generally speedier feel of this type of shoe. I am 5'10 and 160 so I have never run in or needed a "stability" shoe. The fit for the 17 is good like in past versions (just go up 1/2 size), but my gripes about the 17 are the following: 1) heavier, 2) less flexible, 3) feels more like a stability shoe (ie Kayano) than a lightweight trainer.
                          Hopefully Asics goes back to the basics on this one for the 18 because I have decided against the DS Trainer line in current form.

                          • Sizing:
                          • Feels true to size
                          • Width:
                          • Feels true to width
                          • Arch Type:
                          • Average Arch
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          First Stability shoe I actually like

                          By ajisrunning

                          from Long Beach, CA

                          About Me Professional Athlete

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Cushions Impact
                          • Fast
                          • Good Arch Support

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Road Running

                            Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

                            This is the first stability shoe I like. Usually I am a neutral (Brooks Launch is my fav.), but decided to try a stability shoe. I really like this shoe and it will be great for all my 15+ mile runs. It also is light enough to keep a Boston pace. One tip - tie them a bit tighter than other shoes so the clutch collar locks my foot down better to prevent blisters.

                            • Sizing:
                            • Feels true to size
                            • Width:
                            • Feels true to width
                            • Arch Type:
                            • Average Arch
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Tad heavy...heavier than 16

                            By wasabi

                            from city

                            About Me Gym Rat

                            Pros

                            • Breathable
                            • Comfortable
                            • Cushions Impact
                            • Good Arch Support

                            Cons

                            • Heavy
                            • Wears Out Quickly

                            Best Uses

                            • Road Running

                            Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

                            I meant to buy more DS Trainer 16, but unfortunately the RRS ran out (really!?) So I settled for this ugly light blue & grey color 17 instead of my fav red 16. Coloring aside, the new 17 felt tad heavier than 16, and also tad more padded at the heal. Every steps felt like Kayano, heavier beefy shoose. This was dissapointing, as I switched from Kayano to DS for one reason - lightweight. I really hope Asics will go back to the drawingboard, and bring back the original concept of the DS trainer. also, I founnd the last two versions (16 and 17) wear out very fast. Instead of rotating two pairs every 3 seasons, I may have to double up...

                            • Sizing:
                            • Feels true to size
                            • Width:
                            • Feels true to width
                            • Arch Type:
                            • Average Arch
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Pretty streetwear design

                            By Esteban

                            from Miami, Fl

                            About Me Avid Athlete

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Breathable
                            • Cushions Impact
                            • Durable
                            • Great with Jeans
                            • Pretty cool desing

                            Cons

                            • Narrow / Tight
                            • NO ARCH NEUTRAL
                            • Not for real runner
                            • Not for running
                            • Poor Arch Support
                            • Poor Traction
                            • Uncomfortable

                            Best Uses

                            • Endurance Training

                            Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

                            I usually wearing my shoes at any situation, like running, gym, walking, etc...I purchased this item exclusive for road run but not worked for me at all! not feel soft and confotably to my feet. I'll it exclusive for casual wearing but definitely not for run!

                            Shoes are great as streetwear style and looks very pretty with casual dress...Think twice if you wanna it for run or casual.

                            Me type feet: Arch Neutral-Under / Size 9.5 U.S

                            • Sizing:
                            • Feels half size too big
                            • Width:
                            • Feels too narrow
                            • Arch Type:
                            • Low Arch
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Feel heavier than DS16...

                            By wasabi

                            from city

                            About Me Gym Rat

                            Pros

                            • Breathable
                            • Durable
                            • Good Arch Support

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Road Running

                            Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

                            I have been wearing DS 16 for a year now (downgraded from Kayano, due to advice from my running bud). I've been happy woth DS Trainer, but 16 was out in store, so went with 17. Aside of that funky ugly blue color, the 17 felt heavier than the old trusted 16. Did Asics add paddiing??? It still performs well, but I just didn't see the "light" feeling when I switched from Kayano to DS trainer for the first time, and felt like backward of moving back to the old Kayano. I think Asics missed it here...

                            • Sizing:
                            • Feels true to size
                            • Width:
                            • Feels true to width
                            • Arch Type:
                            • Average Arch
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            awesome pair...

                            By Josh

                            from Midland TX

                            About Me Avid Athlete

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Breathable
                            • Comfortable
                            • Cushions Impact
                            • Fast
                            • Good Traction
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Road Running

                              Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

                              Bought my first DS trainers in 1998...best light running shoes these are good if you like the fast pace...

                              • Sizing:
                              • Feels true to size
                              • Width:
                              • Feels true to width
                              • Arch Type:
                              • Low Arch
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Why make it heavier?

                              By J in Jax

                              from Jacksonville, FL

                              About Me Avid Athlete

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Road Running

                                Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 17 Running Shoe:

                                This shoe is heavier and stiffer than its predecessor, the 16. I went through three pairs of the 16 and thought they were fantastic. Pre-ordered the 17 so I could ensure it would be an adequate replacement when my 16s wore out -- it is not. Right out of the box it felt heavy, and putting it on the scale showed a 15% weight gain. That's the wrong direction to move, but I ran hard runs, easy runs and long runs with them and found the ride to be stiffer and overly supportive - yet hard. It's just a different shoe now. Kinda like a less comfortable 20xx series shoe. I returned them and am trying out the Mizuno Wave Elixir. ASICS, please stop doing things like this.

                                • Sizing:
                                • Feels true to size
                                • Width:
                                • Feels true to width
                                • Arch Type:
                                • Low Arch
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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