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Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe

Men's ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19

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Men's ASICS® GEL-DS TRAINER® 19 :: Pick up the pace in your runs in this newest edition of the lightweight trainer that offers just the right amount of support, the Men's ASICS® GEL-DS Trainer® 19. You'll enjoy a better fit and more breathability running in the 19's newly designed upper that now features a seamless construction and engineered mesh. Plus, you can count on getting all the goodies you enjoyed from previous GEL-DS Trainer® generations such as an amazing heel lock-down and the Guidance Line® tech that promotes maximum gait efficiency. 9.8 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:

  • Impact Guidance System: Enhances foot's natural gait from heel strike to toe-off
  • Dynamic DuoMax Support System: Supports and stabilizes with reduced weight and increased platform comfort
  • Heel Cluthching System: Exoskeletal heel counter provides improved support and creates an improved heel fitting environment
  • Solyte Midsole Material: Lighter weight midsole compound with enhanced cushioning and durability
  • 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
  • WET GRIP Outsole: Designed to enhance traction even on wet surfaces
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Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe
 
4.1

(based on 19 reviews)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (16)
  • Breathable (14)
  • Comfortable (14)
  • Cushions impact (11)
  • Fast (9)

Cons

  • Narrow / tight (4)

Best Uses

  • Road running (13)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      78% 

      (14 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      83% 

      (15 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (13), Casual/ recreational (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19)

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4.0

Love em!

By Don

from PA

About Me Avid Athlete

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Fast
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Pavement

    Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

    I have been running in DS Trainers for over 15 years and love this model and the color! Great lightweight shoe I can train and race in any distance!

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

    Fast Ride

    By Drew

    from Maryland

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Fast
    • Good Arch Support
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight
    • Pronation Control

    Cons

    • Only One Color Choice

    Best Uses

    • Road Running

    Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

    Decided to give these shoes a try after my last two pairs of Nimbus since I have a mild over-pronation. I was worried that the change in cushioning from the Nimbus may give my 57 year old bones a problem. I was very pleased to find the DS-Trainer's provided adequate cushioning and improved my pace by more than 30"/mile. I have only had them a little over a week (35 miles with longest of 8 miles) so I can not speak to durability. Happy so far!

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

    Good tennis

    By Toni Triathlete

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Light
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Endurance Training

      Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

      Good product

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

      Very nice shoe

      By Coach S

      from Ashburn VA

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Breathable
      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact

      Cons

      • Narrow / Tight

      Best Uses

        Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

        I've run strictly in Asics for over 35 years... yes, 35 :), mostly the GT series (2000, 2010, etc), and Kayanos, and hesitated moving to the DS trainer due to its light weight. I want more support and was used to a heavier shoe, but thought that it was time to move to a lighter shoe and more cushioning for my runs. The DS trainer is much lighter than I was used to (feels like a racing flat with good cushion), but so far feels very good. It's the kind of shoe that makes you want to run when you put them on. I don't have many miles on them yet, and it seems like they run a 1/2 size smaller than other Asics and have a very narrow toe box. Great colors too.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels half size too small
        • Width:
        • Feels too narrow
        • Arch Type:
        • Average Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        2.0

        A step backwards from the 18's

        By Matt

        from Vermont

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Narrow / Tight
        • Uncomfortable

        Best Uses

        • Road Running

        Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

        I've been running in DS trainers for about 10 years.

        I really enjoyed the 18's, and have gone through 4 pairs in the last year.

        My issues with the 19's is purely in the new upper. (the sole feels the same and looks the same as the 18's). Yes, the new material might be more comfortable without socks- but that's the only positive attribute I can think of.

        I feel like the toe box has been made narrorower. It really squishes my toes together, much more so than the 18's. And I have a narrow foot. I quickly put on a pair of 18's to test out the differences and although they may be streched out more from use- I have much more room in the toe area with the 18's.

        I ended up going with the Asics Electro 33. Hopefully for the next version of these they can make a toe box where you can spread youre toes out a bit (like the electro 33). The tapered toebox is old news asics.

        I know I'm making a big deal about the toe box- but it fits drastically different- just a heads up. If you've got SUPER narrow feet you would prob be ok.

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

        Huge disappointment

        By MK

        from Atlanta

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

              I've worn most iterations of the DS-Trainer, and I really wanted to like these shoes. However, for the first time in almost 25 years of buying shoes from RRS, I had to return these. Apparently the last has changed, because I found the fit from the mid-foot forward far too narrow. The next problem was in sizing in general: I've worn an 11 in dozens of pairs of Asics shoes, and had to swap my first pair for an 11.5

              The experience on the road was also disappointing. While the upper was comfortable, I had very little feel for the road, and was running significantly slower at the same effort compared to my prior pair of DS-Trainers. I tried a variety of runs to see if I could break the shoe in, but had no luck at all, and was noticing knee and hip pain after even very short runs.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Thanks for being faithful to the DS 18

              By Albert

              from Gainesville, FL

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Breathable
              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact
              • Fast
              • Good Arch Support
              • Lightweight
              • Pronation Control

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Road Running

                Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

                I really liked the DA Trainer 18 (but not the "yellow jacket" color). Early reviews of the 19 were encouraging, so I was hopeful. I can say that the 19's have an equally good ride, feel lighter but just as stable, and the upper is different and more relaxed. Now, they feel smaller at first because the entire toe area is essentially a flexible mesh. Thus, it hugs the top of your big toe, even though there is plenty of big toe room. Once I ran in them, the feeling of them being too small completely disappeared because the mesh flexes so well as you run. You don't need to size up, if the same sized DS Trainer 18 fits you well. Just think of the 19 upper as a sock. Put them on, raise your big toe while putting weight on one leg, and you will see that there is plenty of room between the end of your toe and the tip of the shoe. I found that the 19 gave me better forefoot control compared to the 18, although I had no complaints on that front with the 18. Both are excellent light-stability shoes that feel fast but supply good cushioning and good road feel. The 19 just feels more streamlined because of the sock-like upper.

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

                Very Good but snug across ball of foot

                By RR

                from Beechr, IL

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Narrow / Tight

                Best Uses

                • Road Running

                Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

                Just bought these 2 weeks ago along with custom inserts from RR and have already put about 20 miles on them Only challenge with them is the snug fit across the ball of the foot. Compared to my Brooks Ravenna and Asics Equations, I could see why the other comments about the size running small. I could see the difference across the ball of foot bing a bit narrower.

                Not sure about recommending unless a person has a narrower foot.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels too narrow
                • Arch Type:
                • Average Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                3.0

                Not bad, Runs small

                By Aaron

                from Maryland

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Running

                  Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

                  This is my first DS-Trainer. Definitely a size too small, but a half size up from my usual wasn't bad enough to send back. There's less to them than I expected. Thought they'd be a little firmer, but they were pretty well cushioned. Just could feel through the midsole too much. Probably not a good choice for an everyday trainer, but I think they'll be decent for faster runs once a week or so.

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

                  Physical Training for Law Enforcement

                  By Action Jackson

                  from Rio Grande, OH

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Breathable
                  • Comfortable
                  • Fast
                  • Good Traction
                  • Lightweight
                  • Pronation Control

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Endurance Training

                    Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

                    As for my size, and low arch and of course flat feet, I have always had a time finding the right shoe for my phyiscal training and runnn needs. With this shoe, I can comfortably say the expert advice that I received was very true. I am 6' 200lbs. and with the issues of my feet, this is the shoe to have.

                    As a tactical gear business owner (www.squaredawaysurplus.com) I would share this store and shoe with many others like myself, both military, and law enforcement!

                    Great store and shoe, RoadRunnerSports.com

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

                    Pleased

                    By Jeffrey

                    from Pleasant Grove, UT

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Road Running

                      Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

                      I first used these right out of the box for a long run. I should have taken them out for a shorter run first time to get used to them, but the second time I didn't have any issues.
                      I am gearing up my training, and these are a nice lighter weight, good cushione with some structure shoe. I look forward to using these for races this year.
                      It will be interesting to see how durable these will be since the upper is so breathable.

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

                      Super comfortable

                      By Michael

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Gym Rat

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Breathable
                      • Comfortable
                      • Cushions Impact
                      • Pronation Control

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Road Running

                        Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

                        This shoe is very comfortable. It feels like a really big sock, fits your foot perfectly. I think it's a nice trainer for long runs & low intensity easy runs. I'm using it in conjunction with another faster, lighter shoe for tempos & intervals.

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

                        asics appears to have it right again

                        By none

                        from wisconsin

                        About Me Avid Athlete

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Cushions Impact
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Narrow / Tight

                        Best Uses

                        • Trail Running

                        Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

                        Asics had the original ds trainer right but then they started to change/experiment with other designs and left their customers behind. It appears that they have gone back to their old ways with a shoe that is fit to run in right out of the box with or without socks. It is a comfortable trainer/racer that continues to be a bit small but worth sizing up. The question is whether they will keep the design. let's hope so

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels full size too small
                        • Width:
                        • Feels too narrow
                        • Arch Type:
                        • Average Arch
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Best DS Trainers yet

                        By IMG

                        from Seattle

                        About Me Avid Athlete

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Breathable
                        • Comfortable
                        • Fast
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Road Running

                          Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

                          I've had may models of the DS Trainer and they've always been good but these are the best yet. I hope they don't change them too radically moving forward. Fantastic shoe.

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

                          excelent

                          By mike68

                          from Mexico

                          About Me Avid Athlete

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Road Running

                              Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

                              I usualy run with a heavier shoe because I need cushion. I have problema with my knees. I love speed and lighter shoes. This shoe is very light and have sufficient cushoning.

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

                              Comfortable and supportive

                              By BTR

                              from Topeka, KS

                              About Me Avid Athlete

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Breathable
                              • Comfortable
                              • Cushions Impact
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Road Running

                                Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

                                Hopefully, Asics will not replace or update this model anytime soon, as it's a comfortable, lightweight shoe that holds up well for long runs.

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

                                great ride, great cushion, great shoe

                                By Ron

                                from Jackson, MS

                                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Breathable
                                • Comfortable
                                • Cushions Impact
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Road Running

                                  Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

                                  I will use this shoe for training and racing. Everything I used to like about the DS Trainer is back in this shoe.

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

                                  Now the look matches the feel--goodbye18

                                  By DS Trainers without injuries

                                  from Stafford, VA

                                  About Me Avid Athlete

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Breathable
                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Good Arch Support
                                  • Good Traction
                                  • Lacing Perfect
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Multi Functional

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Road Running

                                    Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

                                    Everyday runner not unlike previous DS Trainers. Improvement over the 18 generation and feels very comfortable on runs.

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

                                    Great Balanced Trainer

                                    By Lab Rat

                                    from San Jose, CA

                                    About Me Avid Athlete

                                    Pros

                                    • Breathable
                                    • Comfortable
                                    • Cushions Impact
                                    • Fast
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Road Running

                                      Comments about Mens ASICS GEL-DS Trainer 19 Running Shoe:

                                      Asics Gel DS trainer are right in the middle of the running shoe spectrum. They have very good cushioning but not off-putting where your technique gets sloppy. Fairly light and quickly start to forget about the shoes. Extremely comfortable upper with few overlays. Lightweight fused overlays rather than the thick sewn on ones. The shoes feel fast and it seems like these shoes want to be paced faster.

                                      My only improvement that I would like to see is that the upper be more stretchy so that your foot feels snug but the upper flexes with your foot at impact. The way the upper is now, it feels like it will stretch out and will lose that snug fit.

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

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