I’ve been racing in the Asics Gel DS Racer 8 for several years. I’ve used them for 5k’s, half marathons, marathons and an ultra – it’s pretty much my go-to racing shoe. I tried the DS Racer 9 but never purchased it because I didn’t love the fit. I was curious what Asics would do with the 10, so I decided to give it a try.
First, I noticed the 10 had a very soft upper. This is always a plus on racing shoes – the last thing you want to worry about is getting a blister or irritation because of an uncomfortable overlay.
I found the shoe to be an average width and I think it fit pretty true to size. Unfortunately, this made it a little narrow for me. With that being said, I think I could make it work if I had to.
The size 10 was 6.8 oz on scale.
The heel measures 23mm and the forefoot measures 15mm – an 8mm drop.
I thought the shoe might have traction issues – the bottom was much smoother than previous models. I’ve been able to use the DS Racer 8 on trails but I don’t think the 10 would work effectively. I think these could be used for a 5k, 10 or even a half marathon. I do not think it is a great shoe for a marathon.
– comfortable fit
– 8mm drop – similar to many training shoes
– cost – these are available for $81.91 from Running Warehouse
– only effective on roads
– very smooth bottom – there may be traction issues
– probably not the best shoe for a marathon