Fit, feel and fast come together beautifully in the Asics Gel DS Racer 9, a lightweight racing flat with just a bit of pronation support.
The latest version of the DS Racer series gets a serious style makeover but thankfully the guts of the winning formula remain the same. Testers were expecting a light, responsive feel and that’s exactly what they got.
The light feel comes from a combination of low weight and a responsive midsole that’s got more spring than a mattress factory. The DS Racer 9 provides plenty of heel cushioning, which testers found great for long distance running. Still, with all that cushioning you never lose a connected feel to the ground. The added pronation support is noticeable but not distracting or blocky feeling.
Some testers felt that the close-fitting upper gave them the race-day feel they were looking for in this shoe, while others thought the shoe was cut just too close, particularly in the forefoot. Our measurements and those of Shoefitr indicate that the DS Racer 9 is in fact a little more snug in the forefoot than the DS Racer 8. Women who want a little extra width might want to consider bumping over to the Men’s model.
All told, the DS Racer 9 delivers a light, flexible, and stable ride for the runner needing a touch of pronation control.
Near perfect shoe for a tempo workout, if you need the support. It could almost be a daily trainer except that the upper is pretty narrow.
I feel like the DS Racer 9 was built just for me, since I’m a heel striker that needs a little pronation control.
Wow. This shoe feels incredibly fast but still gives you a very cushioned heel.