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A performance trainer for the mild overpronator seeking lightweight and responsive, the ASICS Gel DS Trainer 18 features moderate cushioning and a semi-firm ride.


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The ASICS Gel-DS Trainer 18 blends lightweight performance with mild stability in an eye-catching design. Dynamic Duomax provides mild support for overpronation and smoothens out the ride from heel to toe, and a seamless and flexible upper provides a snug and secure fit. Responsive cushioning makes the DS Trainer 18 a good choice for both training and racing.

Model Number:

Weight: 9.6 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: 27mm (Heel), 17mm (Forefoot)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D) 

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium to low volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


The DS Trainer 18 is a moderate feature, minimum support shoe designed for speedwork, racing and daily training.


  • Rearfoot Gel cushioning system uses a silicone-based gel for responsive shock absorption on impact.
  • Forefoot Gel cushioning system uses a silicone-based gel for responsive shock absorption on impact.
  • Solyte is an ultra light, top-of-the-line midsole that delivers durable and responsive cushioning.
  • Dynamic DuoMax Support System uses a dual-density material in the midfoot to reduce over pronation.
  • Propulsion Trusstic System utilizes a thermal plastic unit that connects the lateral heel to the medial forefoot. This unit works to release stored energy and propel you forward during toe-off.
  • Impact Guidance System (IGS) design creates a smooth and balanced heel-to-toe transition.
  • Guidance Line is a vertical flex groove in the forefoot for improved gait efficiency.
  • Open mesh on the upper provides breathable coverage.
  • ComforDry Sockliner is made with anti-bacterial material to reduce odor and moisture and provide additional cushioning.
  • Heel Clutching Systemuses an exoskeletal structure that wraps the heel for a secure fit.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to Dual-Density Solyte Foam, for enhanced cushioning and a moderately soft underfoot feel.
  • ASICS High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) in the heel is made of carbon rubber for exceptional durability.
  • DuraSponge in the forefoot is made from a blown AHAR compound, for responsive cushioning and flexibility.
  • WET GRIP Outsole increases traction on wet surfaces.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: As a long time DS Trainer 16 and 17 user, I find the 18 a step into the wrong direction. For the 18, Asics uses the dynamic duomax which substantially decreases the midfoot stability of the shoe. The trusstic system has been modified to reducd weight but that only decreases the stability as well as the energy return on toe off. The clutch collar system is gone and replaced with an external heel counter in the 18. I was rather indifferent to the clutch collar, but the external heel counter combined with the wider/ more shallow ankle fit gives the 18 a less secure fit. The upper of the forefoot is less forgiving to a wide variety of foot types as the black overlays are less flexible. The switch from a 10mm to 9mm toe drop was not noticeable to me. Overall, the 18 saves about an ounce over the 17 but is stripped of much of it's performance.
From: Nick, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Comments: This shoe is fantastic. I've worn several of the previous models. I actually like the previous models better because of the collar system. But this model isnt bad. I think they should bring back the colors from the ds 16. BTW ive put about 700 m on each pair and im sure they could handle more.
From: Dan, Somalia

Comments: This is a shoe that is in its comfort zone when going fast. It is truly a one quiver shoe, and is at home on trails, roads, and even races. It is a great transition shoe if looking to make the move to training in flats, though I don't intend on doing that anytime soon. The one downside I have found is tearing the front mesh in between the more durable fabric. However, running 60+ miles a week and putting close to 700 miles on them, I am not too surprised.
From: Ben, Oakland, CA

Comments: I haven't worn any of the previous DS Trainers, but this is a very well designed iteration for my feet. Wider in the rear midfoot than the DS Racer 9, and a very flat last (little to no arch bump) works very well for flat feet. The rearfoot support is perceivable when standing, transparent when running, but does it's job well, alleviating stress on the lower calves from over pronation of the rearfoot. Replacing the memory foam insoles with something a bit thinner eliminates any "mush", and there is plenty of cushion throughout the sole. These have been my solution for over-stressed calves and medial tibial periostitis due to running in minimal shoes, and I couldn't be happier.
From: Sam, Durham, NC