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Blending fit, feel, and fast in a lightweight racing flat with a bit of pronation support, the ASICS Gel DS Racer 9 offers moderate cushioning and a semi-firm ride.


Important Shipping Note: U.S. sales only.


The ASICS DS Racer 9 continues its tradition as a supportive and responsive racing flat. It has a modest amount of support to correct overpronation, and still retains the light, race-day feel that runners love. The DS Racer 9 now has a soft, close fitting upper that wraps comfortably around the foot, making it ideal for longer races and marathons.

Model Number:

Weight: 6.9 oz (size 8)

Stack Height: Heel (24mm), Forefoot (14mm)

Available Widths: B=Medium

How It Fits (based on width B) 

  • Sizing: fits small, purchase 1/2 size larger than standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Mid-foot: Low to medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Curved


The Gel-DS Racer 9 is a minimum feature, minimum support shoe designed for speedwork and racing.


  • Rearfoot 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.
  • Magic Sole uses a vented midsole to minimize weight and increase breathability.
  • DuoMax Support System uses a dual-density material in the midfoot to reduce over pronation.
  • Racing Trusstic System utilizes a lightweight thermal plastic midfoot unit for lightweight, torsional rigidity.
  • Open mesh on the upper provides breathable coverage.
  • Standard sockliner provides additional underfoot cushioning.
  • California Slip Lasting involves stitching the upper along the perimeter of a synthetic material which is then attached to the midsole.
  • 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.


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: I followed the instructions and the shoe-FTR and ordered a half size larger. Even with thin stocks, they're a tad short. You really need to go one full size larger. I had hoped to use these to run longer races--1/2 and possibly fulls. But their short enough that they won't accommodate feet swelling from longer runs. They feel great on the track and will be fine for shorter races. I also like the fact that they have a normal heel drop and not one of these 4 or 5 cm drops that makes you feel like you're wearing old Earth Shoes. (and I'm a mid-foot striker, too.)
From: VB, Stanislaus, CA, USA

Comments: Comfy shoe but runs small. order 1/2 size up from your typical running show size.
From: Carrie, NY, USA