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