Gear Review: Asics DS Racer 9

  • By Paul Moore
  • Published March 30, 2012

The DS Racer, now in its ninth incarnation, is a classic lightweight shoe that is aimed at the athlete who wants a little support and cushioning without having to resort to something overly minimalist. The support comes from Asic’s Duo Max denser compound that sits in the inner-arch region of the Solyte midsole to reduce pronation. If you’re a mid or forefoot runner this makes no odds to the way the shoes runs to be honest In the middle of the sole, around the arch region, there’s a plastic bridge support system that keeps the shoe from twisting to provide a stable ride.

The DS Racer 9 sees a new upper for 2012 with fewer seams making it more comfy, especially when worn without socks. This upper is more breathable and far more secure on the foot, which is particularly good for longer run days. The sole has also been redesigned with deep forefoot notches that make the os Racer 9 more flexible than its predecessor, and the outsole looks more like the Gel Hyperspeed 5 with its high abrasion outer rubber. This not only keeps weight down but also offers good traction on the road.

The only problem we had was it can collect stones, which can be annoying, but as they wear in this became less of a problem. At just 215g the DS Racer 9 is one of the lightest race shoes with this much support and cushioning, and loyal fans of the DS Racer will love this updated version.

Performance: 9
Value: 8
RRP: £85

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Paul Moore

Paul Moore

Paul Moore is the Online Editor for Triathlete Europe. When not glued to a computer he can be found writing books - most recently Ultra Performance: The Psychology of Endurance Sports and The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges. Both are available on Amazon. Paul has also written Ultimate Triathlon: A complete training guide for long-distance triathletes which is also available on Amazon.