Asics DS Trainer 18 Men's Shoe
The DS Trainer has long enjoyed a strong following among dedicated runners. A slimmed down trainer combining lightweight performance with a touch of stability, this classic lineage now enters its 18th rendition and shows no sign of slowing down.
And as you can see, big changes are in the works. In this update, the DS Trainer receives a sleek redesign from the ground up. From a dual-layered midsole to a new lightweight upper with style that screams “fast,” this version is sure to catch the attention of runners looking for a performance-oriented design for both training and racing.
What to Watch For
- Revamped Upper: A new seamless design sheds weight and increases flexibility without compromising breathability.
- Traditional Heel Design: After the clutch-collar heel design in several previous versions, this update reverts back to a more traditional heel collar design.
- New Support System: Along with other Asics models, the DS Trainer 18 switches to Dynamic Duomax for a smoother, yet still supportive ride.
- Reduced Weight: Asics claims weights of 9.1 oz (Men’s size 9) and 7.6 oz (Women’s size 8), down from 10.4 oz and 8.8 oz.
Yellow/Black/Red DS Trainer 18
Purple/White/Neon Yellow DS Trainer 18
Asics DS Trainer 18 Men's Shoe Medial View
Asics DS Trainer 18 Women's Shoe (Catalog View)
Asics Noosa Tri 7 Women's Shoe (only Noosa Tri text in heel and forefoot glow in the dark)
It glows in the dark. Need we say more? Well, maybe a little more.
The Asics Noosa Tri 7 (MSRP $120) is a variation of the popular, performance-oriented DS Trainer. By using the platform of the DS Trainer 14, the Noosa Tri 7 rides on a system proven to be successful for long, uptempo running. As such, it is great for the marathon portion of an Ironman triathlon. If you don’t do triathlons, that’s fine. This shoe has the balance to be used daily, for tempo runs, intervals or racing.
Overshadowed by the loud colors and unique glow-in-the dark components, this shoe’s upper delivers supreme breathability, making it ideal for hot, humid conditions.
The standard run of Asics technologies are here: Solyte midsole for enhanced cushioning and durability; Asics Gel in the heel and forefoot for added cushioning; DuoMax for mild pronation control; AHAR for outsole heel durability and a Durasponge forefoot for added flexibility and response; and so on.
Weight should be nearly identical to the Noosa Tri 6 (10.6 oz for a men’s 9.o, 9.5 oz for a women’s 8.0) and the heel-toe-offset is 10mm. But who really cares about that. The ride will be smooth and responsive for any foot-strike and the shoe is wildly cool. Look for the Noosa Tri 7 to be available February 2012.
Asics Noosa Tri 7 Women's Shoe (sample shown)
The Updated New Balance 1190 for Men
New Balance is getting serious about the running specialty channel again, in a big way. The company has re-focused their energy on reestablishing the company as a serious running brand. To this end, they are coming to market with model updates that are very much in tune with the trends currently happening in the industry. The new 1190 is one such model that clearly shows the future direction of the brand.
The Updated New Balance 1190 for Women
The 1190 is the update to the current 905, a lightweight, slightly-posted, go-fast trainer. While the 905 is a nice shoe, it’s not keeping pace with the Asics DS Trainer, Mizuno Elixir and Nike Lunar Elite. It’s stale look and vanilla feel is better suited to the masses, where the shoe should be targeting the niche. The New Balance 1190 looks to correct this misdirection.
Starting with the graphics, the shoe now looks fast or at least different. The 1190 removes the raised sidewalls of the 905, which gives the the shoe a much more competitive stance. Add a new No-Sew welded and seamless upper that features soft suede overlays and you are on your way to having a trainer that closely mimics the fit of a racing flat.
The midsole showcases the new REV-Lite Foam midsole material at 21mm/9mm heights to ensure the shoe is light and responsive. Add a small Stability Post for the mild to moderate overpronator and you have a really nice shoe for faster paced training, tempo runs or an ideal option for the runner who doesn’t feel comfortable racing long distances in a minimal racer. The outsole is made of blown rubber which provides great grip and added responsiveness. A new shape should provide better support and help with the heel-toe transition. All of these changes contribute to one of the finest model updates of the season.
The 1190 has an MSRP of $115 and is projected to come in at a reported 9.2 oz in a men’s size 9.5. The New Balance 1190 is scheduled to arrive at Running Warehouse in July 2011.