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Asics Spring 2011 – The DS Trainer and a Few Close Cousins

August 4th, 2010

The Asics DS Trainer was popular long before the current minimalist movement hit.  There’s a reason it’s been around for over 15 years, the enticing combination of light weight, responsive ride and a touch of support resonated with a significant portion of the serious running crowd.  With the advent of the minimal movement and the demand for more light weight models increasing, Asics has decided the best way to address the market was to take their most popular lightweight midsole/outsole combination and offer slightly tweaked version targeted at different runners.

For Spring 2011, Asics offers three lightweight trainers all based on the tooling borrowed from various versions of the DS Trainer; the updated GEL-DS Trainer 16, the newly introduced GEL-Noosa Tri 6 and the entirely new GEL-DS SkySpeed.

Asics GEL-DS Trainer 16

The Updated Asics GEL-DS Trainer 16. Women's shown in Lime Green

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Asics Spring 2010 Footwear Updates – Back to the Future

September 17th, 2009

In the ’70′s when Asics was Tiger, the brand had a solid training shoe following, but runners flocked to the brand for their performance models.  The Ohbori and Jayhawk flats, the Spartan B spike were on the feet of the best runners from that era.  I remember distinctly photos of Alberto Salazar running for the mighty Ducks of Oregon wearing black dress socks and Tiger B’s. Rogers and Shorter won in Tigers and who could forget Allison Roe winning Boston and NYC in ’81 and setting the marathon world best in Tigers?

Tiger Ohbori circa Runners World May 77 Shoe Survey

Tiger Ohbori from the Runner's World May '77 Shoe Survey

Tiger Jayhawk from Runners World Shoe Survey May 77

Tiger Jayhawk from Runner's World Shoe Survey May '77

Tiger Spartan B from Runners World Shoe Survey May 77

Tiger Spartan B from Runner's World Shoe Survey May '77

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