Another shoe I have been running consistently in is the Asics Nimbus. I purchased the Asics Nimbus before actually beginning to run. I knew I wanted a maximum cushion heavy shoe. While I had thought about the Brooks Glycerin (a shoe I dabbled in the Spring) I don’t care for the update on that shoe. I had tried on the Asics Nimbus at work and decided that would be a shoe I would return to running in.
Photo taken from the Asics Website
As always, experiences with running shoes are based on your personal gait, style and preferences of shoes….just because I think a shoe is awesome doesn’t mean you will too. (That being said, I think the Asics Nimbus is awesome). I bought the shoe and Asics did not request for me to post about this. I have no incentive to post.
Length wise, the shoe runs pretty true to size. I wear a 9.5 in other brands…in Asics I also wear a 9.5.
Right off the bat, I would recommend seeing how you like the wide version of the shoe. My only complaint is that I wish it ran a little wider. The shoe is rather narrow. It isn’t a problem for me since I could purchase a wide but I can see it being a problem for some people.
Overall feeling while running:
As most people I know, I ran in the Newtons for a while. I supinate and run pretty far on my toes. I have always liked a cushioned shoe and I feel like the Asics Nimbus has a lot of cushion in the forefront as well as the heal. That is just my personal opinion though.
I like the feeling of the firm yet soft gel underneath. As opposed to the Hoka (which is soft and “pillow like”, these shoes are much firmer. I actually feel like (possibly because they are heavier) that I’m getting more support from the Asics Nimbus. I honestly like them a little bit better.
Treadmill: I’ve run a few times on the Alter G. They felt fine but as I have said before, who really knows with the Alter G. I’ve also run once on a “normal treadmill”. I had no issues and felt supported. They felt cushioned and I didn’t feel like my shins were crying.
Pavement: I love that I cannot actually feel the pavement. I feel like I have a lot of cushion under my feet (something I feel like I desperately need). Since they are so firm, my turnover stays pretty normal. (I don’t feel like I’m sinking into the shoe and slogging)
Grass: I’ve run on trails a few times in the Asics Nimbus. They felt good and well cushioned. I don’t remember tripping.
The Asics Nimbus (in my opinion) is a great shoe. While it’s pricey (150), it’s worth it to me because I feel much more protected and cushioned. (And due to the cushion, I’m not paying a deductible to insurance after running in them…ha) It’s a great shoe and one I wish I would have found earlier.
(I’ve run about 100 miles in this shoe and it will stay a staple in my running for a while).
Who would I recommend this shoe too?
Neutral runners who like extra cushion. Someone that runs in the Brooks Ghost or Glycerin, Saucony Ride or Triumph or any Hoka model. Also in my personal work experience, it seems to fit orthotics pretty well.
Have you run in the Asics Nimbus?
This is my first experience in it and I wish I had found it sooner. I run in the Asics Nimbus and have been cross training and working in the Asics Cumulus (both I purchased). I think Asics did a great update to both shoes.