Shortly before my marathon and then afterwards, I began running in the Asics Nimbus 17. Since transitioning from Newtons (last year) into a more traditional running shoe, the Asics Nimbus has been a great shoe to me. I reviewed the Asics Nimbus 16 a few months ago. The gel and high cushion supports my feet well. I like more cushion shoes. I do not like light weight shoes at all.
Side Note: I’m always hesitant to do running shoe reviews because what works (or doesn’t) for me, won’t always be the same for others. I like a lot of cushion and am a neutral runner. This means that shoes such like the Saucony Triumph or Brooks Glycerin are good options for me. This also means personally I don’t care for minimalist shoes. Another thing to keep in mind is that I’m not a techy person. Either the shoe feels good to me or it doesn’t and I’ll explain why.
I don’t care so much about the technical side of a shoe so I won’t review that part. Plus, there are much better blog posts that review that anyways…I just give my personal experience with the shoe. (And no Asics is not paying me to review their shoe).
This is similar to other comparable shoes of different brands such as the Saucony Triumph (150) and Brooks Glycerin (150).
Asics has always run a little bit narrow. The previous Asics Nimbus was entirely too narrow for my foot. I found myself being comfortable in a mens shoe versus womens. I have a very wide foot so I normally run in a wide. With the Nimbus 17, they opened up the toe box space so my foot have plenty of space to breath. I normally wear a size 9.5 wide woman’s shoe and my feet fit comfortably into a size 9.5 Asics Nimbus Wide.
One problem I did have was the top inner toe box rubbed my foot raw. I ended up bleeding through the shoe. I know it wasn’t a sock issue. The toe box fit my foot a little bit different and caused rubbing. My foot got used to it within a few runs but it was unpleasant to see the shoe had caused my foot to bleed.
I like the fit much better than the previous model. I think Asics did a great job with it.
The shoe is much lighter than the Nimbus 16. I still feel as if I have the cushion I like but with a lot less weight. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about that aspect. I know the cushion is still there but mentally I like to feel as if the cushion underneath my foot. While running it has felt good. I still feel protected and I haven’t had any issues or problems with the shoe. It does feel a little bit lighter since it weighs less. After about 50 miles on the shoe, I didn’t seem to notice much of a difference in weight.
I like Asics Nimbus a lot. I feel comfortable doing my training in this shoe. The major differences (more open toe box and lighter weight) don’t effect my training significantly. I will continue to run in the shoe (as well as a new to me shoe the Saucony Triumph).
Edit to add: I’ve ran 104 miles in this shoe (both before and after the marathon).
Questions for you:
What shoe do you train in?
Have you ever tried the Asics Nimbus?