Disclaimer: I was offered my choice of ASCIS running shoes in exchange for a review and social media promotion. As always, all opinions are my own and I was not required to provide a positive review, just my honest thoughts after use. All photos are my own, technical content has been utilized from asicsamerica.com
I now have over 50 miles on the GEL-Nimbus that ASICS sent me and I LOVE THEM! Now, I know LOVE is a strong word, but they are just what I need as I ramp up my running in preparation for the fall races!
When I got my ASICS, my first thought was how amazing they look in person! The colors are so alive and I really didn’t notice the contrast of the pink and green too much based on the photo when I placed my order on ASICS website with a coupon code. I slipped them on and they fit great and the next morning I headed out in my first run. Since then, I haven’t run in any other shoes besides the GEL-Nimbus 16, and I even picked up a second pair on sale to alternate.
The GEL-Nimbus 16 is designed for the underpronator, when the foot rolls outward to a neutral runner. A neutral pattern is when little rolling occurs. How can you tell? Well when you head off to get your next pair of running shoes, I highly recommend going to a reputable running store and bringing your old, worn pair.
Not only will a good running store be able to take a look at the wear patterns on your shoes, but most also have a treadmill that they will have you do a quick jog on so they can see how your foot lands. After this analysis, you will either be an underpronator, a neutral runner or someone who over pronates and their foot rolls in. Getting this diagnosis is an important step to making sure you have the right shoes for you to increase your comfort and help prevent injury.
I am a neutral runner so when ASICS gave me the opportunity to pick out a pair of shoes, I knew I wanted something with a bit more cushion too because of the Plantar Fasciitis I have been dealing with and for comfort as well. The GEL-Nimbus 16 uses women’s specific cushioning to enhance mid-sole compression as well as Fluid Ride and Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Cushioning Systems:
The latest evolution in ASICS midsole technology, FluidRide™ provides the ultimate combination of bounce back and cushioning properties with reduced weight and exceptional durability.
Attenuates shock during impact and toe-off phases, and allows movement in multiple planes as the foot transitions through the gait cycle.
The GEL-Nimbus 16 was designed for the runner who wants to feel like they are running on clouds and I totally agree.
From my first run to the one I ran yesterday, the cushioning is amazing without being bulky. You know how sometimes “cushioned” shoes kinda have you tripping over your own feet? Ok, maybe that is just my issue, but not so with these. My runs are quiet and no scuffing, or tripping, has occurred at all.
The fit of the GEL-Nimbus 16 is designed to feel like a glove, holding tight to your foot without the pressure points and I like that the toe box is open and just mesh. I shy away from shoes with other features or thicker material over the toe box as I have had issues in the past with friction on the top of my toes. Not so with the GEL-Nimbus 16. The following technologies keep my foot in the proper place without friction, chafing or slipping while I run:
ASICS FluidFit™ upper technology combines multi-directional stretch mesh with stretch reinforcements that adapt to the athlete’s foot, creating a truly customized glove-like fit.
This Trusstic System® integrates Guidance Line® construction for enhanced gait efficiency while providing midfoot structural integrity.
Exoskeletal heel counter provides improved support and creates improved heel fitting environment.
Independently placed eyelets disburse lace tension, creating a customized fitting environment and enhanced upper comfort.
The one thing I did notice about the GEL-Nimbus 16 is that it is not that true to size. While it is fine for shorter runs for me, I ended up bumping up a half a size to give my foot more room to expand in the toe box as my miles increased.
The price point currently is at $150.00 for the GEL-Nimbus 16, which is comparable to what I was paying for my previous shoes from the competition, but a bit higher than a shoe with not as much support. After wearing a minimal type shoe early on in my running career, I am fine with those for shorter distances like a 5K, but I need the support for longer distances and my daily mileage to help prevent injury and keep my PF at bay.
As I look forward to many more miles, including a half marathon or two in this pair, I am so happy that I for the opportunity from ASICS to try something new as I have not deviated from my shoe selection in the past two years. Thank you for being a part of my journey ASICS America as I strive to Better My Best!