Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Asics: Gel Nimbus 17 Review


Last week, I had the opportunity to test out the Asics Gel Nimbus 17 from a friend of mine who is also reviewing shoes on his blog. I initially ran it for a short 5 mile tempo and it feels like that the shoes were begging for more miles. So I asked if I could try them one more time on my 13 mi training run that weekend. I was thrilled and I can honestly say that the shoes didn't disappoint. So let's dive in and know the shoes better:

Description
The Asics Gel Nimbus 17 has won the Runner's World Editor's Choice in June 2015. They are considered a Neutral shoes; so if you have high arches and need minimal support then the neutral shoes are for you. The shoes weigh in at 10.8 ounces and a heel to toe drop of 10mm ( Heel height: 23mm, Forefoot height: 13mm). I normally wear a size 10 but the product I tested was 10.5. I thought my feet would be sliding up but that wasn't the case, they really felt like a size 10 to me. So consider going a half size up when trying out these shoes. Better yet, go try them on instead of ordering on-line.
Upper
The upper is made of seamless Fluidfit construction that feels like you are wearing a glove-like fit, so you can say goodbye to blister. It also offers the breathability and moisture management system to keep your feet cool and dry, so that you can enjoy the run mile after mile. The Heel Clutch system is another plus that hugs my heel for full support and eliminates the chafing that other shoes may cause. Additional features are how the eyelets are independently placed so you can easily put tension on areas where needed. This is a big deal for me since my feet tend to be sensitive when it comes to lacing.
Sole
In my opinion this is the heart and soul of every shoe. This is where the rubber meets the road (literally). The shoes are considered a level 5"maximum cushioned" shoes and you can feel it with the new FluidRide that extends from forefoot to rear foot. The outsole material is still the same with Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) throughout the heel area that makes it durable so the shoes can handle all the miles you're putting in.

The Ride
To make a fair and unbiased assessment, I ran a total of 18 miles. The shoe is comfortable, cushiony and the support is not sloppy. The width on the forefoot is average, not constricting but neither is it particularly roomy. The heel feels firm but it actually have enough cushion to support my landing. I immediately noticed how cushy the forefoot was during my run and it felt like that there was a good rebound of energy going out every stride I made. My feet didn't feel beat up at the end of the run and no soreness on my knees. The only complaint I have is the weight which I think is a bit heavy but overall the shoes perform well.

My Verdict

There are so much to discuss about the specs and every detail these shoes have to offer, but I will save that for you. What I covered are the things that I immediately noticed during my 18 miles total run and what stood out the most in my opinion. The shoes sell for $150 which I think is a bit steep but you can find them cheaper in Amazon for as low as $109. The Asics Gel Nimbus 17 isn't the kind of shoes I'd use for all my runs due to weight which I think is still a bit heavy despite the fact that they already reduced it on this versionBut I would highly consider and recommend these for short tempo and easy runs. The shoes are well constructed and deserve the recognition they received last summer. Give them a try and let me know what you think.

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