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Asics Gel Nimbus 14 – Our Take

May 21st, 2012

Asics Gel Nimbus 14 Women's Running Shoe

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A highly cushioned daily trainer for neutral runners, Asics Gel Nimbus 14 treats your feet to a luxury ride.
(View Men’s Gel Nimbus 14 and Women’s Gel Nimbus 14)

Big Updates

  • Lighter Weight: The Men’s Nimbus 14 drops a half oz compared to the 13, while the Women’s version falls by 0.3 oz.
  • Straight Lacing: Asymmetrical lacing from the Nimbus 13 has been replaced by more traditional lacing.

Road Test

The Nimbus has long been known as Asics’ premium trainer for neutral runners. Our testers found that the latest version of the shoe carries on the tradition of offering a luxurious, protected ride. It’s plenty cushioned, but remains very stable and smooth at a running pace.

Due to an increase in forefoot stack height, the Nimbus 14 has a lower offset than the prior model, but the change in offset was not perceptible to our testers. The additional material under the forefoot created a more cushioned feel at toe-off.

The upper of the Nimbus 14 really shines, with a nice balance of structure and padding, along with stretch mesh that offers good breathability. Testers found a bit more room width-wise in the latest Nimbus compared to prior versions, but runners who don’t need the extra space can easily tighten the shoe up without any sloshing around.

Overall, heel strikers who pound the pavement have a lot to like in the Nimbus 14. It offers plenty of cushioning front and rear, a smooth and stable ride, and a premium upper with a little more room than the prior model. Count on this shoe’s cushioning and cozy upper for miles and miles of comfort.

Runners Say

“I’m a heel striker, and the cushioning in the Nimbus 14 is just what I need to feel comfortable on longer runs.” – Alice

“If you’re considering the Nimbus, of course you want a padded ride, and you’ll get that. But don’t forget how important it is to have a comfy upper. My favorite part of this shoe is the plush upper that holds you in but never strangles your foot.” – Matt

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Asics Gel Nimbus 14 Sneak Peek

February 29th, 2012

Asics Gel Nimbus 14 Women's Running Shoe

The Big Papa of Pillow for the neutral runner goes on a bit of a diet but still maintains a plush ride.

Launch Date

April 2012

MSRP

$140.00

What to Watch For

  • Lower Weight: The Men’s and Women’s Nimbus 14 is estimated to weigh about a half oz less than the prior models.
  • Better Breathability: Asics designed the mesh upper for better breathability to keep your feet cooler and drier.
  • Flatter Platform: An increase of 1mm in the forefoot and decrease of 1mm in the heel flattens out the Nimbus just a bit but is not likely to result in a noticeable difference.

Men’s Colors

Women’s Colors

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