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Women’s Running Shoes: A Few Faves from 2012

January 9th, 2013

2012 came and went, leaving us with fond memories of the Games in London, epic moments at our own races, and a collection of exceptional running shoes. Here’s a spotlight on five of our best selling women’s running shoes from 2012.

Asics Gel Nimbus
If you’re on the prowl for a supremely cushioned, neutral daily trainer, the Asics Gel Nimbus 14 would definitely get a second date. And after a month you’ll probably want to elope. The shoe has that comfy Asics step-in feel, and the heel-to-toe transition is nice and smooth. The ample heel and forefoot Gel units offer premium impact protection, and the mesh upper is breathable and secure.

We also like: Saucony Triumph 10 and adidas adistar Ride 4.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS
You need support to correct overpronation, but you don’t want a heavy, super built-up shoe. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS deserves a look. It has maximum support and a nice dose of cushioning to keep your feet happy. This workhorse of a shoe is built to stand up to the long runs you’re ready to log.

We also like: Mizuno Wave Alchemy 12 and Saucony Omni 11.

Nike FREE Run
The Nike FREE Run+ 3 has been a popular choice for women who want something lighter and more flexible than a traditional trainer, but don’t want to take the plunge into the “barefoot” shoe world. This neutral trainer is designed to give you a more natural running feel, but still packs a cushioned platform for a bit of protection. Add in a seamless upper and a wide array of color choices and you’ve got a fun performance shoe for many occasions.

We also like: Brooks PureFlow.

Saucony Kinvara
For long epics or short jaunts at almost any pace, the Saucony Kinvara 3 can be your new running partner. Seriously. This baby can handle speedwork, racing and daily training with ease for all you neutral runners out there. The soft platform still provides the responsiveness you need to feel energized on longer runs. The upper remains light but still provides a secure fit thanks to welded overlays. And did we mention all the pretty colors?

We also like: Asics Gel Lyte and Brooks PureConnect.

Mizuno Wave Rider
If you want a firm, responsive ride in a traditional neutral trainer, then get stoked on the Mizuno Wave Rider. The open mesh of the upper is incredibly breathable to keep you cool, and hugs your foot with a close and secure fit. Mizuno’s Wave technology spans from heel to the midfoot, offering ample shock absorption. And the ride is so smooth it might just encourage you to log a few extra miles.

We also like: Saucony Ride 5 and adidas adizero Boston 3.

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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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