Nimbus: The king of the clouds in the Asics shoe stratosphere. OK, no more creative writing classes for us. But seriously, if you want a supremely cushioned neutral trainer, it’s hard to top the Asics Gel Nimbus series. On the heels of the very popular Asics Gel Nimbus 14, the 15th version of the shoe will add in more of the cushioning technology Asics is known for and introduce a fresh design from heel to toe.
What to Watch For
- FluidRide Platform: Debuting on the Nimbus 15, a new two-piece midsole design blends cushioning and responsiveness. The top foam layer contains injected/blended rubber, positioned closest to the foot to maximize comfort. The bottom layer, without the rubber blend, is lighter and more responsive. (Note: the sample shoes pictured are branded with Solyte, but this new platform will not contain Solyte in production.)
- More Gel: For maximum impact protection, Asics increases the size of the front and rear Gel pads compared to the 14.
- FluidFit Upper: Another debut on the Nimbus 15, the upper features multi-directional mesh on the medial and lateral sides of the shoe, along with stretchable welded reinforcements. It’s designed to provide the ultimate biomorphic fit, and we’re eager to give it a try.
- Weight Bump: Asics lists weights of 11.5 oz (Men’s size 9) and 9.4 oz (Women’s size 7). That’s a slight uptick from the current model and should not be perceptible when running.