ASICS NIMBUS 22 REVIEW

Melanie Mitchell | September 30, 2019
 

ASICS NIMBUS 22 - SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | SEPTEMBER, 2019

ASICS GEL Nimbus speaks comfort and bounce.  Now in it's 22nd edition, it is safe to say this perennial high-mileage running shoe is well-established amongst runners, and for a reason.  

Running shoe guru Brian Metzler declares the last two reiterations of the ASICS GEL Nimbus are the best yet and encourages runners looking for a comfort in a high-mileage shoe to jump on board the Nimbus and run on! 

THE BUZZ

The ASICS GEL Nimbus is a premium, high-mileage neutral training shoe is all about cushy comfort. It is known for it's plush, step-in feel that cradles the foot and has loads of soft, cushioning from heel to toe.

The Nimbus is one of ASICS legacy models that has generally improved through the years, but the past two editions are truly the best two ever made.

WHAT'S NEW: ASICS NIMBUS 22

The GEL Nimbus 22 is a softer, more flexible and more accommodating shoe than the previous version.

This new edition of the GEL Nimbus features a thicker version of ASICS’ softest and most resilient midsole foam package, larger, wrap-around GEL cushioning in the heel, more effectively shaped GEL inserts in the forefoot, additional flex grooves in the bottom of the shoe and an upgraded engineered mesh upper.

All this adds up to a better-fitting running shoe with a smoother, softer and more flexible ride.
 

 

 

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

Like most ASICS running shoes, the GEL Nimbus 22 has a true-to-size fit that fits securely in the heel and midfoot with just a little wiggle room in the forefoot. The premium molded EVA sockliner is a big difference maker, allowing the show to wrap around a variety of foot shapes.

The new mesh monofilament mesh upper provides greater comfort and breathability across the top of the foot while also helping cinch it down to the chassis of the shoe. As you as you step into the Nimbus 22, your foot feels luxurious pampered by the softly padded interior, tongue and heel collar. The ride is soft, smooth, supple and flowy without any inhibition.

The Nimbus 22 features ASICS silicone-based GEL cushioning packets for responsive shock absorption. The wrap-around GEL inserts in the heel provide impact protection no matter how the foot strikes the ground, while the sleek, low-profile inserts in the forefoot work in concert with the foam layers and newly grooved outsole to provide a silky, seamless transition from foot strike to toe-off. 

Most running shoes have flex grooves through the outsole rubber, but they’re exceptionally deep and wide in the ASICS GEL Nimbus 22. The eight curvy flex grooves (five in the forefoot, three in the rearfoot) cut deep into the midsole that allow the show to uniformly move, bend and stretch with each foot. 

This edition of the GEL Nimbus retains that classic vibe, but somehow ASICS has found a way to make it feel even better.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The attraction of the ASICS GEL Nimbus 22 is it's appeal to a wider range of runners. Those who run with neutral gait patterns—especially heel strikers—will love this shoe, no matter if you run 15-20 miles a week, 30-50 or more.

It’s decidedly best for slower to moderate paces, but its wheelhouse can extend from short runs to long runs which makes it perfect for a runner on their journey to longer distances.  

PROS AND CONS OF THE ASICS NIMBUS 22

ASICS Nimbus 22 - Pros

Pros:ASICS Nimbus 22 

Pro: One of the key components of the Nimbus 22 is a layer of proprietary Flytefoam Propel foam, which offers a soft feel with an energetic, bouncy return. The layer of Flytefoam is 2mm thicker than the previous edition. And more is definitely better!

Pro: Because of the flex grooves in the bottom of the foot, the outsole of the Nimbus 22 has an outsole made of small segments of rubber. That keeps the weight of the shoe in check, but it also provides dynamic traction. 

Pro: The GEL Nimbus is not a fast shoe for all-out racing, but if your goal is to finish a half marathon or marathon comfortably, this could be a good race-day option for you—especially if you wear it for your long runs in training.

ASICS Nimbus 22 - Cons

Cons: ASICS Nimbus 22

Cons: The Nimbus has never been a lightweight trainer and spec weights of the Nimbus 22 means it tips the scale slightly higher than some of its contemporaries in the premium training category.

It’s definitely not a deal breaker if you’re looking for a cushy, high-mileage trainer, but it doesn’t have the pep or versatility of lighter shoes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado. 

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of "Running Colorado's Front Range" and the co-author of "Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running" and "Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner."