Staff Pick: Asics Nimbus 15

With bunions or not, runners who like plush rides are pumped on the newest Nimbus, a top o’ the line cushioning shoe.

 

RUNNING SHOE: Asics Nimbus 15

Category: Cushion, Neutral

Best for: Training, Racing, Walking, Running, Roads

Weight: 11.5 oz. (men’s size 9), 9.4 oz. (women’s size 8)

Heel-to-toe drop: 9 mm

Price: $145

PRODUCT REVIEW

The Asics Nimbus 15 is an outstanding upgrade to the 14, so fans of the previous version, rejoice! Or at least let out a sigh of relief, because the changes Asics made are going over well.

Asics Nimbus 15 running shoes

Asics has recently revolutionized many of the shoes in their line, the Kayano 20 and 2000 2 to name two others, including the newest Nimbus. With what they call FluidAxis technology — which, in a nutshell, enables the foot to function more naturally and unencumbered as opposed to the shoe doing a lot of work — the Nimbus 15 is lighter and more flexible. It has a smoother transition from landing to toe-off. Plus all of this is all contained within an upper that has a far superior fit to its predecessor.

The first thing wearers may notice upon slipping on the Nimbus is the improved upper fit versus the Nimbus 14. Using what’s called FluidFit technology, the upper not only is less constricting than the former model, but also has slightly more stretch and fewer seams, allowing it to move with the foot more effectively. Additionally, those with bunion issues will be pleased with the fact that Asics kept the “bunion window” on the medial side of the forefoot.

Although Asics was able to lighten up the shoe, the brand didn’t sacrifice a plusher feel. They used a combination of Asics SoLyte and SpEVA cushioning systems to give the shoe superior cushioning (what Nimbus loyalists have come to expect) and a softer feel straight out of the box. The added flex grooves in the forefoot along with a smaller trussic piece on the lateral side of the shoe give wearers a much more flexible, natural-feeling ride.

Overall, this is a fabulous update to an already great shoe. The Nimbus will still remain a top of the line neutral cushioning shoe but this time will have a more plush, flexible and slightly less bulky feel to it. The only drawback: a $10 price increase, but truthfully, it’s worth it.

Check out the Asics Nimbus 15 here.

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