Shoe Review: Asics Nimbus 15

The Asics Nimbus 15 is an outstanding upgrade to the 14, so fans of the previous version rejoice!

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. Employing their new FluidAxis technology–which in a nutshell enables the foot to function more naturally as opposed to the shoe doing the entirety of the work–the Nimbus 15 is lighter, more flexible, has a more smooth transition from landing to toe-off, all contained within an upper that has a far superior fit to its predecessor.

Asics Nimbus 15

The first thing wearers may notice upon slipping on the Nimbus is the improved upper fit versus the Nimbus 14. Using their 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.

Using FluidRide, Asics was able to lighten up the shoe while still adding a more plush feel. FluidRide is a dual combination of Asics SoLyte and SpEVA cushioning systems, giving the shoe superior cushioning 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 a much more flexible, natural-feeling ride for the wearer. Lovers of the Brooks Glycerin, Asics Cumulus and Adidas Glide will likely love this one as well.

Overall, 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.

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