FIRM AND FAST

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - RUN -

AL­MOST IN ITS 20th year, the Gel Nim­bus has been one of Asics’ flag­ship shoes, a go-to model for those look­ing for a neu­tral shoe that of­fers lots of cush­ion­ing and sup­port. For lighter triath­letes it can serve as an ex­cel­lent shoe for longer and eas­ier runs, while heav­ier mul­tisport ath­letes have typ­i­cally found the Nim­bus to be a great op­tion for longer races.

The lat­est in­ter­a­tion, the Gel Nim­bus 19, of­fers a lot of the same fea­tures fans of this model have come to love – ex­cel­lent sup­port, lots of cush­ion­ing thanks to the rear and fore­foot gel pads and a Com­fordry X-40 sock­liner that is great at wick­ing mois­ture and pro­vides lots of breatha­bil­ity.

One as­pect that has changed, though, is the gen­eral feel of the Nim­bus 19. This ver­sion of the Nim­bus uses Asics’ new Flyte­foam tech­nol­ogy, which firms up the ride ap­pre­cia­bly. While there is still a layer of tra­di­tional EVA in the mid­sole, much of the mid­sole is made of Flyte­foam, a new ma­te­rial Asics has de­vel­oped. It’s much lighter than tra­di­tional EVA or polyurethane fi­bres, but pro­vides more cush­ion­ing and dura­bil­ity. There might be more cush­ion­ing in the shoe, but it does feel firmer than pre­vi­ous ver­sions. That firm feel adds an ex­tra di­men­sion to the Nim­bus 19 – it feels a bit lighter than the 315 g it weighs and it also seems to be a bit eas­ier to move at a quicker pace in the shoe, mak­ing this a bit more of a rac­ing op­tion for those look­ing for a sup­port­ive shoe to use on race day. The seam­less, com­fort­able sock­liner adds to that op­tion, too – throw on a pair of lace locks and those who need a more sup­port­ive and cush­ioned flat could eas­ily have the Nim­bus 19 sit­ting in T2.

If you like to have a few dif­fer­ent shoes for dif­fer­ent types of runs, the Nim­bus 19 can serve your op­tion for longer runs and easy train­ing days. Asics has even gone so far as to pro­vide gender-spe­cific cush­ion­ing (women’s mod­els fea­ture a lower-den­sity top layer in the mid­sole and slightly more drop from heel to toe) to en­sure that ev­ery­one en­joys the same level of mid­sole com­pres­sion and for­ward-feel.

The Gel Nim­bus 19 does fit small and nar­row, so you’ll def­i­nitely want to try a pair on for size.

If you’re a fan of Asics shoes, have a nar­row foot and don’t need a crazy amount of lat­eral sup­port, the Gel Nim­bus 19 is def­i­nitely worth a look and a try. It feels faster to run in than you’d think for a shoe with this much sup­port and cush­ion­ing, mak­ing it a great long­train­ing op­tion for lighter triath­letes and a pos­si­ble race shoe for heav­ier ath­letes com­pet­ing in longer races.—km

Asics Gel Nim­bus 19 $200

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