A ‘fly­ing ’ run­ning ma­chine

The lesser-known sta­bil­ity shoe from Asics de­liv­ers form and cush­ion­ing for run­ners, writes Amir Zaki

New Straits Times - - Heal -

WHEN it comes to sta­bil­ity shoes from this Ja­panese brand, the Gel-Nim­bus (in its 19th rein­car­na­tion) is the lesser-known brother of the Gel-Kayano which has en­joyed tremen­dous suc­cess.

Hav­ing worn a Gel-Kayano 22 be­fore try­ing on the Gel-Nim­bus 19, I can safely say that as a run­ner with a slight foot arch, this one gives me a more com­fort­able ride.

Dur­ing my ini­tial 7km run in it, it felt quite hard on the foot ini­tially but af­ter some run­ning, the outer sole ma­te­rial not only pro­vided cush­ion­ing and sta­bil­ity, it also helped pro­pel me for­ward. Run­ning be­came seam­less and eco­nom­i­cal with­out hav­ing to push my­self for­ward too much.

Ac­cord­ing to the brand, the Gel-Nim­bus 19 “has re­ceived im­prove­ments in mul­ti­ple func­tions to de­liver a light­weight and com­fort­able shoe for neu­tral run­ners and un­der­prona­tors with­out com­pro­mis­ing on re­spon­sive cush­ion­ing.”

CUSH­ION­ING AND SUP­PORT

As a run­ner who is on the heav­ier side, I find the sup­port and cush­ion­ing ad­e­quate to sup­port both my weight and the con­stant pound­ing on the road. Some shoes are too hard on the knees and oth­ers come with cush­ion­ing that bor­ders on spongy, but this one is per­fect.

“Ev­ery sea­son, we strive for con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment in our footwear so run­ners can ex­pe­ri­ence a more com­fort­able ride,” says Asics Asia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Yo­gesh Gandhi.

“With the up­grades to the shoe, we are pro­vid­ing im­proved light­weight and cush­ion­ing, and up­graded tech­nolo­gies for loyal cus­tomers.”

The sec­ond time I wore it for a run, it felt even bet­ter (af­ter ad­just­ing the shoelaces to loosen the grip slightly).

The re­spon­sive­ness of the shoe is pos­si­ble thanks to Asics’ FlyteFoam mid­sole tech­nol­ogy which gives run­ners bet­ter pro­tec­tion and re­spon­sive­ness from a light ma­te­rial. As some­one who lands on his mid­sole, this makes run­ning com­fort­able, es­pe­cially af­ter a few kilo­me­tres. The shoe starts mould­ing to my feet, steps be­come more sta­ble and my run be­comes much more com­fort­able.

Some re­view­ers say the shoe is so com­fort­able it doesn’t even need a breakin pe­riod.

TOEBOX IS­SUE

The down­side of this shoe is its su­per-tight toebox. On its web­site, the com­pany has in­di­cated that cus­tomers should go half a size up, but I feel that doesn’t solve the prob­lem.

I read reviews that this edi­tion’s toebox is even smaller than its pre­de­ces­sor’s so those with wide feet need to heav­ily ad­just their laces so feet fit snugly, not tightly into the shoes.

There are dif­fer­ent widths avail­able in dif­fer­ent mar­kets but, my shoe box does not state the width of my Gel-Nim­bus 19. My pre­vi­ous Gel-Kayano 22, how­ever, is a 2E (wide) al­though it feels very nar­row com­pared to my New Bal­ance 1260V6, which has the same width. So if this is also a 2E, then Asics run­ning shoes are re­ally meant for those with nar­row feet.

As some­one who lands on his mid­sole, this makes run­ning com­fort­able, es­pe­cially af­ter a few kilo­me­tres. The shoe starts mould­ing to my feet, steps be­come more sta­ble and my run be­comes much more

com­fort­able.

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