SOFTLY, SOFTLY

PAUL FREARY AND THE AW TEAM TAKE A LOOK AT RUN­NING SHOES WHICH OF­FER HIGH LEV­ELS OF CUSH­ION­ING

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On-Cloudace

Price: £170.00

Stock­ist: on-run­ning.com

The most cush­ioned shoe from the brand that brought us “cloud cush­ion­ing” and this model is fea­ture-packed and rightly so to jus­tify its price. It is the most ex­pen­sive shoe on test, so we were ex­pect­ing great things from it and ul­ti­mately we were not dis­ap­pointed. This is not a light­weight model prob­a­bly due to the high level of cush­ion­ing on of­fer.

On have es­sen­tially re­tained their fa­mil­iar Cloud cush­ion­ing/out­sole sys­tem and com­bined it with a deeper layer of tra­di­tional foam- based cush­ion­ing. Th­ese two lev­els of cush­ion­ing sand­wich a full-length “speed­board” – a plas­tic sheet that al­lows the Clouds and foam to work against it and ab­sorb

im­pact. The cush­ion­ing does work well and with a 7mm heel drop the shoe has a unique feel and ride, best suited to to­tally neu­tral run­ners and per­haps even those that op­er­ate at faster paces, who run a lit­tle more on their mid/fore­foot. Heavy heel strik­ers and those that over-pronate just a lit­tle did show signs of ex­ces­sive rear­foot move­ment in the shoe, so it’s not for ev­ery­one (but no shoe is, so that’s not a fault of this model).

The up­per takes the brand’s usual high stan­dard to the next level, with a con­toured heel lin­ing that hugs ev­ery part of the foot, keep­ing it se­curely in place.

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Any shoe that makes it to a 20th an­niver­sary edi­tion must be get­ting some­thing right and the Nim­bus is one of those shoes.

This edi­tion prom­ises to be the best yet, too. On first im­pres­sions the Nim­bus feels a lit­tle heavy (305g) but as soon as you put it on that weight isn’t no­tice­able thanks to the su­per-plush feel around the foot. It’s like you’ve been in­stantly trans­ported into a world of soft, deep pli­iow, cush­ioned lux­ury.

The adap­tive GEL soaks up ev­ery im­pact and flexes nat­u­rally with the foot, while the com­bi­na­tion of the “SpEVA” foam and FlyteFoam of­fer a cush­ioned ride that will of­fer a good level of re­sponse if you pick up the pace.

Although in the neu­tral cat­e­gory of shoes, it’s very sta­ble and sup­ports you on the long­est of runs and keeps ev­ery­thing un­der con­trol in a fluid, smooth rid­ing fash­ion.

The up­per, like many of to­day’s shoes, uses an engi­neered mesh con­struc­tion, and this when com­bined with the deep pad­ding around the heel col­lar and tongue wraps the foot well and adds to the feel of lux­ury.

It’s a high mileage shoe that per­forms ex­cep­tion­ally well day in day out, week af­ter week.

Asics Gel-Nim­bus 20Price:£155.00Stock­ist:

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