Weight: 267g (Women’s 7) 329g (Men’s 9)
Heel-toe Offset: 12mm (heel 33mm, forefoot 21mm)
I was so excited to find out that the Asics GEL-Nimbus 15 had hit the stores last week. I have worn this shoe since the 12′s. I have run 6 marathons in the GEL-nimbus now (not all in the same pair). Every year they change the design slightly. The 12′s had assymetrical lacing. The 13′s had a narrower toe box. The 14′s were lighter. For the 15th edition, the Nimbus has been given a 2-piece midsole, made of 2 different types of rubber: one for comfort, one for flexibility, known as the ‘fluidride platform’. The gel units in the sole of the shoe have been made bigger. A new multi-directional mesh has also been added to the upper. It is also slightly heavier than the previous model. It’s a shame about the current colour combinations in the women’s shoes.
The GEL-Nimbus is a well-cushioned, neutral shoe. The Nimbus 14′s won Runner’s World Editor’s Choice last year, and was one of their most popular shoes ever. I certainly noticed an explosion in other runners’ wearing the Nimbus 14′s in the last 12 months. I think a large contributing factor to that, at least for the girls, was that last year the Nimbus 14′s were released in a gorgeous bright pink colour. I bought them the day they hit the store. (Based on the technical aspects of the shoe, of course). Shortly afterwards, I started to notice these shoes gracing the feet of ladies everywhere! At the gym, at running events, and even being worn by teenage girls. I would love to know how they convinced their mums to buy them a pair of AU$225 running shoes. (I’m assuming here that the teenage girls wanted these shoes because they were pink, not because they were good technical running shoes.) But, back to the 15′s.
The soles of the shoes look slightly different to previous models. They are reinforced with high abrasion rubber on the forefoot and on the heel. This is supposed to offer exceptional durability. I really hope it does, because I tend to do a lot of kilometres in these shoes. I think they are a great, (relatively) lightweight everyday training shoe.
The guidance line and impact guidance system (IGS) has been carried over from the previous models. This is a groove that runs down the centre of the shoe, that is supposed to offer enhanced gait efficiency. When I tried on the Nimbus 15′s, the first thing I noticed is that they certainly feel more snug around the midfoot/arch than the previous models. I believe this is because of the previously-mentioned multi-directional mesh that has been added to the upper of the shoe. I had plenty of room in the toes. I also noticed that the tongue of the shoe looked quite ‘puffy’, and stood out of my shoe more than it has in previous models. I’m not sure if this is purely aesthetic. If I lace the shoes up all the way to the last eyelets, it usually leaves the laces too short to tie up comfortably, so I usually lace to the second last eyelets.
The shoes feel like they are already broken in from the moment I try them on in the store. If they are heavier than the previous model, you can’t notice it when you are running in them. It looks like the GEL-Nimbus 15 is set to be my favourite training shoe for another year. I can’t wait to see what other colours they come out with.