Shoe Review: Asics Gel-Nimbus 15

Weight: 267g (Women’s 7) 329g (Men’s 9)

Heel-toe Offset: 12mm (heel 33mm, forefoot 21mm)

Class: Netural

Cost: AU$229.95

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.

NB… This post was written in May 2013. In August, I bought the Asics skyspeed, a shoe that is suited to similar runners to the Nimbus. Read my review of it here: 

https://marathonbarbie.com/2013/09/04/shoe-review-asics-gel-ds-sky-speed/

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8 thoughts on “Shoe Review: Asics Gel-Nimbus 15

  1. i ALSO JUST BOUGHT THESE SHOES….HOWEVER….I’VE TRIED RUNNING IN THEM ABOUT 5 TIMES NOW, AND HAVE TO STOP AFTER ABOUT 20 MINS AS MY RIGHT FOOT, THE BALL AND TOES, GO COMPLETELY NUMB!!! i HAVE NO IDEA WHY THEY WOULD BE DOING THIS, HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED IT BEFORE.hAVE TRIED LOOSENING THE LACES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, IT ALSO HAPPENS IN THE OTHER FOOT BUT NOT SO BAD….HMMMM, I AM WONDERING NOW THAT YOU MENTION THE TIGHTER GRIP MID ARCH THAT IT IS CUTTING CIRCULATION.QUITE GUTTED AS I PAID $280NZ FOR THEM.GRRRRR.oTHERWISE THEY ARE VERY SPONGEY AND COMFORTABLE….

    1. Do you have plenty of room in the toes? Have you run in the Nimbus before?
      I’m no expert, nor am I qualified to be advising people on which shoes may or may not be right for them, i’m just someone who has run in the various models of this shoe for a few years, writing about what I found.
      The latest offering does feel noticeably tighter around the midfoot/arch to me. I have not had issues with it though. I also half-size up for all my running shoes, as feet swell when you run longer distances.
      These shoes are certainly pricey, so I hope they work out for you Leila! They are still my go-to marathon shoe, no matter which new shoes I try, I keep coming back to these ones.

      1. I have the same issue with these too! Numb little toes, for me mainly in the left, it drives me nuts as it is not a comfortable run. Glad its not just me but unfortunately it means I have to buy yet another pair, grrrr

  2. thank you for this great detailed review. i have been wearing nimbus since 7 and they are my absolute go to shoe. i agree with you regarding the previous models and seeing them everywhere. i personally am not a fan of pink but i chose my shoes based on function not aesthetics although honestly it doesn’t hurt to have a shoe that looks good and performs good too. i was on the fence about getting the 15 but after reading your review i will have to give them a try. i’ve had the same trouble as your previous poster about numbness in my toes after reaching a certain mileage while running. runners world has a great article on how to re-lace shoes to offer more room or support. again thanks for such an awesome review!

  3. I enjoyed this review and at the moment choosing between the 14 (on sale) and the 15 (not on sale). I tried the 14 first and liked them except I noticed a little spot poking at me that could possibly cause some irritation (physical or mental). Its right at the base of the laces on the inside at the base of my big toe.Loosening the laces helped but not completely. I don’t know if this is something to go spend the full price for the 15s over though! anyone heard of this issue with the 14?

    1. I have not had that problem myself with the 14’s (i had 2 pairs of 14’s and personally, I think I like them more than the 15’s now that I have had a chance to wear the 15’s more) BUT everyone is different, and at the end of the day, I would say that comfortable shoes are more important than cheper shoes , so if you think a shoe may cause you irritation, i would personally give it a miss!

  4. I’ve done about 300km with the nimbus 15’s and to be quite honest would rather go out and purchase a pair of nimbus 14’s again…the 15’s are lighter but after 35km runs my feet are extremely sore in comparison to the 14’s which I loved doing greater distances in

    1. Overall I prefer the 14’s too, as did many other Nimbus loyalists. fingers crossed that Asics have been listening when they release the 16’s later this year.

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