Weight: 267g (Women’s 7) 329g (Men’s 9)
Heel-toe Offset: 13mm
I picked up a pair of the new Asics Nimbus 16’s about a month ago, at the Boston Marathon expo. My first ever marathon was run in the Nimbus 12’s. Since then, my marathon running has come a long way, and I now choose to race in a lighter shoe. (I raced the Melbourne Marathon last year in the Asics Skyspeed, and the Boston Marathon this year in the Asics Hyperspeed) but I still have a place for the Nimbus, as a high-mileage trainer, for most of my long runs, as the cushioning that this shoe offers is second to none.
So…. How does the new Nimbus 16 compare to previous models?
Not a lot of changes have been made between the 15’s and the 16’s. Gel units have been repositioned in both the forefoot and the heel, and more grooves added to the forefoot to improve flexibility, but the weight of the shoe remains virtually unchanged.
There has been a slight adjustment to the upper around the toe box (the heat moulded seam and the overlay have virtually swapped positions from the Nimbus 15’s). This is mostly an aesthetic change, but potentially minimizes rub on the toes.
There has also been a minor change to the clutch (heel) counter, but until somebody pointed it out to me, I didn’t even notice the difference.
All the features of the Nimbus 15’s have also been carried over to the 16’s, including the zip fluid fit mesh (to create a firm glove-like fit), clutch counter for the heel (to improve fit), gender specific cushioning (women’s forefoot material is softer than men’s to allow cushioning to be felt by a lighter frame), fluid ride platform (2 piece midsole), guidance line (for enhanced gait efficiency), and rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning (for shock absorption during impact and toe-off)
I think that lovers of the Nimbus 15 will also love the 16, because it has not had a radical overhaul. I tried to find reviews of the shoe from other runners. One site had 15 reviews posted. It turns out the 15 ‘reviews’ were complaints from 15 different people about the shoe colours. Unfortunately, nobody had anything constructive to say about how they found the shoe to actually run in, so the views expressed in this review are purely my own. So this is what I found when I pulled them on…
When I first pulled on the Nimbus 16, it felt bulky compared to the lightweight shoes I have been running in lately. However, it is very comparable in weight to other shoes in its class.
After a few k’s, I noticed that my toes were feeling a bit numb. I stopped and loosened the laces, and have not had the same problem since. I had probably done them up too tight.
The cushioning was evident, and they felt broken-in from almost the first step. They were very soft and comfortable. They are not the lightest pair of shoes I own…… But they are not trying to be a lightweight shoe. I don’t think I would like to race a marathon in this shoe anymore, but it will suit plenty of other runners for this distance. As a high mileage trainer for my long runs, it is a great shoe.
Thus shoe would suit neutral runners or mild overpronators, who are looking for some protection without the correction.
i also feel they run true to size… I have worn a size 8 in Asics (all models) for 3-4 years and the Nimbus 16 is no exception. I have also found these shoes to be very durable. Lucky me, as I am a light runner with an efficient gait, who wears shoes evenly. They are definetly more durable than some of the more lightweight (and cheaper) shoes in my collection, so I think they are worth the price.
You can also read my review of the Nimbus 15’s here.
What do you think of the Nimbus 16’s?