- Great cushioning system (bounce back and impact absorption)
- Good lockdown
- Upper is flexible and lightweight
- Removable inserts
- Requires a break-in period
- Too much padding in heel
- Really tight, constricting toe box initially
We really like the Gel-Nimbus 19. They are among the best neutral road running shoes on the market right now.
We have reviewed and tested out plenty of ASICS shoes in the past—including the Gel-Kayano 23s—and generally speaking we’re never disappointed. Sure, there’s always something here and there that we don’t like, but on the whole we think ASICS makes great running shoes. Same story with the Nimbus 19.
Gel Nimbus 19 are expensive
They retail as of the date of this post for $160. That’s crazy. You can check the price here on Amazon, but I’m sure you agree that anything over $120 is really, really expensive…probably too expensive. Nothing against ASICS, but price points with running shoes are getting ridiculous.
Running experience with Nimbus 19
These are neutral road running shoes meant for people that either have neutral running form or under-pronate (i.e. foot rolls outward somewhat). These are basically the neutral version of the Kayanos. You get an 11mm heel-to-toe drop and the shoes have adequate (really good) cushioning. ASICS uses a combination of their FlyteFoam and a gel for the outsole—the combination is superb and makes for a really nice running experience. You get plenty of bounce back and energy absorption, perfect for short, medium, and long distance running.
How’s the Upper and lockdown?
It’s mostly very good. The upper is pliable, lightweight, and wraps your foot well. The lockdown is likewise very nice. Our one complaint with the fit is that the shoes have an excessive amount of padding. As a result, heel slips for the first few runs and the shoes feel heavier than 11 ounces. The padding wears down after time and the fit improves, but initially it’s a little annoying. Same thing with the toe box—it’s constricting and is tight on your foot. Luckily, however, the upper stretches out and the shoes end up fitting much better after run three or so.
What else with Gel-Nimbus 19?
The tread is obviously geared toward road running, but we really like it a lot. It’s pretty rugged and thick—we’re thinking it will take several hundred miles to wear down. The shoes are completely wrapped in reflective material, which makes them great for running at night. The fit is 1/2 size small also so make sure to order up if you go with the Nimbus 19.