7.7 Great The Asics Gel Nimbus 19 is neutral-cushioned runner that has some significant changes for this years model: some good, and sadly some bad. It's a much lighter shoe and it's still made up of top-notch materials and cushioning, but the toe-box is simply too narrow!
The Asics Gel Nimbus 19 is the flagship long-distance runner shoe for the brand. This shoe offers fabulous cushioning as it uses the Flytefoam technology which is also featured in the Asic’s marketing pitch. The shoe is very lightweight and provides an improved comfort and fit as compared to the previous models. Unfortunately, this year’s model has a much narrower last and toe-box, which caused significant performance issues.
Asics Gel Nimbus 19 Performance
The upper of Asics Gel Nimbus 19 has been completely redesigned and made seamless. The fabric used for upper is very breathable and soft. It is a knit fabric and perfect for keeping the foot ventilated. The laces are good to tie, and provide a tight and snug fit to the wearer. However, being breathable, the mesh material of upper also gets soaked up with water in rainy weather or while running in wet areas. The heel has a nicely built cup which keeps cradling the foot during the run and provides a good feel. The toe-box is unfortunately tight, along with the entire last of the footbed. But if you have smaller feet, perhaps this won’t be a cause for discomfort.
The sole unit has also been completely changed, and the company has introduced the new cushion system named as Flytefoam in the midsole. According to the company, the combination of Flytefoam and Gel system makes the shoe lighter and more comfortable. The midsole has two different foam densities packed together, but the lower part is made up of Flytefoam. The sole unit has a springy thing that allows you to transition smoothly during your stride. The outsole responds well during strides and enhances the tempo and pace of the runner. The Nimbus 19 goes further narrower and firmer as compared to the 17 and 18 models, which was cause for some discomfort during longer runs unfortunately.
Asics Gel Nimbus 19 Design
The design of Asics Gel Nimbus 19 is almost the same except same changes in the upper. The mesh has a tighter attachment near the midsole edge while the area on the forefoot is open. It has no external layering on the upper; and high-density printing is used over the mesh material. The Asics logo is present on the both sides of the mid-foot. The heel has a solid piece of plastic on the outer side while the forefoot has a clip wrapped around it. The collar is a bit plumper, and the heel design offers a better fit than the Nimbus 18. The Nimbus 16 had a wider toe-box and provided more cushion as compared to the Nimbus 19.
Asics Gel Nimbus 19 Price
The Asics Gel Nimbus 19 costs $160, and it is a bit on the pricier side. Usually, the technologies and ample cushioning make up for this steeper price tag, but it’s a bit tougher of a sell this year due to the narrow and uncomfortable toe-box. Still, it is very durable shoe and in term of long-term usage it could be well worth it for you, and the quality of the materials is still top-notch.
- Weight: Men 11.1Oz and Women 8.88Oz
- Heel-to-toe drop: 10 mm
- Type: Neutral/Cushioned
- Terrain: Road