Given the minor alterations for a better running experience, it’s no wonder that the Asics Gel Nimbus 15 is $5 more expensive than the Nimbus 14. The price increase may not be a lot but the features of the next Asics Gel Nimbus would decide whether the price increase is worth it or not.
* Best for flexibility and fast transitioning
* Best shoes for road running
* Durable outsole
* Lots of cushioning and feet support
* Luxurious upper construction
* Suitable for everyday training
* Heavier weight on the feet
* Less breathability
* Not suitable for speed running
On a first look, the Gel Nimbus 15 looks very much like the Nimbus 14. The overlay pattern looks very much the same and the trademark cushion and gel of the shoes for running comfort is still there. Asics paired up the flexible forefoot for fast transitioning with a rigid side-to-side design and heel counter to help lock the foot in place. This puts the Nimbus Gel 15 with a better fit and feels true to its size unlike other shoes that seem to lack a half-size.
Another step up with the Nimbus 15 is the fact that it has more gel on the forefoot which offers runners a bit more cushioning. That is, if you happen to be the kind of runner who needs a lot more support and cushioning on your forefoot, then the Asics Gel Nimbus 15 is a good option for you. The shoe also provides a luxurious feel with its memory foam and premium upper construction although it does limit the shoes’ breathability and makes it feel much heavier on the feet.
Out of the box, the Gel Nimbus 15 looks rather reminiscent of Asics Gel Nimbus 14. Your feet will feel pampered with the generous amount of memory foam placed throughout the shoes upper area and the gel cushioning that is plentiful inside the shoe. The Nimbus 15 looks very stylish too with smaller overlays than that of the Nimbus 14 and plain synthetic leather. On the sides of the forefoot and toe box is the padded mesh for added breathability.
On a more detailed inspection, the shoes also included reflective heel inserts which were also absent from the Nimbus 14. The shoes have also been outfitted throughout: there’s the newly shaped external heel counter, the redesigned toe box with more reflectivity, and the reflective inserts on the midsole’s lateral sides.
The Nimbus 15’s sole unit is also very similar to its predecessor and another of Asics shoe collection, Cumulus. That is, the pair only has a few very deep flex grooves which are the main reason why the shoes are perfect when it comes to flexibility and fast transitioning. However, this is also the reason why slowing down your foot when you transition is a bit difficult and can be a source of discomfort. On the plus side, the Nimbus 15’s outsole is very durable and shares very minimal wear even when used heavily.
Given the name of the shoes, Asics is definitely generous when it comes to the Gel of the midsole. Just like its predecessor, the Nimbus 15 feels very comfortable on the feet with its well-cushioned construction. Of course, there’s more gel cushioning on the forefoot which the forefoot strikers might appreciate.
The Asics Gel Nimbus 15 is the kind of shoe that you should wear whether you’re an occasional or regular runner. It’s very suitable for everyday training due to its cushioning and you can wear it to do your recovery runs or tackle miles and miles of running trails. However, given the heavier weight of the shoes, this might not be suitable if you are light of foot and want a shoe where you can go faster by being lightweight.
While the Gel Nimbus 14 is all about a stable ride with the benefit of lots of cushioning, the Gel Nimbus 15 focused more on providing runners with neutral pronation a comfortable running experience. That is, this pair is the perfect choice for you if you belong to the group of people who have very low or very high arches. You’d also love Asics Gel Nimbus 15 if you want lots of cushioning every time your feet hit the ground.