Asics Gel Nimbus 17 Review


asics nimbus 17 heelThe Asics Gel Nimbus 17 is meant for runners of both sexes looking for a neutral and premium daily training shoe. It offers sufficient cushioning thus providing a stable and reliable ride. The shoe is now available with a brand new design on the upper and midsole areas. It retains the cushioning that all runners prefer while being significantly lighter. The shoe fit is responsive and  boasts a comfortable transition making it suitable for higher mileage running.

General information

Upgraded from the previous version, it offers exceptional cushioning from heel to toe for neutral runners. It offers better fit and overall comfort through a new design and materials in the upper and minimal changes in the midsole cushioning. However, the most noticeable changes remain in the upper part of the shoe.

Commonly known as the FluidFit upper, the changes that have been made include

  • a new material for the mesh
  • seamless overlays covering the foot

This makes the shoe lighter and more customizable and have a foot strike with a flexible fit. The Asics Gel Nimbus 17 retains its reliable and smooth transition through the FluidRide midsole and updated cushioning.

When you consider the updated cushioning that this shoe is popular for with the redesigned and updated upper, the Asics Gel Nimbus 17 becomes the go-to shoe for people looking for a durable and neutral daily trainer for every mile.

Sole Information

asics nimbus 17 soleThe sole unit of this shoe retains most of the features found in the previous versions. It includes a 10mm offset designed for those runners who desire a plush, soft ride and extended performance.

The GEL cushioning, very popular with Nimbus and Asics shoes was expanded in the forefoot and heel areas providing an improved fluid and soft ride when the foot strikes. The overall reduced weight of the shoe can be partly attributed to the changes in the in the midsole area.

The midsole enhancements through the increased cushioning throughout out are clear and noticeable when on long and short run. As you put more and more miles, you will feel that the cushioning is exceptional. It never feels like it is bouncy or too much. It is just the right amount, as the shoe will still give you that responsive feel.

The outsole of The Asics Gel Nimbus 17 is consistent with its previous versions, which is made of high abrasion rubber. This is consistent throughout the heel area thus providing dependability and reliability that allows the shoe to handle more miles.

The forefoot part of the shoe comes with the DuraSponge Outsole that provides for ultra-smooth cushioning. For support, the shoe uses the Guidance Trusstic System while efficiency is provided by the Guidance Line. This gives the shoe ample balance between support and cushioning required for a responsive feel throughout the gait of a runner.

Although the sole updates are not visible immediately, you will feel them once you put on the shoe for the first time. With the updated sole unit, the ride is smoother and softer coupled with a responsive transition under the foot.

Upper Information

The most prominent change on the upper is the use of a no-sew seamless mesh all through the entire upper. Just like its previous versions, it retains the FluidFit synthetic mesh overlays that are now made up a more breathable and lighter material that adds comfort to the foot and gives it a snug.

As indicated earlier, the synthetic overlays wrap around the whole foot. They are laid on the mesh that is newly designed for a combination of a responsive and flexible feel. Some people might think that this more flexible and lighter upper can decrease the responsiveness and control of the shoe. However, that is totally opposite since the lighter mesh and seamless upper are more responsive, since the shoe can move with the flex of the foot all through the whole time it is in contact with the ground.

With the overall upper design, The Asics Gel Nimbus 17 comes with a greater and better running experience. The seamless design and the new mesh overlay to the upper provide more comfort to the shoe and a secure fit for every individual runner.

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