Asics Gel-Nimbus 18

Asics Gel-Nimbus 18
Asics Gel-Nimbus 18

Asics' Gel-Nimbus line of running shoes has always been known for its comfort and protection for long-distance runners. Into its 18th generation, the Gel-Nimbus 18 continues that tradition.

It uses Asics' famous Gel cushioning system on the rear and forefoot sections to absorb shocks during impact and toe-off.

Labelled as the Guidance Line by Asics, the outsole consists of vertical flex grooves that are supposed to allow for a more natural running movement. It uses Asics' Truistic system to strengthen the mid-foot.

High abrasion rubber is placed on high-usage areas on the outsole for extra durability and cushioning.

A 10mm heel drop - the difference between the heel height and mid-foot height - gives it a traditional running shoe feel.

  • TECH SPECS

    PRICE: $249

    WEIGHT: 322g (US9, Men's)

  • RATING

    DESIGN: 3/5

    PERFORMANCE: 5/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 4/5

    OVERALL: 4/5

The review unit comes in blue with orange Asics stripes on the sides. There are other colour options, such as red and black.

But the Gel-Nimbus 18 won't be winning any beauty pageants and they aren't something I would wear as a pair of casual sneakers.

The shoes felt comfortable from the get-go-snug but with enough wiggle room for my toes. My ankles felt well supported by the prominent external heel counter.

Whether I was running on uneven pavements or stadium tracks, the cushioning was fantastic. My ankles, feet and knees never cried for help.

On the downside, it does not have the level of energy rebound of some other shoes. Also, the ample cushioning means it is rather heavy. But for the amount of support and cushioning over long distances, the weight is well worth it.

Trevor Tan

•Verdict: It might be a tad expensive, but the Asics Gel-Nimbus 18 provides plenty of support and cushioning during long runs.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2016, with the headline 'Asics Gel-Nimbus 18'. Print Edition | Subscribe