Mens ASICS GEL-Nimbus 14, Lightning/Royal, 12.5 EEEE

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Size: 12.5 4E US
Color: Lightning/Royal
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  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • ASIN: B00ECYUH58
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 5, 2013
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,511 in Shoes (See Top 100 in Shoes)
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    By Rugger Burke on April 25, 2012
    New for 2012, this is the 14th iteration of one of Asics flagship models.

    Overview: The latest version in the lineage remains true to its predecessors. If you liked the Nimbus in the past, you will like this one too. While Asics claims to have made a significant number of changes to the new model, most are superficial. The primary differences are:

    (1) a slightly narrower profile (meaning the soul does not flair out as much), though the toe box retains about the same interior width for your toes;

    (2) weight has been reduced by about 4 ounces per pair, while cushioning remains as good as ever; and

    (3) flashier colors have been added to suggest a more premium line.

    In addition to the more subtle blue/black version, the original release includes two jazzier color combinations: a neon yellow / blue and a black / "digital neon." (If past models are any indication, more color combinations through the year.)

    Brief Background: I am 6'1", 175, and run three to seven miles several days a week - primarily on city streets and paved running trails, sometimes on the treadmill. Once or twice a year I will train up to the half-marathon to full-marathon level for a short window, but running is generally part of my cross training program. The Nimbus 14s are probably my 7th or 8th version to run in of the Nimbus line. (I also periodically buy a set of Kayanos, but prefer the Nimbus for their slightly higher level of cushioning.)

    About Asics: For years Asics has had two popular models: the Kayano (now on its 18th iteration) and the Nimbus. These were the models that first regularly broke the $100 per pair mark. Now, so many iterations later, they are retailing for $140 - $150 per pair.
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    Size: 10.5 D(M) USColor: Neon Yellow/Navy/Lightning Verified Purchase
    I am a neutral runner who averages only about 10 to 15 miles a week. For years I ran on the Asics Kinsei and loved them, except for the price. I eventually tried the Brooks Ghost, a less supportive shoe that was quick and had a lot of go! The cushioning lacked immensely though for longer runs but I kept them around as a cross training shoe for speed and strength drills.

    As my Kinsei were seeing their last days and my feet tired of running in the Ghosts (my shins were yelling at me in these shoes), I was back in the market for a shoe that had the quality of the Kinsei, the speed of the Ghosts and a price range that was actually manageable. After a a few weeks of going through Runners World, researching my running style and impact, and eventually looking at the points on my foot that apply the most pressure, I came across the Asics Nimbus 14. I had tried the 13 and 12s during the previous years but was just not jazzed by the feel and responsiveness.

    The improvements in the 14s made it feel like a whole new shoe though! The comfort and support are just right for my neutral running style. I have a "normal" arch and run mostly on my mid and forefoot. In some reports, I saw something about a slower responsiveness due to the cushioning in the shoe, but I felt like they had plenty of get up and go when I pushed the run. The shoe is also well ventilated and prevents any overheating while on my 3-4 miles runs. I usually integrated hills with my workouts and the shoe had plenty of grip and stability for the ups and downs as well.

    The best part of the shoe is that it provides you (me) with one of the best feelings, not worrying about what's on my feet. I can just run and focus on MY workout. They gave me this feeling within day one.
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    Size: 11 D(M) USColor: Lightning/Blue/Black Verified Purchase
    I have been wearing Nimbus for the past 6 years. I love the cushioning, but I find that the Nimbus 14 is narrow for my foot. It will stretch because it is made of fabric, but I wish the toe box area had been designed a bit wider. I also preferred the off center lacing of past Nimbus models. This is not my favorite ASICS Nimbus design.
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    Size: 13 D(M) USColor: Lightning/Blue/Black Verified Purchase
    Why we prefer Asics Nimbus....
    Excellent support/comfortable for over-pronating feet!
    Affordable compared to other running shoes
    Podiatrist recommended

    Brief History-
    My husband has always had feet problems which caused back pain issues as well. He sees a podiatrist to get custom insoles made. We exercise around 3-4 days a week (Walking, minimum running, weight lifting). He has always been a very active person. Around 3 years ago, I introduced him to Asics Nimbus shoes and he has not bought a different brand of active shoes since. He wears them around 4-5 days a week so we have to replace them every year. We request Asics running shoes as Christmas presents every year!

    Uses of the Nimbus- If you want the best running shoe- go with Nimbus or Kayano. I have trained and run 4 half-marathons in the Women's Kayano Running shoe and wouldn't have worn anything different. I chose Kayano because I have a high arch and the Kayano provides extra gel and arch support. My husband, on the other hand, is not an avid runner. He prefers the Nimbus shoes for light running, walking, weight lifting, and everyday activities. If you have feet issues, you definitely need insoles for these shoes if you plan to be very active or train for races!

    Price Comparison- In my opinion, there is not much variation between the Numbers 13, 14, and 15 Nimbus except for the colors and outward appearance of the shoe. I prefer to buy last years model because you save $$. Amazon is definitely the lowest cost when compared to shoe stores or any other online store.

    Choosing Color- Last year, we purchased the Blue/White color. They were too white in my husband's opinion, because he doesn't like anything "flashy.
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