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- Textile and Synthetic
- Rubber sole
- Shaft measures approximately 3.26" from arch
- FluidRide Midsole: FluidRide provides the ultimate combination of bounce back and cushioning properties with reduced weight and exceptional durability.
- Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Cushioning Systems: Attenuates shock during impact and toe-off phases, and allows movement in multiple planes as the foot transitions through the gait cycle.
- FluidFit Upper: ASICS FluidFit upper technology combines multi-directional stretch mesh with stretch reinforcements that adapt to the athlete's foot, creating a truly customized glove-like fit.
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After 18 years of innovation, the Nimbus® series continues as one of the most recognized high performing footwear by ASICS. The new gel® placement offers modernized geometry of cushioning, designed to improve adaptability and mitigate brisk impacts. Improved guidance line® technology harmoniously syncs componentry to embrace the motions of the runner’s gait cycle.
In 1949, Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka began his athletic footwear company (Onitsuka Co., Ltd.) by manufacturing basketball shoes out of his living room in Kobe, Japan. He chose the name ASICS for his company in 1977, based on a famous Latin phrase "Anima Sana In Corpore Sano," which, when translated, expresses the ancient ideal of "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body." Taking the acronym of this phrase, ASICS was founded on the belief that the best way to create a healthy and happy lifestyle is to promote total health and fitness. Today, ASICS offers a full line of performance-driven athletic shoes and technical active sports apparel and accessories dedicated to bringing harmony to the body and soul.
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 10 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B011EJFAV4
- Item model number: GEL-Nimbus 18-M
- Date first listed on Amazon: November 17, 2009
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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I have religiously run on Asics Gel Nimbus for about 15 years, almost every series starting at Gel Nimbus 2 or 3. All were great shoes until I got to Gel Nimbus 17. In over 15 years or running, no matter what the distance or frequency (have routinely run 5k, 10k and even a 1/2 marathon) I have never experienced any foot pain of any time with Gel Nimbus until I got to the Gel Nimbus 17.
The problem is that the shoes were redesigned with a smaller toe box and now my big toe rubs the top of the inside of the shoe. Eventually the Gel Nimbus 17's conformed to my feet and the pain stopped after the first 1/2 dozen runs. However, the 18's are the same way and I'm not going to go through the pain just to break in a pair of running shoes.
On to find a new brand and style to buy for the next 15 years. Asics, you've lost a long time customer and should be ashamed of yourself for doing such a drastic redesign without changing the name of the shoe.
The attached picture shows side-by-side the right shoes for Nimbus 15 vs Nimbus 18. If you liked the 15's and 16's you may be sorely disappointed in the 17's and 18's.
I'm not a runner; I bought them because I have plantar fasciitis exacerbated by underpronation, and these shoes showed up again and again on lists of shoes recommended for correcting that. I gasped at the price, but...when every step causes excruciating pain, you do what you gotta do. I bought them.
To the good: they're lightweight, the cushioning is outstanding, and they really helped a lot with my foot pain. The plantar fasciitis didn't totally resolve, but these shoes turned what was crippling agony into a mere annoyance.
So why the waffling about the score? I'll tell you: After about four months of use, they developed holes in the top where the tip of my big toe pokes at the inside. Now, before you make the snide remark a coworker did ("maybe you should just clip your nails"), my toes are well-groomed. (There's a sentence I never thought I'd type, BTW.) I hardly have inch-long talons...and my cheap socks remain totally intact. The shoe on the left started to go first, and two weeks later, there's a hole about the diameter of a pencil, and even walking across dewy grass leaves me with a soggy sock. The other shoe is worn very thin in the same spot; it's not an outright hole yet, but the fabric has frayed enough that that sock gets wet, too, and you can see my socks through the shoe when I walk.
Frankly, that's unacceptable. I'm not running daily marathons in these; I wear them to walk to work and run errands, and that's it. I probably do walk more than the average sedentary office worker, but FOUR MONTHS?? I could accept that in a pair of $20 off-brand sneakers from Payless, but not from Asics six times the price. Really, it probably wouldn't have happened in a $20 pair of off-brand sneakers from Payless -- I'm nearly 40, and never in my life have I punched holes in my shoes with my toes.
Interestingly, I didn't see these reviews when I bought the things, but now that I'm looking, I've noticed I'm far from the only person with this problem. Even my boss told me she had the same things happen to a pair of Asics, and she's even less active than I am. Pity she didn't say so sooner!
Still, I'm giving these two stars, I guess. I'm royally honked off about the holes, and one star would've been very satisfying, but I did get four-plus months of major relief. If you're looking for sturdy shoes that'll hold up and last you a while, keep going...but if you're an underpronator who can't walk without crying, maybe even holes will be worth it.
Nevertheless, I just ordered a replacement pair of shoes, and I've gone with another brand. Not as highly-recommended, maybe, but my hope is that they'll last a little longer than these did.
For front strikers or for those who pronate, the worst possible shoe you could buy!
As a walking shoe or for people who work many hours on their feet, your prayers have been answered.
Just shorten your stride so you always land on your heal!