Update: Gel Nimbus 19
Arch support
Daily running
M: 306g | W: 249g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 13mm
Heel height
M: 23mm | W: 25mm
Forefoot height
M: 13mm | W: 12mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D, Wide - 2E, Extra wide - 4E | W: Narrow - 2A, Normal - B, Wide - D
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The Gel® Cushioning System was loved by many because it was really able to attenuate the impact shock generated by striking the foot on the ground.

  • A lot of testers commended the visual flair that is present in this model; the different color schemes offered style.

  • Most runners recognized its full-length cushioning platform, which, for them, was adequately responsive.

  • The Gel Nimbus 18 was able to stay durable even after long running sessions, noted a tester.

  • The mid-foot support system garnered praise from runners who needed enhanced gait efficiency.

  • The word ‘comfortable’ was used by a lot of runners when it came to describing their time with this running shoe.

  • There were consumers who lauded its upper unit, which kept their feet cool and dry on hot days.

  • The fit was accurate, wrote numerous testers.

  • Wearing the Asics Gel Nimbus 18 helped in staving off the knee and back pain that a tester was experiencing.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of runners commented that the Asics Nimbus 18 felt uncomfortably tighter than what they were used to.

  • The toe box was a bit narrow for some who tried it.

  • Holes have started to appear in the inner heel area, a tester reported; these worn-off sections irritated their skin.

  • The mid-sole felt stiff for some users; they said that it caused some discomfort to their feet and legs.

Bottom line

The Asics Gel Nimbus 18 was enjoyed by a lot of runners. They recognized the strength of the Gel® Cushioning, the smoothness of the upper fabrics, and the quality performance that it generally gave them. But there were those who were disappointed because it felt tight and narrow, particularly in the forefoot area. Others wrote that the platform was stiff and unwieldy. Though there were polarizing comments, this road running shoe became popular among neutral runners.

World wide, Gel Nimbus 18 is in the top 1% most popular running shoes. The brand, Asics, is the 2nd most popular.

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Expert reviews

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85 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 89
    HRDLPNLevel 2 expert
    by HRDLPN
    It gives you a little bit more of that cushioned, comfortable feel, so you're really running on clouds, as they say it.
  • 88
    Janrey CantosLevel 1 expert
    by Janrey Cantos
    The Asics Gel Nimbus 18 is one of the running shoes that you can trust if you want comfort, great fit, cushioning and durability.
  • 82
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    While the shoe is noticeably heavier than other models, all the testers appreciated the familiar plush ride, and women raved about the fit and comfort of the flexible mesh upper.
  • 82
    Motion Control Running ShoesLevel 5 expert
    by Motion Control Running Shoes
    If nothing else, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 may feel a bit more comfortable and secure.
  • 77
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    The ride is supportive, and comes with a better transition quality. 
  • 99
    Frank MayLevel 4 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    They’re well built, they offer great cushioning, they’re stable, and they’ll get you on a date with Australian sprinter Michelle Jenneke.
  • 86
    GregoryLevel 4 expert
    by Phidippides TV
    It's a soft ride. It's nice and plush, has a nice open material on the upper for nice, luxurious feel. Very neutral, very balanced, and very comfortable.
  • 82
    Kredy@Kredy10Level 4 expert
    by Sportskeeda
    Performance is great on flat surfaces such as roads and tracks.
  • 90
    Fix My WalkLevel 3 expert
    by Fix My Walk
    The Nimbus 18 is the best cushioning shoe in the market today thanks to its improved midsolesystem.
  • 90
    Amy W. BogardLevel 3 expert
    by Fix My Walk
    In terms of performance, stability, support, and comfort, these shoes are some of the best I have ever experienced.
  • 80
    James ReaderLevel 3 expert
    by Runners Need
    The Nimbus 18 is built for neutral road runners and engineered to provide lightweight comfort over long distance, which makes them ideal for marathon training and racing.
  • 85
    Stephen RoselLevel 2 expert
    by Active Feet
    A true neutral shoe for the people who don’t need support this shoe will perform in all activities and over all distances on the run.
  • 84
    Dirty Old SneakersLevel 2 expert
    by Dirty Old Sneakers
    I’m one of those runners who’s lucky enough to be able to wear both stability and neutral shoes and these kicks fall squarely in the neutral/under-pronator category.
  • 80
    Trevor TanLevel 2 expert
    by The Straits Times
    It might be a tad expensive, but the Asics Gel-Nimbus 18 provides plenty of support and cushioning during long runs.
  • 94
    Busted WalletLevel 1 expert
    by Busted Wallet
    After everything I put them through, they withstood it all in stride, and look to be ready for the next training cycle.
  • 87
    Simon JohnsonLevel 1 expert
    by Foot Care Facts.com
    Its construction has been completely revised for a better stability, including making the foam firmer.
  • 85
    Carl-Magnus JohanssonLevel 1 expert
    by Carl-Magnus Johansson
    The first test runs were good. The shoes feel good. Better cushioning.
  • 83
    Pick the Best ShoesLevel 1 expert
    by Pick the Best Shoes
    Apart from these, the shoe has a good heel area along with simple yet seamless construction to be satisfied about.
  • 83
    RayLevel 1 expert
    by RayNu Production
    Really good design of the shoe, really liked it. And really comfortable… I can't wait to go on my next run and see how it feels like.
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  • Gregory Phidippides TV
    It's a soft ride. It's nice and plush, [it] has a nice open material on the upper for a nice, luxurious feel. Very neutral, very balanced, and very comfortable.
  • Sunshine Shop Zappos
    It's perfect for the neutral to under-pronator looking for high-energizing cushioning.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    Known for its plush cushioning, the 18th version of this series utilizes a new Gel placement designed to improve adaptability on the road.
  • The Athlete's Foot Australia
    One of the key updates in the 18th edition is a new Convergence Gel in the rearfoot of the shoe. Taking impact in multiple directions, putting the Gel a little bit closer to the foot, it offers a nice, soft heel contact for the runner.
  • Carl-Magnus Johansson Carl-Magnus Johansson
    The first test runs were good. The shoes feel good. Better cushioning.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    With a 10 mm heel-to-toe offset, the Nimbus 18 is a premium daily running shoe designed for the neutral runner.
  • Jessica Road Runner Sports
    You can take this shoe running in your neighborbood, on high-mileage runs, anywhere where you wanna train for you upcoming 5K, half-Marathon, Marathon. This is the shoe for you.
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Updates to Gel Nimbus 18

The upper built and fit of the Asics Gel Nimbus 18 was changed. As compared to the previous version, the shoe has a lesser room in the toe box. It also comes with an enhanced heel counter molding design that delivers a snugger collar area. The shoe also uses new and smoother laces.

Another notable update in the Nimbus 18 is the cushioning which is a lot firmer as compared to the previous version. Firmer cushioning is observed in the forefoot and heel. The firmer cushioning is due to the improved foam density used.

The Nimbus 18 is approximately 10 grams heavier than the previous version. The increased in the weight is due to the redesigned heel counter molding of the shoe.

Gel Nimbus 18 size and fit

When it comes to sizing, the Nimbus is available in standard running shoe length and width. However, the fit of the shoe is a little different from the previous version. The toe-box of the shoe have less room for the toes to move and it comes a narrower heel molding.


The Asics Gel Nimbus 18 features the Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) that delivers maximum durability. With the help of the DuraSponge technology strategically placed in the forefoot area, the shoe delivers added cushioning and flexibility. The forefoot also made from blown AHAR element that gives added durability.


The midsole of the shoe uses the notable Asics Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel cushioning that is specifically designed to absorb shock efficiently for a more responsive ride. The FluidRide technology also provides a responsive cushioning and added durability without affecting the overall weight of the shoe. The Guidance Trusstic System provides lightweight support system while giving enhanced torsional rigidity.


The upper of the Asics Gel Nimbus 18 delivers a lightweight and breathable coverage through the engineered mesh material. Aside from the breathable environment, the shoe also gives irritation-free running experience through the seam less upper construction. Also, the FluidFit technology delivers a glove-like fit.

The shoe also comes with a heel clutching system that comes in an exoskeletal design. It wraps the heel comfortably while delivering a more secure fit.

The Asics Gel Nimbus 18 also comes with a new set of laces, which are smoother than the previous version. The shoe also has discrete eyelets that are designed to disperse lace tension and give additional comfort.


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