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Terrain
Road

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Arch support
Neutral

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.

Use
Daily running

Daily running

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

Competition

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.

Price
$150
Weight
Men: 10.8oz
Women: 8.8oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 2962 ratings

5 star
81%
4 star
10%
3 star
2%
2 star
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1 star
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My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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85 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 by Phidippides TV • Gregory • Level 4 expert

    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.

  • 89 / 100 by HRDLPN • HRDLPN • Level 2 expert

    It gives you a little bit more of that cushioned, comfortable feel, so you're really running on clouds, as they say it.

  • 82 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    If nothing else, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 may feel a bit more comfortable and secure.

  • 82 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 77 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The ride is supportive, and comes with a better transition quality. 

  • 100 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Frank May • Level 4 expert

    They’re well built, they offer great cushioning, they’re stable, and they’ll get you on a date with Australian sprinter Michelle Jenneke.

  • 82 / 100 by Sportskeeda • Kredy@Kredy10 • Level 4 expert

    Performance is great on flat surfaces such as roads and tracks.

  • 90 / 100 by Fix My Walk • Fix My Walk • Level 3 expert

    The Nimbus 18 is the best cushioning shoe in the market today thanks to its improved midsolesystem.

  • 90 / 100 by Fix My Walk • Amy W. Bogard • Level 3 expert

    In terms of performance, stability, support, and comfort, these shoes are some of the best I have ever experienced.

  • 80 / 100 by Runners Need • James Reader • Level 3 expert

    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 / 100 by Active Feet • Stephen Rosel • Level 2 expert

    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 / 100 by Dirty Old Sneakers • Dirty Old Sneakers • Level 2 expert

    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 / 100 by The Straits Times • Trevor Tan • Level 2 expert

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

  • 94 / 100 by Busted Wallet • Busted Wallet • Level 1 expert

    After everything I put them through, they withstood it all in stride, and look to be ready for the next training cycle.

  • 88 / 100 by Janrey Cantos • Janrey Cantos • Level 1 expert

    The Asics Gel Nimbus 18 is one of the running shoes that you can trust if you want comfort, great fit, cushioning and durability.

  • 87 / 100 by Foot Care Facts.com • Simon Johnson • Level 1 expert

    Its construction has been completely revised for a better stability, including making the foam firmer.

  • 85 / 100 by Carl-Magnus Johansson • Carl-Magnus Johansson • Level 1 expert

    The first test runs were good. The shoes feel good. Better cushioning.

  • 83 / 100 by Pick the Best Shoes • Pick the Best Shoes • Level 1 expert

    Apart from these, the shoe has a good heel area along with simple yet seamless construction to be satisfied about.

  • 83 / 100 by RayNu Production • Ray • Level 1 expert

    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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Updates to Asics 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.

Asics 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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.