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WeightMen: 10.8ozWomen: 8.8oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 13mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 23mmWomen: 25mm
Forefoot heightMen: 13mmWomen: 12mm
WidthMen: Standard, Wide, Extra wideWomen: Narrow, Standard, Wide, Extra wide
Release dateFeb 2016
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85 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews
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.
It gives you a little bit more of that cushioned, comfortable feel, so you're really running on clouds, as they say it.
If nothing else, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 may feel a bit more comfortable and secure.
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.
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.
The Nimbus 18 features the same outsole materials found in the Nimbus 21. The outsole design aims to provide durability and traction to a wide variety of surfaces.
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.
This Asics running 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.