Summary

We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • According to some runners, the Asics Gel Nimbus 22 is supportive. 
  • The majority of the buyers agreed that the shoe is comfortable to wear. 
  • A user noted that the shoe offers a more structured midfoot and heel design. 
  • Many purchasers have appreciated the shoe’s spacious toe box. 
  • The Gel Nimbus 22 is durable, based on a couple of reviews. 
  • Some reviewers said that this shoe feels softer compared to its previous versions. 
  • A few wearers said that the shoe is perfect for long runs. 
  • People like the stylish design of this updated shoe. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe is heavy, said a consumer. 
  • A few reviewers think the Gel Nimbus 22 is expensive.

Bottom line

The Asics Gel Nimbus 22 was welcomed by a lot of runners and shoe enthusiasts because of the comfort that it provides. Users experience a soft and responsive ride because this neutral running shoe is packed with technologies that boost the running performance. It is the best option for those who are looking for a durable and responsive running companion.

Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 10.9oz | Women: 9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 13mm
Fit: Medium forefoot, Medium toe box
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Mesh upper, Rubber sole
Features: Breathable | Cushioned | Comfortable
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 25mm | Women: 27mm
Forefoot height: Men: 15mm | Women: 14mm
Release date: Nov 2019
Brand: Asics
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-Wide | Women: Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-Wide
Price: $150
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow
Size
Small True to size Large
Forefoot fit
Narrow Wide
Heel fit
Narrow Wide
Toebox
Tight Roomy
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 8/10
Comfort 8/10
Traction 8/10
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91 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | John Matney

    Asics Nimbus 22 Tokyo review

    It’s 2020, and the Summer Olympics are returning to Tokyo. Reaching way back to the days of the Onitsuka (now known as ASICS) Tiger Cortez/Corsair, ASICS has produced a version of the NIMBUS 22 that reeks of nostalgia with a colorway that matches that iconic training shoe that not only launched Onitsuka Tiger but, brought the world NIKE.

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the legendary Coach Bill Bowerman at the University of Oregon wanted a running shoe that would provide more cushioning. He, along with Phil Knight, designed a shoe that they thought would do the job. The Cortez.

     

     

    After a few years, Knight and Bowerman decided to form their own company - NIKE. There was a lawsuit, and the result was NIKE retained the right to call their shoe the Cortez and the Onitsuka Tiger was renamed the Corsair. They are the same shoe.

    To commemorate the 2020 Olympics, ASICS has come out with a shoe that I just had to get and review, the Nimbus 22 Tokyo.

    In a nutshell

    The latest iteration of the Nimbus is an improvement from the Nimbus 21 with improvements in the cushioning, flexibility and fit.

    While it is not a lightweight shoe, weighing in at 10.9 ounces (men’s), it manages to feel lighter than the Nimbus 21 despite being virtually the same weight.

    This is a solid daily trainer that will last many miles while providing a comfortable ride. That the colorway reaches back to the original Onitsuka Tiger only adds to the opinion of the shoe.

    Specs

         Weight       10.9 oz (men's), 9 oz (women's)
         Drop       10 mm
         Fit        true to size
         MSRP        $150

    Cushioning

    This shoe has the Flytefoam propel midsole found on previous versions of the Nimbus. However, there is an additional 2mm foam that has been added to provide more cushioning.

    In addition, the gel in the forefoot has been increased to provide more cushioning than the Nimbus 21. ASICS has claimed that the formula for the Flytefoam Propel foam resulting in a softer midsole.

    The cushioning in the heel is noticeably softer than previous models. This shoe definitely has a softer feel than previous models.

    Traction

    In my opinion, if there is one thing ASICS excels at, it’s their outsoles. This will last a long time because of the rubber compounds the company uses.

    The downside for some people is that the hard rubber adds weight to the shoe. Other companies that offer much lighter shoes do so because much of the outsole is actually the midsole material that wears out at a much faster rate.

     

     

    As the photo above shows, the outsole has channels that allow the sole to be more flexible than it would if it was a solid piece of rubber.

    The traction on dry or wet roads was exceptional—one of the best outsoles I have seen in recent years.

    Comfort & fit

    The upper is a redesign featuring a mesh upper that is much softer than the Nimbus 21 and is very breathable. The mesh flexes to fit the foot while still providing support.

     

     

    It was very comfortable and was very noticeable when I first put one shoe. The flat laces stayed tight without constricting the top of my foot. Although I have a normal width foot, the soft mesh should accommodate wider feet.

    Strength & weaknesses

    The strengths of this shoe would include a stable, cushioned, and comfortable shoe that will last for many miles. I expect to put in at least 300-400 miles in this shoe will no drop in performance.

    The weakness of this shoe for some people would be the weight, and thus, it would not be the shoe to wear for tempo or speedwork. ASICS is aware of that and as a result, are now offering the NIMBUS Lyte for those type of runs.

    Conclusion

    I really liked this shoe because I run most of my runs at a steady-state pace when I just want to put in the training miles. The shoe helps me avoid injury by providing excellent cushioning and stability.

    It’s just the kind of shoe I have come to expect from ASICS, and the return to the original colorway of the Onitsuka Tiger Cortez was a big bonus for me. I’ve been getting a lot of kudos for the look and am very happy with this shoe.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 95 / 100 | kofuzi | Level 4 expert

    I would say that it's definitely a soft shoe and I feel that max comfort

  • 90 / 100 | JackRabbit | | Level 4 expert

    The GEL Nimbus 22 is a softer, more flexible and more accommodating shoe than the previous version.

  • First look | ASICS

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  • The Asics Gel Nimbus 22 is an update to a series of Asics running shoes that are intended for neutral runners. This shoe is packed with updated technologies to help improve the running performance. 
  • The manufacturers of the 22nd version of the Gel Nimbus have improved the shape of the forefoot Gel™ cushioning to provide more shock absorption and support. It features the thicker version of the Asics Gel™ cushioning for a smoother and softer ride.
  • For a better cushioning experience, two additional millimeters of FlyteFoam midsole material is integrated under the foot. This technology delivers lightweight yet functional cushioning performance. 
  • Integrated into the shoe is a new monofilament mesh upper material that made the shoe more breathable and softer than its predecessors. It keeps the foot comfortable and well ventilated by allowing the air to constantly flow in and out of the shoe. The mesh upper provides light, breathable comfort without compromising its durability. 
  • Other notable updates of the shoe are the improved Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR™) outsole and deeper flex grooves that offer better traction in both wet and dry conditions.

Like most of the Asics neutral running shoes, the Asics Gel Nimbus 22 is constructed to be true to size. The shoes’ updated mesh upper and cushioning system provide greater comfort and snugger fit. The lacing system also allows the runner to adjust the looseness or tightness of the shoe. 

The Asics Gel Nimbus 22 follows the standard running shoe construction. The shoe caters to neutral pronators, which means its fit specifications include a high arch and a low-to-moderate midfoot volume. Meanwhile, the toe box and heel cup guarantee a snug fit for wearers with medium foot volume.

In the outsole unit of the Asics Nimbus 22 is a highly durable rubber called the AHAR™ material. This lightweight outsole features a higher stack height to provide more protection and reduce the damage caused by excessive wear. 

AHAR™ rubber is an abrasion-resistant material that is strategically placed in critical areas of the outsole to promote durability. This component protects the foot from rough surfaces and the rest of the platform from tear and wear. The Asics GT 2000 7  and Asics Patriot 10 also contain the AHAR™ rubber outsole.  

The outsole of the Asics Nimbus 22 now has additional and deeper flex grooves that made the shoe lighter. The eight flex grooves cut deep into the midsole are responsible for making the shoe more responsive, allowing the foot to move and stretch naturally. This newly grooved outsole offers a smoother transition from foot strikes to toe-offs. It also offers a great amount of traction in both wet and dry surfaces. 

The latest edition of the Gel Nimbus utilizes the thicker yet most resilient version of Gel™ technology midsole. Gel™ is Asics legendary patented cushioning technology that is designed to effectively reduce shock from impacts and toe-offs. It is made of a silicone-based gel that is inserted into the midsole to help improve the shoe’s responsiveness and shock-absorption performance.  

The Gel™ technology cushioning is designed to respond to the foot’s natural movements, which is why a lot of athletic shoes utilizes this material in their midsoles. Other Asics running shoes that feature Gel™ midsole technology are the Asics GT 1000 7 and Asics Gel Quantum 180 4

Incorporated into the midsole unit of the Asics Gel Nimbus 22 is the bouncy and soft FlyteFoam material that provides additional cushioning and support for the foot. The layer of the FlyteFoam material used in this running companion is 2 millimeters thicker compared to its previous versions. This component is also 55% lighter compared to industry-standard cushioning materials. 

A midsole cushioning constructed with the FlyteFoam technology is not only lightweight but also responsive as the foam is designed to bounce back into its original shape after each step. Aside from the lightweight running feel, the runner also benefits from an excellent level of comfort. 

Making the running shoe extra lighter is the Trusstic™ technology placed under the arch. This thermoplastic piece also offers stability and extends the life of the shoe. 

Asics Gel Nimbus 22 comes with a molded EVA sockliner, a padded foam footbed for additional comfort. This updated sockliner is designed to be more contoured to provide a better fit and another layer of protection. 

Under the shoe’s sockliner is the Ortholite® X-40 technology. This material delivers a combination of performance and cushioning benefits. 

The engineered monofilament upper is made lighter and smoother than its previous versions. This material provides greater comfort across the top of the foot and permits the cool air to permeate the shoe, keeping the foot dry and comfortable. It is designed to hold the foot securely in place while maintaining lightweight breathability. 

The padded tongue protects the foot from being abraded and pinched by the shoelaces. It also helps prevent the small rocks and water from getting inside the shoe. 

The padded heel collar of the shoe helps keep the heel in place to prevent the foot from sliding up and down while running or walking. 

Asics Gel Nimbus 22 features the traditional lacing system, allowing the runner to adjust the level of looseness or lightness. With the standard lacing system, the user is less prone to creating pressure points and irritation. 

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