Verdict from +100 user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • A few runners lauded the wide toe-box of the Asics Gel Nimbus 21 Lite-Show. They said it gives there toes enough wiggle room.
  • According to some buyers, this running shoe has a good fit, from the heel to the forefoot section.
  • It is a great supportive shoe, said a few reviewers.
  • A couple of users mentioned that they are using the shoe not only for running but also for gym training.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe is expensive.
  • One user said that the shoe is not as durable as expected.
  • The Nimbus 21 Lite-Show feels heavy, said a few disappointed users.
  • Several users observed that the shoe lacks the necessary underfoot cushioning, especially in the heel area.

Bottom line

The Lite-Show version of the Asics Gel Nimbus 21 received mixed reviews from users. Some were highly satisfied because it fits well and versatile enough to be used on gym workouts. However, others are disappointed because it is expensive, not durable and offers less cushioning than the previous version. In summary, this road running shoe needs more improvement to fully capture the approval of the majority.

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Good to know

  • The Asics Gel Nimbus 21 Lite-Show features the same design and performance as the high-performing Asics Nimbus 21 running shoe but it has reflective elements in the upper for increased visibility on low-light running condition.
  • Compared to the previous versions, the new Nimbus 21 Lite-Show now has an improved upper design. This Asics running shoe uses a new jacquard mesh for maximum breathability and added support.
  • The shoe also has updated midsole technologies. It uses the new FlyteFoam Lyte and FlyteFoam Propel which offer lightweight and responsive cushioning.
  • The outsole of the shoe has also been updated for better ground contact, grip, and durability. The improved outsole is also designed to enhance the heel-to-toe transition.

The Asics Gel Nimbus 21 Lite-Show runs true to size. It has a medium fit from the heel to the forefoot, and the toe-box is spacious enough for the toes to move comfortably.

This shoe is available medium width for both men’s and women’s versions thus, medium-footed runners, for both gender, will have no problem achieving a perfect fit.

The notable AHAR (ASICS High Abrasion Rubber) compound is also used in the outer sole of the Asics Gel Nimbus 21 Lite-Show. This material gives durability to the outsole, allowing it to withstand the damaging elements of the road. It also gives a good amount of grip whenever necessary.

The Lite-Show version of the Asics Nimbus 21 uses the FlyteFoam Lyte and FlyteFoam Propel. The combination of these midsole materials offers lightweight cushioning that is also responsive and comfortable.

The shoe is also equipped by the notable Asics Gel cushioning. This element that is placed in the rearfoot and forefoot offers efficient shock absorption during impact. It also offers better heel-to-toe transition.

The Guidance Trusstic System Technology and the Guidance Line work hand in hand in enhancing gait efficiency for better running performance.

In the upper of the Nimbus 21 Lite-Show is a light and flexible jacquard mesh. This two-layer mesh offers breathability throughout the run. It gives proper ventilation to keep the foot dry and sweat-free, especially on warm running conditions. This material also conforms to the shape of the foot, wrapping it comfortably.

The upper of the shoe also comes with 3D Printed overlays that give added support and structural integrity. Since it is printed, it gives the foot a seamless, irritation-free coverage.

Added into the premium design of the upper are reflective details. As part of the Lite-Show Collection, this shoe gives added visibility, especially on low-light routes.

The heel clutching system is very reliable and known to other popular Asics running shoes. It wraps the heel comfortably while providing a more secure fit and heel lockdown.

Lastly, the shoe has a traditional lace-up closure. It is easy to adjust and gives a comfortable fit in the midfoot area.

How Gel Nimbus 21 Lite-Show compares

This shoe: 83
All shoes average: 82
57 93
This shoe: £140
All shoes average: £110
£40 £280
This shoe: 315g
All shoes average: 270g
100g 437g
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.