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Asics Gel Nimbus Lite 2: Your softer, lighter Nimbus

The Lite edition offers a max-cushioned feel of the Nimbus series in a much lighter, plusher, and bouncier package. It is still a neutral daily trainer but the word 'Lite' speaks for itself. For comparison, The Nimbus Lite 2 weighs 1.8 oz (51 g) less than the Nimbus 23.

Best for: daily training, easy and moderate paces with occasional speed work, distances up to a marathon.

Don't get this shoe if you need pronation control (consider Asics Kayano Lite).

Asics Gel Nimbus Lite 2 vs. Nimbus Lite: what's improved?

  • Lighter: weighs 0.6 oz (17 g) less than the predecessor
  • Smoother ride: more tuned-in midsole and less outsole rubber help the shoe feel more like one unit
  • Slightly more stable: the base is a little wider, adding a touch of inherent stability

Sustainability mission

As part of the brand's sustainability plan, the Gel Nimbus Lite 2 features the following eco-friendly components:

  • nearly the entire upper is formed with recycled materials
  • the FlyteFoam midsole uses cellulose nanofiber made of plant biomass which shows stronger properties than steel

Notable features

  • Removable insole can be replaced with orthotics
  • Gusseted tongue means no tongue sliding, more locked-down fit
  • Gender-specific design: women's drop is 3 mm higher than men's to support female's more sensitive Achilles and calves
  • Pull tab on the tongue

How Gel Nimbus Lite 2 compares

This shoe: 91
All shoes average: 81
54 93
This shoe: £150
All shoes average: £120
£40 £330
This shoe: 258g
All shoes average: 270g
100g 437g
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