Men's ASICS® GEL-NIMBUS® 12 :: Newly updated, the men's ASICS® GEL-Nimbus® 12 is still your ultimate cushioned trainer that now has a new, better heel fit, even softer cushioning and separate lace eyelets that shape to your foot for incredible comfort. New Guidance Line technology helps maintain your gait efficiency. 11.9 ounces
Features & Benefits:
Asymmetrical Lacing Design: Enhances upper fit and comfort while minimizing the potential for irritation
Biomorphic Fit® Upper: Provides a superior fit and function
ComforDRY™ Sockliner: Provides optimal cushioning performance in a cooler, drier, healthier environment
Impact Guidance System (I.G.S.®): Linked componentry that enhances the foot's natural gait from heel strike to toe-off
Space Trusstic System®: An advanced system that creates a pocket between the Trusstic System® device and the midsole, allowing for greater midsole deformation and more efficient foot function
Guidance line: Vertical flex groove decouples the tooling along the line of progression for enhanced gait efficiency
Great Update! Had the Nimbus9s and the heel was a bit wide and rubbed. The outsole wore through pretty quickly but an overall good shoe. Went to the NB1063 and they were OK...just boring. Then I went to the Vomero4 and fell in love with that shoe. I shyed away from subsequent Nimbus because of the goofy lacing system and the poor outsole life I had previously experienced. The Vomero4 was such a great shoe that I tried on the Vomero5 when it came out but it felt totally different to me. It was much firmer so I tried the Nimbus 12 and was immediately impressed. They narrowed the heel and added a bit more room to the toebox. They also added more cushioning and the shoe feels much better that the Nimbus 9-11s. The ousole also seems a bit thicker and the heel appears to have a little bit of curvature that should help extend the outsole. Well done Asics!
lots of cush
I've gone for two longer runs (1 and 1/4 hours+) so far. They are very soft--the first run was like running with pillows on my feet (a rather strange feeling). The second run was a bit more solid. (I find that Asics have a little bit of a break-in period.)
They are very soft, but with more control than the Nike Vomero. The problem is that you end up putting energy into the shoes during follow through and toe off, rather than into forward motion, which tends to tire me more quickly, greatly reduces my pace, and puts some strain on the muscles in my legs (around my 'bad' knee, for instance, since I'm pulling more than usual). I'm 170 pounds and run about six to seven days a week, around 30-50 miles a week (have run for 25 years). I will probably use them once or twice a week for longer runs where I purposefully don't want to go very fast and for walking around cities during vacation. For me, they won't work as an everyday trainer, but as something to use during longer runs on roads after speed or tempo days when I especially want the cushioning. You can barely feel the impact of the road with them. But, they are just too tiring for faster running.
They offer pronation and supination control and are very neutral, while being supportive. They feel a little long for the size, but it is sort of hard to say if they really are--they are asics, and so they seem to fit well, even while being a bit long. They aren't snug, though (like the DS trainer, for instance)
Again, though they are really soft--I wouldn't recommend them for intensive running or trail running.
A less bulky fit
The nimbus has a more snug heel and midfoot than the 11, the toebox is roomy and the midfoot brace is less stiff giving better flexibility. The shoe has a narrower midfoot somewhat like the nimbus7. The forefoot has more flexibility, is a bit softer yet is stable with toe off. One of the best versions yet, almost like a 7/11 mix. the ride is great.
Comfortable, supportive, and responsive
I was looking for some better support and cushioning and the Nimbus 12 delivers. The shoe fits well and feels exactly on size for my foot (note I selected my size using the recommended 1/2 size up so, my street shoe size 12 wide was ordered as 12.5 wide). It is snug in all the right places and open/airy in all the right places. The asymmetric lacing system gives you an excellent mid-foot fit without any pressure points. The laces tie securely, although I do have to double bow tie them to keep from having long floppy laces hanging off the sides of the shoe to snag on thing on the trail.
I've run with the shoes both on trail and off the trail. I've felt secure foot plants every time whether the trail is soft dirt on a down hill or hard pack gravel on an uphill. On the street the Nimbus 12s are light and provide good shock absorption.
My runs are from 7 to 14 kilometers and generally on dirt or gravel trails. Over this distance the Nimbus 12s have not shown any hot spots and they breath really well.
Over all I like the Nimbus 12s enough to order another pair... but, I've got a good 300 to 400 km to go before they wear enough to consider replacement.
Best shoe ever
Received an early pair from Asics. Great update because whatever they changed on this shoe hasn't made me want to try something else. It feels a little lighter than the previous model and the fit seems better, more streamline without being tight. I was worried they make this shoe to soft but it remains my favorite with it's plush cushioning feel.
San Diego, CA
Excellent cushioning, stable gym shoe
I'm a woman, on the heavier side for runners but not obese, have been running and cross-training (boot camp-type activities) for almost 10 years. I had a flareup of both Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis from my previous shoe, a different brand of cushioned runner. I put this one on at a local running store for fit, then ordered from RRS. I could not have ordered a more perfect shoe. The heel cup is snug and prevents both forward and lateral movement. The toe box is roomy, but my forefoot doesn't slide off the outside (especially important as an oversupinator). The cushioning is awesome. My PF and tendonitis is gone after three weeks of use. Arch support is decent. I did try the women's Gel Nimbus 12, but was in between a 10 and 10-1/2; the men's 8-1/2 felt like it was built on the same last as the woman's shoe. The off-arch lacing system is brilliant. It secures the shoe to my foot without crushing my instep. Having used this shoe both for road running and gym activities (sprints, jumping, rapid changes in direction, stops and starts) I could not be happier. I don't even mind if this highly-cushioned shoe wears out faster - my feet haven't been this happy in years.
So far, so goo
The Nimbus 12's are consistent with the majority of the other Gel Nimbus series I have used for the past 10 years - comfortable, great for a 20 mile run, reasonably light weight. They seem to have kept the same shoe lasts and basic design for the past few generations (Nimbus 4 was a disaster). I do not notice a material difference in the shoes from about the Nimbus 5 or 6 onwards. I am a 200 lb runner who does 20-30 miles per week; these look like they will hold up like the others I've had, or about 500-600 miles. I run on the balls of my feet and seldom heel strike. The shoes consistently wear out first on the outside of the arch - when the rubber is gone to half way across the shoe I throw them out. When running down hill I do have a heel strike and the padding is quite remarkable - no knee or ankle pain even after a few long, steep descents.
Morgan Hill, CA
Still a favorite with some minor tweaks
I'm between 30-50 miles a week and weigh around 165. Nimbus and I go back many years. Currently I am wearing out a pair of Nimbus 11s and Nike Vomero 4s. The Nimbus 12s are just about broken in. Cushioning is great without being too soft. The Vomero 4 is much softer but also a great shoe. The toe box in the Nimbus 12 seems just a touch wider than the 11 but still ok. My one initial issue was that the laces that came with these shoes at 50" were too short. I use all of the eyelets as I need the top pair to pull the heel cup secure. On the 12s they line up a little different than the 11 and it took a new pair of 54" laces and a couple of attempts to get them set up so that my heels are not sliding around. With that done I am feeling really good about them.
Move it or lose it
Love the 12's
I have been a big lover of the Gel Nimbus since the 7's but around the 9 they changed and I really could no longer run in them. I decided to give the 12 a shot and am I glad I did. I am on my 3rd pair in a year and they are fantastic. They fit well and feel great under my feet. I did have to add a pair of the cushion supports for a bit added impact relief, at 185 lbs I must be a "heavy" runner. I have been running in winter conditions and they get pretty good traction on light snow so that is a huge plus for me. The only issue (if you want to call it that) is that I don't get a ton of miles out of the shoes. I probably get about 225-250 then my legs and back start to feel it. I would love to get a few more miles out, but I chalk it up to my weight taking a bit of life out of the shoes more quickly than an average size runner.
8th Pair Of Nimbus' and Their Great!
I discovered the Nimbus during model #8. For the past 5.5 years, each model has been great with no complaints. Nimbus 10's were a tad bulky, but the 12's are great, look fresh, provide great/cushioned suppord for my medium-high arches. Being 6'3" and 160lbs, i need a cushioned shoe with great arch support. I bought a pair of Kinetics, and while they provide great support, almost too much, I am not heavy enough to compress the Gel used in the heal, so they're regulated to expensive run-about shoes- not for running. If you have a medium-high arch and are looking for a durable all around shoe with great cushioning, look no further.
I am 5'10 135 pounds, and I run 55+ miles a week. for me these shoes feel pretty similar to the nimbus 11's. the only difference is that they are a tad softer. I think the cushioning is getting a bit ridiculous now, and they are starting to feel more like pillows than shoes. that's really my only problem with the shoe, and other than that the arch is pretty average height, and supports well. To me it also seems like the heel fit is a little better the last model. The weight reduction is not noticeable, and the "better" lacing system brings minimal improvement.
In the end though, I do have to recommend this shoe, because I have been running in it off and on since the nimbus 9, and this is the only shoe that has not caused me problems. the ones that did cause problems were the NB 1064 and Glycerin 7's.
Chino Hills, CA
All around great shoe.
I typically put around 10 hard miles on these shoes a week. I needed a shoe to save my joints and support my higher arches. I ordered the black/taupe color which blends with my mostly black attire better than expected. I immediately noticed a big improvement in gate speed and lots of cushioning in the heel, over some popular brands that I've been running. I did return them and go a half size bigger. They pinched slightly across the top of my forefoot and there was no extra room for my toes. The half size bigger seems to be just fine. They are running a little hot for the cool weather right now, but I'm changing socks to hopefully take care of that.
This is my 6th edition of the Nimbus
Amazing and even better than years past, foam core is resilient and lasts a good year with serious use but can keep for ever for around the house. I literally have the 12, 11, 10 and the 9 for washing the car and wearing around town. This is my 6th pair of Nimbus. This model has a ver classy look and looks good in jeans as well. If you are a big guy 200 plus this is the running shoe for you provides excellent stabiity, and hard core cushioning. I was very much hoping to get the black version and was disappointed in the long wait will probably order them as soon as the come in.
If you like running in your slippers...
Years ago I bought a pair of Asics as they had this "no toungue" bit going and I was so tired of the toungue rolling around - but I moved to New Balance as they have the widest laste in the industry and I good find deals on them in my area. But, when living in the UK I struggled to find the NB shoes and asked the sales guy in Lillywhites for a suggestion...I ended up in the Nimbus and have since run through 8 pairs of them and two 1/2 marathons a year - it is like running in slippers, they are very light and breathable, hold the road nicely, provide all the cushining I need (too much travel leads to a little weight control issue), and I easily get 6-700 miles out of them.
Flemington, NJ (but citizen of the world
I'm 28 years old and weight 160 lbs at 6'2. I've tried so many shoes from Nikes to Brooks and am so glad to have found these. It is absolutely the best I've ever run in. I found my problem on why I've been getting injured on previous shoes- my feet were too wide for the normal D width so I would normally up a size to compensate for the width. That was a mistake all along. After ordering the Nimbus 12 in Wide (2E), my injuries have been slowly going away. Now I am able to run almost every day for 6 miles and feel great! I will definitely be stocking them up and rotating them to keep em fresh. Thank you Asics!
Feels like home
I decided to give the Nimbus another shot after I stopped wearing them around Nimbus 8 or 9 because of discomfort on the tops of my foot from the lacing system. I'm so glad I went back. The assymetrical lacing is extremely comfortable without any points of pressure. I'm an orthopeadic physical therapist who spends 10+ hours on my feet on concrete floors, so when it's time to head to the gym or hit the road I love slipping into these. The cushion is more than adequate and helps to reduce leg fatigue on longer runs (8+ mile). I average about 25-30 miles a week on dirt/paved mountain roads or about the same on a treadmill in the winter and these are holding up beautifully with about a month of wear on them.
Excellent Street and urban trail shoes
This is my second pair of Nimbus 12's. The first pair made it through 600 kilometers of street and hard pack gravel trail running. Excellent traction, breathes really well (very important for my sweaty feet). I've used these shoes on both short (6 km) and long runs (21 km) with good results. Nice comfy feet and no blisters.
While the shoes are very true to size... do follow the upsizing guidelines for street shoe to running shoes of at least a 1/2 size (I've gone up a full size) if you plan on using these shoe as actual running shoes. If you're buying them for just knocking around then buy your standard street shoe size.
Great shoes, Nimbus keeps getting better
I'm a overweight, high arche, underpronator, and these shoes are a dream, I had the Nimbus 10's in a size 10.5 and they were a little snug. I bought a pair of Nike Vomero 4's and they wore out fast and gave me plantar faciatis in my right foot. I had to get back in the Nimbus line and the 12's felt perfect, I had to get a size 11 because they run small but no more arche pain from the PF, and I've been able to train more without the pain. I don't think I'll ever leave ASICS again. The grass isn't always greener on the other side.
Asic's is now my "King of the Hill"
This product was offered at a price I could not beat at any local retailer. I was surprised how well it fit both a try on and for the first months wearing, both on the road and treadmill. i have seen almost no heel plug abrasion either, which I would expect from the treadmill.i have a very low volume foot and the Asics shoe is an exceptional fit. They have won brand loyalty from me.So far the only disappointment is the ugly orange trim on such an other wise good looking shoe.
The best neutral shoe!
I already knew about the great quality of Asics through the Gel NImbus 10. I skipped the 11s trying to give other brands a chance just to end up with the Gel Nimbus 12 in the middle of getting ready for a marathon when I couldn't find the comfort I was used to in any other shoe. The first time I wore them was for a 12 mile run. No need to break in, not hot spots on my feet, light, and with all the cushion I will need during a 26.2 run. I will be running my first marathon in these shoes. Sorry for the other brands but they did get their fair chance.
1st time marathoner
I have bad knees from a prior injury and have suffered from knee and foot pain while running. I have started training for a marathon, so looked into ways of reducing the discomfort. The issue is that I have high arches and was not using the right kind of shoes (Kayano's mainly). Upon using the Nimbus 12, almost all discomfort has vanished. I used to feel a shock or vibration in my thigh muscles every time my foot hit the pavement, but with these shoes I do not feel it. The cushioning with the Nimbus really has made a difference. After running 7+ miles every other day, my feet feel great. Also the dark grey/lime looks great!
Like running on pillows...
I have been a fan of the Nimbus series for a long time now. I had the 8's (not bad) and the 10's (great cushioning, poorly-built upper). More recently, I had switched to Nike and was running in the Vomero 4's. The Nimbus 12's are every bit as soft (if not more so), and give me more peace of mind with the way they're built -- no air in the sole (which means no danger of deflation) and no nylon straps in the lacing system (you can lace the 12's up tight, if you want to). I will be stockpiling pairs of the 12's for sure. The next great shoe from ASICS.
I bought the Gel Nimbus 12 last month thinking it would be worthy replacement for my Gel Nimbus 8 pair. What a disappointment to find out that my Nimbus 8s with many years of wear are much more comfortable and more cushioned even though the sole is worn. The Gel Nimbus 12 feels like a generic Asics, not the most cushioned shoe on the planet. I recently bought a pair of Asics Gel Cumulus which are frankly more comfortable and as cushioned as the Nimbus 12. Asics appears to have lost its mojo this time around. Please do better for version 13.
Amelia Island, FL
Great Shoe but overpriced
This is a very soft ride. I frequently have feet and lower leg injuries but don't feel any pain in those areas since I've started using the Nimbus 12. I have felt some alarming twinges in my lower back, but I also recently started P90X and that may be responsible for the back pain. Nevertheless I will start wearing my orthotic inside of the Nimbus 12. Separate note. I bought this shoe for[$] at a department store but before I bough it, I called Roadrunner sports to see how much it would cost with my VIP discount.[$]!!! I'm cancelling my VIP account. Don't see the value.
The frugal runner
San Diego, CA
An improvement over the Nimbus 11
This shoe is an improvement over the Nimbus 11. The 11's were bad about holding sweat/water in the insole and bridge between heel and toe. The 12's seem to have eliminated that and are more comfortable for me. The cushioning is enough but not too much. I tried the Brooks Glycerin 8's and they killed my feet. Before that, I had used the Nike Lunar Glides and liked them but they wore quickly. The Nimbus 12's are wearing well after 100 miles. They are a little on the heavy side and absorb alot of sweat so they get heavier as you go on long runs. Good shoe for training but would recommend something else for racing.
Helps add distance without soreness
This shoe has helped me add mileage without any leg or foot issues. Very pleased with the cushioning. Offset lacing is very comfortable. Started running on Jan. 1st from zero mileage so already went through all the beginning pain in other shoe models. I am a forefoot/midfoot runner and the forefoot cushioning is actually responsive and flexible. Also transitions very well from heelstrike rolling through.
Overall very happy with shoe and don't think you can go wrong with this shoe, especially on your long weekend runs.
Note: I use Superfeet Orange insole in all my shoes.
I love these shoes
I am training for my next marathon. I normally run in 2150's, (168 lb runner) but wanted something that would work better, with my hard orthotics.
First tried the New Balance 1064's, the worst shoe I have ever run in 20 years. Felt like I was running in snowshoes. Runs of 6 miles or less were OK, but on longer runs of 15+ miles you feel the lack of transition thru the stride. The Gel-Nimbus 12's offer great transition, thru the stride, and great cushioning. I am actually running faster in these great shoes.
Running on Air
I bought a pair of Nimbus 12's last year, and ran more miles than I probably should have in them, but they continued to feel good mile after mile, even as the soles wore down. They were my first pair of Asics, but I certainly not my last, and being able to buy the same shoe on-line, with color choices, [...]was great. I could not be happier with my purchase, and the neon orange laces and highlights definately light up the night sky.
Pretty good shoe!
Great shoe...probably the best shoe currently on the market for neutral runners w/ high arches over 200lbs. Unfortunately, Adidas no longer makes the Adistar Cushion any longer, so I was forced to switch to another shoe...this one is a decent replacement. Tried the Nike Veromo 5's, which had a bit more cushion, but broke down wayyy too quickly. These Asics are a great show, comfortable, easy to run in and will go the distance.
los angeles, ca
Like a couch for your feet
I've owned different ASICS in the past from the GT 2150's to Gel Kayano. This time around this pair seemed more comfortable than the Nimbus or the Kayano. I also like the new decreased weight. It's noticeable. I bought these 2 weeks before I ran by first half marathon and boy did they deliver. Lots of great cusioning but also lots of arch support. I may not go back to Kayano's after these. I also like the offset lacing. It's and odd look but it is very comfortable. Overall, a great shoe!!
Mens ASICS GEL-Nimbus 12 Running Shoe
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