Women's ASICS® GEL-NIMBUS® 14 :: Feel faster in this lighter version of the famously plush women's ASICS® GEL-Nimbus® 14. Get closer to the ground with the sleek new design. Enjoy a more comfortable stride from heel strike to toe off with improved GEL® cushioning throughout. Get your ideal fit with gender-specific Space Trusstic System that adjusts to the normal changes in a woman's foot shape. Feet feel snug and secure with memory foam in the heel collar. Keep feet feeling cool for miles with airy mesh and ComforDry™ sockliner. 8.7 ounces
Features & Benefits:
P.H.F. (Personal Heel Fit): 2 layers of memory foam line the collar and mold to the athletes heel, creating a personalized fit
Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System: Attenuates initial shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance
Space Trusstic System: This midfoot stabilizer creates a pocket between the Trusstic System device and the midsole, allowing for controlled midsole deformation and more efficient foot function
Biomorphic Fit Upper: Stretch material strategically placed on the upper helps to reduce buckling and the potential for irritation
Guidance Line: Vertical flex groove decouples the tooling along the line of progression for enhanced gait efficiency
Forefoot GEL Cushioning: Enhances shock attenuation during propulsion
Solyte Midsole Material: A lighter weight midsole compound than ASICS® standard EVA and SpEVA, with features enhanced cushioning and durability
ComforDry™ Sockliner: Provides cushioning performance and anti-microbial properties for a cooler, drier, healthier environment
Impact Guidance System (I.G.S®): ASICS® design philosophy that employs linked componetry to enhance the foot's natural gait from heel strike to toe-off
For everyone completely bummed out by the redesign on the 13s (like me) fear not!! The 14 is back to the comfort I originally fell for in the 12. I hated the 13 so much that I've been hording 12s to stock up in case I never found another shoes that made me happy. I have duck feet, narrowish heels with a wider toe and the 12s provided perfect balance for their shape. But the 13s came along with a much narrower toe box...not even accommodated in the wide widths. I was so disappointed!! But after trying the 14s ans feeling that immediate comfort I'd been used to in the 12s I knew the pain of the era of the 13s was no longer an issue. I bought my shoes at a marathon expo and the Asics rep said he had heard nothing but complaints about the 13s so I know I'm not the only one with the problem.
I bought these at the last minute before the Eugene Marathon because my Nimbus 13's were a little old and my Brooks Glycerins just didn't feel 'great'. I ran 2 miles on the treadmill a day before the marathon then wore these to run on the big day. They were fantastic! No blisters, no leg or foot pains beyond the normal tiredness - not bad for 48 yo legs that don't train enough! I have a wide foot with a high instep and bought the D width and also bought a half-size larger than normal (which is a full size larger than my street shoes). Now three weeks later they still just feel so balanced and cushy compared to any of my other shoes.
I got the Nimbus 14 after running in the Cumulus 12 for over a year and loving them. When shopping for replacement shoes, I tried several different neutral shoes from different companies, and came back to Asics because the roomy forefoot works well for me, the upper doesn't typically cause me any bad blisters, and they just seem to feel better on my foot than other brands. I have a very narrow heel, and both the Cumulus 14 and the Nimbus 14 have a much better (snugger) fitting heel than my old Cumulus 12s, and the forefoot feels just as good.
I ultimately chose the Nimbus 14 over the Cumulus 14 because after trying them both on, the Cumulus seemed so much less cushioned. I think it seems less cushioned than the old Cumulus 12, honestly--especially in the forefoot. I've done several runs in the Nimbus, from 3 to 6 miles so far, and have loved them. As another reviewer said, it's like running on pillows. One thing I will say is that once I get over 4 miles, I do start to notice that I have the shoes on. I guess I'm saying they feel a little heavy. For that reason, I might get a pair of Cumulus and wear them for my long runs. Overall, I really like the Nimbus, and the gray upper with blue sole and purple liner is really nice looking. For what it's worth, I wear a 7.5-8 regular width in street shoes, and wore an 8 in my old Cumulus 12s, but was getting some blisters on the ends of my toes once the weather warmed up and my mileage increased. I got an 8.5 in these to prevent blisters, and it works well. I have a neutral foot and am a light but injury-prone person, and I run mainly on streets.
New York City
I have been wearing the nimbus for several years. I was excited to try the nimbus 14 since it was lighter and supposed to be improved. Unfortunately, I knew as soon as I put it on that it was very different. The toe box felt much tighter than the 13. The 13 gives my toes plenty of wiggle room, but the 14 totally squished them! The tongue seemed stubby and rubbed the top of my foot. And the heel cup felt stiffer. I ran in it anyway thinking it just needed to be broken in and after 2 short runs (4-6 miles each) I gave up on the shoe. The 14 does feel lighter than the 13 and despite the rubbing, it provided good cushion. The only other complaint was that the shoe laces are short. Not much chance for a runners loop or even double knotting. So I'll stock up on the 13 and wait (impatiently for the 15!). May even try some other brands.
I use these for gym running, road running (15-20 miles/week)and gym classes. I did not like the roomy toe box in the 12's, loved the narrowness and arch support in the 13's and the 14's have some great updates. They run a 1/2 size large for me - I had to return the 9 for an 81/2 and I wore a 9 in previous models. I love the lower heel elevation, heel cup revision and the sole of the heel protrudes less, making my heel/toe stride feel more natural. I can also tell they are a bit lighter. I wish they had the offset lacing like the 13's, which is worth a star for me, but they are just as cushy and comfortable. I love them.
Doesn't live up to Nimbus quality
Love the Nimbus series and this is my fourth shoe of the series. The shoe felt longer than previous Nimbus shoes, but much more narrow. A side seam of the shoe constantly rubs my pinky toe. I thought I would have more room after I broke the shoes in, but this was not the case. So my time to return the shoe expired and I have since spent more money to find socks that will alleviate the irritation the shoe creates for my toes. Another issue is the fabric and cusion on the heel has slipped down and bunched up. I can smooth it out, but it irritates my heel at times and is a pain to adjust EVERY time I put on the shoe.
The cushion is nice, as well as the traction. The shoe works well on a variety of surfaces. I train on trails, grass, pavement, sidewalks, gravel, snow, and dreadmill. The colors are ok. I am not sure if I will stick with Nimbus when the 15 comes out or if I will take a risk on a different shoe. I cringe at the thought of a different shoe, but also cringe at the thought of another Nimbus that feels like this. I guess this is an odd motivation for more mileage - run more to wear out this horrible shoe quicker...and buy a different one!
I wore 2 pairs of the Nimbus 12s and loved them, then on to the 13 and they were great. Now the 14. It took 75 miles for them to FEEL good. On my half-marathon, they felt like there was a marshmallow under the ball of my foot which was irritating. Then on a 15 mile run, I had the same problem on both feet and worse. Painful!
These shoes are nice for a 10 miler or less. I think they have TOO MUCH gel under the forefront of the shoes. It is really irritating. I tried on the Nimbus 15 and will NOT buy them. I could feel the marshmallows just standing in the store. I bought the Asics Cumulus 15 and the Asics Kinsei 4 in hopes that one of those shoes will be wearable for a marathon in 10 weeks.
I'm also disappointed that Asics did away with the asymetrical lacing system. And the laces on the Nimbus 14s are TOO SHORT, and I don't have a wide foot at all...if anything, it is on the narrower side. I hope the cumulus or kinsei will work for longer runs otherwise I will be done buying Asics. Too much cushioning is not always the best. There needs to be middle ground. I would not buy the 14s again unless I was only going to be running 3-6 milers. I am a neutral runner 130 pounds.
When shoes go for being lighter in weight, something gets sacrificed. In this case it's padding and quality. I'm a devoted fan since I tried Nimbus 11 and have owned a ridiculous number of pairs through Nimbus 13. I'm afraid I'll have to start all over again trying to find a shoe I like.
With previous versions, I've been able to wear my custom orthotics comfortably with no issues as the shoe was very accommodating for such an item. Not this pair. The shoe isn't as deep as its predecessor and the curve of the sole is off.
So I tried them without orthotics and have worn my other Nimbus shoes without them comfortably. Not this pair. Too curved and made my foot cramp.
And the kiss of death, the padding is much thinner at the heel and doesn't stay put. I untie my shoes to take them off and put them on so I haven't abused the shoe. On the right heel at the point of the Achilles' tendon, the padding has detached from the top--not the liner but the underlying padding. It's now so low it rubbed a blister on my heel. I have a second pair I bought during a VIP sale. Those puppies are going back.
Changes aren't always for the better ASICS. The shoe costs more than ever and has less material that counts and is poorly put together. What a shame....
Really soft, yet responsive...and BRIGHT
As a forefoot striker who just started distance running this year, I've had a lot of trouble finding shoes that are suitable for longer runs. I "upgraded" from Brooks Ghosts to Glycerins in advance of my first half marathon, but issues with forefoot cushioning and durability forced me to retire them after only 200 miles. The Nimbus was suggested to me as a possible answer to the problems I had with the Glycerin. Having had really bad luck with two other Asics models, I was wary about giving them any more of my money. But they were comfortable in the store (famous last words, I know), and I'm a sucker for bright-colored shoes, so I took my chances. I've since run about 75 miles in them, including my last half marathon, and they've worked out pretty well. They are surprisingly light and responsive for such a well-cushioned shoe, and they make my Glycerins feel like bricks in comparision. My only slight quibble is that I wish the heels were narrower. It's hard to find a happy medium between heel slippage/chafing issues and too-tight laces, and the memory-foam padding in the collar doesn't help matters.
Best running shoe I have ever worn!
I had 3 pairs of the 13's and thought I loved those until I bought the 14's. They took a little getting used to because the feel is different from the 13's but by my 4th run I was in love with them. I can get through my usual 8 mile morning run now without a single walk break. My foot seems to land more flat now instead of on my heel. I no longer hurt after my runs anymore either. Instead of feeling worn out I feel energized. I wore a 9.5 in the 13's and got a 9.5 in these as well and they fit great. I love that the tongue and laces are shorter and the back of the shoe doesn't come up as high either. I love these shoes better than any of the running shoes I have worn in the last 7 years. I will buy more of them! They are worth every penny! I was nervous about getting these because of some of the other reviews but I am so happy the fit specialist talked me into giving them a try. Did I mention they look great too! That's always nice!
Luv 2 Run
New Braunfels Texas
I've been an Asics buyer for years. I recently switched to Saucony, but when those wore out, I tried the Nimbus again, since they've been great for me in the past. I tried them on in the store, jogged, did lunges, and they felt great. When I tried to run in them, my right forefoot hurt so badly I had to stop. I tried to adjust the laces, thinking they were laced too tight. When I loostened them, my feet were sliding all around, like I had no control. I tightened them once more, just a little bit and my feet & legs were hurting so badly I had to stop within 20 min of my work out. When I took them off, one of laces broke off. I returned them the same day. I felt like these shoes were flimbsy, and just very dissapointed with them in general. I ended up re-buying my Saucony shoes. Incidentally, I use the Grid Triumph model, for anyone who didn't like these and wants more cushionning and stability without getting a "motion control" shoe.
Good shoe, awesome color choices!
I just got the multicolored version of this shoe and have gotten tons of comments on them! But even I am not crazy enough to wear a shoe just for its looks. I have been wearing the Nimbus since I started running in 2007. I've liked some editions better than others, not a one has been perfect but these do come close. This year I'll be near 1500 miles and have gone through 5 pairs of these puppies. (I even have the purple limited editions). I only have two problems with this model. The first is that they seemed to take more than just a bit of the cushioning out. I felt a difference from the 13's to these, but have adapted with the help of aftermarket insoles. Second, (and this is kind of petty)what is the deal with the shoelaces? One model they are so long you have to double knot them just so you aren't tripping on them. On these they are so short I can barely tie them once! It isn't like you can go out and buy different shoelaces...that would spoil the look of the shoe :)
Crazy Cat Lady
I run about 50 miles/week in these shoes and I am injury prone in my lower back so I need the cushioning. I also wear these shoes to race mostly half marathons and I've done one marathon in them. I have worn these shoes since 2009 and this model has been true to what I personally need. I have very narrow feet so that fit has not been an issue for me. Mainly I love these shoes because they hug my feet and cushion my joints without being too heavy. I am 5'3' 120 lbs so I am not sure if being on the lighter side could also have to do with how well they cushion.
Only issue I've had throughout the years has been the sizing (-star), asics keeps going back and forth. There was also one year I felt the drop was just insane so I just bought the older model.
I like these shoes so much I am stocking up and will be ordering my 5th and 6th pair with such a great price!
Something off with the cushioning
I have run in Adidas Supernova forever. I increased my mileage and wanted something with more cushion, and this was recommended by RRS. From the time I put them on, I definitely felt more cushion in both heels, and in the left foot all over. However, the ball of my right foot gets sore on even a short 5 mile run. I thought the EVA just needed some time to "mold" to my foot, but it is not happening. Not sure if this is my foot or if I somehow got a defective shoe. But I wore these for an 8 mile run and my foot was sore; the next day wore my Supernova Glide for a 17 mile run and actually felt BETTER at the end!
Also, for comparison, the toe box feels slightly smaller on these than on the Supernova - maybe not so much the width but the height/depth of the toe box. They are also a bit wider in the heel, so I had to tie pretty tightly and experiment with lacing variations. On most people these will probably fit just fine, but on my "duck feet" (wide toes, narrow heels), the Supernova seem to still be the way to go.
try them you will like them
Like Asics. Worn them for years. If they fit you, you will not wear anything else. Road Runners website taught me that I was wearing the wrong shoe. This is my Third time ordering Nimbus-14. Will order the 15 when the price lowers.
However, much to my surprise and dismay, this delievery I received a pair of shoes from Road Runners that had been tried on!!! The insert was missing from the shoes, the tag was in the box not on the shoe, one shoe was strung differently than the other (laced to make it fit tighter on the ankle), the other shoe laces tied together. I would have returned them if I could have waited for another pair. (My area the warp speed still takes 3-5 days...rural.)
Lady Lake, Florida
Not for bunions!!!
I have ran in Nike Vomeros for years, but I haven't liked the last few updates, so I thought I would try these since the ratings are so high and they are recommended. They hurt the second I put them on, but I was hoping they would loosen up a bit. They feel a bit too long overall, very narrow in the toe box, and wide/loose in the heel. Theres is stitching right where a bunion hits if you have them that is horribly uncomfortable, but the narrow toe box killed my other foot as well and I don't have a bunion on that foot. My toes were literally squished together and falling asleep around the 3rd mile! 5 miles of torture and they are going back. They do look good though; I love the hot pink!!! Just ordered the Vomero 8s...really hoping I like this update!
Wichita Falls, TX
My poor arches!!
I got these when they first came out. I then became pregnant and couldn't do as much long distance running as I did before. Now, 6 1/2 months post-baby, I am trying to do my long distance running again and I have continued to get get blisters in my arches!! I am not sure if the arch support isn't high enough, but no matter how much I tighten my shoes there is wayy too much wiggle room and even with KT tape, my arch still seems to try to flatten out in the these shoes. Don't know why they're a runners choice... I won't be buying them again! I had a pair of Asics a while back I bought Narrow and for high arches and I can't remember for the life of me which ones they were... i'd get those again if I could.
New Mexico or other AF bases
love these shoes
I had a very hard time deciding between these and the NB 1080v3. The NB felt lighter, but the color combos were so obnoxious for the NB that I chose the the Asics. I have no regrets though.
The Asics are fantastic. I have a slightly narrow forefoot and a narrow heel and they seem to fit perfectly and snuggly without any sloppy extra room.
I love the feel of the arch support. I have a compressed nerve on my outside arch, which many shoes can aggrevate and cause me a lot burning and pain. I happy to say that they haven't caused me any issues in that area.
I am also run on the balls of my feet and they shoes provide awesome forefoot cushioning.
I love wearing these shoes.
Waiting for 15s
I bought these to train for a marathon. I run approximately35-40 miles per week. From the beginning I was having constant problems with them- and I've only ever worn gel nimbus. This model just seems to be a line with several problems. First, the front of the shoe must not have as much room because my small toe would rub and many times I would take my shoe off and it had rubbed so much it would bleed. Second, I had thought the support was different but I was willing to give it a try. BUT, my back has been hurting a lot and I've never had problems with my knee and now it's giving me problems. Guess I will wait and see about the 15s or just try a different shoe. I just don't know which to try first.
I've been running in these for 7 years!
These shoes are really great for people who constantly get shins splints or other similar leg injuries.(But do aorder a half size bigger than your normal shoe size). I did not have an injury for 7 years after switching to the Gel Nimbus series. They are a bit heavy but that it the trade off for amazing cushoning. I have worn each pair for well over 500 miles each and I run all of my road races in them (although most people would probably prefer a lighter shoe for 5k and 10k). Only negetive I've notices with the last two models is that they are very stiff and need to be broken into for about 2 - 3 weeks. I will rotate between my new pair (for shorter runs) and my old pair for about a month.
I was looking for a cushioned shoe to take the pounding of training for my first Boston Marathon and these shoes are AWESOME! Have worn Mizuno for many years up until 2011 when I just could not get comfortable in the Wave Riders anymore, so I became a shoe hopper and have worn the Brooks Glycerins, failed at Mizuno WR again, and Nike Vomeros. Was happy with Brooks and Nike but am thinking of getting another pair to switch out with the pair I currently have - lots of room in the toe box and good cushioning through the foot of the shoe. I never feel like my arch is collapsing either and have had zero blister/toe nail issues! Highly recommend for those doing 30-50 miles of running a week!
Not as good as Nimbus 13, 12, etc....
I was so excited to buy the new Nimbus...in HOT PINK!! I was growing tired of the blue and white combination of the other Nimbus models. After a handful of runs between 5 and 12 miles, I noticed my already bum knee aching; I would typically only notice this as an indication that it was time to buy new sneakers, and when I would, all was right with the world (and my knee). Then, my left hip began aching terribly - a new pain that I've never experienced. I went to the Road Runner website to read the reviews of the Nimbus 14 and my concerns were confirmed: THE NIMBUS 14 IS AN INFERIOR RUNNER COMPARED TO EARLIER MODELS. DO NOT BUY - BEWARE OF DEFINITE ACHES AND PAINS.
Pre-Sun Rise Runner
West Palm Beach, FL
Kneed not buy
I've been wearing Asics for nearly 10yrs. had just about every Gel Kayano till the 13 and gave up Switched to the Nimbus 12 love at first mile. 13's took a lil breaking in but still amazing. Just got the 14's ran two miles and now can barely walk. I've given these shoes 2 days. My knee's are shot. The shoe is about a half size too big, tongue is short and they have less support. The shoe is designed to push you to your toes by creating an almost high heel shoe. lots of cushion in heel and none in toe. I'll be walking till my 13's arrive. I am 120 lbs. 5'7'' run 3-5miles on a tred-mil 7 days a week. (People it is important to list these points someone weight training or walking in these shoes may find them great)
Solid Shoe lives up to Reputation
I usually buy this shoe in size 8 D so it can accommodate my orthotic inserts. Past years the Nimbus D width has seemed to become more and more narrow with the back heel becoming quickly worn thru. This time, I ordered the latest model of Nimbus in 1/2 size larger, but kept the D width. I found the shoe is roomier, even with my orthotics, so I'm not thrilled about that, but my heel does not wear into the upper back heel area of the shoe anymore. Maybe I should have ordered 1/2 size larger in the regular width (B) but am not too concerned. The NIMBUS has served me well for almost 10 years of casual running and training and love them.
PT runner FT mom/professional
This shoe runs longer
I wear a 6 1/2 B in every other shoe but a 7 1/2 W in this one. It feels great, but this new model is longer than the last one.I have worn this shoe for years but find the sizing changes.
I've run in the Nimbus for the past 5 years and in my opinion, the 14s are one of the best models. The 13s were OK, however, I had to go up 1/2 a size and the toe box was a bit narrow for me. I am training for a marathon right now and have been alternating the 13s and 14s in my training. The 14s are definitely more streamlined and lighter. As I compare the wear areas on the bottom of my shoes, the 14s seem to decrease the supination of my left foot considerably. Everyone has his/her own shoe preferences, and I highly recommend the Nimbus 14 to neutral runners.
I just started running, and used these shoes to train for and run my first marathon. The fit is great-I felt that the toe box had plenty of room, and have never had so much as a blister from these. They are very well cushioned, and overall quite comfortable, and they work wonderfully with my insoles for my freakishly high arches. The only (small) downside is that they felt much heavier than some of the other shoes I tried-but with my mileage, I needed the extra cushioning. I will most likely be buying this shoe again in the future.
Not enough cushioning
I run 6-7 times per week about 6mi per run. I purchased these after having great success with the Nimbus13. I went through 3 pairs of 13s. I still have my last pair and they were what I used to train up to 9mi. Sadly these shoes didn't work for me. My first run my feet hurt but I wrote it off because I had been walking around all day in flip flops. But my second run my heels and knee hurt really bad, still sore from it. So these don't seem to have enough cushion for me. I wish they worked because I love the pink color.
I have been running in this particular shoe for a while. No issues. I have been dealing with Achilles tendinitis for quite a few years which has not allowed me to run the distances that I am accustom to running. I started to wear the compression socks which have helped me tremendously. Though currently I am out for the count due to a fractured hip from cycling, I felt I was starting to make progress with the mileage before the accident. Anyway, I have enjoyed running in this shoe and hope to be back on my feet again soon.
Not as nice as the nimbus 13
I run 20-30 miles a week and weigh 185 lbs. These shoes have a much tighter toe box than the 12 or 13 models. They took a long time for my feet to adjust and not get blisters on the outside toe area. They were not as durable as prior models and were done in 300 miles with not much warning signs. I would not recommend these shoes. I got a pair of 15's and hope they are an improvement. The 12 and 13's were great shoes so I'm hoping asics goes back to their original formula.
Great northwest Wa.
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