Men's ASICS® GEL-NIMBUS® 14 :: Feel faster in this lighter version of the famously plush men'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 centered lacing and independently placed eyelets. Feet stay snug and secure with memory foam in the heel collar. Keep feet feeling cool for miles with airy mesh and ComforDry™ sockliner. 10.8 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
I am an over pronator and it seems to have gotten worse in the last year. I was using new balance 99x series for a long time. Then they seemed to stop working. I was running through the first layer of rubber on the outside heel in 8-10 weeks. I tried motion control shoes from new balance but they did not seem to work. I was still running through the first layer of rubber in a short time. They did not help my gait at all.
I have used custom made orthotics for over 40 years. I went to my podiatrist to see if there was anything he could do. He said there was nothing he could do. He recommended that I go to a running shoe store and get a more neutral shoe. I had thought about going to a store myself. I get my shoes on line. The customer service people try to help but it is hard since it is online and they can not see how you walk.
I went to a store after I saw my doctor. The clerk was a runner and he seemed to know what he was talking about. He agreed with the doctor. He recommended the nimbus 14, a neutral shoe.
I love this shoe and I have bought three pairs in a month. The one in the store and two more pairs from roadrunner. I had a store credit to use up and a 25% off coupon so I figured, "what the heck"
The shoe is very durable and comfortable. It has worked wonders on my gait. It has really improved my pronation. There seems to be a lot more techknowlegy? built into the shoe. The price is reasonable.
Now that I have three pairs I should be good for a year.
I am 54 and run 120-130 miles/month. I had sore toes, as with a stress fracture, and feared I'd have to stop running for a few weeks. I wanted the Nimbus 13 as they were on sale, but my size only came in the Nimbus 14.
AMAZING comfort. Have run 3 days x 6 miles each and NO pain of any kind.
For me, it's worth some extra coin to not have to worry about getting side-lined by pain or injury.
Slowly Breaking In
I resumed running regularly 2 years ago and have been through a pair of Ascis DS Trainers (not great) and Nimbus 13s. The 13s were ideal for my neutral stride and Clydesdale weight (195). I purchased the 14s after trying them at my local running store and preferring them to the Brooks Glycerin, Saucony Triumph, and Mizuno Wave Rider. After 2 runs on the treadmill I was ready to return the 14s. The toebox felt tight, the cushioning was lumpy and hard, and my knees and hips ached afterwards. I read other reviews of the 14s that said it takes a few runs for them to break in, so I stuck with them. They have, indeed, started to feel better. The toebox upper has stretched a bit, the cushioning feels like it has molded to my foot, there is no pain when I heel strike and the knees and hips feel fine. Overall, I think the 14s will turn out to be better than the 13s (I can really tell that the new version is lighter)...I wish Asics could do something to mitigate the break in period, though.
Neutral shoe that performs (not sure what the recent dismal comments are all about). I would rate these shoes 4.5 stars. I run 40 - 50+ miles a week/ 5 - 8 miles a day and complete several marathons a year. Have run two marathons in these shoes and love doing my speed work in them also. These shoes have provided adequate cushioning, good ventilation and helped me with a quicker turnover on my runs. 6'1" 170 lbs. I usually rotate two+ pairs of shoes
This is a neutral shoe (Do your home work runners) that is a solid performer (My friend has used them for road and trail marathons - he loves them). I had not run in Asics since the 1990's. I typically use Mizuno Wave Runner and Brooks Adrenaline shoes, and tried the Nimbus 14 because of a friend who loves them. Break in period was reasonable (A couple of short runs, then a longer run). After the break in period they have been one of my 'Go To' pairs of shoes. I have about 350 miles on my first pair (I usually only get about 300 miles out of a pair of shoes) and am breaking in my second pair of 14's. Really like this shoe.
Salt Lake City, UT
Beware if you foot issues
Like many of you, I have been training in Nimbus for years. While training for this year's Boston marathon, I purchased the 14s. I usually notice some subtle differences when changing editions. However, the difference between the 13s and 14s was dramatic. I had foot issues a couple years ago, and after about a week on the 14s, I began experience the telltale signs in my left foot. The only thing that had changed was my shoes. I called Asics and learned that Asics changed the stack height (heel to toe drop)from 12mm on the 13s to 10mm on the 14s. It would have been nice to know this in advance. It certainly had a huge impact on my stride over the course of a 70 mile week. Asics suggested I place a heal pad in the 14s to help with the transition as apparently this stack height is the new industry standard. This helped, but the 14s were also very hard in the forefoot. It felt like wood hitting the pavement. I returned the 14s because of RR's fantastic return policy. I am now using the 15s, with a heal pad, and the forefoot is more cushioned than the 14s.
Los Ranchos, NM
Not for me
These are great shoes, just not for me. Rubbed hot spots/blisters on my arches just behind the balls of my feet on two separate runs. Tried different lacing and thinner socks and still it happened. Sorry to say, I have to send them back. Was really hoping that they would work for me.
San Antonio, TX
The Nimbus downhill slide continues
I have run on Asics for many years, and started the Nimbus series at 12. That was a great training shoe. The 13 was ok, but wore out quickly and was not as well cushioned. This 14 model is worse yet. The small reduction in weight is not welcome in a training shoe since they reduced the amount size and location of the gel padding. They also reduced the heel height and drop of the shoe; again not welcome in a trainer. If I want a minimalist shoe or a racer I will buy one (and I have several pairs of racers that I use for competition) - in a trainer I want cushioning and achilles/calf support. The shoe life is also reduced to 300 miles for me, as I was getting 400 miles out of the 12 series, and 350 in the 13 series.
I have a pair of Nimbus-15s ordered and this may be my last chance with Asics. They have really mangled their best line of shoes for the neutral runner; hopefully they have listened to the real runners and returned to the wanted design features.
Dave the Wave
Long Island, NY
Nimbus losing weight or cutting cost?
I just want to start out by saying that I've been running with ASICS Nimbus line for several years starting with #10. I have enjoyed running many half and full marathons with this series. Having said that, I will be looking to exchange my Nimbus 14 for the following reasons:
1. 2E size has changed and too narrow
2. Ankle support/stability is gone
In reducing the weight of this show, have they instead cut cost by reducing material? I just came back from finishing 2012 Montreal Full Marathon and find that both ankles are hurting. In comparing my previous Nimbus shoes, it is clear that ankle support has been significantly reduce. There is soo much flex in the ankle support structure that this is where the weight of the shoe must have been reduced. Im so sorry to write this review, but will need to look around for another shoe after so many years with ASICS Nimbus.
Aliso Viejo, CA
Lost that loving feeling!
I have worn Nimbus since the 6/7 series all the way thru to the current 14.
IMHO the shoe was at it peak series 9 thru 11 since then the shoe has continued to disappoint. These shoes dramatically change my gait in my left leg causing pain in my hip and knee, after 6 miles I'm done every time - put on another pair of shoes (any shoes) and 14 miles comes around without an issue! (I run ~ 40-50 miles week, 6'5" and 220lbs)
I have a pair of 13s and now 14s that just sit on the shelf - look good but are just bad shoes. I love Asics and have run in them for over 20 years but I would not recommend Nimbus 14s or 13s to anyone - 15's are just out and I am shopping around looking for a new Love!! sorry asics we had a good thing going there for a couple of decades.
A shoe with serious drawbacks
I'm a longtime asics Nimbus user, and I run 30-50 miles per week. The Nimbus 14, while basically still a good shoe, is a significant step back for Asics. In the interest of weight reduction they've reduced the padding of the tongue, with the result that the laces cut painfully into the top of the foot. That may be tolerable on shorter runs, but once you go beyong, say, 12 miles, it becomes very painful. Also, Asics has somehow compromised the outstanding turnover performance of the Nimbus 12 and 13. The 14 feels much less organic, and more clunky. I've returned mine (thank goodness for RRS's 90-day return policy!) and stocked up on Nimbus 13. Let's hope the 15 will return to the old virtues.
Durable, supportive, comfortable
I have been using Asics Gel Nimbus since 2005, and never changed brand or model since then. I have run two marathons, one half ironman, and multiple Olympic and sprint distance triathlons, and numerous 10k and 5k races all in the gel nimbus. This is in addition to the five times a week running since 2005.
I am 6'3" with body weight in the last 8 years ranging from 180-190. I use to have foot and knee problems from running in the past when running track and cross country during high school and college. I have an average arch with a slightly wide foot...these shoes really provide the perfect balance of stability and cushion without being too heavy. I change out shoes every six months.
Another excellent Asics shoe
I have been running in ASICS Gel-Nimbus on and off for several years. I had a problem with Nimbus 12 - the fit was off and it caused blisters - and so substituted the Nike Vomero for a couple of years. Bought Nimbus 13s early in 2013 and they have been great, lighter and more springy than the Vomero.
I was a little hesitant about the Nimbus 14 based on the reviews, but have had none of the mentioned problems. They are noticeable lighter but still have ample cushioning, and no problem at all with the laces biting into the top of the foot. Took them on a 7-mile run the first day and couldn't be happier! I think they are lightest and most comfortable pair of ASICS I have owned.
Salt Lake City, UT
Perfect for Me
I wear both for gym workouts, fitness runs & walks, race training & 5k's. ASICS have always been my shoe. Every model/style I have owned has met my needs perfect. I have owned and ran/worked out/walked (and when wore out for running)used as everyday wear exclusively for longer than I can remember. I am 66 and I believed started running in ASCIS in 1980. My entire family are active. Wife, 2 sons and a daughter. Wife walks and a gym rat, daughter triathlon, marathons 1/2 & full, one son marathons 1/2 & full, other son runner and gym. All have ASCIS. For me ASICS are the best.
Not as good as GEL-Nimbus 12
I run 12-15 miles per week and have worn Asics for the past 5+ years. I ran a couple half-marathons in Asics GEL-Nimbus 12s and they were are my favorite running shoes ever. Unfortunately, the GEL-Nimbus 14 incorporated changes that did not work for me.
The GEL-Nimbus 14 has a stripe / reinforcing band that runs over the bone on the outside of my foot (fifth metatarsal). It digs in when I run and is very uncomfortable. I thought it would break in over time, but it never did. I wish Asics would go back to the GEL-Nimbus 12 design.
I am going to try Brooks or Saucony.
Best Nimbus Ever!!!
I have have been running for over 20 years and have worn various asic shoes - nimbus (3 versions), cumulus (3 versions), mizuno creations (2 versions), and nike vomero (2 versions). These are by far the best. I have liked previous versions of nimbus for their softness but did not like the weight. That was why I changed to mizunos (but they were not as soft). Off to Vomeros - the weight is right but then they lost the softness. These Nimbus 14 are light weight yet feel responsive. They are also very cushioned which I need due to nagging injuries.Great Job and good commentary by Runner's World.
Great Training Shoe!
The Asics Nimbus Gel 14 saved my feet and legs from pains and blisters I was getting from my Nikes that wore too quickly and hurt my feet. Upon purchasing the Asics, I learned what good support/ cushioning really is! Currently, I am training for a half marathon and these are perfect for my feet- the highlighter yellow color also gains alot of attention from drivers, other people on the road, etc. 4 stars instead of 5 because the toe box is a bit more roomy than I would like (not as fitted for faster sprints/running) but that's what you come to expect in a non-minimalist shoe.
San Diego, CA
A shoe with serious weaknesses
The Nimbus 12 and 13 were great shoes in all respects. The 14, unfortunately, is problematic. The uppermost laces (where you tie them) cut painfully into the top of my feet. This is true even when I tie the shoe very loosely, and it prevents me from running long distances in this shoe. Anything above 3 miles simply hurts too much. In addition, the transition from midfoot to forefoot is awkward and much less smooth than in the Nimbus 13. All in all, I recommend skipping the Nimbus 14, stocking up on Nimbus 13, and waiting for the 15 in the hope that by next year Asics will fix these problems.
Not for me
I tried these not ordered from RRS while waiting on an exchange for another pair of shoes. I generally run in cushioned shoes but these are not all they are portrayed to be. I found them to be uncomfortable. They caused my foot to fall asleap while running and my feet hurt when I was finished. I took them back and exchanged them for Kayano 19s and am now happy. I have not had any issues with the Kayanos, they feel much more comfortable. I would not recommend these to a friend, for $10 more you can get a dramatically better shoe in the Kayano. Better cushioning, lighter, and more responsive.
I am a 5'8", 180lb who runs 30 - 40 mi/wk in rolling hills and have run in NBs for 30 years. Gave up on my NB 1080 v2 after New Haven RR (20k). I was 8 weeks out of knee surgery and felt every jarring step with the 1080 - felt like someone had beaten my feet with a hammer at the finish. Was talked into trying the Nimbus by a running mate. Totally converted! Great cushioning, lightweight and fast. In the 3wks between NHRR and the Niantic Bay Half I dropped from 9:02/mi to 8:32/mi and have zero knee or foot pain. Fits slightly narrow but comfortable.
Reliably good shoe
Got these 10 days ago, ran 2 miles, 15 miles and 11 miles in them, road and trail. No complaints. Padding felt soft the first few miles until the shoes settled in, now the shoes feel as good and solid as my Gel Nimbus 13s but a little bit lighter. I am running with an upgraded insole, which may partly account for both the initial softness and the shoe feeling slightly smaller than the official size, which in any case is a size up from my non-running shoe size. Plan to run with these shoes for this year's Marine Corps Marathon and perhaps Boston in the spring.
Among the best for Walking!
I find the Asics Nimbus 14 an improvement over the Nimbus 13 which I still like a lot. I've had both of my ankles operated on several times for injuries and find the Asics line, in particular, the Nimbus to be the most comfortable, supportive, well wearing running sneakers on the market. I don't run anymore because of my ankle issues, but do a lot of walking and find the light weight style of the Asics line to be the best out of all other's. Very well made.
Major failure by ASICS Gel Nimbus. I have been disappointed with the Gel Nimbus 12, 13, and now 14. Gel Nimbus 11 was by far the best Nimbus made, then ASICS went and changed the whole design of the shoe. The Nimbus is now too narrow in the toe box and has no heel support like the Nimbus 11. I have to get a 12 EE now just to have a somewhat similar feel as the normal 12 D. I wish ASICS would go back to the Nimbus 11 desgin. Can anyone recommend another shoe that feels like the Nimbus 11? I have tried Brooks neutral shoes with no luck.
a true runners shoe
after experimenting with other brands for a regular solid trainer I came back to asics. right out of the box this shoes feel well on the foot and accommodate custom orthotics readily. i have run long runs on them and even tempo runs, they feel lighter than expected and the cushioning is superior.
I bought the neon yellow and they look terrific.
Perhaps asics should consider dropping the heel a tad to make them even more responsive.
Overall, in my opinion the best neutral trainer for serious runners.
on old runner
New york ny
In the Gel Nimbus 14, Asics has placed profit ahead of comfort and performance. This is a generic department store running shoe with a performance shoe price. Nimbus 11 had the features of a fine distance trainer. Asics has eliminated asymetrical lacing and the plush cushioning that made the Nimbus great. In addition, they have reduced and misplaced the gel cushioning, provided shorter laces, and shaved one-quarter inch from the forefoot tread width of the 4E. Asics has missed the mark with this shoe.
Nimbus 14 Fails
I've run in the last few generations of Asics Nimbus shoes and loved them, but the Nimbus 14 falls far short of what I expect of a shoe of this caliber. This shoe wore blisters on the front arches of both feet. Thinking they just needed to be broken in, I continued to run in them until about 80 miles, taping my feet up, until I realized it was the shoes. They still blistered my feet after that point and I found myself changing my stride due to the pain. Stay away until Asics fixes this shoe!
A huge step in the wrong direction
I run about 20 to 25 miles/week. I loved the Nimbus 12 and liked the Nimbus 13, but the 14s went back. I quickly developed pretty severe pain along the tops of my feet when running in the 14s, and they felt too spongy. Please bring back the asymetrical lacing, large toe box, and cushioning of the 12s. For now I'm running in the extra pairs of 13s that I scrounged up when the 14s failed me, but I don't want to have to go through another search for a comfortable model.
Might be my new go-to shoe
I'm 5'10" 197lbs and have been running 15-17mi / week. Previously wore NB 1080v1 and v2, and most recently been running in Mizuno Wave Rider 16s. Both are very good shoes but decided to try the Gel Nimbus. I've only done one 5-mile run in them, but love them already. Leg fatigue was cut down, and the shoe felt very nice throughout the run. This might be my new go-to shoe. Hopefully Asics doesn't change this shoe much (if any) on its next version.
ASICS Needs To Do Some Redesign
Tried the 14s in May.Disappointed.Stocked up on 13s.Tried 14s again.ASICS makes good shoes.The 14s have less cushioning and wear quicker in the outer front soles.I'm a forefoot striker and had no problems with the 12s and 13s.With the 14s,my feet are slapping the ground.I'm no shoe design expert but this slapping probably means a stiffer shoe design.Theses shoes reduced heel to toe drop,maybe that's the problem.I'll endure the slapping sounds but ASICS needs to figure out what causes it.
Can't be beat!
I'm not an avid runner, but I'm on my feet pretty consistently. The only thing that I don't like about these shoes, is that I can't wear them all day every day. I honestly look forward to getting home, and changing into these out of my ecco's I wear for work. My back problems have subsided since wearing them, and I find myself walking more due to the comfort. These are the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn bar none!
I run about 2-3 miles a day on the treadmill and work 12hr shifts running my butt off and these shoes make me smile while doing it. Beyond comfortable!!! I replaced the insoles with superfeet orange because I have high arches, need maximum cushion, and need to prevent stress fractures. These shoes are so nice/stylish I am planning to re-buy in 3 mo. Must buy! Glad I waited for Nimbus 14
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