Popular with runners since the late 1990s, the Nimbus range is known for its lightweight construction, and the 24th edition is the lightest to date. Weighing in at 10 grams lighter than the Nimbus Gel 23, the ASICS Gel Nimbus 24 offers a combination of plush softness and lightweight cushioning. In our ASIC Gel Nimbus 24 Review, we’ll dig deeper into the key features, focussing on upper, midsole and outsole – the cornerstone of all running shoes.
ASIC Gel Nimbus 24 Review: Table of Contents
ASIC Gel Nimbus 24
The ASICS Gel Nimbus 24 features a soft, breathable mesh upper that performs well in all types of conditions. The upper is constructed with 20% recycled materials, making it kinder to the environment by decreasing waste and carbon emissions. The mesh upper on the shoe wraps around your foot while enhancing comfortability and breathability. An OrthoLite X-55 sock liner adds extra cushion for a softer step-in feel.
ASICS have used their signature 3D Space Construction feature in the latest version of the Nimbus. This feature improves the midsole’s compression during a footstrike, allowing it to conform to your feet’s specifications. The midsole works similarly to a memory foam mattress to conform to the shape of your feet. One thing we noticed straight away was how comfortable the shoes were straight out of the box; the ASIC Gel Nimbus 24 are ready to wear, will feel plush and requires little to no break-in time.
The ASICS Gel Nimbus 24 boasts a plush, well-padded heel collar and a streamlined mesh tongue. While we found this perfectly fine, other reviewers have said they found the tongue a little on the thin side due to its softness. Thoughtful details, like long laces, confirm the fit and secure the foot. You’ll also find reflective details for added visibility, which will make each run more enjoyable.
The ASICS Gel Nimbus range is best suited for neutral runners wanting a cushioned shoe for running long distances. The latest version, the ASICS Gel Nimbus 24, is the lightest and softest yet, thanks to a redesigned midsole made with FF BLAST PLUS foam.
The FF BLAST PLUS foam creates lightweight cushioning that delivers smooth transitions and propulsive toe-offs. The result is an ultra-soft ride with just the right amount of responsiveness. Reviewers we polled noticed the difference in the midsole right away. These shoes are noticeably softer than any other ASICS trainers they have owned, also boasting a soft heel that doesn’t feel like you are sinking into the base.
A midfoot panel with flexibility allows you to push on comfortably and efficiently over long distances and quickly change pace on tempo runs—plenty of comfort and cushion, yet responsive enough for increasing leg turnover.
ASICS FlyteFoam Cushioning
Another cool feature is the combination of FlyteFoam cushioning and GEL technology provides excellent shock absorption, necessary to mitigate the pounding your knees and ankles will take on a longer run. ASICS utilises their signature gel-like pads in the heel and forefoot of the Nimbus to absorb impact and disperse it throughout the foot. Flytefoam cushioning in the midsole provides an additional layer of protection for your feet. Reviewers lauded the extra support. This cushion enough and protection does not come at the expense of fit, meaning the shoe remains comfortable even as your feet swell during long easy effort sessions.
The ASICS Gel Nimbus 24 features an ASICS LITE rubber outsole for added traction, grip and durability. ASICS LITE rubber is lighter, stronger and more sustainable than other standard rubber outsoles, which delivers the protection you require without added bulk. For some runners, the edges of the heels are where running shoes tend to wear down the quickest. ASICS cracks this problem by utilising their signature AHARPLUS heel plug rubber on the outer edges to thwart undue wear.
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Who Are The ASICS GEL Nimbus 24 For?
The Gel Nimbus 24 is a road shoe that can also be used on the track for training sessions. Feel free to use them on flatter trail routes over shorter distances on well-maintained and groomed terrain in dry summer months. However, as mentioned, the primary use is for road, making them perfect for park running, be that shorter speed work or extended easy effort runs, where you need a comfortable shoe on your feet.
Final Thoughts & Conclusions
To summarise, the ASICS Gel Nimbus 24 is an excellent choice for runners seeking a highly cushioned shoe made for long distances.
A breathable mesh upper allows for a generous fit, while a redesigned midsole produces a soft and bouncy ride. GEL technology delivers state-of-the-art impact absorption to protect you from hard road surfaces over long distances.