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Asics Gel Nimbus 10

Asics Gel Nimbus 10

Full Name: Asics Gel Nimbus 10
Category: Cushioning
Weight:12.4 oz. (352 gr.)
Suggested Price: 120$
Reccomended For: Supinators and Heavier Runners
  • General Info:

The Nimbus 10 is Asics’ top of the line cushioning shoe. At 120$ suggested retail price, it packs a lot of Asics’ best technology and expertise to provide a soft, cushioned run to Supinators or heavy Neutral Pronators.
A long time favourite by many runners, the 10th version includes a few updatesa from the previous models.

  • Sole Unit:

Nimbus 10 sole unit is a concentrate of technology, putting together the results of decades of innovation.

The material used for the midsole is Asics Solyte, material with which we are now familiar in Asics shoes. It is lighter and softer than traditional EVA – according to Asics – what we definitely felt in our test rides is that this material is actually very springy, offering a cushy, very responsive ride.

Asics Twist Gel cushioning system both in the forefoot and rearfoot add to this soft, cushioned ride.

The Space Trusstic System is a plastic piece that runs across the midsole in the arch area providing support during the heel to toe transition of the gait, preventing the foot from flexing unnaturally. As usual, Asics uses different Trusstic systems for mens and womens – which is a big plus for women.

The Nimbus also presents several solutions on the outsole: in the forefoot by using 4 pieces of rubber combining different materials (the pattern improves flexibility and helps the toe lift-off, while the different materials help improve durability in the areas of maximum wear) and the use of Asics’ AHAR (High Abrasion Resistant) rubber on the heel, to increase the durability of the shoe in the heel.

  • Upper:

The first thing you notice in the Nimbus 10 is the adoption of the new asimmetrical lacing system. The purpose is to offer a more natural enclosure of the foot, by having a lacing system that runs across the bony part of the upper of the foot. Reactions to this have been mixed: some runners love it and some are annoyed by it. We believe it really depends on the shape of your feet, but the ones who like it are enthusiastic about it.

The upper includes the Biomorphic Fit Technology, which is the addition of an elastic material in between some strategically placed overlays. These parts expands and contracts when your foot expands on the impact on the ground (did you know your foot grows a half size during the impact? Try and picture out a football bounced on the ground!).

Memory foam in the heel collar and an Ortholite sockliner complete the dotation of the upper of this shoe.

  • Opinion:

The Nimbus comes back in its 10th version remaining faithful to its runners: it is the market’ standard for Supinators (under Pronators) and heavy runners providing one of the best cushioned run.

Running a few miles in it, we noticed the toe area feeling slightly narrower than previous versions of the Nimbus – pay attention to sizing when you buy, you might need a half size more than your previous Nimbus.

Let us know what you think of this shoe in the comments!

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Asics Gel Cumulus 10

Asics Gel Cumulus 10

Full Name: Asics Gel Cumulus 10
Category: Cushioning
Weight:11.8 oz. (335 gr.)
Suggested Price: 95 $
Reccomended For: Supinator or Neutral Pronator
  • General Info:

Asics Cumulus 10 is Asics’ mid-priced shoe for the supinator runner (or under pronator). Common feedback about this shoes by runners who have tested it, is that it offers a slightly different ride than the Cumulus 9 used to, being slightly more stable and less cushioning. Let’s see in detail what this shoe has to offer.

  • Sole Unit:

For the first time, the Cumulus offers Asics’ I.G.S. (Impact Guidance System) trademark technology. IGS is actually a whole design philosophy of combining the various parts of the midsole in a way that encourages (guides) your foot to go from the heel impact to the toe lift-off in the most natural and therefore efficient way possible.
The Space Trusstic System is also helping in this sense, by adding a plastic wrapping around the arch area of the midsole so to protect your foot (and ankles!) from innatural torsion in the heel-to-toe transition.
On the cushioning side, Asics uses on the Cumulus 10 the Solyte material, which is softer and lighter than normal EVA or spEVA (foam, what you find in all shoes’ midsoles). Softer and lighter is good – but of course it can mean less durability for your shoes. Completes the cushioning the addition of Twist Gel in the Forefoot and Rearfoot of the midsole, providing that extra cushioning that Supinators need.

  • Upper:

With all the technology concentrated on the Midsole, the upper is light and clean and – even though no major technologies are involved – it serves its purpose. Upper has been slightly redesigned so to offer a larger mesh area on the toecap to enhance comfort and breathability. Testers’ impression is that the shoe has gotten slightly wider than it used to be.

  • Opinion:

At a 95$ price point, the Cumulus 10 is a benchmark for Cushioning running shoes. The addition of the I.G.S. system seems to have “stiffened” the ride offered by previous versions of the Cumulus.
Has the Cumulus become a Stability shoe? No, it is still a great cushioning trainer, aimed at a heavy Neutral Pronator who needs slightly more cushioning than a lightweight runner or at a non-extreme Supinator.
If this is the kind of runner you are, 95$ is great value for money on this shoe. But if you are a more severe Supinator or a definitely heavier runner, you should maybe look at the Cumulus’s big sister: the Asics Gel Nimbus 10 .

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Asics GT 2140

Asics GT 2140

Full Name: Asics GT 2140
Category: Stability
Weight: 11 oz. (310 gr.)
Suggested Price:100$
Reccomended For: Neutral to Mild Over Pronators
  • General Info:

The Asics GT 2100 series is most likely the world’s best selling Stability shoe. This means that when Asics refreshes it, they have to improve the shoes’ performance but have to stay true to the franchise fit, performance and durability – in other words, they need not to disappoint all the fans worldwide.

  • Sole Unit:

The midsole tooling is new, but has the same basic characteristics as as the GT 2130.
Improved foam material will provide better ‘bounce back’, and to enhance midfoot support, the Space Trusstic System has been lengthened slightly on the medial side, which is meant to provide an even better support during the heel-to-toe transition of your running gait.
Unchanged the use of Asics’ DuoMax dual density technology: an injection of a harder foam in the medial side of the midsole in order to support collapsing arches, while letting the rest of the feet be cushioned by Asics’s Gel technology both in the forefoot and the heel.

  • Upper:

Even though the upper has a complete redesign from last year’s shoe, the last used for the shape of the upper hasn’t been changed – if you fit 2008’s GT (2130), you will fit the same in the 2140.
A good update on the upper is the adoption of a new Ortholite sockliner. Made of Memory Foam, this sockliner adds extra cushioning to your run without compromising the stability of the shoe. The sockliner will adapt to the natural shape of your foot, and get back to its original form after each run.

  • Opinion:

The Asics GT 2140 is a great value for money. If you already run in a GT2000 shoe and wonder if this years’ version will live up to your expectations you won’t be disappointed. If you are a neutral to mild overpronator runner, this shoe is a great option for you.

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Asics Gel Kayano 15

Asics Gel Kayano 15

Full Name: Asics Gel Kayano 15
Category: Stability
Weight:13 oz. (370 gr.)
Suggested Price: 140$
Reccomended For: Neutral to Mild Over Pronators
  • General Info:

The Asics Gel Kayano is an industry icon, reaching the 15th edition in 2009.

The biggest changes are the asymmetrical lacing and a new and improved heel cushioning, and both upgrades actually work in providing a better fit and a more protected running experience.

  • Sole Unit:

The Asics Gel Kayano 15 comes with a new and improved midsole.

One of the key features are Asics’ trademark Heel and Forefoot Gel Cushioning which has been improved over the Kayano 14 by adding more gel and adding a plastic capping to achieve a soft but controlled cushioning to heel and toe impact on the ground.

Heel and toe are linked together by Asics’ Space Trusstic System, a piece of PU (plastic) that wraps the midsole in the arch (midfoot) area. This technology provides an exceptional support during the heel-to-toe transition of the running gait and prevents your foot to unnaturally torque while hitting the ground. Womens and Mens versions of the Kayano 15 have different shapes of the Trusstic system to better fit theirtneeds and different biomechanics.

The Kayano 15 includes Asics’ DuoMax dual density midsole insert: a harder foam inserted in the midsole to give the foot a better support in the arch area, where it is needed most, while allowing other areas to be softer and therefore better cushioned.

  • Upper:

The first thing you notice about the upper is the asimmetrical lacing system. The purpose of this innovation is to have the lacing follow the natural shape of the bony part of the foot, providing a better fit and lesser irritations. We were favourably impressed with this solution.

Other features on the upper are the memory foam heel collar lining, which lets the shoe adjust around the shape of your foot, achieving an incredible fit. More, the BioMorphic Fit inserts in the upper are stretcheable overlays that expand and contract with your foot’s natural expansion (heat, circulation and the foot strike itself all determine your foot actual size and it varies during the run!).

  • Opinion:

Asics continue to deliver with the Kayano series. A long time favourite for many runners, the 2009 model won’t disappoint any previous Kayano runner or new ones.

We recommend this shoe to normally to low arched runners, who are neutral pronators to mild over pronators.

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