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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 .

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


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