Asics Gel Nimbus 17 Review

Asics Gel-Nimbus 17 Review

For those who fell in love with Asics’s Gel-Nimbus 15, will also fall in love with this newer model, the Asics Gel-Nimbus 17.  With upgrades regarding to cushion (I never liked the cushion in the Gel-Nimbus 16) and a few extra stability features, it’s amazing they were able to reduce the weight of this shoe.  Continue reading to find out why if you liked the Gel-Nimbus 15, you will fall in love with the Asics Gel-Nimbus 17.

Asics Gel-Nimbus 17 Upgrades from Predecessor

Most of the upgrades to the shoe are fairly minor and some of them seem to focus around adding a little extra stability.  Lets start with some of these features.

You may have seen such upgrades in recent other models coming from Asics, such as the Gel Kayano 21, with the Comfor Dry Lasting and X-40 Sockliner.  Both of these features affect the comfort and fitting of the Gel-Nimbus 17.  These features of the shoe are somewhat noticeable when you put the shoe on.  In terms of how these shoes may fit as a result, they should be almost spot on still with the Gel Nimbus 16, at least in my experience.  They were able to mold the shoe very nicely in terms of the added comfort when you slip the shoe on.

I don’t know about some of you, but I always felt the Gel-Nimbus 15 had much better cushion than the next model, the Gel-Nimbus 16.  Well I am glad to say after taking out my Asics Nimbus 17’s for a few 8 mile runs, the cushion is exactly what I look for in my shoes.  There is no soreness or pain in my feet or knees.  I typically do feel some pain when I try and run in shoes with less than optimal cushion.  That is always what I have preferred.  If i had to compare the updated cushion in the nimbus 17 to anything in the world, it would probably be to a sponge.  I feel like it literally absorbs just about anything I hit the ground with.

My biggest question would be where exactly did the weight deduction come from?  The fit feels the same.  There is much added cushion.  I wonder if it has to do with the updated sock liner or something more.  I’d be pleased to know more about the technicalities of the shoe.

Who is the Asics Gel-Nimbus 17 for?

Lets get one straight thing.  The Asics Gel-Nimbus 17 is a neutral shoe.  I usually put two categories in neutral shoes.  Level 1 for neutral shoes that have basically no stability features or level 2 for neutral shoes that offer enough stability features to interest some stability users.  I would grade the Asics Gel-Nimbus 17 under that number 2 category.  With features such as its heel-counter to keep the heel centered and in place along with its guidance systems, the Gel-Nimbus 17 should attract minor over-pronators.  The guidance systems include the same as the Nimbus 16, which offers a  Trusstic guidance system.  What this basically does, is it centers in your midfoot and helps enhance natural gait movement.  Just basing off my experiences of feel, I think the stability of the shoe is better impacted in the heel than the midfoot though.  I probably would not recommend this shoe to those looking for serious stability.  I do not believe this shoe will offer that for you.

So we know they are for likely neutral runners but I can get more specific than that.  With such a great cushioning system, this shoe should be more friendly towards heavy runners than the previous model.  Heavier runners typically look for more cushion because they create more force while running which may cause more damage to the foot and joints.  The cushion is to help absorb some of this force and counter-balance for a nice and comfortable run.  I personally love this shoe for my long-distance running as I have mentioned previously.  I just feel great after my long runs.

Asics Gel-Nimbus 17 Upper

With such a high price tag, I expect just about everything right in a running shoe and I do not believe the Gel-Nimbus 17 disappoints in this area.  I believe most shoes are able to excel in this area these days simply due to the advancement of running shoes as a whole.  I can somewhat remember when soles were manufactured in a lot of different ways such as sewed mesh the blended together.  The Asics Gel-Nimbus 17, similar to its predecessor, has an extremely plush upper.  It feels great to flex the toes.  The fluid-ride system is still current and the shoe is as snug as the Nimbus 16.  While very few upgrades were made to this feature of the shoe, I cannot complain because of this.  The upper of the Nimbus 16  was one of the features I was pleased with.

Its hard to be certain on the breathability but I would rate this shoe about average for a high quality running shoe.  With features such as extreme cushion, good durability, and a nice comfortable upper, it would be difficult for me to ask for extra breathability without giving up some of its more important features.  As a whole, you should be okay running long-distances in this shoe and feeling fine.  I have not run a marathon in this shoe or anything, but I have received no blisters or anything from over heating on my 8 mile runs and the weather has been warming up for me in March.

Asics Gel-Nimbus 17 Appearance and Pricing


Like a lot of the Asic shoes that seem to come out these days, I am not an overly huge fan of the color choices.  My favorite colors in shoes are base colors.  Grey, Blue, Black, Red.  I typically do not like to mix and match bright flashy colors.  I do not look for a flash lime green to go with a blue shoe.  That being said, I still care much more about the performance than the appearance, I just try and cover all aspects of the shoe.  My favorite color choice is probably the dark Grey and Red version.

Now the Pricing.  The retail price of these shoes sit at a pricey $150.  Sadly, that is not going to change for a while until their demand goes down some.  They just recently came out, so if you are looking for a cheaper version of this shoe, look toward the Nimbus 15 or Nimbus 16 instead.

Conclusion for my Asics Gel-Nimbus 17 Review

With great added cushioning to this shoe, I believe this is a must own for those looking for a high cushioned shoe, especially those interested in long-distance running.  I personally love the feel of this shoe and I can only hope future upgrades come directly from this shoe.  I really only have two knocks on this shoe.  The first is price tag.  If I wasn’t a runner at heart, it may be a little difficult for me to pay such a price tag given what I make annually, but I couldn’t resist.  The only other knock is the weight of the shoe.  Even though, it sits at 10.8 ounces, about a 5 ounce reduction from the previous model, I prefer my shoes to weigh closer towards the 9 ounces range.  Overall, I am very pleased with the overall upgrades and I am glad I chose the Asics Gel-Nimbus 17 as one of my review shoes.