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ASICS Gel-Nimbus® 18

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ASICS Gel-Nimbus® 18
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Description

  • Float. Bound. Rejoice . . . Experience billowy cushioning from mile zero to mile x, y, and z in the ASICS® Gel-Nimbus 18 running shoe!
  • This brand is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
  • Predecessor: GEL-Nimbus 17.
  • Support Type: Neutral to underpronation (supination).
  • Cushioning: High energizing cushioning.
  • Surface: Road.
  • Differential: 13 mm.
  • Mesh upper with synthetic overlays.
  • FluidFit™ upper technology adapts to the foot for a glove-like fit.
  • Seamless upper construction reduces the likelihood of irritation.
  • Independently placed eyelets evenly distribute lace tension.
  • Lace-up closure.
  • Heel Clutching System™ is made up of an exoskeletal heel counter for improved fit and increased support.
  • Fabric lining.
  • ComforDry X-40 sockliner.
  • FluidRide™ midsole technology provides the ultimate combination of bounce back and cushioning properties.
  • Rearfoot and forefoot GEL® cushioning systems attenuate shock during impact and toe-off phases, and allowing movement in multiple planes as the foot transitions through the gait cycle.
  • Gender-specific cushioning uses a lower-density midsole top layer that allows for ladies to better enjoy midsole compression benefits.
  • Plus 3® 3 mm of additional height on women's models helps relieve Achilles tension.
  • Heel/Toe: 25 mm/12 mm.
  • AHAR rubber outsole.
  • Guidance Trusstic System® supplies enhanced gait efficiency without compromising mid-foot structural integrity.
  • Guidance Line® technology uses a vertical flex groove to decouple the tooling along the line of progression for maximum stride efficiency.
  • ComforDry™ lasting delivers underfoot comfort and moisture management.
  • Imported.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 11 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 8, width B - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.

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Fit Survey:

62% Felt true to size
  • 0% Full size too large
  • 2% Half size too Large
  • 62% True to size
  • 27% Half size too small
  • 9% Full size too small
78% Felt true to width
  • 78% Felt true to width
  • 20% Felt narrower than marked
  • 2% Felt wider than marked
56% Moderate arch support
  • 42% Excellent arch support
  • 56% Moderate arch support
  • 3% No arch support

Item Information

  • Float. Bound. Rejoice . . . Experience billowy cushioning from mile zero to mile x, y, and z in the ASICS® Gel-Nimbus 18 running shoe!
  • This brand is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
  • Predecessor: GEL-Nimbus 17.
  • Support Type: Neutral to underpronation (supination).
  • Cushioning: High energizing cushioning.
  • Surface: Road.
  • Differential: 13 mm.
  • Mesh upper with synthetic overlays.
  • FluidFit™ upper technology adapts to the foot for a glove-like fit.
  • Seamless upper construction reduces the likelihood of irritation.
  • Independently placed eyelets evenly distribute lace tension.
  • Lace-up closure.
  • Heel Clutching System™ is made up of an exoskeletal heel counter for improved fit and increased support.
  • Fabric lining.
  • ComforDry X-40 sockliner.
  • FluidRide™ midsole technology provides the ultimate combination of bounce back and cushioning properties.
  • Rearfoot and forefoot GEL® cushioning systems attenuate shock during impact and toe-off phases, and allowing movement in multiple planes as the foot transitions through the gait cycle.
  • Gender-specific cushioning uses a lower-density midsole top layer that allows for ladies to better enjoy midsole compression benefits.
  • Plus 3® 3 mm of additional height on women's models helps relieve Achilles tension.
  • Heel/Toe: 25 mm/12 mm.
  • AHAR rubber outsole.
  • Guidance Trusstic System® supplies enhanced gait efficiency without compromising mid-foot structural integrity.
  • Guidance Line® technology uses a vertical flex groove to decouple the tooling along the line of progression for maximum stride efficiency.
  • ComforDry™ lasting delivers underfoot comfort and moisture management.
  • Imported.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 11 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 8, width B - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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Customer Reviews

ASICS Gel-Nimbus® 18

Average rating is 4 out of 5 from a total of 499 reviews.

Top Positive Review

15 people found this review helpful.

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Comfort
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I have worn Gel Nimbus 16 and Gel Nimbus 17, so I expected a comparable shoe. What a huge disappointment! I seems while the outside appearance has not changed, the entire inner structure of the shoe has. The rear support at the heel/achilles definitely comes up ½" higher at the back. There seems to be less arch support. Most noticeably, the level of cushioning in the sole has been reduced. When you put on a pair of 17s, you instantly feel the cushioning at the ball of the foot. That is gone. It feels hard. I ordered these in my usual "B" width. The shoe felt narrower. If I were exchanging them, I would get a "D" width. I have returned them and will order a close-out pair of Gel Nimbus 17s, while I can still get them.

Read more » « Show less April 9, 2016 by Em
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Top Critical Review

4 people found this review helpful.

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I have worn asics gel nimbus/gel cumulus for many years. Last time I ordered them they were to narrow. Thought I would give them a try again. Once again they are to narrow. Have gone back to new balance. Why did you mess with a good thing asics?

Read more » « Show less September 3, 2016 by Karen
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15 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I have worn Gel Nimbus 16 and Gel Nimbus 17, so I expected a comparable shoe. What a huge disappointment! I seems while the outside appearance has not changed, the entire inner structure of the shoe has. The rear support at the heel/achilles definitely comes up ½" higher at the back. There seems to be less arch support. Most noticeably, the level of cushioning in the sole has been reduced. When you put on a pair of 17s, you instantly feel the cushioning at the ball of the foot. That is gone. It feels hard. I ordered these in my usual "B" width. The shoe felt narrower. If I were exchanging them, I would get a "D" width. I have returned them and will order a close-out pair of Gel Nimbus 17s, while I can still get them.

Fit Survey

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Runs Large

Felt true to size

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt narrower than marked

Poor Support

Great Support

No arch support

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  • from Florida Keys
12 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I really like these sneakers. I've seen reviews on various websites giving them an average of about 3 stars, but for me they are a 5 star sneaker. I've been running in Asics for years, starting with the Gel Nimbus 11. I like Asics because of their support, but most importantly because of their cushioning. My favorite model was the Gel Nimbus 13. They were the most cushioned of all the models and I felt like I was walking on a cloud (hence the name Nimbus!). For some reason the models produced since the Gel Nimbus 13 have not felt as cushioned. However, these eventually become more cushioned as you wear them. The sole almost conforms to your foot after awhile, like memory foam. I just purchased my second pair since I'm training for a half marathon, and I wanted a second pair to alternate training in. I've had my previous pair (also Gel Nimbus 18 in black/carbon) since Oct 2015, and they are still very comfortable (even more so from when I first purchased them). They did not feel very cushioned when I first received them but they feel incredibly cushioned now. My new pair, which I received yesterday, do not feel as cushioned as my broken in pair, but I know they will eventually break in. I find them not only comfortable for running, but for just walking around as well. And I love that I finally have a pair of running shoes that are black - not fluorescent, or pink, or purple, or aqua, or some other loud color that so many other women's sneakers are made in. I wear neutral colors most of the time and I like the fact I can throw these on with a pair of jeans and not feel like my sneakers are an eyesore. For anyone looking for a running shoe with cushion, I would give these a try. My suggestion is to be patient. I nearly returned them the first time, because like other reviewers, I did not find them to be cushioned at all. But I promise, they break in beautifully - and this is from someone who is obsessed with cushioning in a running sneaker. I recommend buying a half size up with Asics. I'm a 9.5 Medium in all other shoes, but in Asics I've always worn a 10 Medium. My husband, son and father also wear this sneaker, and they too had to purchase a half size up.

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt true to size

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt true to width

Poor Support

Great Support

Moderate arch support

  • - customer
  • from NEW YORK
4 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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I have worn asics gel nimbus/gel cumulus for many years. Last time I ordered them they were to narrow. Thought I would give them a try again. Once again they are to narrow. Have gone back to new balance. Why did you mess with a good thing asics?

Fit Survey

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt narrower than marked

Poor Support

Great Support

Moderate arch support

  • - customer
  • from Illinois
3 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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Unlike some of the reviews I read, I actually like the ASICS Gel-Nimbus 18 better than the 17. The fit is perfect for me, as is the arch, support, and especially the cushioning. I feel like I'm walking on clouds! I have had surgery on both feet and often have pain when I walk. With these shoes, I can walk for miles and barely notice any discomfort. My only complaint is this: I prefer these shoes in a wide width and would like to order them in the black/silver/carbon color, but they are not available. I realize that in this width, choices are limited, but one would think the black would be a common option for any size. Some of the other colors are a tad too wild for my taste. I walk a lot at work and would like the simple black shoe that would be less noticeable with whatever outfit I am wearing on a given day.

I'd also recommend: Olukai Ohana

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt true to size

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt true to width

Poor Support

Great Support

Excellent arch support

  • - customer
  • from Ohio
3 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I am training for a half marathon and need a shoe with support but lots of cushion. I've always been an Asics fan and have owned GT-2000 and Cumulus models most recently. I decided to try Brooks based upon a salesperson's recommendation but I found them to be of lower quality and less comfortable on impact. This is my first pair of Nimbus and it won't be my last. I'm sorry I ever strayed. They really are like running on clouds!

Fit Survey

Poor Support

Great Support

Moderate arch support

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