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Asics Gel-Nimbus 23 Review

Footwear Reviews / December 29, 2020

Rusty is a Team Lead at The Running Well Store in Lee’s Summit, MO and was excited to try out the Asics Gel-Nimbus 23 to provide you a comprehensive review.

The Neutral of Neutral Shoes

The ASICS Gel-Nimbus 23 has arrived at The Running Well Store! A welcome update to the already popular ASICS Gel-Nimbus 22. The ASICS Gel-Nimbus 23 is a definite improvement over the previous version of the Gel-Nimbus 22. The ASICS Gel-Nimbus 23 is in the same category of other basic, neutral running shoes such as Brooks Ghost models, Saucony Freedoms, Mizuno Wave Rider models, among others. The Gel-Nimbus is designed as a neutral shoe for the majority of runners whether just starting out as a newbie runner, or a long-term runner completing their umpteenth half or full marathon. The ASICS Gel-Nimbus 23 is an excellent entry level shoe for the new runner, although price point may be a deterrent. Being considered a Neutral shoe, the ASICS Gel-Nimbus 23, as in the Gel-Nimbus 22’, the shoe can be considered for runners who have a slight case of pronation, due to the ‘Trusstic’ system implemented in the mid-sole area. The ‘Trusstic’ system provides nice support in a fashion that it prevents the shoe from twisting, thus aiding in the pronation correction to some degree. This can be seen visually on the underneath side. The ‘Trusstic’ system in the Gel-Nimbus is not nearly as aggressive as in the Gel-Kayano stability shoe. Runners who don’t want to think about what’s on their feet will have no problem with this update.

The Baseline:

The ASICS Gel-Nimbus 23 is a definite improvement over the previous version of the Gel-Nimbus 22. Cushion has been increased in several areas of the ‘23’ over the previous ‘22’. The Gel cushion is even more prevalent in the heel area as can be seen more vividly than the ‘22’. Also, the ankle collar has an increase in padding over the ‘22’ version. The inner sock liner adds a bit more comfort, yet allows for upper support and a locked-in feel. If you love the Gel-Nimbus 22, you’ll find the ‘23’ version even more comfortable. If you are not a fan of the ‘22’ version, the Gel-Nimbus 23 should surprise you and might even become your daily trainer.

The Facts:

Price: $149.95
Weight: 10.9 oz M / 9.1 oz W
Offset: Mens-10 mm/Womens-13 mm
Use: Daily Training, Long distance
Category: Neutral and Slight Pronation (under pronation)
Surface: Road
Lighter weight than last year, but still considered a maximum cushion and long-term durability

Living in Gel-Nimbus 23:

The ASICS Gel-Nimbus 23 was a pleasant feeling as I expected a more firm or stiffer ride than the other neutral shoes I am accustom to such as the Brooks Ghost, Mizuno Wave Rider, Brooks Glycerin, and the like. However, the max cushion provided great comfort and support during my first 2 inaugural runs of 8 miles each. The cushion was more than adequate while still allowing for a slight feel of the road surface underneath. As was stated previously, I do not want to concentrate what’s on my feet for any distant run. If I am constantly having to think about what my feet are in during any run, then I may not have on the correct shoes for my needs. The Gel-Nimbus 23 provided exactly that; forgetting what shoes I’m in at the moment. This is a good thing, I assure you! The Gel in the heel area and in the forefoot area provides cushion upon landing and what I call energy return for every take-off through each stride. Although the energy return is not quite so prevalent as in Mizuno’s Wave Plate.

The Not-so-Positive:

While the ASICS Gel-Nimbus 23 is a great daily trainer, the flip side to this is that the shoes remain somewhat on the stiff side, but of course this is due to the ‘Trusstic’ system. Some runners may prefer an all-foam mid-sole as opposed to a combination of gel & foam. The overall weight of the shoe is still a tad on the heavy side, and the ‘drop’ of 10-13 mm may be more than what some runners are accustom to.

The Bottom Line:

My experience is all positive regarding the new ASICS Gel-Nimbus 23. Fit & feel are right on. The grip of the outsole contacting the road surface is always an assuring aspect. Dependability & reliability for being a daily trainer are assured as well which means the shoes have not caused any discomfort during my long distant runs. The upper provides excellent breathability and ventilation while being supportive. Styling is pleasant without being overly flashy, so can go with many running attire colors.

 

About Rusty:

Rusty is a Team Lead at the Lee’s Summit TRWS location.  At age 59, Rusty has been an avid runner for 23 years having completed several full marathons but 13.1 is his favorite distance. Rusty completes about 9-12 half marathons a year.  Currently, “Russell The Muscle” is currently engaged in The Winter Grit, sponsored by Asics.  This event is comprised of several different mileage goals based on a runner’s preferred distance. Rusty plans on knocking out 150 miles between January 1st, 2021 and January 31st, 2021 – Go Rusty!

Rusty’s favorite accomplishments have been the hardest he has done, Pike’s Peak Marathons completing them three consecutive years.  His favorite part about working at The Running Well Store are the customer interactions and educating new runners about shoes, socks and all the other fun gear in the store.