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For this weeks review I have the Asics Gel Nimbus 24 review. I have been a long term fan of the Asics Gel Nimbus for the past decade so keen to see how the latest version compared. Read to find out if I think they are still the ultimate neutral running shoe? I have had every pair since the 17 model and used them as my main running shoe.

Read about why I think Asics has ruined this shoe. To be clear I threw mine away and bought alternative running shoes.

Overall review of the Asics Gel Nimbus 24

Trivelo Score – 1/ 5

They are a great shoe from Asics. But only if you have thin feet. They feel super supportive but you absolutely must try them on and compare with the wide fit if you have a larger foot. The new tongue needs properly pulling up to make sure laces in the best position but is a well designed integrated tongue. I have only run in the dry but the knitted upper is not likely to give much protection in the wet so you may need a trail pair of shoes as a back up. The soles also don’t have much grip for slippy surfaces so again consider where you are running when using them. They are not for hardcore sprinters given the weight but for anyone looking for a neutral support middle and long distance running shoe they are a winner.

Asics Gel Nimbus 24 Key Facts

Running Shoe TypeRoad running shoe
Heel Toe Drop13mm

Asics Nimbus 24 Neutral Running Shoes

Asics Gel Nimbus Running Shoes History

When a shoe reaches its 24th iteration, you can assume it is something that is building on a winning formula and fixes are enhancements on a quality product. Asics have been releasing a new version of the Nimbus around every 12 months for the past 20 years. The Nimbus has been their flagship neutral running shoe commanding a premium price. But with the advent of so many “super” shoes such as the Nike Air Superfly is it still one of the best shoes you can buy?

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Asics Gel Nimbus 24 vs Asics Gel Nimbus 23

Asics has made some noticeable changes for their latest running shoe. The main change is the FlyteFoam Blast + midsole that is lighter and softer than the previous version. The shoe feels noticeably lighter and much more spring from the new material. Always the case when changing from a worn in running shoe but these felt incredible urging you on with your run. Asics have managed a clever double act here improving the spring in the sole while also reducing weight. The Asics Gel Nimbus 24 weighs 20g less than the previous Asics Gel Nimbus 23 model.

But. Asics has also changed the shoe footprint. The design makes the shoe more narrow and thin across the main breadth of the foot. As the design has changed the same size shoe that will be comfortable in the 23 model won’t fit in the 24 model.

First impressions

The running shoes come in a range of colours and I selected black for this review as a common favourite with runners. Looks wise they are pretty stylish as far as genuine running shoes go. You would not be the ugly duckling alongside people wearing more fashion trainers such as the casual range from New Balance. They feel light and stretchy with the familiar knitted upper shoe and cosy ankle collar. I switch my laces to elastic laces for triathlon hence the photos with these added. The shoes come with standard laces out of the box though so don’t fear if you don’t favour elastic laces. Initially the shoe feels ok but tight. I discount this as a rigid pair of new trainers and get on with my review.

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Fit of the Asics Gel Nimbus 24

I normally wear an insole for additional bridge support but I found when putting these in the shoes were too tight across the top of my foot. They are a snug fit with the elastic knitted upper and integrated tongue. Even removing my insoles replacements and reverting to the standard insole they are REALLY tight. Asics do offer a wide fit that you are likely to need if you also have fat feet like mine! I tend to find shoes relax from running so sticking with the stand fit. These don’t. I could not get a comfortable fit.

Asics Nimbus 24 Running Shoes Asics Gel Nimbus 24 Asics Nimbus 24 soles grip

First Run Observations

Heading out for the first run in any new shoes is always a blissful pleasure. The Asics Gel Nimbus 24 are a real let down. The tightness presses your sole down on a run so I would suggest build up to longer runs while you wear them in. That said the spring from the new FlyteFoam Blast + is a revelation. I found my pace improved 10-20 seconds per mile compared with my older shoes. This is a combination I am sure of new shoe enthusiasm and that extra cushioning. But the pain from the thin shoe design killed me. I loved the speed but they became less and less comfortable as I ran further.

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Why to avoid the Asics Nimbus 24

If you have a wide fit foot I would avoid the Asics Nimbus 24. For this latest version of the shoe Asics have changed the shape compared to previous versions. If you think that you currently run in the Asics Nimbus 23 and therefore immediate choice to buy the Nimbus 24. Beware. The front of the shoe is much narrower than previously. This is due to a complete redesign. When I ran in the shoe I found the nerves on the base of my foot became pinched over 5km and started to burn. Please make sure and wear the shoes before purchase.

Asics Nimbus vs Asics Cumulus

We have completed a side by side review of the Asics Gel Nimbus 24 vs Asics Gel Cumulus 24 and share our findings. Check the article for details on differences and which we recommend to buy.

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Billy Ferguson

Having founded Trivelo in 2015 after many years competing in triathlon Billy continues to enjoy training and triathlon. Founder Billy is strongest in the water but continues to try and convince his body that he is an ultra runner.


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