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Asics Gel Nimbus 24 Review Analysis (2022)

Asics Gel Nimbus 24

Last update: December 2022

The Asics Gel Nimbus 24 is a staple of the Japanese brand that offers a comfortable and stable ride for daily runs.

The Consensus

9.1Overall score
The new version of this classic Asics shoe is lighter, more responsive, and as comfortable as ever!
Don’t have time to read the full review? Here’s what you need to know.

The Asics Gel Nimbus 24 has undergone a thorough revamp and returns with a new, lighter configuration (0.71 oz/ 20 g lighter). It now features FlyteFoam Blast+ for a more responsive and fun ride.

Testers note that the Nimbus 24 marks a significant and very positive evolution in the series without being exceptional or perfect. The comfort is still there, and the softer midsole delivers a much more responsive than in the past. In addition, the new gusseted tongue in the upper provides a snug foot lockdown. Runners with wide feet will appreciate the room inside the shoe.

All in all, the N24 is a pleasant surprise and will delight athletes looking for a stable, sturdy, and comfortable shoe for their daily sessions.

Please read our full review of the Asics Gel Nimbus 24 for more information.
Comfort
9
Responsiveness
8.5
Foot lockdown
9.5
Stability
9.5
Durability
9.5
Value for money
9
Design
9
PROS
  • Great comfort
  • Stable ride for runners who want more support
  • Spacious and comfortable fit
  • Slight bounce thanks to FF Blast foam
  • Still a robust shoe
  • Lighter weight than in the past (finally less than 10.6 oz/300 g!)
CONS
  • The 13 mm drop on the women’s version is a lot
  • Transitions are a bit clunky
  • The extra support elements, unusual for a neutral shoe, may not please everyone

Asics Gel Nimbus 24 Complete Review Analysis

Introduction

Asics Gel Nimbus 24 review

It was time to dust off the Nimbus collection, and it seems that this is precisely what Asics decided to do with this 24th version. Indeed, while the Gel Nimbus are the most popular shoes of the Japanese brand, the last versions started to feed dated and stood out with their heavy build next to more modern shoes.

Thus, the Asics Gel Nimbus 24 (2022) now features the flashy Flyte Foam Blast Plus, generally reserved for the brand’s faster models. Is it the best Nimbus ever? And, more importantly, is it enough to renew the range? We tell you all in our analysis!

Cushioning

Asics Gel Nimbus 24 midsole cushioning for advanced impact protection

Despite its imposing appearance, the total stack height remains moderate, with 26 mm under the heel and 16 mm under the forefoot for men (10 mm drop). The drop is even higher for women with 13 mm (28 mm sole at the back and 15 mm at the front). Asics supposedly aims to customize the configuration to better adapt to the differences in morphology. However, honestly, we don’t see what can justify a high drop of 13 mm!

As mentioned in the introduction, we now have a FlyteFloam Blast+ for cushion. On the Nimbus, it translates into a dual-density midsole with a soft and another firmer one, especially on the medial side. According to Asics, FF Blast+ is 15% softer and lighter than the FF Blast of the Novablast 2. And 15% more responsive. We will come back to the bounce later. Runners find the underfoot feel to be of medium density.

The shoe’s weight is now about 10.2 oz/290 g for men and 9.0 oz/255 g for women, almost 0.7 oz/20 g less than the Nimbus 23. Not bad!

Finally, it’s important to note that the midsole now offers the Trusstic System unit under the foot arch, usually reserved for shoes for overpronators. The Nimbus 24 is for neutral runners, but let’s say it offers more stability than its direct competitors. On the one hand, this might bother runners who like shoes without too much structure. On the other hand, it might reassure runners who want more foot support without opting for stability shoes.

Foot lockdown (upper)

Asics Gel Nimbus 24 mesh upper

The upper of the Asics Gel Nimbus 24 offers a more straightforward, slimmer (and sleeker) design with fewer overlays than before. Instead, we find flexible midfoot panels to provide optimal support without increasing the weight. There are also more holes for better breathability while exercising.

The big news here is the thin, gusseted knit tongue that wraps the foot ideally like a sock.

Asics Gel Nimbus 24 unboxing

The testers were very satisfied with the fit. The foot stays securely in place with enough room to be comfortable. The N24 is also suitable for people with wider feet, thanks to the generous volume of the toe box.

Finally, it’s good to see that this engineered mesh upper uses recycled materials to reduce the shoe’s waste and carbon emissions.

Grip and durability

Asics Gel Nimbus 24 rubber outsole

The outsole combines two rubbers: ASICS LITE (new) and the good old AHAR. All critical areas exposed to asphalt abrasion are well protected to extend the life of the shoes.

Traction is also adequate and helps prevent slipping on wet roads.

Testers were pleased with this configuration overall, though some would have preferred more flexibility under the toes for smoother rear-to-front transitions.

The Ride

Gel Nimbus 24 road running shoe

First of all, we need to put things in context. The Asics Gel Nimbus has always been a workhorse for daily runs. Its durable daily trainer’s DNA is for running a lot of miles comfortably and safely at a moderate pace.

Even if this version 24 is much more responsive and fun than the previous version, it has not become a racing shoe. Thus, testers note that the cushioning offers a slight bounce, but that the transitions are not always fluid. Indeed, some complain that the rollout is relatively “flat.”

Asics Gel Nimbus 24 on feet

Understandably, the current trend toward rocker designs and carbon plates makes traditional shoes seem pale in comparison.

However, overall, the Nimbus does quite well in providing a stable ride with good structure and excellent shock absorption for longer distances. Also, the improvement over the Nimbus 23 is clear, so fans of the collection will undoubtedly be thrilled!

Conclusion

Gel technology on the Nimbus 24

The new Gel Nimbus 24 configuration promised a lot, and overall it met many runners’ expectations.

The cushioning remains very comfortable for a pleasant and stable ride with even a slight bounce. The shoe lends itself particularly well to daily workouts and long runs (10 mi+).

The foot lockdown is impeccable, and the new tongue further enhances the already excellent comfort.

Finally, the new FF Blast+ midsole foam has the merit of considerably lightening the shoe, even if the impact on the ride itself is perhaps not as impressive as we could have hoped.

Facts

Technical Specs

TerrainRoad
Pronation typeNeutral
Drop10 mm, 13 mm
Heel stack height26 mm, 28 mm
Forefoot stack height15 mm, 16 mm
Weight (men)292 g/10.3 oz
Weight (women)255 g/9 oz
FeaturesRecycled materials
Release year2022

Cushioning

Softness (1-5)3 – Moderate
Bounce (1-5)3 – Moderate

Technologies

OutsoleAHAR, ASICS LITE
MidsoleFF BLAST+, GEL, OrthoLite X-55, Trusstic System
UpperReflective elements, gusseted tongue, engineered mesh

Use

SpeedSlow, moderate
DistanceMid, long, 10k, half marathon, marathon
WorkoutDaily runs

Reference: Gel Nimbus 24’s page on the Asics official site

Comparisons

Asics Gel Nimbus 23

The Nimbus 24 is a significant landmark in the series. The N24 is much lighter and provides a more responsive, more enjoyable ride. However, the level of foot support is higher which may not appeal to everyone.

Asics GT 2000 10

The GT 2000 10 is officially a shoe for overpronation while the Gel Nimbus 24 is a universal shoe with good stability. Check out our detailed comparison.

Asics Gel Cumulus 23

The Nimbus 24 is clearly better but it’s also newer. The new Cumulus could be a game-changer. See the side-by-side comparison.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does the Asics Gel Nimbus 24 fit true to size?

Yes, this shoe runs true to size so that you can select your usual size for running shoes. In addition, this Nimbus is relatively roomy and therefore suitable for runners with wide feet.

Is it a good shoe for overpronation?

It’s a neutral shoe, but it has a higher level of support than other shoes in its category. So you can try it if you need a light/moderate level of support to prevent excessive pronation.

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin is the founder and editor of Runner's Lab. He started running in 2015 and completed his first marathon in Rotterdam in 2016. He's also worked for Under Armour from 2016 to 2018 and helped launch their running collection in Europe (in particular the HOVR shoes). In addition, Kevin is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher (Sivananda) and uses this experience to run more mindfully with a focus on well-being over performance.

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  1. The toe box does not have generous volume. This shoe hurts my feet. It’s easy to compare in the store to a shoe with a wider toe box such as GT-1000. Before you buy, walk in them in the store.

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