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ASICS GEL NIMBUS 22 LITE REVIEW

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus Lite is a featherweight, more agile and bouncier version of its popular GEL-Nimbus 22 cushioned neutral training shoe.

ASICS GEL NIMBUS 22 LITE – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | FEBRUARY 2020

THE BUZZ

ASICS developed the GEL-Nimbus Lite to be a lighter, more agile and bouncier version of its popular GEL-Nimbus 22 cushioned neutral training shoe.

It
has a similar fit and feel as the traditional Nimbus, but it’s about 1.5 ounces lighter and has a much more energetic vibe and a more agile and nimble ride.

Asics GEL Nimbus Light - What's New

WHAT'S NEW: ASICS GEL NIMBUS LITE

Nearly the entire upper of the GEL-Nimbus Lite is made from recycled material. Plus, the single-layer Flytefoam midsole incorporates Cellulose Nanofiber, which
is a sustainable material that also increases the durability of the foam.

This model also has a softer midsole compound and ample flex grooves, but it noticeably lacks any type of rigid midfoot guidance system.  

The GEL-Nimbus Lite is somewhat of a hybrid between a traditional cushioned everyday training shoe and a lightweight performance trainer, and that makes it extremely versatile. It can tackle long runs with aplomb, recovery
runs with comfort and ease and even faster types of workouts like tempo runs, fartlek runs and longer intervals.

Asics GEL Nimbus LIght - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The step-in feel of the GEL-Nimbus Lite is sufficiently comfortable but not overly plush or soft. It doesn’t feature the overblown interior accoutrements of some contemporary training shoes, but the lack of girth is what helps keep
it on the lighter side.

The rear of the GEL-Nimbus Lite has a compact fit with an exoskeleton heel clutch, while the saddle is nicely integrated with the lacking system to adapt to different foot shapes and volumes.
The forefoot is refreshingly roomy, with room for the toes to wiggle.

The 'Lite' feels semi-soft and moderately light the moment you lace it up, but energetic as soon as you start running in it. Although the
midsole is comprised of a single layer of Flytefoam, relatively high heel-toe drop gives it a thicker/softer sensation in the heel and a lower/firmer feeling in the forefoot. That allows for comfortable footstrikes and snappy toe-offs,
especially at higher speeds.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus Lite is ideal for a wide range of runners who appreciate lightweight but durable/cushioned training shoes.

One of the biggest draws to this shoe is that is really is versatile enough to be a long-run
specialist for a runner training for a marathon or half marathon, or it can be a do-everything shoe for runners who train with a one-shoe quiver. 

PROS AND CONS: ASICS GEL NIMBUS LITE

Asics Gel Nimbus Light - Pros

Pros: Asics GEL-Nimbus Lite

The single-layer Flytefoam midsole provides a smooth and dreamy ride, allowing the foot to move and flex naturally without any inhibition.

In addition to being eco-friendly,
the recycled polyester upper features lightweight 3D-Printed Overlays that provide seamless, irritant-free structure to the upper.

ASICS inserted its GEL technology cushioning pods directly under the heel and forefoot
for increased cushioning, comfort and bounciness.

The Nimbus Lite has reflective elements integrated throughout the design of the shoe, providing 
greater visibility at night and low-light hours after dawn and before
dusk.

Asics GEL Nimbus Light - Cons

Cons: Asics GEL-Nimbus Lite

Our wear-testers love this shoe and really didn’t find anything to complain about.

Runners who don’t appreciate higher heel-toe offset might find this one to be a
bit staunch (10mm for women, 13mm for men).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado. 

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of “Kicksology”, “Running Colorado's Front
Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner.”