Asics Gel Nimbus 19 Lite Show

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The Asics Gel Nimbus 19 Lite show is the 19th iteration of one of Asics’s best selling running shoes. This model is loaded with the newest and most innovative technological features to make this shoe a cushioned, supportive ride that is ideal for distance. From the upper to the outsole, the engineers at Asics worked hard to incorporate elements to enhance the comfort, reduce the risk of injury, and increase the shoe’s durability. The upper of the shoe features a stretch mesh that moves with the shape of the foot, adapting to the unique needs of each runner. While the midsole is highly cushioned and comfortable, it is made using technologically advanced microfibers that provide immediate bounce back and energy return to the runner. The outsole has been designed to absorb shock and keep runners injury free. A unique feature of the Nimbus 19 Lite show is the gender-specific details. Asics adapted the midsole and outsole of the shoe to fit the unique needs of men and women. The color options of this shoe are on par with Asics’s bright pallet and athletic aesthetic. This shoe is on the higher end of the price spectrum due to the advanced technological details and the long-lasting durability infused into the design.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Bright color options

Great for distance running

Loaded with the newest technology

Cons

Not designed for those looking for a zero drop

 

Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Nimbus 19 Lite Show utilizes a Guidance Trusstic System Technology in order to support a flexible, natural movement in the gait cycle. The Guidance Line technology utilizes a deep flex groove that runs down the shoe from the toes to the heel. The rubber used on this shoe is durable, but also flexible. It is designed to carry the runner through intense mileage and is especially good for long runs and races like half marathons and marathons.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The main material of the midsole is Asics’s patented Flyte Foam. Flyte Foam is made using organic super fibers. These fibers provide energy feedback and responsiveness to the runner and allow the midsole to bounce back to its original shape even after extensive use. Runners will also find the Fluidride midsole foam material in this shoe. This material adds an extra layer of durability so runners can get the cushioning and the long-lasting durability in one comfortable package. Asics also included an Orthlite X-40 sock liner. This sock liner wicks away moisture, keeping the foot cool and dry during workouts. A unique feature of this particular model is that the midsole offers gender-specific cushioning. Women’s models will have a lower density top layer along the midsole in addition to 3 mm of added height in the midfoot.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Asics’s used their patented Fluid Fit upper design on this shoe. The Fluid Fit uses a multidirectional stretch mesh material with stretch reinforcements throughout. This creates an adaptive upper that fits the foot like a glove. The entire upper uses a seamless construction. By eliminating seams and stitching, runners don’t have to worry about friction and potential hot spots. The upper material is also highly breathable. Air can easily flow into and out of the shoe, helping to regulate the temperature inside of the shoe and keep the runner comfortable. Even the laces of this shoe show the thoughtful engineering that went into their design. This shoe features a discrete eyelet design for the laces. Each eyelet is independently placed, helping to spread out the lace tension and make the runner more comfortable. The upper also features supportive overlays and a Heel Clutching system to help keep the foot locked in place. Asics finishes off their upper with reflective details to protect their athletes in low light.
Weight
Weight

Weight

This shoe is loaded up with lots of updated technology. All of this tech comes with a higher overall weight. The men’s size nine weighs 11.1 ounces while the women’s model is 9 ounces. This shoe is not a good option for the runner who is looking for a lightweight, minimalist fit and feel. The higher weight and added support and cushioning make this a great option for distance running as opposed to speed work.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The material used for the creation of the upper is Asics’s unique Fluid Fit Upper. This is a stretchy material that moves in multiple directions and conforms to the unique shape of each runner’s foot. Although it fits like a glove, it is also highly breathable, providing the runner a ride that stays ventilated and comfortable. Especially around the toe box of the shoe, the material becomes lighter and promotes circulation, ensuring that the runner won’t overheat and won’t need to worry about unwanted moisture in the shoe while they perform their workouts.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Runners loved the higher level of cushioning provided by this shoe. This is a good option for runners who are on their feet for long periods throughout the day. The rearfoot and forefoot gel tech cushioning system helps to absorb the harmful shock of each footfall, returning that energy to the runner. The upper of the shoe utilizes a material that is lightweight and breathable, helping to keep runners comfortable even on the hottest days. For an added layer of cushioning, Asics included an Ortho lite X 40 sock liner. In addition to added cushioning, this sock liner also wicks away moisture, helping runners avoid blisters.
Style
Style

Style

Asics has a design aesthetic that is definitively athletic, and the Nimbus 19 Lite Show is no exception to this rule. Runners reported that they loved the unique color options and designs, but that this is not a shoe like a Nike or Puma that will look good as part of a fashionable, casual outfit.
Durability
Durability

Durability

From the upper to the outsole, this shoe is loaded with details that add long-lasting durability. The rear foot and forefoot gel tech cushioning system isn’t just designed to absorb shock from each foot fall, it is also designed to hold up against aggressive mileage and extend the life of the shoe. Likewise, the midsole foam of this shoe is made using organic super fibers that maintain their shape even after extensive use. The outsole is made from a durable, abrasion-proof rubber.
Protection
Protection

Protection

One of the key protective elements found on this shoe is the highly reflective details that cover the upper. These reflective elements help runners stay safe and visible in low visibility areas or during evening runs. Additionally, the gender-specific design details found in this shoe help ensure that men and women are getting a unique protection and fit that they need to reduce their risk of injury. The rearfoot and forefoot gel tech cushioning system works to absorb the harmful shock of each footfall, protecting the runner from pain and injury.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Guidance trusstic system along the outsole is characterized by a guidance line that runs the length of the underfoot. This, combined with the unique and varied design along the outsole help increase the responsiveness that this shoe provides to runners. Additionally, the Speva Foam 45 Lasting provides a 45-degree full-length foam layer that provides a soft platform for runners. Although this material is cushioned, runners are still able to feel the ground below them and respond to changes in direction and pace.
Support
Support

Support

Runners had very positive things to say about the overall support that is offered in this shoe. For starters, the upper is made with a multidirectional stretch mesh that fits the foot like a glove, wrapping it in support. The Heel Clutching system found in the heel of the shoe has an exoskeletal design that locks the foot in place and reduces any unwanted side to side movement. Finally, the guidance trusstic system technology found in the outsole enables the runner to achieve structure and support along the midfoot.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This shoe is best suited for long runs on pavement or groomed trails. The varied outsole design provides enough traction to safely carry the runner across groomed trails and this design also keeps runners safe while they work out in slippery, wet conditions. The added weight of the shoe and the increased support details make this shoe best for long runs. Runners also commented that this shoe was a good treadmill workhorse too.

Price
Price

Price

This shoe is priced fairly compared to other high-quality running shoes on today’s market. Although this shoe is not designed specifically for a runner on a tight budget, the price is also not unreasonably high and is on par with what runners should expect to pay for a standard running shoe.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The varied patterns of the underfoot provide runners with added traction. These unique details and thoughtful design allow runners to stay safe and secure even on slippery terrain or while running in the rain.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

This is not the right shoe for runners who are looking for a minimalist highly flexible shoe. One of the most prominent features of this shoe is the guidance trusstic system that is found along the outsole. This system provides guidance and support to runners through the midfoot and helps to ensure gait efficiency. Even the upper has its fair share of supportive overlays that keep the foot in place.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Although this shoe is designed as a neutral running companion, runners reported that the higher level of support combined with the midfoot guidance line and the rear foot and forefoot gel tech cushioning system provide enough stability for runners who have mild overpronation issues. These details help to correctly align the foot during the gait cycle, helping to reduce pain and the risk of injury to runners.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Gel Nimbus 19 Lite Show is unique in that it offers a different drop height for men and women. The purpose of this is to alleviate Achilles tension that tends to plague women runners. The 3 added millimeter of height reduces the risk of injury and reduces pain for female runners. In both the men and women’s model, this shoe has one of the highest drops offered to runners. The men’s model has a 10-millimeter drop while the women’s model has a 13-millimeter drop. The average drop for road running shoes is 10 millimeters, so runners who are accustomed to running in a traditional shoe will have no problem adjusting to this running shoe.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- Seamless upper construction
- Gender-specific cushioning and 3 added millimeters to the midfoot
- Reflective upper details for added protection
- Rearfoot and forefoot gel tech cushioning that absorbs shock
- FluidFit Upper material is a multidirectional stretch mesh that is highly adaptive
- Ortholite X-40 Sock liner helps control moisture
- Fluidride midsole
- Guidance Trusstic System along the outsole
- Discreet eyelet detail in the laces
- 10 mm drop in men’s model and 13 mm drop in women’s model.
- Heel clutching system for added support
- 3D print overlays along upper for added support
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Nimbus 19 Show Lite is a shoe for the runner who likes lots of technology included in their running shoe. This is not the shoe for a runner who is looking for a zero drop or minimalist shoe. The added tech gives this shoe a stable, supportive fit and at 11.1 ounces, this isn’t going to be the most lightweight shoe option for runners. Asics included unique gender-specific cushioning in their midsole, added support and breathability in their upper, and long-lasting durability in their outsole to provide runners with the ideal long-distance running companion. This shoe has an unquestionably athletic aesthetic that is offered in bright color choice. The price of this shoe is slightly higher than the average running shoe on today’s market, but with all of the advanced technological features and the long-lasting durability, runners found the price to be more than worth it.