ASICS Gel Nimbus 19

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ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 Review Facts

The ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 is a lightweight neutral running shoe that provides runners with the cushioning they need to go the extra mile.  Runners are accustomed to the cushioning provided by the ASICS Gel Nimbus series and this release is no different.  The ASICS Gel Nimbus features the new FlyteFoam Midsole Technology, giving runners a more responsive and adaptive ride, and maintains a high level of comfort.  You will want to run more often and for longer with the ASICS Gel Nimbus 19.  ASICS did update their upper construction by giving runners a more glove-like fit and better support in the rearfoot with the addition of the heel counter.  While the ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 runs higher in price when compared to other neutral running shoes, this shoe is built to last and take you further as a runner.

Editor's Pros & Cons
  • Lightweight
  • Seamless upper construction
  • Glove-like fit through the upper
  • Anti-bacterial sockliner
  • High-level of cushioning
  • Responsive and durable cushioning
  • Durable outsole
  • Tighter fit in the toe box
  • Narrower fit
  • Need to order a ½ size larger
  • Expensive running shoe
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  • These shoes rock my socks, literally I am able to sit comfortable i these and wiggle my toes. I recommend these shoes as a chiropractor. They fit snug enough for a great support without numbing your feet. They absorb pressure from weighted runs and take all the pain out of my knees. I am able t use my orthotics with these, no problem.
  • Other than them being too narrow at first, these shoes feel amazing. They have a great lightweight system and wonderful traction. I think these would be a better sprint she than a distance runner. Other than the annoying size issue, they are great.
  • The review are not wrong in the fact that these shoes have a very different size to them; a whole size difference. Once I was able to find the right size, they are like no other. They are so comfortable and supportive, it was worth the hassle of trying on 10 pairs. The sole is an upgrade and feel like a pillow that has formed to my foot.
  • I am not sure why they changed the sizing so much. I mean, it really doesn't make sense and that is why I gave them 4 stars. I like that they came out with a newer fabric, it feels really nice around my foot. The sole seems a little thinner than the older ones. I feel they are slowly downgrading. The look of these is pretty sleek. Please do not change anything else on these shoes Asics!
  • I collect nimbus cause I love them so much. I would say these aren't the best out of the models. I do love these shoes, but I feel like they are starting to fail in comfort and design.
  • My feet roll when I run and my ankles need extra support. I found this shoe and it has helped tremendously. I am pushing 350lbs and these are taking the pressure great and helping my knees too.
  • I love the gel heel in these and they really take an impact. I am happy with the sizing, they run small but I am used to Nie and so do they. I am really pleased with these shoes. I am looking to buying my third pair soon.
  • I use these for my running and go to gym shoe. They have good traction and really hold up in comfort. They are wonderful in my cardio classes. The padding has seemed to get a little thinner but they are still my favorite shoes.
  • The nimbus 19 are really airy shoes. They keep my feet nice and cool. I have a history of damage to my ankles and these have given me the support that I need and have let no pain in my feet. I love the fit and they are way comfortable.
  • I love the cushioning in the Nimbus, always. These were a bit more narrow than the other models but I feel they are breaking in slowly.
  • I followed the reviews and bought a whole size up. These fit great and have the same comfort I expect from the gel heels. I like the design and style as well. I run and do casual in these.
  • I have over pronation and these stabilize my feet better than any shoe I have ever owned. These fit really snug and have saved my damaged tendons in my achilles. I also suffer from spurs, and these have not cased me any pain. I am super impressed with this shoe and its technology.
  • I love asics Nimbus and the insides of these have kept up with my expectations. However, these 19’s have changed in size. I will not be buying them again. I had to return them they were just too narrow for comfort.
  • I am a power walker and have issues with supination and these shoes have helped me so much. I am able to keep going without any pain or issues.
  • I prefer these over the 18s. Following the reviews, I bought a half size larger and they fit me great. Other than that, I cannot say anything negative, they are a true Nimbus on the inside.
  • These shoes work great for my achilles pain and really support my whole ankle. They fit like a slipper and really stay snug to my feet when I am running. This shoe is very nice and I am impressed.
  • I always have to spend too much money on my shoes due to my ficiilitis. I was so happy to find these shoes. They fit me great and have helped in all areas of my foot. I want to buy another pair just in case.
  • I have stupid narrow feet and these are stupidly narrow shoes. All in all, it is a match made in shoe heaven. I ordered a half size up and they fit great. If your toes are bit wider, go a full size up because the toe box is just a narrow. Otherwise, this is a great comfy running shoe.
  • These are my favorite pair of Asics. I need a half size up but they do not disappoint in comfort. I love the narrowness and the gel is so comfortable.
  • These shoes were a huge disappointment. I found them to be way too narrow and they were made of a really cheap material and could see me destroying them within a week.
  • I always buy this shoe ad they have downgraded it due to size. It is way too narrow now and causes cramps in my toes. I am going to return these and look into other brands, how disappointing.
  • Poor fit and poor quality material. I have continuously been disappointed with Asics recently and will be changing my shoe brand all together. Why did you all ruin a perfectly good shoe? Trying to keep up with Nike?.
  • I have always bought the same size of this shoe since they started making Nimbus. These however have drastically changed in sizing. How annoying is that? They are so narrow and way smaller than ever. They ge me an automatic soreness and knew I would not be rocking these with my planters issue. What in the heck Asics. It just doesn't make sense. And, the quality is a downgrade too.
  • These shoes were so off in sizing. I hate that they did this to a perfectly good style shoe. They are just really poorly made all together.
  • The toe box is an epic fail on the 19's. My toes need room Asic. I am not sure these are good for even the most narrow of feet, mine are pretty darn narrow.
  • These shoes have great cushion. Too bad that they are ridiculous small; I am not impressed.
  • These shoes destroyd my feet. I have always used nimbus since they were made. These were designed so small they rubbed the skin off my toes, making them bleed through while I was running. I am filing a complaint with the company, this is really ridiculous.
  • I will not be buying Asics ever again. This is the second Nimbus to disappoint. They seem to be getting cheaper and cheaper. They are hard as bricks and they are freakishly too small.
  • Although these have the great same comfort as the 18’s, these are way too narrow. I mean, WAY too narrow. I cannot get my feet comfortable at all and I wear a narrow shoe. Super fail Asics.
  • The Nimbus has always been the best shoe for me over a decade. Now, they went and screwed it all up with the 19’s. They are lacking in cushion and they are on a whole other level of size. I mean, after 10 years wearing the same size, I thought I would know what to get. These are so small and narrow it’s horrible. I am never buying Asics again.
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Of the 1200 reviews we found in total, 25% were negative, and 75% were positive.


The Gel Nimbus 19 features a rubber outsole. ASICS High-Abrasion Rubber is located in the heel of the shoe for increased durability. The DuraSponge outsole, made from carbon rubber, is located in the forefoot and gives the outsole the durability it needs to last through high mileage runs. Runners will also experience a more flexible forefoot and responsive ride. Compared to the previous model, the Gel Nimbus 18, the 19 features more toe spring.


This shoe features a new FlyteFoam Midsole Technology and FluidRide Midsole. The FluidRide Midsole provides the runner with a good amount of cushion with good energy return, a lightweight and long-lasting material. Some wearers commented that the foam and gel padding in the Gel Nimbus 19 is much firmer than the previous models. The FlyteFoam Midsole Technology is built to adapt to the runner’s foot and create a more customized running shoe. The ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 is not as soft as the Gel Nimbus 18s or 17s, but the wearers were still satisfied with the overall midsole design and cushion of this running shoe. The Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Cushioning Systems provide the runner with excellent shock absorption upon impact and during toe-offs. This cushioning system gives the foot freedom of movement during the heel to toe transition. A few wearers found the forefoot cushioning to be better than the Gel Nimbus 18. Runners will also notice an improved cadence as a result of the Guidance Trusstic System Technology. This technology gives the Gel Nimbus 19 a strong and sturdy midfoot design. The Guidance Trusstic System Technology guarantees that the Gel Nimbus 19 holds up well through the midfoot and does not break down excessively after use.


The FluidFit upper featured in the ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 offers runners a more customized fit. This is an update to the upper design in the Gel Nimbus 18, and wearers found the ASICS Gel Nimbus to fit like a glove. This snug fit was welcomed and runners commented on how well the Gel Nimbus 19 hold onto their feet. The upper is constructed with a seamless, breathable gradient jacquard-mesh material which minimizes foot irritation, keeping the runner’s foot comfortable mile after mile. The ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 features an anti-bacterial ComforDry X-40 Sockliner. The upper is also constructed with Heel Clutching System Technology, which places an exoskeletal heel counter on the rear of the shoe. This feature improves the overall fit through the rearfoot, provides the runner with additional heel support and gives the foot a more secure feel.


This is a lightweight running shoe and some wearers found the Gel Nimbus 19 to feel lighter than previous versions. The men’s version weighs 11.1 oz and the women’s version weighs 8.9 oz. The materials used through the midsole do not make the shoe feel heavy. The FlyteFoam and FluidRide Midsole Technologies give runners the cushion they are accustomed to when wearing an ASICS Gel Nimbus without adding to the overall weight of the shoe. In fact, the FlyteFoam technology is 55% lighter than the standard. The breathable mesh upper does not make the foot feel weighed down. The seamless construction of the upper keeps the weight of the ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 on the lighter side.


This ASICS shoe is constructed with a breathable mesh upper. However, some wearers found it to be a hotter running shoe and commented that this running shoe is not ventilated as well as other running shoes.


ASICS is known for their well-cushioned running shoes. The Gel Nimbus 19 delivers this cushioned comfort that lasts all day. Many wearers found the Gel Nimbus 19 to be their preferred all-day shoe, especially those who stand on their feet all day. Most wearers did find the overall fit to be tighter in the toe box and heel areas when compared to previous models of the Gel Nimbus. This means the ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 may not be the best choice for those runners who prefer a roomier toe box. The FluidFit breathable mesh upper gives runners a more customized fit, creating a more comfortable ride. The runner experiences intentionally tightened or loosened areas through the upper. This design allows the runner’s foot to move more naturally. However, there are some reviewers that found it to be too snug.


Runners can choose from 5 color patterns in the men’s version and 4 color patterns in the women’s version. The majority of the colors offered are neutral versus brights.


The materials used throughout the outsole, midsole and upper of the ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 provide runners with improved durability. The ASICS High-Abrasion Rubber is placed on the heel of the outsole to minimize the wear and tear experienced from running on asphalt. The DuraSponge technology used in the forefoot is built with a durable carbon rubber material. This long-lasting outsole material guarantees the runner will be able to log many miles before a replacement is needed. The FlyteFoam Midsole Technology and FluidRide Midsole deliver a more lightweight midsole construction without sacrificing durability and cushion. The resilience of the FlyteFoam technology makes the midsole of the ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 even more durable than previous models. Runners will be able to experience a higher level of cushioning that maintains a top standard of performance for much longer.


The ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 is designed with reflective elements for increased visibility in low-light conditions. The FluidFit breathable mesh upper is seamlessly constructed, reducing the occurrence of blisters or foot irritation. The breathable mesh keeps the foot cooler. The anti-bacterial properties of the ComforDry X-40 Sockliner guarantee a healthier foot environment. The flexible mesh upper works with the exoskeletal heel counter to provide runners with a snug fit. This snug fit keeps the foot more secure during a run, preventing accidental slippage.


The FlyteFoam Midsole Technology used in the ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 is constructed with “organic super fibers” that deliver excellent bounce back. This creates an adaptive ride for the runner. Runners will experience a more responsive ride in the forefoot thanks to the DuraSponge outsole technology. The upper design of the ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 is responsive to the runner’s foot by providing varying levels of tension in specific areas of the shoe.


This shoe offers wearers great arch support and a good amount of cushion. This running shoe works well for those who have flat feet and those who have high arches. Reviewers found the Gel Nimbus 19 to offer better heel support than earlier models of this shoe. This is also a great running shoe for those who suffer from Plantar Fasciitis.


The ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 performs well on pavement and is the perfect running shoe for long-distances. The durable outsole construction also makes this a good option for gravel and well-maintained trail paths. Wearers also found this shoe to deliver on the treadmill and other cardio equipment.


The ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 is an expensive running shoe. Overall, wearers were satisfied with the construction and performance, and many commented on the excellent comfort and durability this shoe has to offer. Runners are delivered a quality running shoe that will go the distance before needing to be replaced.


The rubber outsole offers the runner great traction on paved surfaces and gravel paths. The ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 has good grip on towpaths and bridle paths that are well-maintained. Wearers also experienced good traction while wearing these shoes indoors on smooth surfaces and while using on the treadmill.


Overall, this is a flexible running shoe. The upper is designed to tailor to the shape of the runner’s foot while allowing for natural motion. The midsole construction adapts to the runner’s foot and stride during a run.


The Guidance Trusstic System Technology utilized in the Gel Nimbus 19 provides the runner with a sturdy midfoot construction. Runners will experience a firmer ride in the forefoot when compared to previous generations of this shoe. It is designed for runners who over-pronate and benefit from a neutral running shoe.


The ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 features a 10-mm heel to toe drop for the men’s version and a 12-mm heel to toe drop for the women’s version. The heel height for the men’s shoe is 23 mm and the heel height for the women’s shoe is 25 mm. The forefoot height for both the men’s and women’s shoe is 13 mm.
Key Features

Key Features

• DuraSponge Outsole in the Forefoot
• ASICS High-Abrasion Outsole in the Heel
• Adaptive FlyteFoam Midsole Technology
• Responsive and Lightweight FluidRide Midsole
• Guidance Trusstic System Midfoot Technology
• FluidFit Breathable Mesh Upper
• Exoskeletal Heel Counter
• Anti-Bacterial ComforDry X-40 Sockliner
• Reflective Elements
• 10 mm/12 mm Heel-to-Toe Drop in Women’s/Men’s Version
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 gets high marks for its comfort. Most reviewers commented positively on the cushiony feel of this neutral running shoe. Several reviewers found this shoe to offer good arch support, making this a good candidate for those who are on their feet for most of the day, walk a lot of miles on a daily basis and log running miles regularly. The use of the FlyteFoam Midsole Technology creates a feel that adapts to the wearer’s foot without making the shoe feel heavy. The more customized upper fit was a welcomed change to the Gel Nimbus series. The Gel Nimbus 19 protects the runner’s foot from irritation, blisters, and infection with the seamless upper construction and anti-bacterial ComforDry X-40 Sockliner. The addition of the Exoskeletal Heel Counter gives the wearer a secure and snug fitting trainer.