The Asics Gel Nimbus Lite 2 is proof that Asics can blend style, performance, speed, and durability in a sleek and affordable package.
Whether you want to run fast or far, this shoe will get you to where you need to go in plush and responsive comfort.
The midsole of the Asics Gel Nimbus Lite 2 utilizes Asics proprietary FlyteFoam midsole material that provides a super cushioned yet lightweight ride. Overall, runners found that this midsole material was incredibly cushioned and soft, but it doesn’t turn their gait cycle into mush.
It’s not exactly bouncy, but the performance of this midsole is plush and responsive - perfect for those long-distance miles or even a zippy 5-minute mile.
It’s also important to note that this midsole boasts a steep 31 mm stack height with a gender-specific drop. For men, this shoe provides a 10 mm drop and the women’s shoe has a higher 13 mm drop.
Asics found in a study that a women’s Achillies tendon is a little more sensitive than a man’s, so the higher drop in the women’s design is built to accommodate a more sensitive Achilles tendon.
Fear not, gel-loving friends, this shoe still boasts Asics’ classic gel cushioning. While similar Asics gel trainers only pop a gel pad in the heel, this design provides runners with an extra boost of gel not only in the heel but the forefoot as well.
This translates to cushioned landings and smooth toe-offs for an overall cushioned and supportive ride.
There are quite a few reasons to love the construction of this upper. First of all, it is composed of about 80 percent recycled materials in an effort to make its running shoes more sustainable and eco-friendly. Replacing your running shoes frequently is a necessary evil, and opting for a design that makes an effort to use recycled materials is much kinder to the planet.
Even though this upper is composed of recycled materials, it boasts a lot of new and innovative features to keep your feet locked in 360 degrees of plush comfort. This upper is composed of a seam-free construction that limits the instance of hot spots and areas that could rub up against your foot.
While this mesh is fairly breathable, some runners found that it can get a little too hot when training in hot summer months.
What runners also love about the upper of this shoe is that it provides plenty of padding without hindering your full range of motion. The tongue and the heel collar provide a good deal of plush padding that wraps your foot in comfort, but this foam padding isn’t so aggressive that it limits your full range of motion.
Overall, this upper walks that fine line between agility and comfort.
The outsole of this shoe is designed to take you places. At first glance, the outsole of the Asics Gel Nimbus Lite 2 doesn’t look like anything else in the Asics lineup.
It boasts a very simple and streamlined outsole that is composed of a blend of exposed EVA foam and rubber pods. It provides 5 full-length rubber pods on the forefoot and 5 small pods on the heel for superior grip and traction.
The use of the rubber on the outsole of this shoe translates to a running shoe that is surprisingly lightweight without sacrificing durability and traction. It provides runners with a nice and springy ride that maintains a lightweight feel.
If you are trying for that elusive 5-minute mile, the build of this outsole is designed to keep you light on your feet so that the only thing holding you back is your own strength and endurance.
It’s important to note that the unique design of this outsole isn’t built for anything but treadmills and sidewalks. The grooves in the rubber are smooth and don’t provide high-end traction found on many hybrid road-trail running shoes.
Additionally, some runners found that they lost a little bit of traction when running on slick rain-soaked sidewalks. This outsole is lightweight and versatile but stumbles a bit in the rain.
So, who is the Asics Gel Nimbus Lite 2? This shoe is a neutral daily trainer that is built to tackle just about anything. If you are looking to smash speed records, the lightweight and adaptive cushioning makes this shoe a great choice.
If you need something that is built to tackle long distances, this shoe is up for the challenge. No matter how you want to travel from point A to point B, this daily trainer is an excellent choice no matter how you run.
For runners that need a little extra stability, this shoe falls a little short. It’s a tried-and-tested neutral training shoe to keep your gait cycle nice and bright but it won’t provide much in terms of stability.
If you overpronate or just have a heavy gait cycle, the GEL-KAYANO 28 is a better overall fit. This shoe provides similar cushioning as the Gel Nimbus Lite 2 with extra stability features to keep your feet cushioned and protected.
It’s also important to note that this shoe isn’t exactly built for technical terrain. The outsole of this design doesn’t provide the tacky grip like similar daily training shoes out there on the market.
It’s a great choice for sidewalks and treadmills, but your overall grip on the ground suffers when running on wet sidewalks or grass.
One of the greatest aspects of this running shoe is that it has a very roomy fit without feeling sloppy. Many running shoes out there on the market that provide a roomy fit have a tendency of slipping around on your feet and don’t provide much in terms of lockdown.
The Asics Gel Nimbus Lite 2, on the other hand, offers plenty of room in the toe box as well as the forefoot that allows your toes to splay naturally, and the lacing system ensures that your feet stay locked in place.
Overall, this shoe runs true to size. If you are a size 10 in previous Asics running shoes, the same can be said for the Asics Gel Nimbus Lite 2. If you are unsure of the right size for your feet, be sure to take good measurements of your feet and compare them to their sizing chart.
Often, I recommend heading down to your local shoe store to give them a test spin before you buy them, but the superior fit of this shoe means that finding the right size is less like an exact science.
The price of the Gel Nimbus Lite 2 is a little more expensive than your average Asics training shoe, but fairly average when compared to other neutral training shoes out there on the market. While it was slightly more expensive than I had initially expected, the performance and fit of this shoe are well worth the price tag.
If you are on the hunt for a versatile training shoe that is built like a tank and offers high-end performance and a sleek style (that is also kind to the planet), this shoe is an excellent value that is worth checking out!
While the midsole is made from the same FLYTEFOAM midsole cushioning, the performance and cushioning are slightly different. Runners felt that the Gel Nimbus Lite was super soft and cushioned, while the Gel Nimbus Lite 2 felt a little on the stiff side.
However, after a quick warm-up, the Gel Numbis Lite 2 provides runners with a smoother and more responsive ride when compared to the original.
The upper of the Gel Nimbus Lite 2 has undergone a few performance changes to help craft and more comfortable fit that is built for long distances.
While the fit of these two shoes is fairly similar, the Gel-Nimbus Lite 2 boasts a lower profile that sits a little lower on your foot. This shorter design helps provide a full range of motion to keep your gait cycle nice and bright.
The debut of the Asics Gel Nimbus Lite 2 not only proves that their performance is only getting better, but they also adopted a more modern styling to get runners excited to lace up their running shoes.
For me, these running shoes check all of the boxes. Not only do they look great and are offered in a wide variety of colorways, but they offer versatile performance that matches your mood. If you are feeling pumped to clock in a few 5-minute miles, this shoe is able to keep up.
On those low-every days, this is also a shoe that provides a light and cushioned ride for tempo runs or long-distance training.