I ended up ordering the newest Nimbus 11’s from Zappos.com. Upon opening the box, I removed the stock inserts, and replaced with my cushioned inserts. Next I put on some running socks, laced up the shoes, and walked around my condo for 30 minutes.
What I noticed first was the full mesh toe box that helps alleviate toe friction. Biomechanical design improvements include a midsole that is full ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) allowing for extra stability and more cushioning. The 11’s are four ounces lighter than the 10’s. Not a huge difference, but noticeable.
Its 5:40 a.m., I check the radar prior to heading out the door to see if the scatter showers forecast from last night was still true. The radar showed some rain in the area, but I was dying to get out for a run. With my new shoes on, I ran out the door. After about 10 minutes it started to pour. Really?…I am out running in new shoes, trying to determine if these are going to be a success, and now its pouring rain. The bad part…I have 7 more miles to go.
Soaking wet I completed my 8 mile loop. Not only was I wet from the rain, but also soaked in funk from cars splashing puddles all over me as they went by. The good news was the Nimbus’ delivered. My feet felt good (no blisters), shins/knees felt normal, and I had achieved a decent time.
Long Live the Gel Nimbus