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Enjoying my new Nimbus 11’s

The order

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 11

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.

Test run

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.

POST run

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

Time for a new pair of shoes

Well it’s that time of the year again…After my run today, my legs and knees felt sorer than normal. This has occurred after my last couple of long runs. Every 300 miles, or end of summer, I purchase the next version of ASICS Gel-Nimbus running shoes. This year I was excited to get my hands on the next version of Nimbus’, but I am having a hard time deciding on upgrading (Gel-Nimbus 11) or sticking with last year’s model (Gel-Nimbus 10).

I went to my favorite shoe website Zappos.com, and read some reviews on the 11’s. Nothing I read was really positive, so I searched the web, and found more mixed reviews on Runningshoesguru.com. Amazon.com did have some positive reviews, but only from people that switched from other brands. I did finally get some answers on Dr. Jenny Sanders Shoe Blog, but I am still not convinced. Eastbay.com has the 10’s on sale, and with a race coming up on the 26th, I need to make a decision fast.

What gives ASICS? Can anyone else out there share their experiences with the new Gel-Nimbus 11?

To prove that I have been a true Nimbus fan, here is a lineup of my current 10’s and older 9’s and 8’s.

Nimbus 10-9-8