Over the last few years, my mid-long distance race shoe has been the Asics Gel Nimbus. As the fall marathon season approaches, I decided to break conformity and find a lighter/faster distance shoe. I read a lot of good things about the Speedstar-4’s, and decided to buy a pair as Runningwarehouse.com had the Speedstar’s on sale for $64.97; $20 cheaper than MSRP.
To accurately get a feel for the shoe at the appropriate distance, I took them out for 10 miles this morning. Instantly, I could tell the shoes were much lighter 9.0 oz (size 10) yet very soft on landing. Since these shoes were so cushiony, it felt as if I was bouncing around…after a few miles I was able to adjust my stride back to a more bio-mechanically-efficient gait. This was expected as there is less support built into performance shoes.
The toe box was very roomy, allowing for good flexibility through mid-stance and propulsion phase. With all the open mesh, your feet stay cool and dry. Asymmetrical lacing contours to your foot shape, allowing for a snug fit. Asics did go a great job on color scheme. Flame/Black with the distinctive Asics logo in silver, these shoes also have a black stripes with specs on color as a finishing touch.
Final words: The Speedstar’s are for a limited group of runners. If you suffer from overpronation beware, as these shoes will not give you the motion control you need. Additionally, the Speedstar is a very soft shoe, be prepared to feel the road. They will not replace my everyday Gel Nimbus as trainers, as there is just not enough support.
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.
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.