With spring training kicking into gear, it’s back to getting out the door on the regular. As you build back your racing calendar, your logging some additional kilometers. Even if there’s no goal race on the horizon, this time of year is definitely made for building back up, so that you can keep going the distance. Before you get out there and make tracks, start off on the right foot with a new pair of shoes.
This season, ASICS GEL-NIMBUS 24 marries advanced technology with comfort and durability. In fact, the GEL-NIMBUS 24 are made for runners who are hitting the road 3 times a week, for about 10-20K total. I may be going a little over the intended distance in these, there are many reasons I’m still enjoying the ride.
First up, it’s the noticeably lighter design. At 250g, its about 20g lighter than the GEL-NIMBUS 23 with a redesigned breathable upper that leaves you feeling lighter on your feet. For runners how appreciate a faster feel in a neutral shoe, the GEL-NIMBUS 24 has the level of lightness that gives you the freedom to kick it. Runners will also appreciate the knit tongue construction which wraps comfortably around your foot. It’s a detail that your foot will thank you for with its noticeably flexible, non-constricting support, even before you lace up.
When your feet hit the pavement, the FF Blast Plus kicks in and you’ll appreciate the added mid-sole cushioning. For runners who are getting back to their training, the FF Blast Plus offers the right amount of comfort that allows you to run longer longer without your feet and body feeling the effects later in the day. This is the season for building towards that personal best and along with the added cushioning, you’re still getting that same energetic feeling at toe-off that is synonymous with the GEL-NIMBUS. It’s the little extra push you need when you might otherwise want to dial back the distance. And with the launch of the GEL-NIMBUS Lite 3 earlier this month, you can also lighten your load on the environment. Using three organically derived materials, this version of the Lite 3 has an additional 75% recycled materials used in its light yet durable construction.
No matter what type of runner you are, consistency is key. It’s not about how fast or how far, but getting out and getting it done. With the unpredictability of weather and road conditions during this time of year, we all have some weeks where it’s more, others less and then of course there’s a long run mixed in. When it comes to running with the changes of this season your shoe’s durability is essential. As light and comforting a ride as the the GEL-NIMBUS is, it’s also got strength. With this shoe, the ASICS Lite outsole rubber is lighter yet stronger than standard outer sole materials. In the GEL-NIMBUS, you’ll feel the ability to navigate and withstand the roughness of changing road conditions. Even when you come across an unpaved path or two, you appreciate how the new construction handles the resistance against the abrasive elements.
And while colourway options won’t make you faster, there is something to be said for that feeling of lacing up in a hue that suits your running style. Easing into more long run Sundays, working on your first marathon or getting out the door for a few kilometers before work, the ASICS GEL-NIMBUS will help you take it all in stride.
Anna Lee Boschetto is a regular iRun contributor and ASICS runner living in Caledon, Ont.