ASICS GEL-Nimbus 25

Overall Grades And Reviews

8.8 Overall Grade
68 reviews

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 25 is a highly-rated, traditional, neutral training shoe. It gets amazing ranks in both comfort and cushioning and sits #1 atop both categories as of Sept 2023. Unlike many popular modern shoes, it rates fairly well on durability. The GEL-Nimbus 25 sits atop our overall rankings despite it having no standout features: it's not lightweight, nor does it use special foam or other materials.

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Pros

  • Top-rated shoe for its overall performance as a trainer.
  • Widely praised for its comfort and cushioning.
  • Highly durable.
  • A majority of reviewers like this shoe more than their last shoe.
  • One of the most popular shoes among LetsRun.com readers.
  • Reviewers rate this shoe better than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 24.

Cons

  • More expensive than most of its competition.
  • Heavier than similarly popular and well-rated shoes.
  • Mixed reviews on appearance.

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Shoe Comparison

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ASICS GEL-Nimbus 25
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ASICS GEL-Nimbus 25
This Shoe
ASICS GEL-Nimbus 26
Newer Version
Brooks Ghost 15
Top Rated Trainer For Sale
HOKA ONE ONE Bondi 8
Next Most Comfortable Trainer For Sale (after this shoe)
Shoe Properties
Shoe Type
Trainer
Trainer
Trainer
Trainer
Pronation Control
Neutral
Neutral
Neutral
Weight
10.2 oz. (men's), 9 oz. (women's)
10.7 oz. (men's), 9.2 oz. (women's)
9.6 oz. (men's), 8.4 oz. (women's)
11.1 oz. (men's), 10.1 oz. (women's)
Stack Height
42mm.
42mm.
35mm.
43mm.
Forefoot Height
34mm.
34mm.
23mm.
39mm.
Drop Height
8 mm.
8 mm.
12 mm.
4 mm.
Upper material
Engineered Knit Mesh, Ortholite X-55, Knit Tongue, Pull Tab
Refined 3D Fit Print mesh, Recycled Materials include:
Engineered mesh, Lycra comfort frame, Internal heel counter, Pillowed Tongue
Shoe Released
Q1 2023
Q4 2023
Q4 2022
Q3 2022
MSRP
$160
$160
$140
$165
LRC Ratings
Out of 10
Overall
8.8
8.6
9.2
9.0
Comfort
9.9
8.7
9.1
9.7
Cushioning
9.7
8.8
9.1
9.6
Durability
8.6
8.0
8.8
8.1
Appearance
8.1
8.5
8.2
7.9
Value
8.3
8.1
8.5
7.7

Reader Reviews

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Outstanding every day running shoe

    Neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    10.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    9.0
    Appearance
    8.0
    Value
    9.0

    This was my second pair of Asics -the first being the Noosa Tri 14, which I also loved- and man, I really don't have anything negative to say. They are incredibly comfortable, it feels like you have a mattress under each foot. I like the weight, the drop, everything. I've done easy 4 mile runs, 10 mile runs, even a couple 15+ mile runs in this shoe and it really feels great. It's a shoe that I completely forget about when I'm running in it...which is exactly what I look for. The only thing I don't like about my specific pair is the color, but I feel obligated to support my local run store and they didn't have many options. Thinking I'll get the 26 next....hoping they didn't change much! 

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Gel Nimbus > Nike Invincible

    65 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    6.0
    Value
    7.0

    I run typically 60-65 miles a week with 90% of it being on pavement and the Gel Nimbus 25 are the superior mileage shoe. Much better and durable then the Nike Invincible line of shoes. Little bit of a pop from the shoe as well during the first 300 miles.

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Bouncy high cushion

    50 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    9.0
    Appearance
    7.0
    Value
    10.0

    This shoe is so much better than previous versions it has the good things most like about hoka but not as stiff and ridged. 

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Been running on Nimbus for the last 15 years

    40 miles per week, neutral pronator, high arches
    Overall
    10.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    10.0

    The Nimbus 25 is a very confortable shoe, good cushion, even though is a bit heavy but I prefer the train with heavy shoes and race with lighter ones

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    asics gel nimbus

    40 miles per week, underpronator, low arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    9.0
    Cushioning
    7.0
    Durability
    9.0
    Appearance
    6.0
    Value
    7.0

    This is a great shoe for my body. First of all, I have a narrow heal but wider forefoot and I have a flat, very flexible foot so my foot cannot tolerate any correction so this neutral shoe works great for me. Also, I struggle with IT band syndrome and this shoe has a higher heal so it prevents a hard heal strike which aggrevates my IT band. The cushioning isn't great so I feel the impact more than other shoes but I haven't found another shoe that works for me while also provides excellent cushioning.

  • Most comfortable shoe I've run in.

    20 miles per week, underpronator, low arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    7.0
    Appearance
    7.0
    Value
    9.0
  • Sound proof

    Neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    10.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    7.0
    Appearance
    5.0
    Value
    7.0

    Shoes are a type of insulation. They insulate us from the ground and all the different conditions it can throw at us. I have used these shoes so far for long runs, easy runs, runs on then beach and rocky trails. I even chose them for my second session on a double threshold just to have a bit more protection because the carbon plate in my Saucony Endorphin Pro 3 had my calves feeling a bit fragile afterward. Picking up the pace in them on the tracks to run around 5 min mile pace I was pleasantly surprise how much I enjoy them for this type of session. And most importantly my legs weren’t beat up the next day so I could continue marathon prep.  
    in conclusion for the easier stuff they are maybe the best shoes I’ve ever worn. If you have a niggle and just want to make sure it doesn’t get worse but don’t want to bail on a workout? These make a pleasant alternative. 

    I am a runner with slower cadence and a long stride. A friend of mine who is a high cadence run with less power didn’t enjoy them. But if you are similar to me the shoes are god like.

    exception - most of the color-ways are a bit boring for my taste.

  • Durable and comfortable

    60 miles per week, neutral pronator, high arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    8.0
    Value
    7.0

    Switched from new balance 1080s because the 1080s were not lasting for very long. Used to dislike Asics shoes because they were too stiff but I feel they now have the balance right. Stiffer than the 1080s but that is a good thing I think. Female sub 32 10k runner- running 70-80miles/week (probably around 75% of that in these shoes). 

  • Good Daily Trainer, Not Worth 160

    25 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    9.0
    Durability
    9.0
    Appearance
    8.0
    Value
    7.0

    Everythings Good But The Price

  • Favorite Recovery Shoes

    7 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    7.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    9.0
    Durability
    6.0
    Appearance
    4.0
    Value
    7.0

    These shoes are awesome and super soft. They are the most cushioned shoes I have ever run in. While these are super comfortable they are definitely a recovery or easy run shoe and probably would not do well with any speed work. They also don't have much grip but that is ok when going easy.