Q&A with Sportsmart’s footwear manager, Ryan Meggs.


What are the new technologies in the new Nimbus 16s?

There are 3 new features/benefits I’d like to highlight:

1. Improved fit – A more adaptive, comfortable upper around the mid-foot (compared to the previous model) and discrete eyelet stay by using stretch mesh (FluidFit).

2. Improved ride – Better forefoot flexibility with new, incorporated outsole flex grooves.

3. Lightweight – 5 gram weight reduction (compared with the Asics Gel Nimbus 15).


How does it compare to the previous model?

Overall, the new Asics Gel Nimbus 16 is lighter, has a more comfortable fit and greater flexibility than the Asics Gel Nimbus 15.


What’s your favourite feature?

I really like the improvements to the upper, with the new memory foam set up in the rear of the shoe (better rearfoot fit and a great feel). I also like the stretch mesh upper as it helps provide a better fit and greater comfort.


What type of foot does the new Nimbus best suit?

The Asics Gel Nimbus 16 is best suited for runners with a neutral to high arch (supinator) and for slow, heavier style runners who are doing longer distances and require maximum cushioning.


What colours are available?

There are several colour and width options available in both the mens and womens models:


Island Blue/Lightning/Lime – D width

Titanium/Black/Red – 4E width

Dark Charcoal/Blue/Lime – D width (available in September)



Purple/Lightning/Lime – B width

White/Periwinkle/Mint – 2A width

Raspberry/Lightning/Lime – B width (available in September)


Asics Gel Nimbus 16 (womens)

Asics Gel Nimbus 16 (womens)

Asics Gel Nimbus 16 (mens)

Asics Gel Nimbus 16 (mens)


  1. Del

    I exchanged a pair of the womens nimbus 15s because the sizing had changed from previous versions (I wore nimbus for about a decade then suddenly had to size up; I wear a size 7 dress shoe, wore nimbus womens 8.0 with thick socks, recently up to 8.5 because of sizing inconsistency). Finding the 15s really don’t fit properly and am getting sore heels. I wonder if they started using mens shoe model for the womens production and translated the sizes poorly.
    Do you know if the 16s are more like the old nimbus models regarding size and cushioning?

    • Sportsmart

      Hi Del,
      The women’s Gel Nimbus 16 is made on a women’s specify last (foot/shoe shape) but like all footwear models they can vary slightly in size from one season to the next mainly due to factors such as reduced weight, positioning of Gel cushioning and support as well as overall improved upper fits.
      Perhaps best to visit us in store so our footwear experts can help to find the best fit for your foot.
      Hope that helps.
      Yours in sport,

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