I’ve had my Nimbus 19’s for maybe a month now with maybe 50 miles on them, mostly shorter runs in the 3 to 4 range and one 8 mile run as of now.
“if you were getting pounded by well over 300lbs 3.4 times a week for 4+ months…”
Being a #NOTARUNNER I can’t give you a ton of technical details on these and honestly you can get that stuff from Asics or Running Warehouse etc with far more substance and authority than some random 50 year old on the internet who’s been running for 6 months.
What I can say is that for a large runner such as a myself the Nimbus 19s are one of the few options you have in a road shoe. For trail shoe’s we’re even more screwed but more on that later.
Luckily the 19’s are a pretty good option as it turns out. My prior shoe was the Nimbus 18’s. The 18’s in my opinion wore out fast in the heel area for me but if you were getting pounded by well over 300lbs 3.4 times a week for 4+ months you’d likely wear out fast too. [So many comments could be made here].
The 19’s are not as wide as the 18’s both visually and in practice. This is an improvement I believe in general.
The heel support isn’t as obnoxious on the 19’s, I don’t even notice it’s there thankfully. Unlike the 18’s where that rigid heel cage would on occasion be very noticeable and un-enjoyable.
Don’t get me wrong, the 18’s were up til this point a good shoe for me of the very few options I have and they had close to 300 miles on them. And I’m hard on the heel area of shoes, it’s always the first place that wears out on me.
The toebox is about the same. Which for me means my pinkie and ring toes on my right foot still rub but they do that on every shoe.
The cushion feels a bit softer but honestly without a brand new pair of each it’s really impossible to tell other than just “I think it’s better”.
Bottom line, there’s a reason the Nimbus line is one of the most popular shoe lines for runners and although stupid expense to thee and me, at the end of the day, reducing the suck factor of running is worth the extra expense for me.