ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 vs. Brooks Glycerin 12 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 offers a soft ride and lots of protection from the road for those long runs. Brooks Glycerin 12 is plush, sits lower on the ground, and good for heavier runners...

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Brooks Glycerin 12 are at the top end of the neutral cushioning running shoe category for both ASICS and Brooks, so they should stack up well against each other.


The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is very similar to the Brooks Glycerin 12 in its upper.

While the Brooks Glycerin 12 has very precise and light 3D Fit Print in its upper to provide a closer-to-foot feel, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has FluidFit in its upper to provide a glove-like fit.

So you should be able to get a comfortable and irritation-free fit from both running shoes.

And while the Brooks Glycerin 12 does not have a Heel Clutching System like the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, it should also keep your heel and foot firmly planted on the running platform.

A big similarity between the Brooks Glycerin 12 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is that both running shoes offer a very soft running experience with the heel-to-toe cushioning that they provide.

The Brooks Glycerin 12 has a Super DNA midsole in addition to a crash pad that runs along the entire length of the shoe to provide a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has a FluidRide midsole with generous servings of GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot to provide a soft landing and comfortable toe-off.

The amount of cushioning provided by both running shoes come very close to each other. And despite the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 having a slightly thicker midsole than the Brooks Glycerin 12 for both men and women, the Brooks Glycerin 12 turns out to be a little bit more plush than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 for men.

For women, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is softer in the forefoot than the Brooks Glycerin 12, but firmer in the heel. However, the difference in softness between the two running shoes is extremely small. They are both plush running shoes.

The main difference is that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 sits higher off the ground than the Brooks Glycerin 12. So if you want a closer to the ground feel, the Brooks Glycerin 12 would be the one to go with.

The Brooks Glyerin 12 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 are neutral running shoes, so are not intended to provide any stability. However, the Brooks Glycerin 12 provides full ground contact for smooth heel-to-toe transitions, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has a midfoot shank on both the medial and lateral sides of the outsole for midfoot structural integrity.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ considerably. The Brooks Glycerin 12 has a non-traditional outsole that consists of three sections that are meant to evenly distribute pressure to make your runs more comfortable and effortless.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 on the other hand, has a more traditional outsole with separate rearfoot and forefoot areas. And then to make your ride more efficient, the Guidance Trusstic System and Guidance Line technologies have been implemented.

So again you see both running shoes trying to make your run more pleasant. The big difference in the outsole comes in the form of flexibility.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is more flexible than the Brooks Glycerin 12 for men. For women, it is the opposite, but the difference is not as big as in the men's versions of the running shoes.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 12 weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 for women weighs 10.0 oz (283 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 12 weighs about 11.0 oz (312 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 for men weighs 11.3 oz (320 grams).

If you are looking for a plush neutral cushioning running shoe, you could go with either the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 or the Brooks Glycerin 12.

The main distinction points are in the weight of the shoes with the Brooks Glycerin 12 being lighter than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, and in the amount of protection you get from the road with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 offering more than the Brooks Glycerin 12.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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