ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 vs. Brooks Transcend 5 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 delivers a soft but responsive ride to neutral runners. Brooks Transcend 5 provides a secure fit and a good amount of stability and support...

The Brooks Transcend 5 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 are meant to be worn by two different types of runners, with the Brooks Transcend 5 being a stability running shoe for moderate overpronators and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 a neutral cushioning running shoe for runners who do not need much stability and support.

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However, because the Brooks Transcend 5 delivers lightweight stability and plush cushioning, it might be comparable to the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

Differences between the two running shoes start in the upper, where the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 delivers lightweight support through engineered mesh and 3D printed overlays that look more like stitches in the upper.

The Brooks Transcend 5 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has stitched-on overlays around the midfoot, and these overlays are broad, so the Brooks Transcend 5 delivers quite a bit of support around the midfoot, where overpronators tend to need the most support.

At the back, both running shoes come with an external heel counter so provide quite a bit of support behind the heel.

The forefoot of both running shoes has areas of possible constriction, with the Brooks Transcend 5 possibly feeling tight closer to the upper part of the forefoot, and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 more on the inner side of the forefoot.

All in all, one could say that the Brooks Transcend 5 delivers a bit more support through its upper than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 does, especially around the midfoot.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the Brooks Transcend 5 differ quite a bit in construction.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 comes with GEL pods in the heel and in the forefoot. These lie between two layers of foam, with the one closest to the foot being the softer layer and the one closer to the ground the more responsive one.

The Brooks Transcend 5 has a more all-in-one midsole that comes with elevated sections around the midfoot.

These elevated sections are called Guide Rails and are meant to help guide your feet and body to better align themselves. This is the type of stability provided by the Brooks Transcend 5.

The midsole of the Brooks Transcend 5 consists of Brooks' cushiest midsole material.

Lab tests have found that men get about the same amount of forefoot cushioning from the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the Brooks Transcend 5, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has a cushier heel than the Brooks Transcend 5 for men, which delivers a moderate amount of cushioning in the heel.

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Women get more forefoot cushioning from the Brooks Transcend 5 than from the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 delivers more heel cushioning than the Brooks Transcend 5 probably due to the extra 3 mm of height that women get under the heel of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 to take stress off their Achilles tendon.

However, because both running shoes deliver an above average amount of cushioning, you should be able to get a soft ride in either, although the ride would be overall softer in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 for men.

In terms of stability, lab tests place the two running shoes on almost the same level, and both are said to deliver an above average amount of stability.

This would mean that neutral runners could also wear the Brooks Transcend 5 and that its stability features would not get in their way.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different, with the Brooks Transcend 5 providing full ground contact under the midfoot and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 having a two-piece midfoot shank.

The separation is also greater under the Brooks Transcend 5 than under the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, which comes with large areas of rubber.

The separation should benefit shock absorption and dissipation, and in the end, the smoothness of your ride.

The area under the midfoot of the Brooks Transcend 5 is also a bit wider than under the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, which should benefit the stability of the running shoe.

In terms of flexibility, both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the Brooks Transcend 5 have been found to be stiff for both men and women, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is a bit more flexible than the Brooks Transcend 5 for both genders.

The women's version of the Brooks Transcend 5 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (253 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 for women weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Transcend 5 weighs about 10.6 oz (301 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 for men weighs 10.7 oz (303 grams).

The Brooks Transcend 5 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 come very close to providing similar things to runners, despite the fact that the Brooks Transcend 5 is a stability running shoe and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

If you are a neutral runner, you could theoretically speaking choose either the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 or the Brooks Transcend 5, thereby keeping in mind that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 was made with your needs in mind.

However, if you are a moderate overpronator, you might want to look into the Brooks Transcend 5.

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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This review falls under: ASICS | Brooks

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