Brooks Ghost 10 vs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 review

Brooks Ghost 10 provides a comfortable fit and a smooth ride to neutral runners. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 delivers a soft but responsive ride to neutral runners...

The Brooks Ghost 10 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 are neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need much stability and support.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 10 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are quite alike in that they both come with 3D Print overlays.

The difference is that the overlays are more widespread in the upper of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 than they are in the upper of the Brooks Ghost 10.

They are more concentrated around the midfoot of the Brooks Ghost 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com where runners tend to need the most support.

The overlays are supported by engineered mesh in the upper of both running shoes, but the mesh of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 might feel a bit tighter than that of the Brooks Ghost 10, because it is tightened and loosened in specific areas.

The Brooks Ghost 10 just has engineered mesh to reduce the need for overlays, especially on the toe box, where it opens up the bunion window for comfort to runners who have big bunions.

Another difference between the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 and the Brooks Ghost 10 is that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 comes with an external heel counter, while the Brooks Ghost 10 does not.

This means that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 increases the amount of support behind the heel much more than the Brooks Ghost 10 does.

All in all, you should be able to get enough support from either running shoe and both running shoes should be able to minimize irritation although the Brooks Ghost 10 might feel a bit more comfortable and looser than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19, especially in the forefoot.

While the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 is seen as a premium cushioning running shoe that is meant to deliver quite a bit of cushioning to runners, the Brooks Ghost 10 is meant to provide a more moderate amount of cushioning.

However, running shoe lab tests still show that the Brooks Ghost 10 provides an above average amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot, and that its heel is quite cushy, especially for men.

Men get a more moderate amount of heel cushioning from the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19, because the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 for men does not come with the extra 3 mm of heel height that the women's version of the shoe comes with.

Therefore, the women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 can compete well with the amount of heel cushioning offered to women by the Brooks Ghost 10.

Neither the Brooks Ghost 10 nor the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 comes with devices to control overpronation because they are meant to be worn by neutral runners.

However, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 comes with a midfoot shank that consists of two pieces under the midfoot that adds some stability to the running shoe, and the Brooks Ghost 10 has a crash pad under the heel that connects well to the forefoot and that increases the stability of the Brooks Ghost 10.

The outsole of the Brooks Ghost 10 has smaller rubber pods and is more separated than that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 has a vertical flex groove that is meant to enhance gait efficiency and that the Brooks Ghost 10 does not have.

The amount of separation under the Brooks Ghost 10 should help smoothen your ride, but it does not help much with flexibility, because running shoe lab tests rate the Brooks Ghost 10 as providing a moderate amount of flexibility. It is even somewhat stiff for men. The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 is not more flexible, though.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 10 for women weighs 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.1 oz (315 grams) and 10 oz (284 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Ghost 10 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 or the Brooks Ghost 10.

The main difference lies probably in how the running shoes fit: the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 might feel overall a bit tighter on your feet than the Brooks Ghost 10.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


This review falls under: ASICS | Brooks

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