Brooks Ghost 10 vs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 review

Brooks Ghost 10 provides a comfortable fit and a smooth ride to neutral runners. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 delivers a soft but responsive ride to neutral runners...

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The Brooks Ghost 10 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 are neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need much support.

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The Brooks Ghost 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is not really the counterpart of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, which is more comparable to the Brooks Glycerin.

The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ghost 10 are alike in that they consist of engineered mesh and 3D printed overlays.

However, the Brooks Ghost 10 provides a larger coverage around the midfoot and heel with its overlays than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 does.

The overlays of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 are like stitches that run throughout the entire upper, while the Brooks Ghost 10 has most of its overlays running from midfoot to heel.

This opens up the forefoot of the Brooks Ghost 10 for comfort, whereas the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has some overlays on its toe box and mesh that is tightened and loosened in areas to give you a more precise fit but that also feels a bit tighter than the Brooks Ghost 10.

The Brooks Ghost 10 comes with a stitched-on toecap, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 implements no-sew overlays there.

Another difference is that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has a sturdy external heel counter at the back for additional support, while the Brooks Ghost 10 only uses overlays for extra support.

All in all, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 delivers a bit more support at the back, while the Brooks Ghost 10 delivers a bit more comfort in the toe box, and both running shoes should be able to keep your foot on the platform.

The Brooks Ghost 10 has a midsole that is not meant to deliver a super cushy ride, but rather a comfortable and responsive ride.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, on the other hand, is meant to deliver a very cushy ride to runners.

However, running shoe lab test results paint a different picture.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 turns out to be a bit cushier than the Brooks Ghost 10 in the forefoot for men but less cushier for women, with both running shoes delivering an above average amount of forefoot cushioning.

The Brooks Ghost 10 turns out to have a super cushy heel for men and a cushy heel for women, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has a super cushy heel for women and a cushy heel for men.

The conclusion is that the cushioning profiles differ between the two running shoes, but both deliver a cushy ride, with men getting lots of heel cushioning from the Brooks Ghost 10 and women from the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20.

Neither the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 nor the Brooks Ghost 10 is meant to provide stability and support to runners, so they do not come with devices to control pronation.

However, both have elements that add stability to the running shoes.

For example, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 comes with a midfoot shank that is not connected at the bottom but that still provides midfoot integrity and support.

The Brooks Ghost 10, on the other hand, delivers a good amount of ground contact for stability but also comes with a crash pad under the heel that can be found on both sides of the running shoe.

Running shoe lab tests rate both running shoes as providing an above average amount of stability, but the Brooks Ghost 10 is considered to be a bit more stable than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different, with the Brooks Ghost 10 having small rubber pods and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 having large areas of rubber.

Because the outsole of the Brooks Ghost 10 is so well separated and it delivers more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, you can expect to get a smoother ride in the Brooks Ghost 10 than in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20.

One thing that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has that the Brooks Ghost 10 does not is a vertical flex groove to help with gait efficiency.

However, the Brooks Ghost 10 has more horizontal flex grooves in the forefoot than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 does.

Running shoe lab tests rate the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 as being stiff for both men and women, while the Brooks Ghost 10 is somewhat stiff for men but moderately flexible for women.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 10 for women weighs 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.7 oz (303 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, you could get that from either the Brooks Ghost 10 or the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is meant to provide a more luxurious ride than the Brooks Ghost 10, but from comparing these two running shoes, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 does not really top the Brooks Ghost 10 in what they provide to runners.

The Brooks Ghost 10 is a little bit more flexible and stable than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 provides a somewhat tighter fit and a good amount of support behind the heel.

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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