Brooks Ghost 8 vs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 review

Brooks Ghost 8 provides a comfortable and smooth ride to neutral runners. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 offers a soft ride and lots of protection from the road for those long runs.

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The Brooks Ghost 8 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 are neutral cushioning running shoes that are not each other's counterparts. The Brooks counterpart of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is the Brooks Glycerin.

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Both the Brooks Ghost 8 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 have a largely no-sew upper that should feel comfortable and not cause many irritation points.

The no-sew overlays on the Brooks Ghost 8 are sparingly distributed, but nonethelss located in the right places to keep your foot on the platform and provide enough structure and support.

And while the FluidFit no-sew overlays in the upper of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 are light and thin, they are plentiful especially around the midfoot to give you a good amount of support there.

The abundance of FluidFit wrapping the toe box should also give you a more glove-like and custom fit than the Brooks Ghost 8 would give you in that area.

The main difference in the uppers of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Brooks Ghost 8 is probably the external heel counter that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has and that the Brooks Ghost 8 does not. Nevertheless, the Brooks Ghost 8 should also provide you with a good amount of support behind the heel.

The Brooks Ghost 8 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 use different technologies in their midsoles to provide cushioning.

The Brooks Ghost 8 has mainly one layer of foam and a crash pad that runs from the back of the midsole around the lateral side to the front. This should not only give you softer landings, but also smoother transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 on the other hand has a midsole that consists of two layers of foam with the one closest to the foot being the softest, and then in between those two layers there is extra GEL cushioning in the heel and forefoot.

The GEL cushioning in the heel serves the same purpose as the crash pad in the Brooks Ghost 8, which is to soften your landings.

With the extra GEL cushioning in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, one would expect the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 to be more cushy than the Brooks Ghost 8.

And indeed, running lab tests have confirmed that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is more cushy than the Brooks Ghost 8, especially in the forefoot for both men and women.

However, the amount of heel cushioning is almost the same in both running shoes. So if you are a heel-striker, you could choose either the Brooks Ghost 8 or the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

Because the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Brooks Ghost 8 are not meant to provide stability and support, they do not really have stability features on the medial side of their midsoles.

However, one could see the crash pad in the Brooks Ghost 8 and its good ground contact as stability features, which is why the Brooks Ghost 8 is considered to be more stable than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

The rubber outsole of the Brooks Ghost 8 displays more separation and smaller rubber compartments than that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

More separation is good for shock dissipation but also flexibility. However, running shoe lab tests have shown that the two running shoes are almost equally stiff for women, but that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is a bit more flexible than the Brooks Ghost 8 for men.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 8 weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 for women weighs 10.0 oz (283 grams). The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 8 weighs about 10.9 oz (309 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 for men weighs 11.3 oz (320 grams).

If you are a neutral runner looking for a lot of cushioing in a running shoe, then the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 would be worth looking into.

And if you are after something lighter that adds a little bit of stability and smoothness to your runs, then the Brooks Ghost 8 would be the one to consider.

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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