Brooks Glycerin 14 vs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 review

Brooks Glycerin 14 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a secure but comfortable fit. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 delivers a soft but responsive ride to neutral runners...

The Brooks Glycerin 14 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 are neutral cushioning running shoes that are supposed to be on a similar level.

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The uppers of the Brooks Glycerin 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 are similar in that both come with 3D printed overlays throughout the upper.

These overlays run more from front to back in the Brooks Glycerin 14, while they are located in specific areas on the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com combines these overlays with mesh that is tightened and loosed in specific areas, which increases the tightness of the fit.

The amount of support provided around the midfoot of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 is adequate for neutral runners, but if you are a heavier runner would needs a more secure fit, you may prefer the Brooks Glycerin 14 that comes with broad stitched-on overlays around the midfoot.

The stitched-on overlays are positioned in such a way that they do not prevent the forefoot from getting enough room to move.

Another difference is that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 comes with an external heel counter to really lock the heel in, while the Brooks Glycerin 14 only comes with a sturdy stitched-on overlay at the back for additional support.

Overall, the upper of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 contains less stitches than that of the Brooks Glycerin 14, which should be beneficial for comfort.

However, due to the structure of the mesh and the location of the no-sew overlays, the upper of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 might feel a bit tight, especially in the forefoot.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 provides a secure fit around the midfoot with enough comfort in the toe box.

The midsoles of the two running shoes differ considerably in construction and technologies used.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 has a midsole that consists of two layers of foam with GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot.

The type of midsole foam used is supposed to be responsive and have bounce back properties, according to ASICS.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 has a more all-in-one midsole that implements the cushiest midsole material Brooks has got to offer.

The midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 14 also looks and functions like a crash pad, thereby increasing the stability of the running shoe and giving runners smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 also provides more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19, especially under the midfoot, where the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 comes with a midfoot shank but the Brooks Glycerin 14 does not.

The midfoot shank consists of two separate pieces under the midfoot but still adds a little bit of stability and support to the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19.

However, the Brooks Glycerin tends to win from the ASICS GEL-Nimbus when it comes to stability and support, according to running shoe lab tests.

This is also the case for the amount of cushioning provided, because the Brooks Glycerin 14 provides almost a maximum amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot and to both men and women.

However, women will benefit from extra cushioning in the heel of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19, which has 3 mm more height under the heel of women to take stress off the Achilles tendon.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different in construction and layout.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 is generally more separated with smaller rubber pods and more flex grooves.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 has a traditional ASICS outsole with large slabs of rubber that are separated by a few horizontal flex grooves and one vertical flex groove that is meant to benefit gait efficiency.

The large amount of separation under the Brooks Glycerin 14 helps it to be quite flexible for both men and women, according to running shoe lab tests, and also benefits the smoothness of your ride due to the effective dissipation of shock.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 for women also weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs about 10.7 oz (303 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 for men weighs 11.1 oz (315 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride, you could choose either the Brooks Glycerin 14 or the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 might provide a somewhat tighter fit, while the Brooks Glycerin 14 provides a secure fit that is not too tight.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 is also good for bigger runners and runners who require a mild amount of support.

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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