Brooks Glycerin 15 vs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 review

Brooks Glycerin 15 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a plush and soft running experience. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 delivers a soft but responsive ride to neutral runners...

The Brooks Glycerin 15 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 Glycerin and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus used to differ quite a bit when the Brooks Glycerin had stitched-on overlays.

However, now that the Brooks Glycerin 15 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com only comes with no-sew overlays around the midfoot, it has become more similar to the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19, which also has no-sew overlays in its upper.

The overlays on both running shoes are 3D Print overlays and can be found throughout the entire upper although the overlays on the Brooks Glycerin 15 run more from back to front than those on the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19.

The mesh on the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com also plays a role in providing support in the upper with areas that are tightened and loosened.

At the back, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 comes with an external heel counter that really locks the heel in, whereas the Brooks Glycerin 15 only has a stitched-on overlay at the back for extra support.

Overall, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 might provide a slightly tighter fit than the Brooks Glycerin 15 and a bit more support at the back.

On the other hand, the Brooks Glycerin 15 might provide a bit more durability at the front and might feel a bit more comfortable than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19.

Both the Brooks Glycerin 15 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 are in the business of providing runners with a soft and luxurious ride.

Their midsoles differ in that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 has two layers of foam with GEL cushioning between those two layers, while the Brooks Glycerin 15 has one layer.

However, the Brooks Glycerin 15 provides more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19, because the latter comes with a midfoot shank and prevents full ground contact under the midfoot.

Therefore, the Brooks Glycerin 15 might be better able to deliver smoother heel-to-toe transitions than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19.

The midfoot shank in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 should help increase the stability of the running shoe but so does the full ground contact of the Brooks Glycerin 15.

Neither the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 nor the Brooks Glycerin 15 is meant to replace stability running shoes, though. They are meant to be worn by neutral runners who do not need much support.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Brooks Glycerin 15 provides an above average amount of stability and is generally considered to be a bit more stable than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19.

In terms of cushioning, both running shoes should be able to deliver a soft ride although the heel of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 might feel a bit more cushy to women than to men because women get 3 mm of extra height in the heel to take stress of the Achilles tendon.

The rubber outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 and the Brooks Glycerin 15 differ quite a bit, with the latter being more separated and having more flex grooves.

Separation helps with shock dissipation and ultimately with the smoothness of your ride.

Flex grooves help with flexibility, so it is not surprising that the Brooks Glycerin 15 is a bit more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 15 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 for women weighs 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.7 oz (303 grams) and 11.1 oz (315 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Glycerin 15 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride, you could choose either the Brooks Glycerin 15 or the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19.

The main difference between the two running shoes lies probably how the uppers might feel around your feet.

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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