ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 vs. Mizuno Wave Rider 17 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 provides a plush and comfortable ride. Mizuno Wave Rider 17 is a lightweight and high performance neutral running shoe suitable for heel-strikers.

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 are neutral running shoes that are suitable for runners who do not need extra stability and support.

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The obvious big difference between the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 lies in the weight of the running shoes, with the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 being much lighter. But there is more...

For starters, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 has many more overlays in its upper than the Mizuno Wave Rider 17.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 has traditional stitched-on overlays with FluidFit overlays in between to provide a more custom fit. In addition, there is a sturdy heel counter at the back of the shoe.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 17 has mostly very light welded-on overlays in its upper with a stitched-on overlay that wraps the heel. And while the upper of the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 is supposed to bend, twist, and move with your foot, you can expect to get a snugger and more secure fit from the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16.

Another big difference lies in the midsole. While both running shoes make use of foam that has bounce back and cushioning properties, the extra cushioning used is different.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 has GEL cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot, while the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 uses a Wave Plate in the heel to provide cushioning and shock absorption.

Because of the extra GEL cushioning in the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 that the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 does not have, the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 will feel firm in the forefoot.

However, running shoe lab tests have shown that the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 provides more heel cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 for men, and a similar amount of heel cushioning for women.

So if you are a man who tends to land heavily on his heels, you may want to look into the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 instead of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16. If you are a women who is a heel-striker, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 would be better for you.

An extra property of the Wave Plate in the heel of the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 is that it works to stabilize the rearfoot and keep your foot centered in the shoe throughout the gait cycle. This makes the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 a bit more stable than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16.

The outsoles of the two running shoes are pretty traditional with a separate rearfoot and forefoot area. The rubber compartments under the heels are also well-segmented to provide a good amount of shock absorption.

And while both running shoes have flex grooves in the forefoot to enhance flexibility, because the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 has a thicker midsole in the forefoot mainly due to cushioning, it also turns out to be less flexible than the Mizuno Wave Rider 17.

The thinner midsole in the forefoot of the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 causes it to have a large heel-to-toe drop, making it a very responsive and high performance running shoe.

One final difference is that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 has thicker rubber in its outsole compared to the Mizuno Wave Rider 17, making the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 a very durable running shoe.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 weighs approximately 9.7 oz (275 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 for women weighs approximately 7.7 oz (218 grams). The men's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 weighs about 11.9 oz (337 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 for men weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams).

Because of the weight and the stiffness of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16, it is better suited for heavier runners. So if you are looking to get a very plush ride from a high-mileage trainer that offers lots of protection from the road, then the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 could deliver that.

If you are a lighter neutral runner who is a heel-striker and wants to feel fast, then the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 could be what you are looking for.

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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