ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 vs. Mizuno Wave Rider 19 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides a very cushy and protective ride for long runs. Mizuno Wave Rider 19 delivers a good amount of cushioning in a lightweight package that is stable...

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 are neutral cushioning running shoes that are suitable for runners who do not need extra stability and support.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differ quite a bit in that the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 does not have many overlays.

The Mizuno logo is about the only stitched-on piece that connects the midsole to the laces to provide you with a good hold around the midfoot.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, on the other hand, has thin no-sew overlays running throughout the entire upper to give you a socklike fit, with most of those overlays wrapping the midfoot to give you a good hold there.

And then at the back of the shoe, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has a sturdy external heel counter to keep your heel firmly in place. The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 only has a small stitched-on overlay in that area.

The toe box of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is free of overlays, so should provide a more unrestricted feel in the forefoot area than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

All in all, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has more elements than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 to provide a supportive upper, but the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 still provides enough support in all the right places.

Both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning, but their midsoles differ considerably in construction.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has a Wave Plate in the heel that not only provides shock absorption, but also centers the heel to add some degree of stability to the running shoe, despite it not being a stability running shoe.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 does not come with any stability features, because just like the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, it is meant to be worn by neutral runners who do not need such support.

The midsole of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 consists of two layers of foam with GEL cushioning in between those two layers. This typically makes the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 feel very soft under the foot compared to other running shoes.

While running shoe lab tests confirm that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is a cushy running shoe, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 does not lag far behind.

In fact, for men, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 turns out to have a much more cushy heel than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, and almost matches its amount of forefoot cushioning.

But for women, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is overall more cushy than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, but not by a huge amount.

This allows the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 to provide you with enough cushioning for long runs, while still remaining responsive enough for you to feel fast.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ in construction. Both have large slabs of rubber, which makes them durable, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has more major flex grooves than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

They both have midfoot shanks, with the Wave Plate in the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 serving as the shank, and the shank of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 consisting of two separate pieces that are not connected.

They also both have a similar amount of separation in the heel to reduce the amount of shock and not have it affect your stride as much.

Running shoe lab tests show that both running shoes are quite stiff for women, but that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is much more flexible than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for men.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 weighs approximately 10.0 oz (283 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for women weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for men weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams).

Male heel-strikers who are neutral runners will probably like running in the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 more than in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

However, if you are a female neutral runner who wants an overall cushy ride, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 may suit you better than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

And finally, if you are looking for a very lightweight running shoe that provides a decent amount of stability without being a stability running shoe, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 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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