ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 vs. Mizuno Wave Rider 19 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 delivers a soft and comfortable ride to neutral runners. Mizuno Wave Rider 19 delivers a good amount of cushioning in a lightweight package that is stable...

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 are neutral cushioning running shoes that are suitable for runners who do not need much stability and support.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 have a minimum amount of overlays.

The overlays on the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are only centered around the midfoot in the Mizuno logo that connects the saddle to the midsole and at the front and back of the shoe.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 has many more no-sew overlays running in its upper than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has stitched-on overlays.

The overlays on the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 wrap the midfoot and has a pull toward the heel. There are also a couple of overlays at the front of the shoe but most of them are barely noticeable.

Both running shoes have an open toe box that should provide comfort, although the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 may feel a tad more comfortable due the fact that it does not have any overlays running over the bunion window.

What the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 has that the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 does not is an external heel counter to really give you a good amount of support at the back of the shoe.

All in all, both running shoes do not provide an overbearing amount of support in their uppers but do however provide enough support in all the right places.

Both the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles but in different ways.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 has two layers of foam with GEL cushioning in the heel and the forefoot, while the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has two layers of foam under the heel with a Wave Plate in the heel for extra shock absorption and centering of the foot.

Mizuno has always been known for producing running shoes that feel a bit firm under the foot, but the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 comes with a few surprises.

Running shoe lab tests show that while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 is overall more cushy than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for women, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 does not lag far behind.

The amount of forefoot cushioning delivered by the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 comes very close to that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and the amount of heel cushioning is way above average but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 is too cushy to compete with.

So women who would like a soft ride would want to look into the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 more than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

For men, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 almost matches the amount of forefoot cushioning provided by the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and outcushions the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 in the heel.

The amount of cushioning in the heel of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 for men is above average, but the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is too cushy for the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 to compete with.

So men who would like a soft ride would want to look into the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 more than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

While the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 are not stability running shoes, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 does provide some degree of stability with its plate in the heel and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 with its GEL cushioning in the heel and a two-piece midfoot shank under the midfoot.

However, because of the centering effect of the plate in the heel of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the fact that it runs till the midfoot and serves as a midfoot shank, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is seen as being a bit more stable than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

The outsoles of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 are similar because they consist of a rearfoot area and a forefoot area.

However, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 has more main flex grooves in its forefoot than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 does. This adds to the flexibility of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18, especially for women.

For men, both running shoes turn out to be on the stiffer end of the spectrum.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 weighs approximately 9.8 oz (278 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 18 weighs about 12.1 oz (343 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for men weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams).

If you are looking for a lightweight running shoe that delivers a soft ride with a touch of stability, then the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 might be what you are looking for.

And if you are a women who is looking for a soft and flexible ride then the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 might suit you better than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

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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