ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 is a plush and durable high-mileage trainer with a glove-like fit. Saucony Triumph ISO provides a smooth and stable ride with a very cushy forefoot...

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 and the Saucony Triumph ISO are both neutral cushioning running shoes that can be worn by runners who do not need a whole lot of stability, but that are rather looking for lots of cushioning. They can also be worn by runners who are a bit heavier.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 and the Saucony Triumph ISO differ in construction, but have the same purpose, which is to provide you with a good lock down on the running platform.

The Saucony Triumph ISO achieves this through its ISOFIT midfoot construction in the upper that really hugs your foot and locks the midfoot down on the platform without smothering it.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 achieves the same through traditional overlays that wrap the midfoot in addition to smaller and thinner no-sew overlays in between that provide a more custom and close-to-foot fit.

Both running shoes should get the job of keeping you firmly planted on the platform done. However, you might get a more glove-like and comfortable fit from the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16, especially around the bunion window.

The midsole of the Saucony Triumph ISO resembles that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 in that both midsoles provide heel-to-toe cushioning with PWRGRID+ in the Saucony Triumph ISO and FluidRide in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16.

In addition, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 has GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot to add to the softness of the shoe, while the Saucony Triumph ISO has blown rubber under the forefoot and a crash pad under the heel for extra cushioning and shock absorption.

Both running shoes are pretty cushy running shoes. But the Saucony Triumph ISO is 0.4 mm thicker in the heel and 0.6 mm thicker in the forefoot for men, thereby making the Saucony Triumph ISO feel softer than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 for men.

For women, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 is 4.3 mm thicker in the heel, but 0.3 mm thinner in the forefoot than the Saucony Triumph ISO, thereby making the Saucony Triumph ISO feel more cushy in the forefoot, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 feel softer in the heel.

So one can conclude that the Saucony Triumph ISO has a very cushy forefoot for both men and women, and that if you are a male heel-striker, the Saucony Triumph ISO would suit you better than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16. For female heel-strikers, that would be the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 instead of the Saucony Triumph ISO.

The outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 and the Saucony Triumph ISO differ quite a bit. The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 has a traditional outsole with separate rearfoot and forefoot areas that are connected by a midfoot shank at the sides of the shoe.

The midfoot shank consists of two pieces under the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 for structural integrity on the lateral and medial sides of the shoe.

The Saucony Triumph ISO does not have a midfoot shank, but instead provides full ground contact under almost the entire shoe. This includes the crash pad under the heel that joins the forefoot at the midfoot.

Therefore, you can expect to get a more seamless and smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off from the Saucony Triumph ISO than you would from the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16.

And because the Saucony Triumph ISO provides full ground contact with good arch support, it can also be seen as the more stable running shoe of the two.

Both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 and the Saucony Triumph ISO offer good separation between the rubber compartments in the outsole and have a good amount of deep flex grooves in the forefoot for flexibility.

However, because both running shoes offer so much cushioning, they also turn out to be very stiff running shoes. Such stiffness is generally appreciated by heavier runners who can handle it.

To counterbalance this stiffness, the Saucony Triumph ISO has a fairly steep curve under the toes (toe-spring) to still allow for a good toe-off.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 for women weighs 9.7 oz (275 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 11.9 oz (337 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Triumph ISO being the lighter one.

If you are a runner looking for a very plush ride, you could either go with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 or the Saucony Triumph ISO. But if you are a man, the Saucony Triumph ISO would give you a much softer ride than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16.

For smoothness and stability with a good toe-off, the Saucony Triumph ISO would be the better choice. And for comfort and an overall custom fit, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 would be the one to go with.

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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