ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 vs. Saucony Ride 7 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is a plush and comfortable neutral running shoe for long runs. Saucony Ride 7 offers a very soft, smooth, and stable ride for daily runs to neutral runners.

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Saucony Ride 7 fall in the same category of neutral cushioning running shoes, but are not each other's equivalent since the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is comparable to the Saucony Triumph.

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However, they come very close to providing a similar amount of cushioning with the Saucony Ride 7 being much lighter than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

The uppers differ too. While the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has a completely no-sew upper with just a couple of stitches at the back of the shoe, the Saucony Ride 7 has a combination of no-sew and traditional stitched-on overlays especially on the medial side of the shoe where runners tend to need the most support.

Another difference is that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a heel counter at the back of the shoe, while the Saucony Ride 7 is supported by sturdy overlays in that area.

So while you can expect to get a more secure fit from the Saucony Ride 7 especially around the midfoot, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 does not overdo its support around the midfoot, but provides just enough to keep your foot in place in addition to a more custom fit especially in the forefoot area.

The biggest difference between the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Saucony Ride 7 can be found in the midsole, where they both provide heel-to-toe cushioning, but use different running shoe technologies.

In addition, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 makes use of GEL cushioning in its heel to provide you with a soft landing, the Saucony Ride 7 has a crash pad that runs on the lateral side under the heel till the midfoot to provide impact protection.

The GEL cushioning in the heel of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 tends to win in softness compared to the crash pad under the heel of the Saucony Ride 7 according to running shoe lab tests. However, the amount of forefoot cushioning is about the same in both running shoes.

While the difference in heel cushioning is not that big in the men's versions of the shoes, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 may still be the most suitable one to go with if you are a heel-striker.

The midsole of the Saucony Ride 7 touches the ground at the midfoot, which the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 does not do, since it has a midfoot shank on the lateral and medial sides of the shoe to provide structural integrity there.

Therefore the Saucony Ride 7 has the potential of providing you with smoother transitions from heel-strike to toe-off than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 would.

The outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Saucony Ride 7 are well-segmented to provide good shock absorption and dissipation.

The rubber lugs under the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 tend to be larger than those under the Saucony Ride 7, but the horizontal flex grooves run nicely from side to side in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17. In the Saucony Ride 7 they tend to run in a fan shape.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Saucony Ride 7 are equally stiff for women, but that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is much more flexible than the Saucony Ride 7 for men.

The women's version of the Saucony Ride 7 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 for women weighs 10.0 oz (283 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.5 oz (269 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 7 being the lighter one.

The Saucony Ride 7 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 can both give you a soft ride. Choosing one over the other will probably boil down to whether you are a heel-striker or not in which case the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 may suit you better, and whether you are looking for a lightweight running shoe or not, in which case the Saucony Ride 7 may be a better choice.

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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