ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 vs. Saucony Ride 8 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is a plush and comfortable neutral running shoe for long runs. Saucony Ride 8 provides a comfortable and smooth ride with lots of cushioning to runners.

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Saucony Ride 8 are neutral cushioning running shoes that have similar properties with both being very plush running shoes.

Similarities start in the upper where the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has an almost completely no-sew upper with FluidFit overlays running throughout the provide structure and support.

The Saucony Ride 8 has something similar with its FlexFilm overlays especially in the front part of the shoe, but adds stitched-on overlays on the medial side of the shoe where support is needed most.

While the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot, so should give you enough support there, the Saucony Ride 8 may be a tad more supportive in that area.

The overlays on the Saucony Ride 8 have also been pulled back to really open up the forefoot and give you a comfortable feeling in the toe box.

At the back of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is a sturdy heel counter that really provides good support behind the heel. While the Saucony Ride 8 does not have such an external heel counter, you should get enough support at the back of the shoe.

Both running shoes should feel nice and comfortable on your feet without causing many irritation points.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Saucony Ride 8 make use of midsole foam that provides heel-to-toe cushioning.

And because both running shoes are geared towards neutral runners, they do not have any extra devices to provide stability and support.

However, the Saucony Ride 8 comes with a stability feature in its crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot. This should slow down movement and minimize impact at heel-strike.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 does not have such a crash pad, but instead implements GEL cushioning in the heel and segmented rubber in the outsole to soften your landings.

GEL cushioning is also present in the forefoot for added cushioning. And on top of that, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has a softer layer of foam that is closest to the foot and a layer closer to the ground that is more responsive.

While this would give the impression that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides a much softer ride than the Saucony Ride 8, running shoe lab tests have shown that they are almost equally cushy in both the heel and the forefoot, for both men and women.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 turns out to have a slightly more cushy heel than the Saucony Ride 8 for men, but not by much.

The big difference between the two running shoes can be found in the height and in the weight of the shoes. The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 sits much higher off the ground than the Saucony Ride 8 and is also heavier.

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 offers lots of protection from the road and is suitable to be worn when going for longer runs.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ considerably in rubber configuration. The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is more linearly segmented with good separation and flex grooves between large rubber compartments.

The Saucony Ride 8 has a fan-like separation in its forefoot with smaller rubber pods. In addition, it provides full ground contact under the midfoot whereas the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has a midfoot shank on the medial and lateral sides to provide midfoot integrity.

Therefore, the Saucony Ride 8 might do a better job of providing you with a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

As far as flexibility goes, running shoe lab tests have shown that both running shoes are almost equally flexible for men, but that the Saucony Ride 8 is much more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 for women, which turns out to be quite stiff.

The women's version of the Saucony Ride 8 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 9.7 oz (275 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 8 being the lighter one.

Making a decision between the Saucony Ride 8 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is quite difficult, because the two running shoes have a lot in common.

You may want to take the weight and height of the shoe into consideration when making up your mind.

If you want a lighter running shoe that sits a bit closer to the ground, then the Saucony Ride 8 would be the one to consider. Otherwise, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is a very good option.

For women, the Saucony Ride 8 may be a better option than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 if you are looking for flexibility in a running shoe.

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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