ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 vs. Saucony Triumph 11 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides lots of protection from the road in a plush package for long runs. Saucony Triumph 11 provides exceptional forefoot cushioning to neutral runners...

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Saucony Triumph 11 are neutral cushioning running shoes that are at the higher end of offerings from ASICS and Saucony, so they should stack up well against each other.

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While the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 consists mainly of no-sew overlays, the Saucony Triumph 11 has traditional stitched-on overlays in its upper.

Traditional overlays tend to provide more support than no-sew overlays, but no-sew overlays tend to help avoid causing irritation points.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides support where it is needed most with overlays around the midfoot.

However, it won't be able to beat the amount of support that the Saucony Triumph 11 provides with Sauc-Fit on the medial side of the shoe and extra support under the mesh.

Both running shoes aim to minimize the amount of overlays, to increase your degree of comfort, and to provide support at the back of the shoes to keep your heel in place.

Both running shoes also provide heel-to-toe cushioning with their midsoles. While the cushioning technologies used differ, the goal is the same, that is, to give you a soft running experience.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has GEL cushioning in its heel and in its forefoot in addition to two layers of midsole foam to provide cushioning.

The Saucony Triumph 11 provides heel-to-toe cushioning through its PowerGrid midsole, blown rubber in the forefoot outsole, and a crash pad on the lateral side of the rearfoot.

While the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 does not have a crash pad, the GEL cushioning in the heel has a similar function of softening your landing.

In addition, running shoe lab tests have shown that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides more cushioning than the Saucony Triumph 11 in the heel for both men and women, but that the Saucony Triumph 11 provides just a little bit more cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 in the forefoot.

So if you are a heel-striker, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 would suit you better than the Saucony Triumph 11. And if you are looking for a cushy forefoot, the Saucony Triumph 11 could give you that.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides lots of protection from the road, so not surprisingly it also sits higher off the ground than the Saucony Triumph 11. It also has a larger heel-to-toe drop – between 4 and 6 mm more – than the Saucony Triumph 11.

The outsoles of the Saucony Triumph 11 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 differ in that the Saucony Triumph 11 provides just a little bit more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, thereby making the Saucony Triumph 11 slightly more stable than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

Both running shoes have midfoot shanks to reinforce the midsole foam under the arch and good separation between the rubber compartments in the outsole to provide shock absorption and dissipation.

The big difference is that the vertical flex groove (Guidance Line) that is present in the outsole of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is missing from the Saucony Triumph 11.

This vertical flex groove should help your gait efficiency. However, because of the amount of ground contact the Saucony Triumph 11 provides, you should be able to get a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off from it as well.

As far as flexibility goes, both running shoes are almost equally as flexible for women, but the Saucony Triumph 11 is just a tiny bit more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 for men.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph 11 weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 for women weighs 10.0 oz (283 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.1 oz (315 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Triumph 11 being the lighter one.

Both the Saucony Triumph 11 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 deliver soft rides. However, if you want lots of protection from the road in addition to a soft ride, then the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 would fit the bill.

And if you are looking to get a little bit closer to the ground while still getting a soft and smooth ride from a running shoe that provides a good degree of stability without being a stability running shoe, then the Saucony Triumph 11 could be what you are looking for.

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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