ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is a plush and comfortable neutral running shoe for long runs. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provides a secure fit, and a smooth and overall very cushy ride...

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 are neutral cushioning running shoes that have similar properties with both being very plush running shoes.

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has no-sew overlays in its upper in the form of FluidFit thin stretchy overlays. The ASICS logo has been integrated in these overlays to give you a fairly good wrap around the midfoot.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com also has no-sew overlays in its upper in the form of ISOFIT overlays wrapping the midfoot and thinner welded-on overlays at the front of the shoe.

The ISOFIT overlays in the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 contain some stitches at the front and back to keep the overlays in place. This is in contrast to the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, which does not have any stitches around its midfoot.

The ISOFIT overlays in the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 are expected to give you a more secure fit around the midfoot than the FluidFit overlays in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

However, the FluidFit overlays in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 may feel perhaps a bit more comfortable, since they are somewhat looser, and also give you a better wrap around the midfoot and forefoot.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of support behind the heel with their heel counters, so whether you go with one upper or the other will primarily depend on the type of fit you are looking for, that is, a secure fit as in the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 or a close-to-foot fit as in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

The midsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provide heel-to-toe cushioning, but use different materials to do so.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has a FluidRide midsole with GEL cushioning sandwiched between two layers of foam in both the heel and the forefoot.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has an EVERUN midsole and topsole construction where there is a softer layer of foam right under the foot and a landing zone in the heel.

Basically, the only thing that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is missing is the GEL cushioning. However, the question would be whether this really makes the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 more cushy than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that for women, the difference between the amount of cushioning provided by both running shoes is minimal with the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 having just a slight edge over the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 in both the heel and the forefoot.

For men, the story is a bit different with the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 outcushioning the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 by a noticeable amount, especially in the heel.

The forefoot cushioning of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 comes close to that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, but still the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 turns out to be more cushy.

A large amount of forefoot cushioning tends to make a running shoe feel stiffer, though. And because the difference in forefoot cushioning is minimal in the women's versions of the shoes, both tend to have an equal amount of stiffness.

For men, because the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has a more cushy forefoot, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 turns out to be much more flexible than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2. This flexibility may also have to do with the configuration of the rubber in the outsole.

The outsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 differ considerably in that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has a more traditional outsole with a separation between its forefoot and rearfoot.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 on the other hand, has a more all-in-one outsole that provides full ground contact under the midfoot and therefore has a better potential of providing you with a much smoother ride.

However, it does not come with the Guidance Line vertical flex groove as in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, which is supposed to help you achieve a more efficient gait.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 for women weighs 10.0 oz (283 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.4 oz (295 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner looking for a running shoe that provides a cushy ride, you could go with either the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 or the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, keeping in mind that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 gives a bit more.

However, if you are looking for a running shoe that is relatively light while still providing you with a soft and smooth ride, then the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 would be the one to consider more than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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