ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 delivers a soft and comfortable ride to neutral runners. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provides a secure fit, and a smooth and overall very cushy ride...

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 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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Differences between the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com start in the upper where the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has sturdy ISOFIT overlays wrapping the midfoot, whereas the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com only has light no-sew FluidFit overlays doing the same.

The ISOFIT overlays provide more support than the FluidFit overlays, but the FluidFit overlays probably provide a more custom fit, since they have been spread all over the upper of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18, not just around the midfoot.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 provide a good amount of support behind the heel with their external heel counters.

Both running shoes also leave quite a bit of mesh open on the toe box, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is just a tad bit more open in that area.

All in all, one could say that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provides a more secure fit through its upper than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 does.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provide heel-to-toe cushioning and lots of it.

The midsoles are similar in that both have a layer of softer foam closer to the foot. In the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, this layer lies just under the sockliner, and there is also an insert in the heel.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 adds GEL cushioning to the forefoot and in the heel to soften your ride more.

The combination of dual foam and GEL in the heel of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 serves the same purpose as the landing zone in the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, which is to reduce impact at heel strike.

Running shoe lab tests show that the two running shoes have almost the same amount of heel cushioning but that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is slightly more cushy than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 in the forefoot for women.

For men, the amount of forefoot cushioning is almost the same, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has much more heel cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

Overall, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 displays a more balanced cushioning profile than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 for both men and women and turns out to be a very cushy running shoe that provides almost a maximum amount of cushioning.

Another difference between the midsoles is that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 connects its rearfoot to its forefoot more seamlessly and does not have a midfoot shank like the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 does.

The midfoot shank of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 is there to provide some degree of support but not excessively to correct your stride because it consists of two pieces at the sides under the midfoot and these two parts and not connected.

Because of the good connection between the rearfoot and the forefoot of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, it has a greater potential of providing you with a smoother ride than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

This connection also makes the outsole of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 look quite different from that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

However, the most obvious difference is the pattern of flex grooves that run nicely from side to side in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 but that have a zigzag pattern in the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 also has a vertical flex groove that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 does not have. This vertical flex groove helps you achieve a more efficient gait.

Running shoe lab tests indicate that both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 are quite stiff for men but that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 is somewhat more flexible than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 for women.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 weighs approximately 8.6 oz (244 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 for women weighs 9.8 oz (278 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.4 oz (295 grams) and 12.1 oz (343 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking to get a very soft ride from a running shoe, you could go with either the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 or the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

But if you are after something lighter on your feet as well as a very cushy ride, then the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 might do a better job than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

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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