ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 3 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 delivers a soft and comfortable ride to neutral runners. Saucony Triumph ISO 3 adds plushness, a secure fit, comfort, and flexibility to your long runs.

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 are neutral cushioning running shoes that have similar properties with both being very plush running shoes.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differ in that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 comes with some stitched-on overlays in its upper, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 does not.

Some stitches can only be found at the back of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

The stitched-on overlays in the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 wrap mainly the midfoot toward the top of the saddle and part of the heel.

The overlays have been kept far back on the shoe to open up the forefoot for comfort and reduce the chance of irritation.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 comes with quite a few no-sew overlays around the midfoot and heel, but they are thin so should provide lightweight support and structure rather than constrict.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 come with a piece at the back of the heel for additional support, but the heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 covers a larger area behind the heel than the Support Frame of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

So while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 might be somewhat more supportive toward the back, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is more supportive around the midfoot.

The bunion window of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is also more free and open than that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18, because it is only covered with mesh that provides some structure.

As mentioned previously, both the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 are meant to provide neutral runners with quite a bit of cushioning.

Running shoe lab tests show that they indeed do provide quite a bit of cushioning to runners, but while there aren't large differences between the women's versions of the running shoes, there are between the men's versions.

For women, both the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 are cushy running shoes, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 provides a bit more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18, and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 provides a bit more heel cushioning than the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

For men, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 provides overall more cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

But while the amount of forefoot cushioning is almost the same, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 provides quite a bit more heel cushioning to men than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 does.

The amount of heel cushioning provided by the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 is above average, but the heel of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is just too cushy for the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 for men to compete with.

In terms of stability, both running shoes are rated as being almost equally stable.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is just a tad more stable than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18, according to running shoe lab tests.

This is probably due to the fact that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 provides full ground contact, especially under the midfoot, and because the heel of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 flairs out a bit toward the ground.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 comes with a midfoot shank that consists of two separate pieces that offer midfoot integrity but no type of correction, which is what neutral runners typically want.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different.

Both have a good amount of flex grooves, but the rubber compartments are larger in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 than they are in the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

This allows the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 to have more flex grooves, especially in the forefoot, which benefit the flexibility of the running shoe.

Running shoe lab tests rate the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 as being a very flexible running shoe for both men and women.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18, on the other hand, is rated as being quite stiff for men but somewhat more flexible for women. But still, it does not come close to the amount of flexibility offered by the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 for women weighs 9.8 oz (278 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.8 oz (306 grams) and 12.1 oz (343 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 or the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18, thereby keeping in mind that male heel-strikers may want to look into the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 more than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is a good choice if you are looking for something lighter and more flexible 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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