ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 3 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 delivers a soft but responsive ride to neutral runners. Saucony Triumph ISO 3 adds plushness, a secure fit, comfort, and flexibility to your long runs.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 fall in the same category of neutral cushioning running shoes and are on a similar level.

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Differences between the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 start in the upper, where the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 comes with stitched-on overlays around the midfoot but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 does not.

The overlays on the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com have been pulled back quite a bit to really open up the forefoot for comfort.

The forefoot of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 consists mostly of mesh that has a structure to provide a bit of support without constricting or irritating your feet.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 comes with mostly no-sew overlays that have been printed on and mesh that stretches and tightens in certain areas.

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 should still provide you with a good hold despite not having any stitched-on overlays like the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

Both running shoes come with an external heel counter although the heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 cups the heel better than that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3, which only wraps the heel.

All in all, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 provides enough support in all the right places while keeping the upper comfortable in places where it matters.

The fit of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 might be a bit tight in some places due to the type of mesh used and despite implementing mostly no-sew overlays, so you might get a more glove-like fit from the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 than from the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

The construction of the midsoles differs in that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 adds GEL cushioning in the heel and the forefoot between two layers of foam.

This GEL cushioning is meant to increase the amount of softness in the heel and in the forefoot in addition to the softer layer of foam closer to the foot. The bottom layer of foam is a bit firmer and more responsive.

While the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 does not have two layers of foam, it does come with extra cushioning at the top of its midsole, which significantly softens your ride.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 offers almost a maximum amount of cushioning to both men and women, but both running shoes should be able to provide you with a soft ride.

In addition, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 provides full ground contact under the midfoot, which smoothens the transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 does not provide full ground contact under the midfoot. Instead, it comes with a midfoot shank that consists of two parts and that helps provide midfoot integrity.

The midfoot shank is not meant to correct your stride like a stability running shoe would, but it does add some stability to the running shoe.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 does not come with a midfoot shank, but the fact that it provides full ground contact adds to the stability of the running shoe.

Neither the ASICS GEL-Nimbus nor the Saucony Triumph ISO is meant to provide stability and support, but running shoe lab tests have found them to provide an average amount of stability.

The outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 looks quite different in construction and layout.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 has large areas of rubber and a couple of flex grooves. It also comes with a vertical flex groove that is meant to help with gait efficiency.

The outsole of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 consists of smaller rubber compartments and somewhat wider and more plentiful flex grooves.

The setup of the outsole of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 helps it to be very flexible, according to running shoe lab tests, despite the large amount of cushioning it provides.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 weighs approximately 8.7 oz (247 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 for women weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams).

The men's version of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 weighs about 10.8 oz (306 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 for men weighs 11.1 oz (315 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride, you could choose either the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 or the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 is good for those who are looking for a snug, glove-like fit and a responsive ride, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is good for those who are looking for a very soft, smooth, and comfortable ride.

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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