ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 vs. Saucony Ride ISO review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 delivers a soft but responsive ride to neutral runners. Saucony Ride ISO provides a soft ride with a personalized fit to neutral runners on long runs...

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the Saucony Ride ISO are neutral cushioning running shoes, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is seen as a more premium running shoe than the Saucony Ride ISO.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Ride ISO are similar in that they come with engineered mesh and no-sew overlays.

The overlays on the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 are discrete but more plentiful throughout the entire upper of the running shoe.

The Saucony Ride ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has overlays mostly around the midfoot and at the sides and back of the heel.

While the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 delivers a good amount of support around the midfoot and has three separate sections in the saddle that can be individually pulled tight, the Saucony Ride ISO provides a bit more customization through the saddle.

The sections in the saddle of the Saucony Ride ISO have deeper cuts than those on the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, and the sections are reinforced by overlays that sometimes connect to the midsole to offer a good amount of support.

The mesh of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 tends to wrap the entire foot and might provide a tighter fit than the mesh of the Saucony Ride ISO, which is also meant to adapt to the shape of your foot but less so than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20.

While the back of the Saucony Ride ISO is quite closed, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is the one that delivers lots of support by having a sturdy external heel counter that can be seen as a stability feature that is meant to minimize heel rotation.

The bunion window of the Saucony Ride ISO is more open than that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, which has overlays nearby and also the mesh that might feel a bit tight in that area, so the Saucony Ride ISO might provide a bit more freedom in the toe box.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support from heel-to-toe from either running shoe, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 might deliver an overall somewhat tighter fit, while the Saucony Ride ISO provides a more personalized fit.

The Saucony Ride ISO is a running shoe that is meant to deliver a good amount of cushioning but not too much to hold you back, so it is meant to feel responsive.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is meant to deliver a soft ride, but it comes with two layers of foam of which the bottom layer is a somewhat firmer and responsive layer.

Therefore, both running shoes have the same goal in mind, that is, to deliver a soft ride that still feels responsive.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has a softer layer of foam at the top of its midsole to deliver heel-to-toe cushioning.

While the Saucony Ride ISO has only one main layer of foam, it has a topsole construction that also provides heel-to-toe cushioning right under your foot.

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the Saucony Ride ISO are more or less similar in that respect.

Lab tests have found that both the Saucony Ride ISO and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 deliver a soft ride to both men and women, with women getting a very cushy heel from both running shoes.

However, the Saucony Ride ISO might feel a bit cushier to women in the forefoot compared to the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, which offers a more moderate amount of forefoot cushioning to women.

Women get an extra 3 mm of height under their heels in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 to take stress of their Achilles.

The Saucony Ride ISO does not offer such a feature to women, but the heel of the Saucony Ride ISO is only 2 mm lower for women than that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20.

The midsole of the Saucony Ride ISO provides a good amount of ground contact under the midfoot, while that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 does not.

However, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 comes with a midfoot shank that consists of two separate pieces under the midfoot to provide midfoot integrity and support without making any corrections to your stride.

The ground contact of the Saucony Ride ISO allows it to deliver smoother heel-to-toe transitions than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, and it also increases the stability of the running shoe a bit.

However, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is considered to be a bit more stable than the Saucony Ride ISO due to the heel counter in the upper, which is a stability feature, and the midfoot shank.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit in the way they are set up.

The outsole of the Saucony Ride ISO displays lots of separation and segmentation, which is good for shock absorption and dissipation and for giving you a smoother ride.

The outsole of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has large areas of rubber with less flex grooves than the Saucony Ride ISO, but it has an isolated section under the heel to absorb shock and comes with a vertical flex groove that is meant to help with gait efficiency.

While the Saucony Ride ISO has a lot of deep and wide flex grooves in its forefoot, it still turns out to be stiff for both men and women, because it does deliver a good amount of forefoot cushioning.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has less flex grooves and also delivers a good amount of forefoot cushioning, so it has also been found to be stiff for both men and women.

However, because women get somewhat less forefoot cushioning than men from the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 tends to be a bit more flexible for women but not by much.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is heavier than the Saucony Ride ISO for both men and women.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft and comfortable ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 or the Saucony Ride ISO.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is a more premium running shoe that is quite stable and that might provide a closer-to-foot fit.

The Saucony Ride ISO is a more entry-level running shoe that can compete well with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and that delivers a more personalized fit.

Both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the Saucony Ride ISO are good for long runs.

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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