Saucony Ride 8 vs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 review

Saucony Ride 8 provides a soft ride to high-mileage neutral runners at a very light weight. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 delivers a soft and comfortable ride to neutral runners...

The Saucony Ride 8 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 are both neutral cushioning running shoes that can be worn by runners who do not need a whole lot of stability and support, but they are not really each other's counterparts.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 lies at a similar level as the Saucony Triumph but not the Saucony Ride 8.

In spite of this, the Saucony Ride 8 can still hold up well against the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18, as you will soon see.

The upper of the Saucony Ride 8 comes with supportive stitched-on overlays on the medial side and at the back of the shoe, while it keeps its forefoot wide and open with light no-sew overlays.

The upper of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 is different in that is consists mainly of no-sew overlays throughout the entire upper. These overlays are plentiful around the midfoot and wrap the rest of the foot well.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 also has a sturdy external heel counter at the back to give you a good lock down there.

All in all, you should get enough support from the upper of either running shoe.

While the Saucony Ride 8 is meant to offer plush cushioning, it is not supposed to be as plush as the Saucony Triumph.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18, on the other hand, is meant to offer plush cushioning and does so through the use of two layers of foam in its midsole and GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot.

The Saucony Ride 8 comes with one main layer of foam and has a crash pad under the heel to soften your landings.

However, despite the difference in technologies and midsole materials used, running shoe lab tests show that the cushioning profiles of the two running shoes come very close to each other.

For women, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 turns out to have just a tiny bit more heel cushioning than the Saucony Ride 8, but the Saucony Ride 8 has a bit more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

Both running shoes provide cushioning that is close to the maximum amount possible so are very cushy running shoes.

For men, the cushioning profiles are virtually the same with the Saucony Ride 8 displaying just a tiny bit more cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot.

The men's versions of the shoes have a lot of forefoot cushioning, just like the women's versions, but the amount of heel cushioning is just a bit above average.

Where the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and the Saucony Ride 8 differ a great deal is in the amount of stability and support provided, according to running shoe lab tests.

Both are neutral cushioning running shoes so are not supposed to provide any kind of stability or support.

However, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 comes with a midfoot shank that consists of two separate pieces that do not correct anything but that do add a degree of stability to the running shoe.

The Saucony Ride 8, on the other hand, does not have a midfoot shank but provides a good amount of ground contact, which adds a bit to the stability of the running shoe.

However, according to running shoe lab tests, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 sticks out as being the more stable one of the two.

The outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and the Saucony Ride 8 also differ quite a bit in configuration and layout.

Both running shoes are well separated but the Saucony Ride 8 displays a bit more separation than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

This should help add smoothness to your ride due to a good amount of shock dissipation and absorption as well as due to the amount of ground contact provided by the Saucony Ride 8.

It also helps the Saucony Ride 8 be more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18. The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 is fairly stiff for men but a little more flexible for women, according to lab test data.

The women's version of the Saucony Ride 8 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 for women weighs 9.8 oz (278 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.7 oz (275 grams) and 12.1 oz (343 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 8 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you could go with either the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 or the Saucony Ride 8 because they do not differ much in cushioning profiles.

However, for a more stable ride, you may want to look into the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18, and for a lighter and smoother ride, you may want to look into the Saucony Ride 8.

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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