Saucony Ride 9 vs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 review

Saucony Ride 9 is lightweight and provides a soft ride to high-mileage runners. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides a very cushy and protective ride to neutral runners...

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The Saucony Ride 9 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 are neutral cushioning running shoes but cannot be seen as each other's counterparts. The counterpart of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus is the Saucony Triumph.

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However, the Saucony Ride 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com can rival the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 anytime.

The uppers of both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Saucony Ride 9 come with light no-sew overlays that wrap the midfoot and the forefoot.

Then at the back of the shoes, the amount of support is increased by using an external heel counter in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and sturdy stitched-on overlays in the Saucony Ride 9.

The fit provided by the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 might be more closer and precise than that provided by the Saucony Ride 9 because the overlays run in line with your feet, especially in the forefoot.

However, you can expect to get a similar amount of support from the upper of either running shoe.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 was built to feel very plush under your feet. It achieves this plushness through the use of two layers of foam in the midsole and GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot.

The Saucony Ride 9 also provides a plush ride to neutral runners although Saucony says it is moderately cushioned.

The softness of the Saucony Ride 9 comes from the extra layer of softer foam that lies just under the sockliner.

The Saucony Ride 9 also comes with a crash pad under the heel to soften your landings.

According to running shoe lab tests, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Saucony Ride 9 have a similar amount of forefoot cushioning, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has just a tiny bit more heel cushioning than the Saucony Ride 9 for women.

For men, it is a similar story, but this time, the Saucony Ride 9 has slightly more heel cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

This is probably because the women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has an extra 3 mm of height in the heel to take stress off the Achilles tendon of women.

This also increases the amount of cushioning in the heel of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 for women.

As far as stability and support goes, the Saucony Ride 9 provides a good amount of ground contact, which increases the amount of stability of the running shoe but also its potential of providing you with a smooth ride.

However, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 comes with a midfoot shank that consists of two separate pieces under the midfoot but that increases the stability of the running shoe more than in the Saucony Ride 9.

Therefore, running shoes lab tests rate the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 as being slightly more stable than the Saucony Ride 9.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look very different. Both are well separated but the Saucony Ride 9 has more separation than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17. This should benefit the smoothness of your ride.

However, because the Saucony Ride 9 provides quite a bit forefoot cushioning, it turns out to be a stiff running shoe for both men and women.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is also stiff for women but slightly more flexible than the Saucony Ride 9 for men.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 weighs approximately 10.0 oz (283 grams) and the Saucony Ride 9 for women weighs 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 9.5 oz (269 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 9 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft ride from a running shoe, you could go with either the Saucony Ride 9 or the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

However, if you are looking to wear something lighter on your feet, you may want to look into the Saucony Ride 9 more than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

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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This review falls under: ASICS | Saucony

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