Saucony Triumph 11 vs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 review

Saucony Triumph 11 provides exceptional forefoot cushioning to neutral runners. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 is an overall cushy and durable high mileage trainer. But there is more...

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The Saucony Triumph 11 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 are both neutral cushioning running shoes that can be worn by heavier runners, so they should stack up well against each other, since they are each other's equivalents.

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The first big difference between the Saucony Triumph 11 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 lies in the upper where the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 has way more overlays than the Saucony Triumph 11.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 has a combination of stitched-on overlays wrapping the midfoot and running over the toe box with smaller stretchy welded-on overlays (FluidFit) in between.

The Saucony Triumph 11 has no-sew overlays on the lateral side of the shoe with stitched-on overlays at the back of the shoe and on the medial side of the shoe where you can also find Sauc-Fit hugging the midfoot.

The toe box of the Saucony Triumph 11 is pretty wide open with no overlays running over it, so it should provide you with lots of room, unlike the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16, which gives you more of a glove-like fit.

So all in all, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 should provide you with a tighter and more secure fit than the Saucony Triumph 11, and the Saucony Triumph 11 with a roomy somewhat looser fit that still holds your foot in place where necessary.

The Saucony Triumph 11 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 consist of midsoles that have bounce back and cushioning properties: FluidRide in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 and PowerGrid in the Saucony Triumph 11.

So there aren't many differences there other than the technologies used. However, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 implements GEL cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot, making especially the heel much softer than that of the Saucony Triumph 11.

The forefoot cushioning comes close in both running shoes with both having a very cushy forefoot, although lab tests have shown that the Saucony Triumph 11 has just a tad more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16.

So if you want an all over cushy ride, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 would be the one to choose, especially if you are a heel-striker, despite the fact that the Saucony Triumph 11 has a segmented crash pad under the heel that should absorb shock well.

That crash pad should help the Saucony Triumph 11 deliver a smoother ride than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16, since it joins the forefoot at the midfoot giving you full ground contact on the lateral side of the shoe.

This is one of several stability features that the Saucony Triumph 11 has and which are missing in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16. The forefoot is also wider than that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 to provide you with a more stable footing.

In addtion, the Saucony Triumph 11 has a partial midfoot shank that extends into the midsole under the arch to stiffen the midsole and give you support. All in all, the Saucony Triumph 11 supplies much more stability and support than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16.

However, if you are a neutral runner, you would not require such extra support and stability.

Where the Saucony Triumph 11 definitely wins from the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 is in the weight department.

The women's version of the Saucony Triumph 11 weighs approximately 9.2 oz (261 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 weighs 9.7 oz (275 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.1 oz (315 grams) and 11.9 oz (337 grams), respectively.

Both running shoes have lots of rubber in the outsole, so should last a while before they are worn down. And because both running shoes provide so much forefoot cushioning they are expected to be stiff.

But because of the layout of the rubber compartments and wide flex grooves in the forefoot and lateral edge of the Saucony Triumph 11, it should feel more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16.

If you are a heavy heel-striker looking for a very cushy neutral running shoe that will go the distance, then the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 would fit the bill.

And if you are not necessarily a heel-striker, but are looking for a running shoe that feels comfortable on your foot and that will provide you with a very soft ride – especially in the forefoot – and some stability and support, then the Saucony Triumph 11 is one worth considering.

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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