ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 vs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides a very cushy and protective ride for long runs. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 provides a more basic running shoe to high-mileage neutral runners...

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The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 are closely related running shoes, which are both geared towards underpronators to neutral runners or those who do not need any kind of stability added to their runs. You can see the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 as the bigger brother/sister of and a little bit more luxurious than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 are very similar in that they contain a minimal amount to stitches; they are almost completely no-sew.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 has stitches around the collar and at the front of the shoe, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has stitches running along its saddle and at the back of the shoe.

Both shoes are intended to provide your feet with a comfortable and irritation-free environment.

The no-sew overlays in both running shoes focus on wrapping the midfoot well to give you a secure fit there, and then there are other overlays running in the upper to provide structure and a more custom fit.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has FluidFit in its upper, which tends to provide you with a more glove-like fit. The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 does not have this, but instead has no-sew overlays running over the toe box and wrapping the heel to keep things in place.

Another difference in the upper is that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has an external heel counter that really cups the heel well and provides a more secure fit at the back of the shoe, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 does not have this.

Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning.

Their midsoles also both consist of two layers of foam with the one closest to the foot being the softest and the one closest to the ground the more responsive one. And then in between those two layers of foam, there is GEL cushioning in the heel to soften your landings and in the forefoot to provide extra cushioning.

The amount of GEL cushioning is greater in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 than it is in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17. You can see this clearly by the amount of GEL pods, especially in the forefoot with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 having three pods on the lateral side and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 just one.

So you can expect to get a much softer ride from the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 than from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17. According to running shoe lab tests, this softness will be quite noticeable by women in the forefoot, since the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has almost twice as much cushioning in the forefoot than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

The heel cushioning is more in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 too, but not by much. For men, the differences are less extreme with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 having a more cushy heel than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

Because the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 are not meant to provide stability, they do not come with any pronation control devices on the medial side of their midsoles.

They do however have midfoot shanks that consist of two pieces – one on the lateral side and one on the medial side – to provide midfoot integrity.

The rubber outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 look very much alike in layout.

They both have a vertical flex groove (Guidance Line) to help with gait efficiency, and good separation between their rubber compartments to dissipate and absorb shock.

Their horizontal flex grooves also match each other in amount and the way they run. The only minor difference between the two running shoes is the way the rubber compartments are cut with smaller grooves.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 is cut more linearly than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, but this should not make a big difference between the flexibility of the two running shoes.

Typically, the amount of cushioning may affect the flexibility of a shoe. And indeed, because the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has much more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 for women, it also turns out to be stiffer than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

For men, the story is the other way around where the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is a bit more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 weighs approximately 10.0 oz (283 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 for women weighs 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 11.4 oz (323 grams) respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 being the lighter one.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is a more luxurious running shoe than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17. The big difference will be how they feel on your feet with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 offering a more plush feel than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

In addition, if you are a woman looking for an overall cushy running shoe, you may want to choose the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 above the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17, since the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 could feel a bit firm.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 just comes with more features and softness to help you feel more comfortable on the road.

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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