ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 vs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 delivers a soft but responsive ride to neutral runners...

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 fall in two different categories of running shoes but intersect at being able to be worn by neutral runners.

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is a stability running shoe that can be worn by neutral runners to overpronators, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 is a neutral cushioning running shoe that can be worn by underpronators to neutral runners.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 also make use of many of the same technologies.

However, whereas the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 comes with 3D printed overlays in its upper, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 does not come with many overlays but instead makes use of underlays for extra support right under the mesh.

Both running shoes come with engineered mesh that is adaptive, but because the mesh of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 is strategically tightened and loosened in zones, it might provide a somewhat tighter fit than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

This, of course, is topped by the 3D printed overlays that run throughout the upper of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 come with a sturdy external heel counter, but the heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is a bit newer and provides extra support toward the upper part.

All in all, both running shoes should be able to keep your foot firmly on the running platform, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 might provide a bit more support throughout its entire upper, while the support of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is more concentrated toward the back of the running shoe.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 make use of similar midsole technologies and have midsoles that consist of two layers of foam with GEL cushioning between those two layers.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 seems to come with one extra pod of GEL in the forefoot compared to the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

This would mean that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 should provide a tad bit more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

In terms of heel cushioning, both running shoes should provide about the same amount, and women will get an extra 3 mm of height under the heel in both running shoes to take stress off their Achilles tendons.

In short, both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 are meant to provide runners with a soft and luxurious ride.

Another similarity is that both running shoes come with a midfoot shank for stability and midfoot integrity.

However, this midfoot shank connects the two sides under the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 but not under the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19.

This is a good indication that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is meant to provide a bit more stability than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19.

Other evidence of the latter lies in the fact that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 comes with a support system on the medial side of its midsole, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 does not.

The rubber outsoles look somewhat different, but both implement a good amount of rubber that should last a while.

The flex grooves are somewhat similar, with both running shoes having a vertical flex groove to enhance gait efficiency.

However, the vertical flex groove seems to go further toward the toes under the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 than it does under the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19, and the first flex groove under the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 is partially interrupted.

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is more likely to be the one that is a bit more flexible.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 for women weighs 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.1 oz (315 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride, you could choose either the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 or the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19, according the ASICS.

However, if you need a bit more stability and support, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is the one that was made for mild to moderate overpronators.

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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