ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 vs. 17 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 is a plush and comfortable running shoe for runners who are looking for good protection and cushioning for long runs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 builds upon this...

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus has always been ASICS top-of-the-line neutral cushioning running shoe that is well-known for the amount of comfort and protection it provides.

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ASICS has done some nice things with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 to create the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, but the most noticeable difference is in the way the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 looks.

The new look of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is largely due to the stitched-on overlays that ASICS removed from the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 and replaced them with no-sew FluidFit overlays.

So the upper of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is completely no-sew, which benefits the weight of the running shoe by making it lighter than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16, and increase your comfort by reducing the possibility of irritation points.

While no-sew overlays tend to be less supportive than stitched-on overlays, the no-sew overlays have been placed strategically on the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 to provide enough support around the midfoot on both the medial and lateral sides of the shoe and extending the overlays towards the front of the running shoe to provide a glove-like fit.

At the back, both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 have a sturdy heel counter that keeps your heel in place.

So all in all, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 should feel more comfortable on your feet than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16, while still providing you with support where you need it most.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 comes with an updated FluidRide midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning just like it does in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 also still has the same two layers of midsole foam that were already present in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 with the one closest to the foot being the softest layer and the one closest to the ground the more responsive one.

In between those two layers, both running shoes have GEL cushioning in both the heel and in the forefoot. The GEL cushioning has been extended a bit in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

The GEL cushioning in the heel has been extended just a little bit more towards the midsole on the lateral side of the shoe, and the GEL cushioning in the forefoot has been extended to join each other, since they were 3 separate clumps of GEL cushioning (visible on the lateral side) in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16.

This has not had a significant impact on the softness of the running shoe, especially not for women, since running shoe lab tests have shown that both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 are equally plush for women.

A bigger difference can be noticed for men, where the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 turns out to deliver more cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 in both the heel and in the forefoot.

Another minor change to the midsole is a better connection between the rearfoot and the forefoot in the more responsive layer of the midsole.

In the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 this layer was interrupted at the midfoot by the pieces of plastic that reinforce the midsole right under the arch.

The pieces of plastic under the midfoot on both sides of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 are still present, but have been updated to make more space for the responsive midsole layer. This should benefit the transition from heel-strike to toe-off as well as the stability of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 compared to the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16.

The outsole of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has also changed compared to that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16.

The first obvious change is in the layout of the rubber lugs. They are more squarish and the flex grooves run more horizontally in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, especially in the rearfoot. However, a similar amount of separation between the rubber lugs under the heel is present to allow for good shock absorption.

Another change in the outsole is that the Guidance Line in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 does not run till the tip of the toes as it did in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16.

Perhaps ASICS decided to replace it with the smaller extra flex groove on the medial side of the forefoot to allow for more efficient running and transition to toe-off.

In any case, since the entire constellation of the outsole has changed in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 compared to the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16, it is possible that you might feel a difference between the two running shoes if you used to run in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 was already a pretty stiff running shoe. This has not changed for women. But for men, the flexibility of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has improved greatly compared to that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16, according to running shoe lab tests.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 weighs approximately 9.7 oz (275 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 for women weighs 10.0 oz (283 grams). The men's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 weighs about 11.9 oz (337 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 for men weighs 11.3 oz (320 grams).

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 is a running shoe that gained a reputation for being plush, comfortable, durable, and good for long runs since it offers lots of protection from the road.

While you might experience a reduction in durability in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 due to the introduction of a completely seamless upper, in return you gain more comfort and a cleaner and flashy-looking running shoe.

Many of the qualities and properties of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 16 have been retained in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, but ASICS has just made a running shoe that was already popular and well-received, better by introducing 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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