ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 vs. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides a very cushy and protective ride for long runs. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 is a good value-for-money, high-mileage running shoe for neutral runners...

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 are closely related running shoes, but because the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is a newer iteration than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16, the two running shoes are expected to differ considerably.

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The first biggest difference starts in the upper, where the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 almost entirely consists of no-sew overlays (FluidFit), while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 consists of mostly traditional stiched-on overlays.

But since the stitched-on overlays in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 wrap the midfoot well, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 is expected to give you better support in that area.

The no-sew overlays on the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 are lighter, but run along all the right places to not only give you enough support around the midfoot but also give you a more custom fit than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16.

In addition, the Heel Clutching System that really locks down your heel and that is present on the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, is missing from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16.

So while the traditional overlays on the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 may be sturdier, the upper of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 should also keep your foot in place and perhaps feel a bit more comfortable, since no-sew overlays tend to not produce as much irritation points as stitched-on overlays.

The construction of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 is very similar with two layers of midsole foam with GEL cushioning in between those two layers with the layer closest to the foot being the softer one and the one closer to the ground the more responsive one.

However, the amount of GEL cushioning is a little bit more in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 than it is in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16, especially in the forefoot. And the FluidRide midsole in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is newer than that in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is more cushy than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 in both the heel and the forefoot for women.

But for men, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 turns out to have a more cushy heel than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17. The amount of forefoot cushioning is much more in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 than in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16, though.

Because both running shoes are intended to give you a soft and comfortable ride, if you are a women, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 might be a better option than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16.

If you are a man, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 may be a better choice if you are a heavy heel-striker. Otherwise, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 would be better unless you do not like a lot of forefoot cushioning.

The outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 are very similar in construction with large slabs of rubber that are separated by deep flex grooves. And both running shoes have a midfoot shank on the lateral and medial sides to maintain midfoot integrity.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has more flex grooves in the forefoot than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16. The vertical flex groove (Guidance Line) also runs differently in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 than in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16.

Despite the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 having one more horizontal flex groove in the forefoot, it does not turn out to be much more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16, probably due to the amount of cushioning it provides in the forefoot. Lab tests have shown that both running shoes come close to each other's amount of flexibility.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 weighs approximately 10.0 oz (283 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 11.9 oz (337 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 being the heavier one.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is ASICS' top-of-the-line neutral cushioning running shoe for the plain reason that you get a very soft and comfortable ride from it.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 is a notch down from the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, but still good if you are looking for a durable running shoe for long runs and that comes in at a very affordable price.

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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