ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 vs. Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides a very cushy and protective ride for long runs. Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 is light, comfortable, and can make neutral runners feel fast...

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 are both neutral cushioning running shoes, but with different properties.

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The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 consist of uppers that do not have many stitches in them.

This allows both running shoes to cause less irritation.

While the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has thin no-sew FluidFit overlays running throughout its entire upper to provide a close-to-foot fit, the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 provides structure and support through its mesh to achieve a similar result; it does not have overlays.

In addition, the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 has bands running from the saddle to the midsole to provide you with a good wrap around the midfoot.

The main difference between the uppers is that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has an external heel counter to lock your heel down, while the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 does not. However, you should still be able to get plenty of support behind the heel.

The midsoles of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 differ considerably in construction with the main difference being that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has GEL cushioning in its heel and forefoot between two layers of foam.

This makes the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 also have a slightly thicker midsole, especially for women.

As far as cushioning goes, running shoe lab tests have shown that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is overall more cushy than the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 for both men and women.

The difference between cushioning is not super huge in the women's versions of the shoes. However, men may notice a difference in cushioning between the two running shoes, especially in the heel.

The two running shoes do not come with stability features, since they are neutral cushioning running shoes that are not meant to provide stability and support.

However, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 comes with a midfoot shank, which consists of two pieces of plastic on either side under the midfoot to provide structural integrity.

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10, on the other hand, does not have a midfoot shank and provides full ground contact under the midfoot, which adds stability to the running shoe and increases its potential of delivering a smooth ride.

This full ground contact makes the outsole of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 also look different than that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, which has a more traditional outsole.

The outsole of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 has less horizontal segmentation in its heel than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17. Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has a greater potential of providing softer landings and better shock absorption.

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 has flex grooves in the forefoot, but the rubber seems not to be as efficiently cut for flexibility as that in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

Running shoe lab tests confirm that the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 is a stiff running shoe for both men and women.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is flexible for men, but turns out to be stiff for women.

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 counterbalances its stiffness by the toe spring that it provides in the forefoot, to help propel you forward after heel-strike.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 weighs approximately 10.0 oz (283 grams) and the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 for women weighs 8.4 oz (238 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 10.2 (289 grams), respectively, with the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner looking for a lightweight running shoe that can help you feel fast, then the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 might be the one for you.

And if you are looking for an overall plush ride, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 might be the one to look into.

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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