ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 vs. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 delivers a soft and comfortable ride to neutral runners. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 provides a comfortable ride to neutral runners and underpronators.

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 are both neutral cushioning running shoes with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 using more premium materials than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are similar in that both consist of mesh with no-sew overlays.

The main difference is that the no-sew overlays and mesh are stretchy in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 to adapt to your foot and provide a more customized fit.

The no-sew overlays on the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 just provide a good wrap around the midfoot and heel as well as structure elsewhere in the upper.

The overlays are also somewhat broader on the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 than the ones on the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

The forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 is more open and free of overlays, although the bunion window is partly covered. The bunion window in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 is open so should feel quite comfortable if you have big bunions.

At the back of the shoes, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 comes with an external heel counter to provide a good amount of support behind the heel. The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 does not have an external heel counter but rather makes use of normal overlays at the back.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support from the upper of either running shoe, but the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 should give you more support around the midfoot and heel, and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 more toward the back of the shoe.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 look very much alike with their two layers of foam and GEL cushioning in the heel and the forefoot.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 exposes more GEL cushioning in its forefoot than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 does. However, this does not automatically make the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 more cushy than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

Running shoe lab tests show that for men, the two running shoes have almost an equal amount of forefoot cushioning with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 having a tiny bit more than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

But the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 wins in the heel cushioning department, where the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 has an above average amount of cushioning.

So overall, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 for men has a more balanced cushioning profile with both a very cushy forefoot and heel.

For women, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 turns out to be the overall more cushy running shoe and the one to display a more balanced cushioning profile.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 for women has a good amount of heel cushioning but still lags behind a bit, probably due to the fact that the women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 comes with an extra 3 mm of foam under the heel, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 does not.

The amount of forefoot cushioning is about average in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17. This makes the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 a very attractive running shoe for women looking to get a very soft ride and also take stress off their Achilles tendons.

Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 are neutral running shoes so do not come with any stability features other than a midfoot shank that consists of two pieces that are not connected to each other under the midfoot. They are just there to provide some support but not correct your stride.

Running shoe lab tests rate the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 as being just a bit more stable than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 but the difference is minimal.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look like classic ASICS running shoe outsoles. They have the same amount of flex grooves in the same locations and are similarly segmented.

They both also have the Guidance Line vertical flex groove that is meant to help you achieve a more efficient gait. The main difference is in the structure of the rubber compartments.

So the amount of flexibility delivered by the two running shoes will depend mostly on the amount of cushioning they provide.

Since the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 for women does not provide as much forefoot cushioning as the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 does, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 turns out to be way more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 for women.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 for women is not stiff, but it is just not as flexible as the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 for women.

Running shoe lab tests further reveal that both running shoes are almost equally stiff for men with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 being just a tad more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 but not by much.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 weighs about 9.8 oz (278 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 for women weighs 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 12.1 oz (343 grams) and 11.4 oz (323 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft and comfortable ride, you could get that from either the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 or the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

For an overall plush ride, men would be better off going with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and women with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

And if you are concerned about weight so want a lighter running shoe, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 would be the one to consider instead of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

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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