ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 vs. ASICS GT-2000 4 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 delivers a soft and comfortable ride to neutral runners. ASICS GT-2000 4 delivers a soft ride with a secure fit and a good amount fo stability to overpronators.

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 fall in two different categories of running shoes with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 being a neutral cushioning running shoe and the ASICS GT-2000 4 a stability running shoe.

The difference between the upper of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and that of the ASICS GT-2000 4 lies in the amount of support provided around the midfoot.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 has a broad band of overlays that wrap the midfoot with stitched-on overlays on the medial side of the upper where overpronators tend to need the most support. These sturdy overlays continue around the back to wrap the heel.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 The preceding link takes you to provides only no-sew overlays around the midfoot and they provide lightweight support and much less support that the overlays on the ASICS GT-2000 4.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 have an external heel counter at the back to give you a good amount of support there.

Both running shoes also have a pretty open toe box that does not have many overlays on it. This should allow both running shoes to provide you with a pretty comfortable fit in the front part of the shoes.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 provides enough support to keep your foot on the platform and a glove-like fit that should not feel very constricting, but the ASICS GT-2000 4 has the more supportive upper of the two.

The midsoles of the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 are constructed similarly with two layers of foam and GEL cushioning between those two layers.

Because the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 is a neutral cushioning running shoe, it is expected to be the more cushy running shoe of the two.

However, running shoe lab tests show that there is very little difference between the cushioning provided by the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 for men.

What's surprising is that the ASICS GT-2000 4 is even just a tiny bit more cushy than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 in both the heel and the forefoot.

For women, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 is the more cushy running shoe, especially in the heel, where the difference is large between the two running shoes.

This is probably due to the fact that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 comes with an extra 3 mm of height in the heel that the ASICS GT-2000 4 does not come with. This extra height is to take stress of the Achilles tendon.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 offers an above average amount of cushioning in the heel, but if you are a female heel-striker, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 might suit you better.

The amount of forefoot cushioning is about the same in the two running shoes for women with the ASICS GT-2000 4 having just a tiny bit more.

The big difference between the midsoles of the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 can be found on the medial side where the ASICS GT-2000 4 has a support system in place to stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 does not come with such support. While it does have a midfoot shank that provides some structural support under the midfoot, it does not connect the two sides of the midfoot to increase the support like the midfoot shank of the ASICS GT-2000 4 does.

The rubber outsoles of the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 have a classic ASICS construction so look very much alike in the amount of flex grooves and separation they provide.

The separation should help with shock absorption and dissipation, and the flex grooves should help with flexibility.

However, since both running shoes provide quite a bit of cushioning, they may wind up being stiff. The latter is confirmed by running shoe lab tests. However, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 displays a good amount of flexibility for women.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 weighs about 9.8 oz (278 grams) and the ASICS GT-2000 4 for women weighs 9.2 oz (261 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 12.1 oz (343 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GT-2000 4 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner looking for a very soft and comfortable ride from a running shoe, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 might just be what you are looking for.

However, if you know that you need stability and support, the ASICS GT-2000 4 would be the one to consider. It is also a bit lighter than 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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