ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 vs. Hoka One One Clifton 3 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 delivers a soft and comfortable ride to neutral runners. Hoka One One Clifton 3 delivers maximum cushioning and a touch of stability at a very light weight...

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and the Hoka One One Clifton 3 fall in the same category of neutral cushioning running shoes and are for runners who do not need any kind of stability and support.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and the Hoka One One Clifton 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are similar in that they do not come with stitched-on overlays.

Instead, they have a good amount of very light no-sew overlays that wrap the entire upper well to give you a more precise fit.

The main difference between the uppers is that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com comes with extra support behind the heel in the form of an external heel counter, and that the Hoka One One Clifton 3 does not.

So except for that difference, you should be able to get a similar amount of support from the upper of either running shoe.

Both the Hoka One One Clifton 3 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 are meant to provide a soft ride to neutral runners.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 does so through the use of two layers of foam with GEL cushioning in the heel and the forefoot, while the Hoka One One Clifton 3 makes use of one thick layer of foam.

In terms of thickness of the midsole, one might think that the Hoka One One Clifton 3 has a thicker midsole than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

This is true for men, where the Hoka One One Clifton 3 is about 0.6 mm thicker in the heel and 3 mm thicker in the forefoot compared to the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

For women, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 is 0.4 mm thicker in the heel but about 1.7 mm thinner in the forefoot compared to the Hoka One One Clifton 3.

The heel-to-toe drop is about 9.6 mm for women and 7.6 mm for men in the Hoka One One Clifton 3. These numbers are 11.7 mm for women and 10.0 mm for men in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

All this does not say much about the amount of cushioning provided, though.

Running shoe lab tests show that for women, both the Hoka One One Clifton 3 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 are overall very cushy running shoes but that the Hoka One One Clifton 3 offers almost a maximum amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot.

However, the differences between the two running shoes are not that big for women. Larger differences can be noted between the men's versions of the running shoes.

For men, both the Hoka One One Clifton 3 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 offer a lot of forefoot cushioning, with the Hoka One One Clifton 3 offering almost a maximum amount.

However, there is a larger difference between the amount of heel cushioning delivered by the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and that of the Hoka One One Clifton 3.

The Hoka One One Clifton 3 delivers almost a maximum amount of cushioning in the heel, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 delivers a just above average amount of heel cushioning.

So the conclusion is that whether you are a man or a woman, if you want a maximum amount of cushioning, the Hoka One One Clifton 3 would be able to give you that.

The negative thing about a lot of cushioning is that it can make a running shoe feel stiff.

Running shoe lab tests confirm that this is the case in both running shoes for men. However, the female versions of the running shoes display a bit more flexibility.

Another thing to note is that the amount of flexibility does not differ much between the two running shoes, but the Hoka One One Clifton 3 is the one that is a bit more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 for both men and women.

In terms of stability, running shoe lab tests show that the Hoka One One Clifton 3 is a bit more stable than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18.

This is probably due to the fact that the Hoka One One Clifton 3 provides much more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 and because its midsole flairs out a bit under the forefoot and the heel to increase the amount of stability.

And finally, the outsoles of the two running shoes are quite different. Both have a good amount of separation, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 comes with more rubber in its outsole than the Hoka One One Clifton 3, which makes the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 more durable than the Hoka One One Clifton 3.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 weighs about 9.8 oz (278 grams), and the Hoka One One Clifton 3 for women weighs 7.8 oz (221 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 12.1 oz (343 grams) and 9.2 oz (261 grams), respectively, with the Hoka One One Clifton 3 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft ride, you could go with either the Hoka One One Clifton 3 or the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18, thereby keeping in mind that the Hoka One One Clifton 3 would deliver more cushioning, especially to men.

And if you want to increase the amount of stability of your runs and decrease the weight of your running shoes, the Hoka One One Clifton 3 would probably be the one to consider.

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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