ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 vs. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 delivers a soft but responsive ride to neutral runners. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is an entry-level running shoe that delivers a responsive and smooth ride...

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 used to be the big and little brother or sister of each other but have departed from each other in the way they look.

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Perhaps they will come together again in the next version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 are neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need much stability and support, and they can also be worn by underpronators.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus is generally more luxurious and has features and uses materials that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus does not have or use.

For example, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 comes with 3D-printed overlays that look like stitches throughout its entire upper to give the mesh more support.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com, on the other hand, comes with basic no-sew overlays that are more centered around the midfoot and the heel.

Both have the ASICS logo providing some support around the midfoot.

Another difference between the uppers of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is the fact that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has an external heel counter at the back, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 does not.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 also has some stitches around the external heel counter, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 only has no-sew overlays and mesh at the back.

The mesh of both running shoes is open and breathable, but the one of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has more structure and is strategically designed to give you a more custom fit.

Because the toe box of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 does not have any overlays on it, except for a no-sew toecap, it is more open than that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and thus might feel a bit more comfortable.

All in all, you should be able to get enough support from the upper of either running shoe, with perhaps the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 delivering more support at the back.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 have a lot in common.

For starters, both make use of the same type of midsole material and have two layers of midsole foam, with the one closest to the ground being the more responsive one and the one closest to the foot the softer one.

There is also GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot of both running shoes, but whereas there are three pods of GEL visible on the lateral side of the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, there are none that are visible in the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

This is a good indication that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is supposed to deliver a bit more cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20, and lab tests indicate that this amount lies above average in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, so you should be able to get an overall soft ride from it.

Two main differences in the midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is the fact that women get an extra 3 mm of height under their heels in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 but not in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20, and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 provides full ground contact under the midfoot, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 does not.

The difference in heel height makes the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 have a very cushy heel for women and it helps take stress of the Achilles tendons of women.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 comes with a midfoot shank that does not connect the two sides of the midsole but that does deliver midfoot integrity and support.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 does not have a midfoot shank, but the good amount of ground contact should help increase the amount of stability it provides in addition to help you achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

Perhaps the next version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 (the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21) might have a midsole that provides full ground contact like that of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

Because of the differences in the midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, their outsoles also differ somewhat.

Both come with a vertical flex groove that is meant to help you achieve a more efficient gait, and both have a good amount of rubber in their outsole.

However, the outsole of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is a bit more separated than that of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20, but lab tests have still found the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 to be on the stiff side.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 for women weighs 8.3 oz (235 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.7 oz (303 grams) and 10.1 oz (286 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 being the lighter one.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is a more basic running shoe than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, which is a premium running shoe.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride, you could choose either thereby keeping in mind that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 might deliver a somewhat softer ride, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 might give you a smoother ride.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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