ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 delivers a soft but responsive ride to neutral runners...

NEW! ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 25

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 being a neutral running shoe and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 a stability running shoe, although ASICS also lists the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 as a running shoe that can be worn by neutral runners.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com look quite similar with the ASICS logo on the lateral side but none on the medial side.

They differ, however, in that the upper of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has more overlays running through it than the upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

The forefoot and midfoot of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is entirely open and free from overlays except for the no-sew toecap at the front, some underlays around the midfoot on both sides of the running shoe, and the ASICS logo on the lateral side.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, on the other hand, comes with the ASICS logo that holds things together on the lateral side and 3D-printed overlays that consist of dashes throughout the entire upper.

The upper of both running shoes should feel comfortable, but that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 should feel less constricted and more comfortable, especially in the forefoot.

Both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 come with a sturdy external heel counter at the back to lock in the heel and keep you firmly on the running platform.

However, the heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 runs a bit more forward towards the midfoot and wraps the heel both at the bottom and at the top. This construction helps to start the process of pronation control from within the upper instead of the midsole.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 have midsoles that consist of two layers of foam with GEL cushioning between those two layers.

The midsole material of the two layers do not differ in the two running shoes, but what does is the amount of GEL cushioning used.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 comes with three pods of GEL in the forefoot on the lateral side, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 only has two.

This is a good indication that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is meant to provide more cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

This is generally true when you look at results from running shoe lab tests, which show that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus has a bit more heel and forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano, while both running shoes provide an above average amount of cushioning to runners, so should deliver a soft ride.

Both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 come with 3 mm of extra height under the heel of women, which generally increases the amount of cushioning women get under the heel.

The main difference between the midsoles can be found on the medial side, where the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 has a support system and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 does not.

This is because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is meant to be worn by overpronators who need stability and support, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 can be worn by underpronators and neutral runners who do not need such support.

The midfoot shank also differs between the two running shoes, with that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 connecting the two sides of the running shoe, but the one of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus missing this connection, again as an indication that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is meant to provide more stability and support than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20.

However, because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 is also listed as a running shoe that can be worn by neutral runners, it does not provide tons of stability and support. The amount is generally just above average.

The outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 come with large slabs of rubber, and the layout of the rubber compartments differ a bit but not a whole lot.

Both running shoes have a vertical flex groove that is meant to improve gait efficiency.

However, this flex groove runs further forward towards the toes in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 than it does in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, and the frontmost flex groove is better cut in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 than it is in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20.

This should help the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 be a bit more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 for women weighs 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.7 oz (303 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 might be able to give you what you are after more than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 would.

And if you are a moderate overpronator, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 would be the one to consider above the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 use a lot of the same materials and provide similar things to runners, but one is more geared towards a soft ride and the other towards providing support.

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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