ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 vs. Hoka One One Clifton 4 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 delivers a soft but responsive ride to neutral runners. Hoka One One Clifton 4 delivers maximum cushioning and a bit of stability at a light weight.

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the Hoka One One Clifton 4 are comparable neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need much stability and support.

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The uppers of both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Hoka One One Clifton 4 provide enough tightness to keep your feet on the running platform.

Both the Hoka One One Clifton 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 have no-sew overlays in their uppers, but the Hoka One One Clifton 4 has them running throughout the entire upper, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has them centered around the midfoot with a couple running on the toe box.

However, because the mesh of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 also provides some lightweight support, in the end, both running shoes might deliver a similar amount of support.

Where the two running shoes differ greatly is at the back. The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 comes with a sturdy external heel counter, while the Hoka One One Clifton 4 has overlays at the back of the heel for extra support.

Therefore, the amount of support delivered at the back of the running shoe is slightly greater in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20.

Both the Hoka One One Clifton 4 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 have overlays at the sides of the toe box, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has less of them than the Hoka One One Clifton 4 so might also deliver a bit more comfort in that area.

All in all, both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the Hoka One One Clifton 4 provide a good amount of support through their uppers, with a few minor differences between the two running shoes.

The midsoles of the Hoka One One Clifton 4 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 are constructed differently, but both have the purpose of delivering some support and lots of cushioning.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 comes with two layers of foam and GEL cushioning between those two layers in the heel and in the forefoot.

The bottom layer of foam in the midsole of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is meant to be more responsive than the top layer of foam.

The Hoka One One Clifton 4 has an all-in-one midsole that has a boatlike structure and is somewhat wide under the midfoot.

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Lab tests indicate that the Hoka One One Clifton 4 has a cushier heel than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 but that the difference is greater for men than it is for women.

This is probably because women get an extra 3 mm of height under their heels of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, and this contributes to getting extra softness under the heel.

The Hoka One One Clifton 4 also delivers more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, but this time the difference is greater for women than it is for men.

In addition, the amount of forefoot cushioning in the Hoka One One Clifton 4 is more than the amount of heel cushioning, with both approaching the max.

Both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the Hoka One One Clifton 4 can be seen as cushy running shoes, because the overall amount of cushioning is above average.

However, your ride should be much more cushier in the Hoka One One Clifton 4 than it would be in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 comes with a two-piece midfoot shank, while the Hoka One One Clifton 4 provides full ground contact under the midfoot and does not have a midfoot shank.

Lab tests rate the two running shoes close to each other where stability is concerned, with both delivering an above average amount, but if you are a neutral runner, stability is probably not what you are after.

There is a good amount of separation in the outsoles of both running shoes, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is the one that has flex grooves that run from side to side and the one that has more rubber in its outsole.

According to lab tests, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is a bit more flexible than the Hoka One One Clifton 4, but both running shoes are on the stiff side of the spectrum.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams), and the Hoka One One Clifton 4 for women weighs 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.7 oz (303 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the Hoka One One Clifton 4 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe, you could choose the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, and if you are looking for a very soft ride, the Hoka One One Clifton 4 might be able to deliver that.

Both the Hoka One One Clifton 4 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 deliver a good amount of cushioning and are stable neutral running shoes that have a lot in common.

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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