ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 vs. Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 delivers a soft but responsive ride to neutral runners. Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 is comfortable and relatively light to make neutral runners feel fast...

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 are neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not require much stability and support.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 are similar in that they tend to wrap your entire foot and provide a close-to-foot fit.

They differ in that the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 tends to be quite open and free from overlays from its midfoot to its forefoot, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has small no-sew overlays running throughout its entire upper.

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 might provide an overall somewhat tighter fit than the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 also has more holes in its upper compared to the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13, so the former might also be more breathable than the latter.

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 comes with a good amount of no-sew overlays around the heel and part of the midfoot, so it provides a good amount of support in those areas.

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 also comes with straps that can be pulled tight through the laces to provide a more secure fit around the midfoot.

The main difference between the uppers is that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 comes with a sturdy external heel counter at the back that locks your heel in and minimizes heel rotation, so the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 delivers a bit more support at the back compared to the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13.

All in all, you should be able to get a close-to-foot fit from both running shoes, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 might turn out to be somewhat more breathable and more supportive at the back, while the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 delivers a good amount of support from midfoot to heel and comfort in the toe box, especially to those who have big bunions.

The midsoles of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 differ in that the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 has one main layer of foam, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 comes with two layers and GEL cushioning between those two layers.

The top layer of foam in the midsole of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is softer than the bottom, more responsive layer of foam, so you get softness closer to your foot and responsiveness closer to the ground.

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 has a somewhat lower heel-to-toe drop than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 due to a somewhat thinner heel but thicker forefoot compared to the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20.

Women who want to take stress off their Achilles might appreciate the fact that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 gives them 3 mm of extra height under their heels for that purpose.

This extra height also adds cushiness to the running shoe, so the heel of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is quite cushy for women.

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 tends to offer a more moderate amount of heel cushioning to both men and women compared to the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, and it offers more forefoot cushioning than heel cushioning.

Lab tests have found that your ride should feel overall soft in both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 would be more suitable for male and female heel-strikers, because it offers more heel cushioning than the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13.

While men get more forefoot cushioning from the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, women get a more moderate amount, so the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 offers a bit more forefoot cushioning to women, but the difference between the two running shoes is not big.

Neither the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 nor the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 come with a device to control pronation, because they are running shoes that are meant to be worn by neutral runners who do not need such support.

However, the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 provides a good amount of ground contact, which adds some stability to the running shoes and helps you get smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 provides less ground contact but has a midfoot shank that consists of two pieces under the midfoot to add support.

All in all, both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 can be seen as stable neutral running shoes, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is a small step ahead of the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 in stability.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different but are similar in the fact that they both have very few deep flex grooves.

Both running shoes have a separate rubber area under the heel to isolate impact at heel-strike.

The main differences between the midsoles are that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 comes with a vertical flex groove that is meant to help you achieve a more efficient gait, and that the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 has more rubber under its midfoot than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20.

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 also displays more segmentation and separation, all of which should benefit the smoothness of your ride.

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 also has small rubber pods in its forefoot, but these do not help much with flexibility, because the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 has been found to be stiff for both men and women.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has also been found to be stiff for both genders, so the two running shoes are similar in that respect.

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 is lighter than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 for both men and women.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for an overall soft and comfortable ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 or the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13.

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 13 might deliver a somewhat smoother ride than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, while your ride might feel overall somewhat softer in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20.

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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