ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 vs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 review

ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 provides lightweight stability for running on wet surfaces. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides a very cushy and protective ride for long runs. Learn more...

The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 fall in two different categories or running shoes with the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 being a stability running shoe and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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The one thing that they have in common is that they both look flashy and colorful with the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 winning in that department, but looks are not everything when it comes to a running shoe.

Both the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 have a largely no-sew upper to prevent irritation.

However, the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 has some stitches going across the bottom of the saddle towards the midsole, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has stiches around its heel counter at the back of the shoe.

While the toe box of the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 looks so open and free, running shoe lab tests have shown that the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 provides a similar tightly wrapping fit as the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, which implements FluidFit in its upper to provide such a custom fit.

The no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot are also broader on the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10, making it the one to provide you with more support around the midfoot, which is what overpronators tend to need.

The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 does not come with the Heel Clutching System, but you should get enough support behind the heel.

The midsoles of the two running shoes differ considerably too. While they both have GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot, the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 comes with a stability post on the medial side that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 does not have.

The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 is meant to provide support and stability, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is for runners who do not need any kind of support or stability.

Another difference is also the type of midsole foam used. The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 uses an older type of midsole foam (Solyte), while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 uses the newer FluidRide.

In addition, the GEL is exposed in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, especially in the forefoot. While the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 has some GEL being exposed in the heel, it is not as much as the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, as a good indication that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is expected to give you a softer ride.

And indeed, running shoe lab tests confirm that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is way more cushy than the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10, especially for women where the difference in cushioning is quite large. The ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 may feel somewhat firm to female runners.

On the other hand, firmer cushioning does not come in the way of you trying to move faster, which is what triathletes generally want to do.

The outsole of the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 also differs considerably from that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 in configuration, layout, and the type of rubber used.

Both running shoes have a midfoot shank, but the midfoot shank of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 does not connect its lateral and medial sides, as a good indication that the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 is meant to provide more stability and support than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has a greater degree of separation in its outsole, especially where the horizontal flex grooves are concerned. Both have a Guidance Line vertical flex groove to help with gait efficiency.

While a larger degree of separation may help a running shoe be more flexible, the amount of cushioning also impacts the flexibility of a running shoe.

Running shoe lab tests have shown that the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 is very flexible compared to the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 for women. This may be due to the lack of cushioning in the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 for women.

For men, both running shoes come close to the amount of flexibility they provide with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 being just a tad more flexible.

The final difference is that the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 has a WET GRIP outsole that is meant to provide you with traction on wet surfaces.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 weighs approximately 10.0 oz (283 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 for women weighs 8.0 oz (227 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 9.7 oz (275 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 being the lighter one.

If you are a triathlete looking for a running shoe that can help you feel fast and provide you with stability and support, then the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 10 would be the one to consider.

If on the other hand, you are a runner who does not need any kind of stability, but are rather looking for a running shoe that can provide you with a lot of protection and a soft ride during long runs, then the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 would be the one to look into.

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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