ASICS GT-2000 3 vs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 review

ASICS GT-2000 3 provides an overall soft and comfortable ride to overpronators. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides a cushy and protective ride to neutral runners.

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The ASICS GT-2000 3 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 are running shoes that fall in two entirely different categories with the ASICS GT-2000 3 being a stability running shoe and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GT-2000 3 differ quite a bit in that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has an almost entirely no-sew upper, while the ASICS GT-2000 3 still provides sturdy stitched-on overlays especially on the medial side of the shoe where support is generally needed most.

And while the ASICS GT-2000 3 does have no-sew overlays in its upper running mainly on the lateral side of the shoe, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has more of them in the form of FluidFit to really wrap the entire foot like a glove.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of support behind the heel where they both have an external heel counter, although the heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is newer and improved.

So while the ASICS GT-2000 3 provides more support than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 through its upper, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides enough support in all the right places to keep your foot firmly on the running platform.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 have a similarly constructed midsole that consists of two layers of foam with the one closest to the foot being the softest and the one closest to the ground the more responsive one.

And then in between the two layers, there is GEL cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot. But while the forefoot GEL cushioning has been exposed in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 as an indication that it has a cushy forefoot, that GEL has not been exposed in the ASICS GT-2000 3.

However, this does not automatically mean that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is more cushy than the ASICS GT-2000 3, because running shoe lab tests have shown that the amount of forefoot cushioning is about the same in both running shoes.

The amount of heel cushioning also come close to each other, but the ASICS GT-2000 3 provides just a little bit more of it than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17. So both running shoes are overall very cushy running shoes.

The big difference between the ASICS GT-2000 3 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 can be found on the medial side of the midsole where the ASICS GT-2000 3 has a support system in place to stop your foot from rolling too far inward and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 does not.

That's because the ASICS GT-2000 3 is meant to provide support to mild to moderate overpronators, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is meant to be worn by underpronators to neutral runners.

Note that the ASICS GT-2000 3 can also be worn by neutral runners, since the amount of stability and support it provides should not get in the way of such runners.

Because these are ASICS running shoes, their rubber outsoles look very similar in construction and layout offering a good amount of separation between the large rubber compartments.

The main difference is that the lateral and medial sides of the midfoot shank are connected in the ASICS GT-2000 3, while they are not in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17. Again, this is because the ASICS GT-2000 3 is meant to provide more stability and support than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

In terms of flexibility, the two running shoes have a similar amount of flexibility for men, but for women, the ASICS GT-2000 3 turns out to be more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 weighs approximately 10.0 oz (283 grams) and the ASICS GT-2000 3 for women weighs 9.1 oz (258 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 11.1 oz (315 grams), respectively.

Making a decision between the ASICS GT-2000 3 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 should not be that difficult. If you are an overpronator, the ASICS GT-2000 3 would suit you better than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

And if you are a neutral runner, you could go either way, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 would have been designed for you.

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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