ASICS GT-2000 4 vs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 review

ASICS GT-2000 4 delivers a stable and comfortable ride with a secure fit and cushy forefoot. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides a cushy and protective ride to neutral runners...

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The ASICS GT-2000 4 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 fall in two different categories of running shoes with the ASICS GT-2000 4 being a stability running shoe and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 a neutral cushioning running shoe.

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The main difference in the upper of the ASICS GT-2000 4 compared to that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is the fact that the ASICS GT-2000 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has sturdy and broad stitched-on overlays on the medial side of the upper where overpronators tend to need the most support.

The upper of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 does not have stitched-on overlays in it. It is mostly mesh with no-sew overlays wrapping the foot around the midfoot and around the forefoot.

Other than that, it has some stitches running along the saddle and at the back of the shoe where the external heel counter is located. The ASICS GT-2000 4 also comes with an external heel counter to provide you with a good amount of support behind the heel.

The overlays running over the toe box of the ASICS GT-2000 4 are welded on and light. In fact, the toe box of the ASICS GT-2000 4 is quite open and free, so should feel pretty comfortable, especially around the bunion window.

All in all, one could say that the ASICS GT-2000 4 provides more support through its upper than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 wraps the entire foot well to provide a closer-to-foot fit.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 are very similar in that they consist of two layers of foam with GEL cushioning between those two layers in the heel and in the forefoot.

The GEL cushioning in the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is more exposed than that in the ASICS GT-2000 4, but this does not automatically make the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 cushier than the ASICS GT-2000 4.

Running shoe lab tests show that they both have an almost equal amount of forefoot cushioning for men and that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is just a tiny bit cushier in the forefoot than the ASICS GT-2000 4 for women.

The difference in heel cushioning is a bit more noticeable for women with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 being the cushier one.

However, the difference between the heel cushioning of the two running shoes is very small for men with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 being slightly cushier.

The big difference between the two running shoes can be found on the medial side of the midsole where the ASICS GT-2000 4 has a support system in place to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

Because the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is for runners who do not need such kind of support, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 does not come with many support features other than a midfoot shank that consists of two pieces under the midfoot and that are not connected.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 also has a midfoot shank, but unlike the one of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, the midfoot shank of the ASICS GT-2000 4 connects the two sides of the shoe under the midfoot to increase the amount of support provided.

Another difference in the midsole is that the top layer of softer foam is somewhat thicker at the back of the ASICS GT-2000 4 than it is at the back of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

But as seen previously from running shoe lab tests, this does not make the ASICS GT-2000 4 cushier in the heel than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look very much alike with the same amount of flex grooves and rubber compartments that are similarly laid out.

Running shoe lab tests show that both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 are quite stiff for women but that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is more flexible than the ASICS GT-2000 4 for men, which also turns out to be stiff.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 weighs approximately 10.0 oz (283 grams) and the ASICS GT-2000 4 for women weighs 9.2 oz (261 grams). The men's versions of the shoes both weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams).

Choosing between the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 is not very difficult.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that can provide you with stability and support and also a fairly cushy ride, then the ASICS GT-2000 4 would be the one to look into.

And if you are a neutral runner looking for a running shoe that can provide an overall very soft ride for long runs, then the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 could be the one 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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