ASICS GT-2000 6 vs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 review

ASICS GT-2000 6 is supportive and provides enough cushioning for long runs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 delivers a soft but responsive ride to neutral runners...

The ASICS GT-2000 6 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the ASICS GT-2000 6 being a stability running shoe for overpronators and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 a neutral cushioning running shoe for neutral runners.

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is a more premium running shoe compared to the ASICS GT-2000 6.

Therefore, there are quite a lot of features that differ on the two running shoes.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has more basic mesh and comes with welded-on no-sew overlays in its upper.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, on the other hand, has mesh that is more structured and it has 3D printed overlays to keep the mesh in place and add lightweight support to the upper.

What also differs is the fact that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has an external heel counter at the back that increases the amount of support you get around the heel.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 has a more basic construction around the heel, but it should be sturdy and supportive enough to keep your heel in place.

Both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the ASICS GT-2000 6 provide lightweight support through their uppers and are not heavy on overlays but do deliver a good amount of support behind the heel.

The midsoles of the ASICS GT-2000 6 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 have a lot in common.

Both midsoles consist of two layers of foam, with the layer closest to the foot being the softer one and the one closer to the ground the more responsive one.

The materials used in the midsoles do not differ that much either and both come with GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot.

However, when you look at the midsoles, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has more GEL in its heel than the ASICS GT-2000 6, and the GEL pods are visible on the lateral side of the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 but not visible in the forefoot of the ASICS GT-2000 6.

This is a good indication that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is meant to deliver a softer ride than the ASICS GT-2000 6.

This is logical, though, because the ASICS GT-2000 6 is built more for stability and support rather than for delivering large amounts of cushioning.

This is also why the ASICS GT-2000 6 has an area of reinforced foam on the medial side of the midsole and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 does not.

What is also different is that women get an extra 3 mm of height under the heels of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 to take stress off their Achilles tendons.

Women do not get this extra height in the ASICS GT-2000 6, because that 3 mm is a premium feature.

The outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the ASICS GT-2000 6 look like typical ASICS outsoles, with both having a vertical flex groove to help with gait efficiency, and large areas of rubber.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has a bit more separation under the heel, and while it might look like the ASICS GT-2000 6 has more flex grooves in the forefoot, the amount is about the same; they just run a bit different in the forefoot.

The main difference between the outsoles is that the ASICS GT-2000 6 comes with a midfoot shank that connects the lateral to the medial side, while the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has a midfoot shank that consists of two separate pieces but that still delivers midfoot integrity to neutral runners and runners who underpronate.

Lab tests have rated the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 as delivering an above average about of stability, which is unusual for a neutral running shoe, but it is not as stable as the ASICS GT-2000 6, because it is missing some of the extra stability features of the ASICS GT-2000 6.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams), and the ASICS GT-2000 6 for women weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 weighs 10.7 oz (303 grams), and the ASICS GT-2000 6 for men weighs approximately 10.5 oz (298 grams).

Making a decision between the ASICS GT-2000 6 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 should not be a difficult one, because they are meant to be worn by two different types of runners.

If you are a neutral runner, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 was built with your needs in mind, and if you are a mild to moderate overpronator, the ASICS GT-2000 6 could give you what you are after and need.

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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