ASICS GT-2000 7 vs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 review

ASICS GT-2000 7 provides a supportive and responsive ride to overpronators and neutral runners. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 delivers a smooth and stable ride to neutral runners...

The ASICS GT-2000 7 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 fall in two different categories of running shoes but can both serve neutral runners.

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ASICS states that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com can be worn by underpronators and neutral runners, while the ASICS GT-2000 7 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com was made for neutral runners and overpronators.

The ASICS GT-2000 used to be only for overpronators, but with the switch to also being for neutral runners, it has been placed in a position to compete with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus.

However, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 is meant to be more luxurious than the ASICS GT-2000 7, so you can expect to see more of ASICS' latest running shoe technologies on the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 compared to the ASICS GT-2000 7.

The uppers of both running shoes expose quite a bit of mesh, but the ASICS GT-2000 7 seems to be a bit more open in terms of having less no-sew overlays running throughout its entire upper like the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 has.

The ASICS GT-2000 7 uses mainly the structure of the mesh to provide support, but on the medial side of the upper it has light overlays connecting the saddle to the midsole and higher up, two straps that can be pulled tighter to lock your foot in.

They also differ at the back, where the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 comes with a sturdy external heel counter that wraps the entire heel to provide a better and more locked-down fit.

The ASICS GT-2000 7 does not have an external heel counter like the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 but rather provides standard support with its internal heel counter and an external clip around the heel.

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 would lock your heel in better than the ASICS GT-2000 7.

However, the back of the heel of the ASICS GT-2000 7 does seem to go a bit higher up than the that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21, which can be either a positive or a negative thing depending on the type of fit you prefer behind the heel and your Achilles.

All in all, you should be able to get comfort from the uppers of both running shoes, but the ASICS GT-2000 7 might feel a bit more unrestricted, especially in the toe box, and supportive around the midfoot where overpronators tend to need support.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 might deliver an overall tighter fit than the ASICS GT-2000 7 and perhaps also more plush feel and a better fit around the heel.

The midsoles of the ASICS GT-2000 7 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 differ in contruction and materials used.

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 makes use of the latest midsole technologies from ASICS, which includes a soft layer of foam that runs from heel to toe and that is meant to deliver a good bounce.

There is a second layer of foam that runs from heel to a little past the midfoot and that is meant to be light but somewhat firmer than the top layer of foam.

The same midsole material of the second layer of foam can also be found in the ASICS GT-2000 7, but in the ASICS GT-2000 7 it runs from heel to toe instead of halfway.

There is a top layer of a different type of foam that is a bit softer than the bottom layer of foam, but that is a slightly older midsole technology than the one found in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21.

The bottom layer in both running shoes tends to even out the amount of cushioning and make your ride less cushy but a bit more responsive.

Because the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 does not have the bottom layer running under its forefoot, it is expected to deliver more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GT-2000 7, which has been found to be true, especially for men. The difference between the two running shoes is less pronounced for women.

Both running shoes come with extra GEL cushioning under the heel and the amount of GEL cushioning seems to be more under the heel of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 compared to the ASICS GT-2000 7.

However, it has still been found that the heel of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 could feel firm to some runners, both male and female.

The ASICS GT-2000 7 has also been found to have a firm heel for men but is more moderately cushioned for women.

The consensus is that the cushioning profiles indicate that the ASICS GT-2000 7 could feel a bit more responsive than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21, and that both running shoes do not go overboard in terms of heel cushioning.

They both provide enough forefoot cushioning to keep you comfortable on the road, but if you prefer a very cushy forefoot, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 might be the better option, especially for men. Women might be able to get an overall softer ride from the ASICS GT-2000 7.

Both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 and the ASICS GT-2000 7 come with a midfoot shank, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 has a small one only on the medial side, while the midfoot shank of the ASICS GT-2000 7 connects both sides of the running shoe to provide a good amount of support under the midfoot.

However, because the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 does not have a midfoot shank on the lateral side, it can provide more ground contact on that side of the midsole and thus also better heel-to-toe transitions compared to the ASICS GT-2000 7.

In other words, your ride might feel a bit smoother in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 than in the ASICS GT-2000 7, but the ASICS GT-2000 7 delivers more support under the midfoot.

The ASICS GT-2000 7 also comes with a support system on the medial side that is meant to help stop your feet from rolling too far inward.

This denser foam on the medial side should not get in the way of neutral runners who do not turn their feet inward during the gait cycle, which is probably why ASICS has listed the ASICS GT-2000 7 as also being suitable for neutral runners.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 does not come with a support system like the ASICS GT-2000 7, but it can be seen as a stable neutral running shoe due to the ground contact on the lateral side and midfoot shank on the medial side.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 7 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 come with a good amount of rubber in their outsoles, and the rubber compartments look almost the same under the heel, except for the rubber compartment of ASICS GT-2000 7 having no separation on the medial side where the support system is located in the midsole.

The flex grooves are not plentiful in the forefoot of the two running shoes, but because they both tend to deliver a good amount of forefoot cushioning, they tend to be on the stiff side anyway.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 7 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 are relatively heavy running shoes, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 is heavier than the ASICS GT-2000 7 for both men and women.

Making a decision between the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 and the ASICS GT-2000 7 is not a difficult one if you are an overpronator, because the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 does not cover that type of runner, so you would have to go with the ASICS GT-2000 7.

However, if you are a neutral runner, you have the option of choosing either the ASICS GT-2000 7 or the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21.

The difference in cushioning between the two running shoes is not huge, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 21 is meant to deliver a more luxurious ride with smoother heel-to-toe transitions, while your ride might feel a bit more responsive in the ASICS GT-2000 7.

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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