ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 vs. Hoka One One Clifton 2 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides a very cushy and protective ride for long runs. Hoka One One Clifton 2 delivers a maximum in cushioning at a very light weight...

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Hoka One One Clifton 2 are both neutral cushioning running shoes, which are known to be cushy.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Hoka One One Clifton 2 are similar in that they are largely seamless with a minimum amount of stitches and the no-sew overlays tend to run from back to front.

However, the wrapping of the foot with overlays in the upper is more socklike in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 than it is in the Hoka One One Clifton 2.

Both the Hoka One One Clifton 2 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 have no-sew overlays running across the midfoot to keep your foot in place.

However, the overlays wrapping the midfoot are more plentiful on the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 than on the Hoka One One Clifton 2, so you can expect to get a more secure fit from the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

While the no-sew overlays on the Hoka One One Clifton 2 continue around the heel to give you some extra support there, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has a sturdy external heel counter to do the same.

All in all, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides a bit more support and a better fit than the Hoka One One Clifton 2 through its upper.

Both the Hoka One One Clifton 2 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 have midsoles that provide heel-to-toe cushioning.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 throws in GEL cushioning in the heel and the forefoot to make your ride even softer.

When you look at the Hoka One One Clifton 2, its midsole looks very thick. This is just optical, though, since it has a similar thickness in the forefoot as the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17. The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has a thicker heel, though.

The latter causes a difference in heel-to-toe drop, with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 having a larger heel-to-toe drop – 2 mm for women and 3 mm for men – than the Hoka One One Clifton 2.

Both the Hoka One One Clifton 2 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 sit high off the ground, so should offer a good amount of protection from the road during long runs.

Running shoe lab tests confirm that both the Hoka One One Clifton 2 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 are cushy running shoes, but that the Hoka One One Clifton 2 delivers a maximum amount of cushioning.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 comes very close to providing the amount of cushioning that the Hoka One One Clifton 2 provides. The difference in cushioning is more noticeable in the men's versions of the shoes.

Such a large amount of cushioning as found in the Hoka One One Clifton 2 can make a running shoe very stiff. And running shoe lab tests confirm this.

The Hoka One One Clifton 2 is a very stiff running shoe. The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 almost matches this stiffness, but the men's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is much more flexible than the Hoka One One Clifton 2 for men.

Both the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and the Hoka One One Clifton 2 are not meant to provide stability and support, so do not have any devices to do so.

However, the Hoka One One Clifton 2 provides full ground contact and more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, which should not only benefit the smoothness of your ride, but also make the Hoka One One Clifton 2 a bit more stable than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

The outsole of the Hoka One One Clifton 2 is also straighter than that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 and a bit wider under the midfoot, which again should increase the stability of the running shoe.

Perhaps the only negative thing – if you can call it such – is that there isn't much rubber under the Hoka One One Clifton 2. It only has durable rubber strategically placed in locations that are expected to wear down fast.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17, on the other hand, has a lot of rubber in its outsole, so should last you quite a while.

The women's version of the Hoka One One Clifton 2 weighs approximately 7.3 oz (207 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 for women weighs 10.0 oz (283 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.0 oz (255 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the Hoka One One Clifton 2 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner looking for a very soft ride, you could get that from either the Hoka One One Clifton 2 or the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

However, if you want a maximum amount of cushioning at a very light weight, the Hoka One One Clifton 2 would be the one to look into instead of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

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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