Best Lightweight Max Cushioning: Asics Gel Nimbus-20
While Asics might not always make the best looking running shoes out there, you can always depend on them to support your ankles, knees and hips, no matter how many miles you log in them. The Gel Nimbus-20 is no different. It has a FlyteFoam midsole (ultra-cushy) and gel cushioning in the rear and forefoot (which you can see). Compared to many max cushioned shoes I’ve tested, these are featherweights.
Weight: 10.7 ounces
Heel Height: 23 mm
Forefoot Height: 13 mm
Best for Maximum Cushion and Protection from the Road: Brooks Transcend 5
The Brooks Transcend 5 carried me through a short recovery run along Boston’s Charles River — and also through a rainstorm without getting super soaked and losing all grip. The extra padding helps on days when your legs are sore, but are also handy if you just need a little boost off the ground. Though I haven’t used them in one, I could even see using them for a longer distance race like a half marathon.