ASICS GEL CUMULUS 22 – SHOE REVIEW
by BRIAN METZLER | APRIL, 2020
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What New: ASICS GEL Cumulus?
- Who's it Best For?
- Pros and Cons
- Shop ASICS GEL Cumulus
- About the Author
The ASICS GEL Cumulus has reached its 22nd edition and deserves a hearty round of applause. JackRabbit guest reviewer Brian Metzler reports on the 2020 edition of this perennial bestselling running shoe.
One of the classic, everyday neutral trainers in the ASICS line, the Cumulus continues to evolve as a durable, well-cushioned and moderately supportive shoe for a wide range of runners.
The ASICS GEL Cumulus is built for high-mileage training, but it’s also a great option for a casual runner who runs a few days a week.
WHAT'S NEW: ASICS GEL CUMULUS 22
This year’s much-improved edition of the GEL Cumulus has been updated with a new engineered mesh upper, softer cushioning and a more energetic ride.
ASICS have added more volume in the toe box of the Cumulus 22, a better foam package in the midsole and deeper flex grooves in the outsole for an improved ride. Most importantly, this 2020 edition of the GEL Cumulus is lighter
than ever, with nearly a full-ounce slashed from last year’s model!
The upper on the GEL Cumulus 22 has been updated with a new, one-piece mesh upper and seamless 3D print construction. This has reduced weight, enhanced breathability
and contributes to a better fit with a twinge of support.
As with previous models, the GEL Cumulus 22 fits snug in the heel and saddle/arch area for medium, but this edition is noticeable more roomy in the forefoot.
The fit has also been enhanced by a new engineered mesh upper that adapts to various foot shapes while also adding a touch of support.
The 2020 edition of the ASICS GEL Cumulus 22 has a soft, plush and comfortable
step-in feel and that continues when you lace them up and start running. This shoe has always felt smooth from touchdown to toe-off, but the biggest differences in this edition is that it’s slightly softer, lighter, bouncier and
more flexible than ever before.
All of this contributes to the exceptional comfort and consistent performance, especially over moderate to long runs.
WHO'S IT BEST FOR?
Experienced marathoners and half-marathoners have always loved the GEL Cumulus for its long-haul comfort and consistency and they’ll appreciate this edition
for its durability and improvements.
Add to this, new runners who run less frequently and lower weekly mileage will appreciate its comfort and smoothness at a wide range of paces.
PROS AND CONS OF ASICS GEL CUMULUS 22
Pros: Asics GEL Cumulus 22
The upgrade from a Flytefoam midsole to Flytefoam Propel gives this ensures slightly softer landings and a more comfortable ride. The midsole package serves up exceptional bounce-back
and responsiveness, utilizing organic super fibers to help reduce packing out that traditionally happens with softer, low-density foams.
The combination of rear and forefoot GEL capsules helps reduce shock absorption
while a firm heel counter and structural inserts under the arch help guide the foot to a controlled and efficient gait pattern.
All of the positive changes really make the GEL-Cumulus 22 a great choice for an everday
trainer. It’s just versatile enough to run at a variety of speeds and can run short to long distances with comfort and consistency.
Cons: Asics GEL Cumulus 22
The only thing this shoe’s not really adept for is fast-paced running.
The lighter overall weight make it a great choice for a 10K, half marathon or marathon, but it
doesn’t have quite enough giddy-up for speed workouts or fast intervals on the track.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER
Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.
He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of “Running Colorado's Front Range” and the
co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner.”