THE ASICS GEL CUMULUS IS BACK IN THE SADDLE
THE ASICS GEL CUMULUS 20
In 2018, the popular ASICS GEL-Cumulus® celebrates 20 years of running heritage with a new and improved fit on this Asics favorite.
We challenged the runners of JackRabbit if they were ready to float, glide, or fly through their next run in the smoothest, softest sole yet from Asics?
WHAT EXCITES US ABOUT THE ASICS CUMULUS 20
Before we get to our reviewers’ thoughts on the 20th edition of the Cumulus, let’s not skirt around the challenges of the fit in previous GEL-Cumulus editions. Facing the critiques head on (and we love Asics for this!), Asics has worked hard and diligently to launch the Cumulus 20 with a new and improved fit.
There is featured wider toe box; a huge upgrade for the shoe. Add to that the stretchy mesh upper for comfort and great ventilation, and you have a shoe that is ready to celebrate its birthday.
HOW DOES THE GEL-CUMULUS 20 FIT?
We had the chance to try on the GEL-Cumulus 20 on literally HUNDREDS of JackRabbit feet and the general consensus is, ‘yeah, they fit!’. However, for those bordering on a wider foot, we still recommend either sizing up half a size or opting for the wider option version of the shoe. The Cumulus 20 does take a few runs to ‘break in’ and that’s perfectly acceptable; we found after three or so runs, they were rocking.
All in all, we are thrilled at the updates to the Cumulus; and in our test group, we even garnered a few new fans from those not used to running in Asics.
THE LEGACY OF THE ASICS GEL CUMULUS
Have you run for twenty years? While some of us might have, the Cumulus has been running every year for twenty years. That’s a lot of mileage on the legs, or soles!
The 20th anniversary edition of the GEL-Cumulus has a newly reconstructed design and a rejuvenated look! In tech speak that means:
- A FlyteFoam® midsole
- Rearfoot and forefoot GEL® cushioning
- Full contact sole
- A new jacquard mesh upper for a custom fit
OUR JACKRABBIT TEAM REVIEWS THE ASICS GEL CUMULUS 20
Our team offers our honest opinions on the 20th version of the Asics Cumulus. From full on Asics fans to those who don’t usually run in Asics – we covered all types of runners of all ages and genders.
I’m 50; 21x marathoner and probably 75+ half marathoner. I am a pronator who can wear an orthotic or an insert. I’m usually in more of a shoe but can definitely see adding this shoe to my shorter runs (10k). I really enjoyed running in it and it accommodated my Currex insert well. I have never honestly been a big Asics fan so wearing this shoe has shot some enthusiasm into me. Well done on the new edition.
I usually do a few short runs each week (5-10 miles) with some yoga classes and strength training. The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is a great all-around shoe that works well on the road and in the gym. Full ground contact in the midsole makes the shoe feel a bit stiff when you first put it on, but they break-in well after wearing a few times. I love the stability feel that goes from running to strength training without feeling like your footwear is lacking; responsive on my run and stable enough for weights too!
I love Asics running shoes in general. I use to run competitively and I was given the Asics Cumulus 17’s, and at the time I needed my custom insert. I am use to wearing the 2000’s as my running shoes but now I wear these Cumulus, I really like them a lot.
I’m a swimmer. And why should that matter to a Cumulus 20 wearer? Think flippers. I am blessed with a foot shape that while excellent for swimming, is somewhat cumbersome for running. I would recommend for those with ‘swimmer feet’ to opt for the WIDE version of the Cumulus 20. The size 9 is perfect in length, but I did find the regular width a little constraining on my flippers. Take note swimmers.
I like the toe box and the cushion. The cushion is responsive and has a smooth ride. I do not like how stiff it is around the ankle. After a while it didn’t press in as much, but it’s hard to convince a customer of that when it’s so stiff right from the beginning. Other than that, great feel with the upper and the cushion.
My first running shoe ever was the Gel-Cumulus 11 and I fell in love with it’s ultra-comfortable feeling. After a multi-year hiatus from the Cumulus, I am thrilled that the cloud-like runner is back with an improved fit. The step-in feel is cushioned from ankle to toe. With what feels like running on a mattress, my joints stay happy on long runs.
WATCH THE NEW AND IMPROVED ASICS CUMULUS 20
What better way to learn about the new and improved Asics Cumulus 20 than from the shoe masters at Asics themselves.
Watch Mikko Simmos, the Global Footwear Director at Asics, talk about the updates to the design, technology and fit of the Cumulus 20 and how it’s the best choice for runners looking for an extremely comfortable, lightweight and well cushioned running shoe. Mikko talks about:
- The fit of the new GEL-Cumulus
- Comfort level
- Lightest GEL-Cumulus yet
- New contact midsole
- Superlight FlyteFoam material
- Two-layered midsole
ASICS GEL CUMULUS 20: THE TECH SPECS
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