- Weight 264g (M) 215g (W)
- Heel-To-Toe-Drop: 10mm
- Type: Road
- Price: £120
Decent support and comfort in a reliable understated package.
- Redesigned one-piece upper
- More flexible
- Suitable for road, treadmill and even dry trail.
There’s something comforting about putting on a new pair of shoes and almost knowing in advance what you’re going to get. These days the Gel Cumulus is almost the Heinz tomato soup of Asics’s running shoe range. It has a formula it sticks to, it barely changes and has garnered a loyal and long-standing fan base. Version 22 is the same as ever: soft, pillowy cushioning, a standard fit that will fit the vast majority of feet, a sense of security and reliable ride mile after mile.
The heel section has been tweaked a little: reshaped to disperse shock a little better and given deeper flex grooves in order to help the shoe roll forward to the midfoot a little smoother. Sometimes smaller changes like this go unnoticed but that was not the case here. The Cumulus has always been a reliable shoe but slightly cumbersome for lighter runners. It now feels smoother, nippier and more responsive.
The midsole is now composed of Asics’s lighter FlyteFoam cushioning foam with gel in the heel for a plush feel and good shock absorption, and a new one-piece mesh upper featuring a 3D-printed construction not only means an improved fit, but the lack of synthetic overlays also contributes to an overall impressive weight reduction of 30g compared with the Cumulus 21. Less weight = less oxygen needed to be transported to the muscles to maintain the same effort: win.
Good for any type of run where the onus is on comfort and fun rather than speed. All runners should have a shoe like this as part of their armoury.
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