ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 vs. Brooks Glycerin 13 review

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 is a good entry-level trainer that provides a soft ride to neutral runners. Brooks Glycerin 13 provides a comfortable, soft, and smooth ride to neutral runners.

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The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 are neutral cushioning running shoes but are not comparable to each other. The counterpart of the Brooks Glycerin 13 is the ASICS GEL-Nimbus.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Glycerin 13 are quite different in that the Brooks Glycerin 13 has sturdy and broad overlays wrapping the midfoot on both sides, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 implements no-sew overlays in that area.

However, the no-sew overlays on the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 are plentiful enough to give you a good hold and keep your foot in place.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com continues with sturdy overlays at the back and no-sew 3D Fit Print overlays throughout the rest of the upper to give you a closer-to-foot feel.

The bunion window of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 is a little bit more open than that of the Brooks Glycerin 13 so might also feel a bit more comfortable if you happen to have large bunions.

All in all, the Brooks Glycerin 13 may provide a better lockdown around the midfoot, where support is generally needed most.

Because the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 is not the ultimate cushioning model from ASICS, it was not meant to provide a huge amount of plushness under the foot.

On the other hand, the Brooks Glycerin 13 is intended to do so.

However, running shoe lab tests come up with surprising results when the amount of cushioning between the two running shoes is compared.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 has a midsole that consists of two layers of foam with GEL cushioning in between.

These elements increase the cushioning provided by the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 to the extent that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 turns out to be more cushy than the Brooks Glycerin 13 for men in both the heel and the forefoot.

The amount of forefoot cushioning provided by the Brooks Glycerin 13 for men comes close to that of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 but the heel cushioning lags a bit behind despite being above average.

The story is a bit different for women, where the Brooks Glycerin 13 displays a pretty balanced cushioning profile. It also has more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 but less heel cushioning.

The amount of forefoot cushioning of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 for women is about average but the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 has a fairly cushy heel for women.

So the conclusion is that if you are a heel-striker, whether you are a man or a women, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 may suit you better than the Brooks Glycerin 13.

Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the Brooks Glycerin 13 are neutral running shoes so are not supposed to provide any kind of support.

However, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 comes with a midfoot shank that consists of two separate pieces but that adds additional support under the midfoot.

The Brooks Glycerin 13 also comes with a couple of stabilizing features such as the separation in its outsole, the amount of ground contact it provides, a rounded heel to take stress off joints and provide better alignment, and a midsole that functions in its entirety as a crash pad to give you smooth transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

Due to the many stabilizing features of the Brooks Glycerin 13, it is more likely to provide you with a smoother ride and is also seen as being just a tiny bit more stable than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

The three separate pressure zones in the outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 13 also make the outsole look quite different from the outsole of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

Both running shoes have an outsole that is well separated for shock reduction, but the outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 13 is just slightly more separated.

The flexibility in the two running shoes differ quite a bit per gender. For women, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 is quite flexible, while the Brooks Glycerin 13 is quite stiff. For men, the Brooks Glycerin 13 is quite flexible, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 is quite stiff.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 13 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 for women weighs 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.0 oz (312 grams) and 11.4 oz (323 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Glycerin 13 being the lighter one.

Whether you go with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 or the Brooks Glycerin 13 will depend on your needs.

If you are looking for lots of pressure and stress reduction in addition to a soft and smooth ride in a relatively light running shoe, the Brooks Glycerin 13 may suit you better than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 is a good entry-level running shoe that provides a good amount of cushioning, especially to men.

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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