ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 vs. Brooks Glycerin 14 review

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is a trainer that provides a good amount of comfort and cushioning. Brooks Glycerin 14 is a premium cushioning shoe that offers a secure but comfortable fit.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 fall in the category of neutral cushioning running shoes.

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Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Glycerin 14 provide a good amount of overlays and support around the midfoot.

But while the Brooks Glycerin 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has broad stitched-on overlays doing the work, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 implements no-sew overlays.

Stitched-on overlays are more supportive and durable than no-sew overlays, but no-sew overlays provide more comfort by minimizing irritation.

The forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is largely free from overlays, while that of the Brooks Glycerin 14 is striped with stretchy no-sew overlays to provide a more custom fit.

The nice thing about no overlays is that your toes have more room to move because there is only mesh providing some structure and support. So the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 would be good for runners with large bunions, for example.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of support at the back, and this is also the location where the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 incorporates some stitches into its upper.

Overall, you should be able to get a good amount of support from the upper of either running shoe, but the Brooks Glycerin 14 might do a slightly better job of providing a more secure fit.

Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 and the Brooks Glycerin 14 are meant to provide runners with a good amount of cushioning, and according to running shoe lab tests, they do exactly that.

When you look at the cushioning profiles of these two running shoes, they look quite similar.

For women, both running shoes are overall very cushy, but the Brooks Glycerin 14 provides a bit more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 provides a tad more heel cushioning than the Brooks Glycerin 14.

For men, there are almost no differences to be noted between the cushioning profiles although the Brooks Glycerin 14 provides just a tiny bit more heel and forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18.

In the men's case, one could also consider both running shoes to be overall very cushy, which means that they come close to providing a maximum amount of cushioning.

The construction of the midsoles of the two running shoes differ quite a bit.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 has a more all-in-one midsole that provides a lot of ground contact, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 has a more traditional midsole with a midfoot shank.

But while the Brooks Glycerin 14 might provide a smoother ride from heel-strike to toe-off, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 increases the stability a bit through that midfoot shank.

Note that the midfoot shank does not offer any corrections but just adds more support under the midfoot.

The midfoot shank also changes the layout of the rubber compartments in the outsole.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 has rubber under its midfoot, while the outsole of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 has a separation between its forefoot and its heel.

The Brooks Glycerin 14 also has smaller rubber pods in its outsole, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 comes with large durable rubber compartments.

According to running shoe lab tests, the flexibility differs in the two running shoes.

Men should not notice much difference between the flexibility of the two running shoes because both provide a good amount of flexibility.

However, women might feel that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is much less flexible than the Brooks Glycerin 14, which is supposed to be very flexible for women.

The women's version of the Brooks Glycerin 14 weighs approximately 8.9 oz (252 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.7 oz (303 grams) and 11.6 oz (329 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Glycerin 14 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a good amount of cushioning in a running shoe, either the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 or the Brooks Glycerin 14 could give you that.

If you want a bit more stability, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 might be able to give you a tad more than the Brooks Glycerin 14.

Heavier runners or runners with larger feet might appreciate the secure fit of the Brooks Glycerin 14.

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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