ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 vs. Brooks Glycerin 16 review

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is an entry-level running shoe that delivers a responsive and smooth ride. Brooks Glycerin 16 is a premium cushioning shoe that delivers a very soft ride...

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 are neutral cushioning running shoes that are not on a similar level, because the Brooks Glycerin 16 is considered to be a premium running shoe, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is more of an entry-level running shoe.

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Nonetheless, let us take a look at how they stack up against each other.

The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Glycerin 16 are similar in that they provide a decent amount of support around the midfoot and keep the forefoot open and free from overlays.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com tends to have wider no-sew overlays around the midfoot than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20, which uses the ASICS logo to connect the saddle to the midsole on both sides of the running shoe, so the Brooks Glycerin 16 would be the one that delivers a bit more support around the midfoot.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 might provide a bit more durability at the front with its longer no-sew toecap, though.

Because the ASICS logo comes further forward than the overlays on the Brooks Glycerin 16, the Brooks Glycerin 16 would be the one that provides more freedom in the toe box.

The mesh of both running shoes should wrap your foot well, but because the Brooks Glycerin 16 has an internal bootie, it might provide a closer-to-foot fit than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 are quite open at the back and provide a standard amount of support around the heel.

All in all, you should be able to get an adequate amount of support around the midfoot and a good amount of comfort from the toe box of both running shoes, but the Brooks Glycerin 16 is the one that ups the amount of comfort inside the running shoe and also around its toe box.

The midsoles of the Brooks Glycerin 16 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 differ in construction and materials used.

While the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is meant to deliver a soft ride that still feels responsive, the Brooks Glycerin 16 is meant to deliver a super-soft ride.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 makes use of Brooks' cushiest midsole material, which has been found to deliver a very soft ride to both men and women.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 has a midsole that consists of two layers of foam, with the bottom layer being a bit firmer and more responsive than the top layer.

It also comes with GEL cushioning between the two layers to soften your ride even more.

However, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 has been found to deliver an overall soft ride to men, women get a more moderate amount of heel cushioning and a forefoot that could feel firm to some runners.

Therefore, the Brooks Glycerin 16 delivers an overall cushier ride than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 to both men and women but especially to women.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 has a slightly higher heel-to-toe drop for men but a slightly lower heel-to-toe drop for women compared to the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

While the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 sits lower on the ground than the Brooks Glycerin 16, men get a thicker forefoot from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 than from the Brooks Glycerin 16.

The difference in midsole thickness is not large between the two running shoes, though; just about 1 to 2 mm difference.

The midsoles of ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the Brooks Glycerin 16 are similar in that they provide a good amount of ground contact, which adds some stability to the running shoes and helps you to achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

However, because the midsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 is more structured and more segmented, your ride is likely to feel smoother in the Brooks Glycerin 16.

What also helps is the fact that the outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 displays more segmentation and separation, all of which benefits the smoothness of your ride by helping to dissipate and absorb shock.

However, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 absorbs shock where it needs to by having an isolated crash section under the heel.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 also has a crash zone, but this is much longer, and the outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 16 consists of different zones to distribute pressure, while the outsole of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is more or less an all-in-one outsole under the midfoot and the forefoot.

What the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 has that the Brooks Glycerin 16 does not is a vertical flex groove that is meant to help guide your gait and help you achieve a more efficient gate. However, this also forces you to move in a certain way, which you may or may not prefer as a neutral runner.

While the Brooks Glycerin 16 has a large amount of flex grooves and more flex grooves than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 in its forefoot, it still turns out to be a stiff running shoe, probably because it delivers so much cushioning.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 has also been found to be stiff for both men and women, but it is stiffer for men than it is for women, probably because men get more cushioning from it.

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 might turn out to be more flexible than the Brooks Glycerin 16 for women.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 is heavier than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 for both men and women.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a comfortable and smooth ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 or the Brooks Glycerin 16.

Men should be able to get an overall soft ride from either running shoe, but the Brooks Glycerin 16 would deliver an overall very cushy ride to both men and women.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 might also be able to house larger feet better than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 so might be more suitable for bigger or heavier runners.

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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This review falls under: ASICS | Brooks

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