Brooks Ghost 10 vs. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 review

Brooks Ghost 10 provides a comfortable fit and a smooth ride to neutral runners. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 provides basic comfort and cushioning to neutral runners...

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The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 and the Brooks Ghost 10 are both neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not need much stability and support, and they can be seen as each other's counterpart.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Brooks Ghost 10 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are similar in that they both come with mesh that is quite open and breathable and have no-sew overlays in their uppers.

These two running shoes are not completely seamless, though, because the Brooks Ghost 10 comes with stitches in its toecap at the front, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 has stitches in overlays around the heel.

The overlays on both running shoes are quite pulled back to open up the toe box for comfort around the big and little toes, and are good running shoes for runners who need room around their bunions.

While the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 has overlays running on top of its toe box, the Brooks Ghost 10 does something similar but then with only the structure of the mesh.

Both running shoes provide an adequate amount of support behind and around the heel.

All in all, you can expect to get a similar amount of support from the upper of either running shoe, and both running shoes should be able to deliver a good amount of comfort while still keeping your foot on the running platform.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 and the Brooks Ghost 10 differ quite a bit in construction and layout, but have comparable features.

For starters, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 does not have a crash pad under the heel like the Brooks Ghost 10 does, it uses two layers of foam and GEL cushioning under the heel for shock absorption at heel-strike.

However, because the crash pad of the Brooks Ghost 10 wraps around the heel and connects well to the forefoot, it delivers not only shock absorption at heel-strike but also enables smoother heel-to-toe transitions and adds a bit of stability to your runs.

Both running shoes come with two layers of foam, but whereas the Brooks Ghost 10 only has two layers under the heel, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 has two layers under the entire foot, with the one closest to the foot being the softest one.

Nonetheless, lab tests have found the Brooks Ghost 10 to deliver an overall soft ride to both men and women.

Because the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 comes with two layers of foam and GEL cushioning in the forefoot, it is expected to have a softer forefoot than the Brooks Ghost 10, so the Brooks Ghost 10 should feel a bit more responsive.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 also comes with a midfoot shank that consists of two pieces that are not connect to each other but that do deliver a good bit of support under the midfoot.

The Brooks Ghost 10 does not have a midfoot shank but rather provides a good amount of ground contact under the midfoot.

Both running shoes can be seen as stable neutral cushioning running shoes, with the Brooks Ghost 10 have more stability features than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19, but as a neutral runner, you are not really concerned about stability and support.

The outsoles of the two running shoes are well separated, but the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 has large areas of rubber, while the Brooks Ghost 10 has small rubber pods.

Both running shoes have a good amount of flex grooves, but the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 comes with an extra vertical flex groove that is meant to help with gait efficiency.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 weighs approximately 9.1 oz (258 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 10 for women weighs 8.5 oz (241 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 10 oz (284 grams), respectively, with the Brooks Ghost 10 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft and comfortable ride from a running shoe, you could choose either the Brooks Ghost 10 or the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19.

These two running shoes have a lot of features in common, but the Brooks Ghost 10 might be able to deliver a smoother ride and a bit more stability, if you care about those things.

Because the Brooks Ghost 10 is also a bit lighter than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19, it is good for long runs.

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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