Brooks Ghost 11 vs. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 review

Brooks Ghost 11 provides a responsive ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is an entry-level running shoe that delivers a responsive and smooth ride...

The Brooks Ghost 11 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 are neutral cushioning running shoes that are more or less comparable, because they are both non-premium and more basic running shoes from their respective running shoe manufacturers.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 11 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 are similar in that both have a forefoot that is wide open and free from overlays, because they make use of engineered mesh that provides lightweight structure and support.

Therefore, you can expect to get a good amount of comfort in the toe box of either running shoe.

The main difference is that the Brooks Ghost 11 tends to pull back all of the more supportive material, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has the ASICS logo as a no-sew overlay that comes pretty far forward on both sides of the running shoe.

Therefore, the Brooks Ghost 11 is more likely to deliver lots of comfort to runners who have big bunions.

While the back of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is quite open and only has no-sew overlays for extra support, the area around the heel of the Brooks Ghost 11 is quite closed, and it has a sturdy piece that wraps around the upper part of the heel to deliver a good amount of support.

The midfoot of the Brooks Ghost 11 is more lightly and loosely covered, so the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is expected to provide a better hold around the midfoot by having a more continuous connection between the saddle and the midsole.

All in all, you should be able to get a good amount of support as a neutral runner from both running shoes, but the Brooks Ghost 11 might feel more comfortable in the forefoot and more supportive around the heel, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 delivers a bit more support around the midfoot.

The midsoles of the Brooks Ghost 11 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 differ in construction and configuration.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 comes with two layers of foam with GEL cushioning between these two layers.

The GEL cushioning in the heel has the same function as the crash pad under the heel of the Brooks Ghost 11, but the main difference here is that the crash pad of the Brooks Ghost 11 comes farther forward on the lateral side to connect well to the forefoot.

It also wraps around the heel at the back more than the GEL cushioning in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

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In addition, because the crash pad of the Brooks Ghost 11 consists of Brooks' midsole material that delivers the softest running experience, the Brooks Ghost 11 is expected to deliver a bit more heel cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

While men should be able to get an overall soft ride from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20, the Brooks Ghost 11 might feel overall cushier due to its cushier heel for men.

Women have been found to get an overall softer ride from the Brooks Ghost 11, because some women might find the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 to be somewhat firm.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact and have foam that is somewhat firmer on the medial side of the midsole, which adds some stability to the running shoes.

The Brooks Ghost 11 is meant to be a running shoe that feels responsive so its forefoot might feel just a tad firmer than its heel. It also has a fairly high heel-to-toe drop (about 12 mm), which is slightly higher than that of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 (about 10 mm).

Therefore, the Brooks Ghost 11 might feel more like a performance running shoe compared to the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

Note that the top layer of foam, which is the softer layer, increases in the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and is thinner under the midfoot as a good indication that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is meant to deliver cushioning in the forefoot and stability under the midfoot.

The outsoles of the two running shoes differ in construction and layout with the Brooks Ghost 11 displaying a higher degree of segmentation and separation.

The amount of separation under the Brooks Ghost 11 should help with absorbing and dissipating shock and therefore smoothening your ride.

Both running shoes have a crash area under the heel, which should isolate shock at heel-strike.

The connection between forefoot and heel is more seamless under the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 than it is under the Brooks Ghost 11, despite the Brooks Ghost 11 having a transition zone of softer midsole material on the lateral side.

The Brooks Ghost 11 has more flex grooves that run from side to side than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20. This should benefit the flexibility of the Brooks Ghost 11 compared to the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

However, because both running shoes tend to deliver a good amount of forefoot cushioning, they are not expected to be super flexible running shoes but rather deliver a moderate amount of flexibility to perhaps feeling somewhat stiff.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 11 for women weighs approximately 9.5 oz (269 grams).

The men's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 weighs about 10.1 oz (286 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 11 for men weighs 10.9 oz (309 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft, stable, and smooth ride in a basic running shoe, you could choose either the Brooks Ghost 11 or the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

These two running shoes provide a lot of the same things to runners, but the Brooks Ghost 11 might feel a bit more comfortable in the forefoot and more supportive around the heel in addition to perhaps delivering softer landings and somewhat smoother rides.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is somewhat lighter and delivers everything you need as a neutral runner, but its forefoot might feel somewhat firmer to women and its heel somewhat less cushy to men compared to the Brooks Ghost 11.

The Brooks Ghost 11 has more stability features than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20, but both can be seen as stable neutral running shoes.

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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