Brooks Ghost 7 vs. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 review

Brooks Ghost 7 provides a smooth and cushioned ride. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 is a durable trainer that provides good cushioning at an affordatble price. Learn about their differences...

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The Brooks Ghost 7 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 are neutral running shoes that are suitable for beginners.

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The Brooks Ghost 7 has lighter overlays in its upper than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16, and the overlays that go over the midfoot and the toe box have been welded-on instead of stitched-on.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 has mostly stitched-on overlays in its upper with some welded-on overlays in between. Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 is expected to provide a more secure fit around the midfoot.

The stitched-on overlays on the Brooks Ghost 7 are mostly located at the back of the shoe, pulling the heel towards the midfoot to provide a good lock down. So while the overlays are not plentiful on the Brooks Ghost 7, they should be enough to provide you with a comfortable fit and still keep your foot in place.

The bunion window is quite "open" in both running shoes, but completely overlay-free on the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16, so if you have big bunions, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 should accommodate those well.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 and the Brooks Ghost 7 differ in the type of cushioning used.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 has a FluidRide midsole with GEL cushioning in the heel and in the forefoot, while the Brooks Ghost 7 has a BioMoGo DNA midsole where the Brooks DNA cushioning has been blended into the BioMoGo midsole, making the cushioning more uniformly and equally distributed over the entire midsole.

This, together with the fact that the Brooks Ghost 7 has a horseshoe-shaped crash pad under the heel that runs till the midfoot, should give the Brooks Ghost 7 an edge over the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 by providing you with softer landings and take-offs.

The outsoles of the two running shoes also differ in that the Brooks Ghost 7 provides almost full ground contact including the medial and lateral sides of the midfoot, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 has a midfoot shank on the lateral and medial sides separating the rearfoot and the forefoot.

This means that the Brooks Ghost 7 is expected to not only provide more stability, but also a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

The rubber compartments under the heels of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 and the Brooks Ghost 7 are well-segmented, but the Brooks Ghost 7 has a caterpillar-like segmentation that provides more optimal shock absorption and dissipation.

The rubber compartments on the outsole of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 are quite thick, so you can expect to get lots of miles out of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16.

However, due to the larger rubber compartments in the forefoot with two main horizontal flex grooves that go from side to side compared to the smaller and more segmented rubber lugs with three main flex grooves in the forefoot of the Brooks Ghost 7, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 should feel less flexible than the Brooks Ghost 7.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams), while the Brooks Ghost 7 for women weighs approximately 8.5 oz (241 grams). The men's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 weighs about 11.9 oz (337 grams), and the Brooks Ghost 7 for men weighs 10.3 oz (292 grams).

If you are a runner who does not need any kind of stability in a running shoe and are looking for a durable daily trainer that provides a good amount of cushioning at an affordable price, then the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 fits the bill.

And if you are looking for lots of cushioning in a neutral running shoe that provides some stability, a smooth ride, and that is pretty flexible, then the Brooks Ghost 7 would be one to consider.

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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