Brooks Ghost 9 vs. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 review

Brooks Ghost 9 provides an overall soft and smooth ride with a touch of stability to neutral runners. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is a basic trainer that provides comfort and cushioning.

The Brooks Ghost 9 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 are neutral cushioning running shoes that are each other's counterparts and for runners who do not need a whole lot of stability and support.

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The uppers of the Brooks Ghost 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 look quite similar in what they provide.

They both have no-sew overlays around the midfoot to keep your foot in place.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has many more no-sew overlays around the midfoot than the Brooks Ghost 9 does, but the Brooks Ghost 9 comes with an extra sturdy no-sew overlay that wraps around the heel and another one at the back to provide additional support.

They differ in that the mesh of the Brooks Ghost 9 is meant to provide additional structure and partially replace the need for overlays.

Both the Brooks Ghost 9 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 do not come with overlays directly on the toe box – only at the front of the shoes.

The conclusion is that these two running shoes are geared toward providing comfort through their uppers while implementing enough support to keep your foot on the platform.

Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 and the Brooks Ghost 9 are meant to provide a good amount of cushioning but not excessive like, for example, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus or the Brooks Glycerin.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 does this through the use of two layers of foam with GEL cushioning in the heel and the forefoot.

The Brooks Ghost 9 comes with one main layer of foam and implements a full-length crash pad that runs from the back of the shoe to the front on the lateral side.

The crash pad in the Brooks Ghost 9 has the same function as the GEL cushioning in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18, but because it runs uninterruptedly from the back to the front, it adds more stability and smoothness to your ride than the GEL cushioning in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18.

The smoothness is complemented by the fact that the Brooks Ghost 9 provides more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18, especially under the midfoot.

Running shoe lab tests show that while both running shoes can compete with each other in the amount of heel cushioning they provide, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 wins in the forefoot cushioning department. It has a very cushy forefoot for both men and women.

The Brooks Ghost 9 has a very cushy heel for men but delivers just a tad less heel cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 for women. Both running shoes have a very cushy heel, though.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 comes with a midfoot shank that increases the amount of support under the midfoot, but it consists of two pieces that are not connected so does not provide any kind of correction.

But then again, because the Brooks Ghost 9 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 are running shoes for runners who do not need any kind of support or stability, it does not really matter.

However, if you are a runner who needs some degree of stability, the Brooks Ghost 9 might be able to provide that more than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 although running shoe lab tests say that the amount of stability offered by the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 comes very close to that of the Brooks Ghost 9.

What is quite different between the two running shoes is the outsole.

The outsole of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 comes with large rubber compartments, which makes the running shoe quite durable. It also has a good amount of flex grooves.

The Brooks Ghost 9, on the other hand, displays more separation between the rubber compartments in its outsole and has smaller rubber pods.

These smaller rubber pods should help with shock absorption and dissipation, which in turn should help give you a smoother ride.

They don't help much with flexibility, though, because according to running shoe lab tests, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is more flexible than the Brooks Ghost 9, which turns out to be on the stiff side for both genders.

The women's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs approximately 9.0 oz (255 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's version of the Brooks Ghost 9 weighs about 10.5 oz (298 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 for men weighs 11.6 oz (329 grams).

The Brooks Ghost 9 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 are quite similar in what they provide to runners, so if you are a neutral runner, you could go either way.

The Brooks Ghost 9 would be good for runners who appreciate having a bit of stability and also more smoothness added to their ride.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is a basic running shoe that provides everything neutral runners need for long and comfortable 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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