ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 vs. Mizuno Wave Rider 19 review

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 provides a comfortable ride to neutral runners and underpronators. Mizuno Wave Rider 19 delivers a good amount of cushioning in a lightweight package...

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The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 are neutral cushioning running shoes that are suitable for runners who do not need extra stability and support.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 differ in that the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has a minimum amount of overlays in its upper and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 has many overlays, but most of them are no-sew overlays.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has stitched-on overlays wrapping the midfoot as the Mizuno logo, which connects the saddle to the midsole.

And then at the back, there is another small stitched-on piece to provide some support at the back.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 has a stitched-on overlay around the collar and some stitches at the back and front, but all other overlays are meant to provide you with a comfortable fit that minimizes irriation points.

The no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot are plentiful enough to provide a similar amount of support as the stitched-on overlays on the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

And the amount of overlays on the toe box is not too much to cause a constricted feel. However, if you are looking for room in the toe box, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 may provide more, since its toe box is free of overlays, except for the piece at the front.

All in all, both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 provide enough support – but not an overbearing amount – in their uppers to keep your foot on the platform.

Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles but use different materials and configurations to do so.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 has a classic two-layered midsole with GEL cushioning in the heel and the forefoot, while the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has one main layer and a Wave Plate between two layers in the heel.

The Wave Plate has a similar function as the GEL cushioning in the heel of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17, which softens your landings. However, the Wave Plate also has a centering and stabilizing effect on the heel.

The amount of cushioning offered by the two neutral cushioning running shoes are surprisingly similar for men. Running shoe lab tests show that they have an almost equal amount of heel and forefoot cushioning for men.

For women, the differences between the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 are much greater with the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 displaying a more balanced cushioning profile than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 has as much heel cushioning as the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for women, but its amount of forefoot cushioning is lagging a bit behind by being on the average side.

So if you are a male or female heel-striker, either the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 or the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 could work for you because there aren't big differences between the heel cushioning offered by the two running shoes.

Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 implement a midfoot shank and the midfoot shank provides support mainly at the sides under the midfoot so do not correct your stride much.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes have a different layout, but they both display a good amount of separation although the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 has more main flex grooves than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, including a vertical flex groove to help with gait efficiency.

This combined with the fact that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 has somewhat less forefoot cushioning than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for women, makes the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 quite flexible for women compared to the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, which lies on the stiffer end of the spectrum.

But according to running shoe lab tests, both the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 are on the stiff side for men.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams), while the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for women weighs approximately 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 weighs about 11.4 oz (323 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for men weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams).

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 are suprisingly similar in what they provide to runners, so you could go either way if you are looking for a well-cushioned ride from a neutral running shoe that is not too expensive.

However, if you are looking for a lightweight neutral cushioning running shoe, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 would fit the bill more than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

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.

The two links above will take you to Amazon.com where you can read more about the running shoes.


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