ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 vs. Mizuno Wave Rider 19 review

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 provides a soft and comfortable ride to neutral runners. Mizuno Wave Rider 19 delivers a good amount of cushioning in a lightweight package...

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 are neutral cushioning running shoes that are suitable for runners who do not need extra stability and support. They are placed at a similar level so should compare well against each other.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 are similar in that they have a forefoot that is free from overlays.

Therefore, both running shoes provide room for big bunions.

But while the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com continues having a minimum amount of overlays in its upper, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 increases the amount of overlays around the midfoot and toward the back of the shoe.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 only comes with the Mizuno logo that connects the saddle to the midsole and offers a bit of extra support around the midfoot.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 implements a lot of overlays around the midfoot, but they are no-sew overlays so should offer comfort and support instead of irritation.

After everything has been considered, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 might be the one offering a bit more support through its upper than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

Both the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 are meant to offer runners quite a bit of cushioning.

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

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 offers cushioning through one main layer of foam with an extra layer and a Wave Plate in the heel.

According to running shoe lab tests, both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 are cushy running shoes, especially for men.

For men, the cushioning profiles of the two running shoes come very close to each other with both having a very cushy heel and forefoot.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 has a tiny bit more forefoot cushioning than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, while the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 has a tiny bit more heel cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 for men.

Women should enjoy getting slightly more cushioning in the heel and the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 than they would from the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 offers an above average amount of cushioning to women in the heel and in the forefoot, but the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is just slightly more cushy, according to running shoe lab tests.

The Wave Plate in the heel of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 offers shock absorption in addition to a bit of stability because it also covers the midfoot and functions partially as a midfoot shank.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 also comes with a midfoot shank that consists of two pieces that hook up into the foam on the lateral and medial sides of the midsole.

Both running shoes are not meant to provide any kind of corrections, but running shoe lab tests still rate them as providing an above average amount of stability with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 providing just a bit more than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19.

Where the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 also wins is in the flexibility department. It is very flexible when compared to the Mizuno Wave Rider 19, which turned out to be quite stiff in running shoe lab tests.

This is probably because the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 has more flex grooves than the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 in the forefoot.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 also comes with a vertical flex groove that helps with gait efficiency, but this should not affect flexibility much.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 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 18 weighs about 11.6 oz (329 grams), and the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 for men weighs 9.5 oz (269 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is loooking for a soft and comfortable ride, you could choose either the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 or the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is good to get an overall very cushy and flexible ride, while the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is good for runners who are looking for something much lighter and perhaps faster than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18.

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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