ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 review

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 provides a comfortable ride to neutral runners and underpronators. Saucony Triumph ISO 2 offers a very soft and smooth ride with a secure fit...

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The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 are neutral cushioning running shoes but are not each other's counterpart. The counterpart of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is the ASICS GEL-Nimbus.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are quite different in that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has broad and sturdy overlays that wrap the midfoot around mesh.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has no-sew overlays running throughout its entire upper but mainly from the midfoot to the back of the shoe.

No-sew overlays tend to be less supportive but provide more comfort, and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 has enough no-sew overlays to strap your foot in and keep in place.

The forefoot of the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is slightly more open and free than that of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17, so the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 might feel a bit more comfortable in that area although the bunion window of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 is also quite open.

At the back, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 comes with an external heel counter to increase the amount of support behind the heel. The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 does not come with such support but should still offer enough support behind the heel.

All in all, the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provides a more secure fit through its upper, but the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 does not lag too far behind in the amount of support it provides.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is meant to provide a plush ride through the use of midsole cushioning in combination with softer foam that lies closer to the foot just under the sockliner. It also has a landing zone in the heel to soften your landings.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 also comes with two layers of foam, but its layers are more obvious, especially the softer layer that lies closest to the foot.

In addition, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 comes with GEL cushioning in the heel to soften your landings and in the forefoot to soften your toe-off.

Despite all these properties, running shoe lab tests still rate the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 as the running shoe that provides overall more cushioning to both men and women.

For men, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 have a similar amount of heel cushioning, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has slightly more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17, but the differences are not that large.

For women, the differences are much larger and obvious. While the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 has a good amount of heel cushioning, it still lags a bit behind the amount provided by the Saucony Triumph ISO 2, with the latter being quite plush.

And the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 provides an average amount of forefoot cushioning that lags a lot behind the very plush forefoot that the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 has.

However, where running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 wins from the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 is in the amount of stability provided.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 comes with a midfoot shank that does not connect its two sides but that still provides a good amount of support under the midfoot.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 does not come with a midfoot shank but rather provides a good amount of ground contact that should increase the smoothness of your rides and add some stability.

This smoothness is increased by the outsole that is well separated. The outsole of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 is also well separated but has much larger rubber compartments. Both running shoes should be able to dissipate shock well.

According to running shoe lab tests, both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 are quite stiff for men. This is probably due to the large amount of forefoot cushioning provided by both running shoes.

For women, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 turns out to be very flexible when compared to the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 for women.

This is again probably due to the fact that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 provides much less forefoot cushioning to women than the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 does.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams) and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 for women weighs 8.6 oz (244 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.4 oz (323 grams) and 10.4 oz (295 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 being the lighter one.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 provides a lightweight and plush running experience with a secure fit to neutral runners.

However, if you are looking for something cheaper, you could go with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17, especially if you are a male runner who is looking for a soft running experience.

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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