ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 3 review

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 provides softness and comfort to neutral runners and underpronators. Saucony Triumph ISO 3 adds plushness and a secure fit to your long runs.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 are neutral cushioning running shoes but are not seen as each other's counterparts. The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is considered to be a more premium running shoe than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 are similar in that both have a wide open forefoot than does not have overlays on it.

The mesh used by the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com provides structure that reduces the need for overlays, and the bunion window is a bit more open than that of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18.

Both running shoes wrap the midfoot with overlays, but whereas the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 uses only no-sew overlays, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 has stitched-on overlays that wrap the midfoot and the heel.

The overlays on the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 cover more of the midfoot than those on the Saucony Triumph ISO 3, so the amount of support should be about the same, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 might offer more durability.

Both the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 offer a good amount of support behind the heel although the heel of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is more open than that of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18.

So except for the types of overlays used, the uppers of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 turn out to be quite similar in what they offer.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is generally seen as a more premium running shoe than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 because it is comparable to the ASICS GEL-Nimbus.

The premium in the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 can also be found in its midsole, where it uses EVERUN technology to add an additional layer of cushioning to your runs.

However, when you look at running shoe lab test results, the running shoes come close to providing an equal amount of cushioning.

For men, there are almost no differences to be noted in the amount of cushioning provided in the heel and forefoot of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18. Both running shoes turn out to be very cushy for men.

However, there are minor differences to be noted between the female versions of the running shoes.

In this case, women get a bit more forefoot cushioning in the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and a bit more heel cushioning in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18.

Both running shoes are very cushy for women and the differences should not be that noticeable.

The construction of the midsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 differ, but their functionality is similar.

For example, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 uses GEL cushioning in the heel to provide initial shock absorption at heel-strike, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 comes with a landing zone that has a similar function.

However, one big difference between the two running shoes is the fact that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 has a midfoot shank and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 does not.

The Saucony Triumph ISO 3 provides full ground contact under the midfoot, which increases the stability a bit, but not as much as in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18.

The midfoot shank of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 does not connect the two sides of the shoe, so does not provide any corrections, but it does increase the stability of the running shoe, which according to running shoe lab tests lies a bit above average compared to average in the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

The midfoot shank or separation between the forefoot and heel of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 also makes the outsole of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 look different from that of the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

However, both running shoes still provide a good amount of separation in their outsoles for shock dissipation and flexibility.

And as far as flexibility goes, running shoe lab tests indicate that the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is much more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 for both men and women.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is quite flexible for men and somewhat flexible for women, but does not come anywhere near the amount of flexibility provided by the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams), and the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 for women weighs 8.7 oz (247 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.6 oz (329 grams) and 10.8 oz (306 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft ride, you could choose either the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 or the Saucony Triumph ISO 3.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is good for those who want a tiny bit of stability in addition to a well-cushioned and comfortable ride, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is good for runners who are looking for something lighter and more flexible.

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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