ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 vs. Saucony Ride ISO review

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is an entry-level running shoe that delivers a responsive and smooth ride. Saucony Ride ISO provides a soft ride with a personalized fit to neutral runners...

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the Saucony Ride ISO are neutral cushioning running shoes that can be said to be at a comparable level, because they are both entry-level running shoes.

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Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Ride ISO come with no-sew overlays around the midfoot, but the overlays on the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 tend to connect the saddle better to the midsole.

The Saucony Ride ISO The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com only has a good few no-sew overlays that go from the saddle all the way to the midsole on the medial side, but most of the ones on the lateral side go just halfway down, so you get more support on the medial side.

The Saucony Ride ISO also has separate sections along the saddle that can be customized to fit your foot the way you want them to.

Therefore, you can get a more personalized fit from the Saucony Ride ISO compared to the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the Saucony Ride ISO have a forefoot that is quite open and free from overlays, except for a no-sew toecap at the front.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 seems to provide more room in the toe box, but the overlays on the medial side of the Saucony Ride ISO are more pulled back to clear the bunion window and provide comfort to those who have big bunions.

The area around the heel of the Saucony Ride ISO is more closed than that around the heel of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20, and the Saucony Ride ISO has two pieces at the sides of the heel and at the back that add some extra support.

Therefore, the Saucony Ride ISO delivers a bit more support around the heel compared to the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

All in all, both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the Saucony Ride ISO deliver an adequate amount of support to neutral runners through their uppers, but the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 delivers just what you need in support around the midfoot and comfort in the toe box, while the Saucony Ride ISO delivers support around the midfoot and the heel in addition to something extra in the customization and personalization of the upper to better fit your foot.

Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the Saucony Ride ISO are meant to deliver a soft ride to neutral runners but not too soft to hold you back.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 comes with two layers of foam, of which the bottom layer has been kept more responsive than the top layer. It also has GEL cushioning in the heel to absorb shock at heel-strike.

The Saucony Ride ISO is different in that it has one main layer of foam with a topsole construction that consists of softer foam that provides heel-to-toe cushioning as well as energy return.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 has a similar heel height as the Saucony Ride ISO for men and a somewhat thicker forefoot than the Saucony Ride ISO, but the Saucony Ride ISO has a somewhat higher heel-to-toe drop for men.

Women sit a bit higher off the ground in the Saucony Ride ISO than in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20, but the two running shoes have a similar heel-to-toe drop for women.

In terms of cushioning, men can get an overall soft ride from the Saucony Ride ISO with a good amount of heel and forefoot cushioning that is well balanced, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 delivers a good amount of forefoot cushioning but only a moderate amount of heel cushioning.

Women get a moderate amount of heel cushioning and not much forefoot cushioning from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20, so the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 can feel firm to some female runners.

The Saucony Ride ISO, on the other hand, displays a good balance between heel and forefoot cushioning, but women get a very cushy heel and a cushy forefoot from the Saucony Ride ISO.

Therefore, whether you are a man or a woman, if you are looking to get an overall soft ride, the Saucony Ride ISO is better capable of delivering what you want.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the Saucony Ride ISO provide a good amount of ground contact, which should benefit the smoothness of your ride as well as add some stability to the running shoes.

However, while both running shoes do deliver some stability, they would not be suitable running shoes to be worn by overpronators, because they do not come with any devices to control pronation.

The rubber outsoles of the Saucony Ride ISO and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 differ quite a bit in construction and layout.

The outsole of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 comes with a vertical flex groove that is meant to help you achieve a more efficient gait and a few flex grooves in the forefoot.

The areas of rubber are quite large, so the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 should be able to give you lots of mileage.

There is also a small crash section at the back to isolate impact from the rest of the outsole.

The Saucony Ride ISO has something similar in its crash section under the heel, but it displays more segmentation than in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20, and it is located more on the outside of the heel rather than more at the back of the heel.

The outsole of the Saucony Ride ISO is also overall more segmented and separated, and it has a large amount of flex grooves in the forefoot.

However, because the Saucony Ride ISO delivers a good amount of forefoot cushioning, it turns out to be stiff for both men and women. Note that the Saucony Ride ISO is stiffer for women than it is for men.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 has also been found to be a stiff running shoe for both men and women, but it is more flexible for women than it is for men probably because women get less forefoot cushioning than men do.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is slightly lighter than the Saucony Ride ISO for women, and the men's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is slightly heavier than the Saucony Ride ISO for men.

If you are a neutral runner who is just starting out with running or if you are looking for a more basic running shoe that delivers a comfortable ride, you could choose either the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 or the Saucony Ride ISO.

While both running shoes are capable of delivering a smooth ride, you ride might be just a tad smoother in the Saucony Ride ISO.

The Saucony Ride ISO also delivers an overall softer ride than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 to both men and women, and the upper of the Saucony Ride ISO is more customizable than that of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

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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