ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 vs. Saucony Triumph ISO 4 review

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is an entry-level running shoe that delivers a responsive and smooth ride. Saucony Triumph ISO 4 delivers a soft and smooth ride for long runs...

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 are neutral cushioning running shoes that cannot be said to be comparable.

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The Saucony Triumph ISO 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is a more premium cushioning running shoe than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 provide lightweight support through their uppers by using mesh with no-sew overlays and underlays.

While the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 has the ASICS logo connecting the saddle to the midsole, the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 does not have its overlays running all the way from the saddle to the midsole, but it does come with some underlays that do so.

Another difference is that the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 has individual sections in its saddle that can be customized to fit your foot the way you want them to, so the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 has a personalization aspect that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 does not have.

What is also different is the fact that the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 comes with a Support Frame at the back that hooks around the top part of the heel to not only offer some support but also lock your heel in and provide a better heel fit.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 provides a more standard amount of support around the heel and has some of its no-sew overlays wrapping around the collar.

Neither the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 nor the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 comes with many overlays on the toe box, but the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 offers less constriction than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4, because the latter does have an overlay on the medial side on top of its toe box and also an underlay running across the bunion window.

However, you should still be able to get lots of comfort from the toe box of either running shoe.

All in all, both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 should be able to keep your foot as a neutral runner on the running platform, but the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 offers more in personalization than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 does.

The midsoles of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 are constructed differently but display some similarities.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 comes with two layers of foam, of which the bottom layer is more responsive than the top layer, which lies closest to the foot and is somewhat softer.

While the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 has only one main layer of foam, this layer of foam delivers heel-to-toe cushioning and energy return.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 increases its amount of cushioning by adding GEL cushioning between its two layers of foam.

While the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 does not have something similar, its entire midsole consists of Saucony's premium cushioning material, so it has been designed to offer runners a plush ride.

Lab tests have found that men can get an overall soft ride from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 but also from the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

However, women get a more moderate amount of cushioning from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 compared to men, and the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 might feel firm to some female runners.

Women get overall more heel and forefoot cushioning from the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 compared to men, so their ride would feel cushy to very cushy.

In conclusion, while men can go either way in terms of cushiness, women who are looking to get a cushy ride would be better off in the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 than in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 has a slightly higher heel-to-toe drop (between 1 and 2 mm higher) than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 for both men and women.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 also puts more foam between you and the road as a man, but you get more protection from the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 as a women, so both running shoes are good for long runs but one more suitable than the other for each gender.

The midsoles of both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact for a bit of stability and also smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

Neither the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 nor the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 comes with a device to control pronation, because they are meant to be worn by neutral runners. Therefore, they do not score high enough in stability and support to be worn by overpronators.

The outsoles of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 differ quite a bit.

While both have a crash section under the heel that is somewhat similar, the rest of their outsoles differ in that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 has one noticeable vertical flex groove and a couple of horizontal flex grooves in the forefoot, while the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 only has zigzag rubber cuts and a couple of vertical flex grooves.

The setup of the outsole of the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 is beneficial for dissipating and absorbing shock, which in turn should benefit the smoothness of your ride.

The vertical flex groove in the outsole of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is meant to help you achieve a more efficient gait.

Neither the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 nor the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 has been found to be flexible, probably due to the good amount of forefoot cushioning they provide and the lack of a lot of horizontal flex grooves.

However, because women get a more moderate amount of cushioning from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 might feel a bit more flexible than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 for women.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is lighter than the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 for both men and women.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for comfort but also a smooth ride, you could choose either the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 or the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 can offer a cushy ride to men, but women would get a much cushier ride from the Saucony Triumph ISO 4 than from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is a more basic running shoe, but it can compete well with the Saucony Triumph ISO 4. However, some runners might prefer getting a more personalized fit as offered by the Saucony Triumph ISO 4.

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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