Saucony Ride 7 vs. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 review

Saucony Ride 7 offers a very soft, smooth, and stable ride for daily runs to neutral runners. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 is good for heel-strikers looking for good value for their money.

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The Saucony Ride 7 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 are both neutral cushioning running shoes that can be worn by runners who do not need a whole lot of stability and support, but because they are from two different running shoe manufacturers, they are expected to differ quite a bit.

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Differences between the Saucony Ride 7 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 start in the upper where the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 tends to have more traditional overlays wrapping the midfoot, so also expected to give you a good lock down there.

The overlays on the Saucony Ride 7 are more strategically placed, especially on the medial side of the shoe where runners are expected to need the most support.

However, both running shoes consist of a combination of mesh with stitched-on and no-sew overlays, so comfort has defnitely been thought about.

In addition to having more stitched-on overlays than the Saucony Ride 7, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 also has a very open bunion window, so if you have big bunions, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 would accommodate those better than the Saucony Ride 7.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 and the Saucony Ride 7 differ considerably in construction and materials used.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 has a FluidRide midsole that provides heel-to-toe cushioning. In addition, there is GEL cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot to make your rides softer and more comfortable.

The Saucony Ride 7 has a PowerGrid midsole that also provides heel-to-toe cushioning with a crash pad under the heel that wraps around the lateral side of the heel to join the midfoot and provide you with soft landings.

However, when compared in the lab, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 turns out to provide more heel cushioning than the Saucony Ride 7 for both men and women, but the Saucony Ride 7 provides way more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 for both men and women.

So if you are a heel-striker, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 would probably suit you better, and if you like a cushy forefoot, the Saucony Ride 7 would be a better choice.

However, when comparing the two running shoes, the Saucony Ride 7 turns out to have a more evenly distributed amount of cushioning, which means that the cushioning in the forefoot does not overpower that in the heel like the heel cushioning in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 does compared to the forefoot cushioning.

Another big difference between the Saucony Ride 7 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 is that the Saucony Ride 7 provides full ground contact under the midfoot, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 has a midfoot shank on the medial and lateral sides of the midfoot to maintain midfoot integrity.

Full ground contact tends to benefit the stability of a running shoe and also allow it to provide you with smooth transitions from heel-strike to toe-off. So the Saucony Ride 7 would excel in these areas compared to the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16.

The full ground contact also allows the Saucony Ride 7 to have an all-in-one outsole, while the outsole of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 is separated in rearfoot and forefoot areas that are joined at the midfoot.

Separation is good for shock dissipation, and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 has large slabs of rubber under it making it a durable running shoe.

The Saucony Ride 7 on the other hand has more smaller rubber lugs but with more separation in the forefoot in addition to that rubber being blown rubber to give you more cushioning.

But because the Saucony Ride 7 provides so much forefoot cushioning, it also generally turns out to be a stiff running shoe. But when compared to the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 for women, the difference in stiffness is not that great, since both running shoes are pretty stiff.

For men, however, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 turns out to be somewhat more flexible than the Saucony Ride 7, but still above average stiff.

The women's version of the Saucony Ride 7 weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 for women weighs 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 9.5 oz (269 grams) and 11.9 oz (337 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 7 being the lighter one.

Making a choice between the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 and the Saucony Ride 7 will probably be determined by whether you are a heel-striker or not, and whether you are looking for a light-weight running shoe or not.

For the former, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 would be a good choice, otherwise the Saucony Ride 7 could give you what you are looking for.

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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