Saucony Ride 9 vs. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 review

Saucony Ride 9 is lightweight and provides a soft ride to high-mileage runners. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 provides a comfortable ride to neutral runners and underpronators...

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The Saucony Ride 9 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 are neutral cushioning running shoes and can be seen as each other's counterparts.

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Similarities start in the upper where both the Saucony Ride 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 have no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot and the forefoot.

Both also have stitches at the back with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 also having stitches around the collar.

The stitched-on overlays are probably more supportive on the Saucony Ride 9 than the stitches in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com because they wrap and cup the heel well.

Overall, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 provides more room for letting air through and may also feel a bit more comfortable in the toe box due to the limited amount of overlays compared to the Saucony Ride 9.

The fit provided by the Saucony Ride 9 might be a bit closer to your foot, though.

The Saucony Ride 9 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 are running shoes that are not meant to provide stability; they are meant to provide cushioning.

Both deliver heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 comes with two layers of foam and GEL cushioning to soften your landing and provide a soft toe-off.

The Saucony Ride 9 has one main layer of foam with at the top of this layer an extra softer layer just under the sockliner.

It also comes with a crash pad under the heel to soften your landings.

According to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Ride 9 is an overall very cushy running shoe for both men and women.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 displays more variability in the amount of cushioning it provides.

For women, both running shoes deliver a good amount of heel cushioning, which is almost equal in the two running shoes.

However, when it comes to forefoot cushioning, the amount is average in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 for women and almost to the max in the Saucony Ride 9 for women.

So if you are a female heel-striker, you could choose either running shoe, but if you want a very cushy forefoot, the Saucony Ride 9 would be the one for you.

For men, the differences between the two running shoes are very small. Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the Saucony Ride 9 are overall very cushy running shoes for men.

There is only a tiny difference in the amount of heel cushioning with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 providing more than the Saucony Ride 9 and also a tiny difference in the amount of forefoot cushioning with the Saucony Ride 9 providing more than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

In terms of stability, running shoe lab tests rate the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 as being more stable than the Saucony Ride 9.

This is probably due to the fact that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 comes with a midfoot shank that does not connect the two sides of the shoe but that does add support and stability to the running shoe.

The Saucony Ride 9, on the other hand, does not have a midfoot shank but provides more ground contact than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17, which adds to the stability of the running shoe but not as much as the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

What this ground contact also does is allow the Saucony Ride 9 to provide you with smoother heel-to-toe transitions than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

The amount of ground contact also makes the outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different.

Both have a good amount of separation between their rubber compartments and while the Saucony Ride 9 comes with more flex grooves in its forefoot than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17, this does not necessarily make it more flexible.

Running shoe lab tests show that both running shoes are almost equally stiff for men. This is probably due to the large amount of forefoot cushioning provided by both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the Saucony Ride 9 to men.

However, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 turns out to be way more flexible than the Saucony Ride 9 for women.

This again might be due to the fact that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 does not provides as much forefoot cushioning as the Saucony Ride 9 does to women.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams) and the Saucony Ride 9 for women weighs 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.4 oz (323 grams) and 9.5 oz (269 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 9 being the lighter one.

If you are looking for an overall very soft and smooth ride from a lightweight running shoe, then the Saucony Ride 9 might be worth looking into.

And if you are after a bit more stability from a neutral running shoe that provides a soft ride, especially to men, then the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 might be the one for you.

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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This review falls under: ASICS | Saucony

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