Saucony Ride 9 vs. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 review

Saucony Ride 9 is relatively light and provides a soft ride to high-mileage runners. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 provides softness and comfort to neutral runners and underpronators...

The Saucony Ride 9 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 are neutral cushioning running shoes and can be seen as each other's counterparts so should match up well against each other.

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The uppers of the Saucony Ride 9 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 are quite similar with mesh and no-sew overlays.

They do contain a couple of stitches, but these are located at the back of the running shoes and on the saddle of the Saucony Ride 9.

Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the Saucony Ride 9 have been kept comfortable with just enough support around the midfoot to keep your foot in place.

The toe box of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is more open than that of the Saucony Ride 9 because it does not have any overlays on it. Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 might also offer bunions a bit more space than the Saucony Ride 9.

Both running shoes come with an adequate amount of support behind the heel.

All in all, other than some extra overlays on the toe box and stitched-on overlays at the back, the upper of the Saucony Ride 9 offers the same as that of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18, which includes comfort and lightweight support.

Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 and the Saucony Ride 9 are not meant to provide an excessive amount of cushioning to neutral runners but still provide a good amount of it.

The Saucony Ride 9 has a more traditional midsole with a crash pad under the heel. However, it does come with an extra softer layer of foam that is closest to the foot.

The latter is somewhat similar to what the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 with its two layers of foam. The GEL cushioning in the heel of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 simulates what the crash pad in the Saucony Ride 9 does, which is to soften impact at heel-strike.

According to running shoe lab tests, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 and the Saucony Ride 9 come close to offering a similar amount of cushioning to runners.

For men, there are almost no differences between the amount of cushioning offered by the two running shoes, with both offering a very cushy forefoot and heel.

The differences between the amount of cushioning in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 and the Saucony Ride 9 are a bit more noticeable in the women's versions of the running shoes.

In this case, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 offers a bit more heel cushioning than the Saucony Ride 9, and the Saucony Ride 9 offers a bit more forefoot cushioning to women than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 does.

However, both running shoes offer an amount of cushioning that is way above average and close to the max.

So whether you choose to run in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 or in the Saucony Ride 9, you are almost guaranteed to have a soft ride, according to running shoe lab tests.

The midsole of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 comes with a midfoot shank that consists of two pieces on the lateral and medial sides under the midfoot.

The Saucony Ride 9 does not come with a midfoot shank but rather provides full ground contact under the midfoot.

The full ground contact of the Saucony Ride 9 adds to the stability of the running shoe and also allows you to get a smoother ride.

However, according to running shoe lab tests, the Saucony Ride 9 is not as stable as the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18.

Whereas the Saucony Ride 9 offers an amount of stability that is just below average, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 shoots up above average.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different. Both display a good amount of separation, which is good for shock absorption, but the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 tends to have larger rubber compartments than the Saucony Ride 9.

The latter does not prevent the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 from being more flexible than the Saucony Ride 9, though, because according to running shoe lab tests, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is very flexible – especially for men – while the Saucony Ride 9 falls a bit on the stiff side for both genders.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams), and the Saucony Ride 9 for women weighs 7.9 oz (224 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.6 oz (329 grams) and 9.5 oz (269 grams), respectively, with the Saucony Ride 9 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a very soft ride from basic running shoes, you could turn to either the Saucony Ride 9 or the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is good if you want a bit more stability and flexibility, while the Saucony Ride 9 is good if you are looking to wear something lighter on your feet.

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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