ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 vs. 18 review

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 provides a comfortable ride and good cushioning to heel-strikers. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 increases the amount of comfort in the forefoot and heel...

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is the updated version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17, which is a neutral cushioning running shoe that can be worn by underpronators and neutral runners.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com differ a bit in the forefoot and in the heel.

In the forefoot, some overlays that are on the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 have been removed from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 to really open up the forefoot for comfort.

The bunion window, in particular, is quite open on the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com so good for runners who have large bunions.

At the back of the shoes, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 comes with a couple of stitches, no-sew overlays, and mesh.

This has been changed in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18, which has some stitches, a no-sew overlay wrapping the heel from the midfoot, and a closed piece of material that is not an external heel counter but that closes the area of the heel.

This should not only increase the durability of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 behind the heel but also increase the amount of support you get.

Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 come with a good amount of no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot, so you should be able to get a good hold there.

And finally, the stitched-on overlays that are present at the front and around the collar of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 have been replaced by no-sew overlays with no stitches.

All in all, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 tries to increase your comfort level by placing overlays just were you need them and by reducing the amount of stitches in the upper to cause less irritation.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus is known as a running shoe that does not provide a super plush running experience like the ASICS GEL-Nimbus, but it still provides a good amount of cushioning for runners to get a soft ride at an affordable price.

Running shoe lab tests also show that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 provides quite a bit of heel cushioning, and that men, in particular, might experience an overall very soft ride when running in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

This does not change in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18, and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 increases the amount of forefoot cushioning just a tad compared to the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

The midsole of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 uses similar materials as the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 except that the GEL cushioning has been updated.

Both running shoes consist of two layers of foam with GEL cushioning between them.

If you look at the back of the running shoes, you can see that the top layer of foam has a slant on the lateral side behind the heel of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 to bring the GEL cushioning up closer to your foot.

This might have a minor impact on the way the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 feels under your heel when compared to the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and might be of particular interest to heel-strikers.

This is particularly true for women, according to running shoe lab tests, which show that the amount of forefoot cushioning of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is far above that of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 in the forefoot, and the amount of heel cushioning just a bit more in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18.

The conclusion is that both men and women should be able to get an overall very soft ride from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18.

The outsole of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 has not changed at all when compared to that of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17, except for the cuts in the rubber of the outsole.

Both running shoes have a similar layout and the same amount of flex grooves in the same places.

The vertical flex groove (Guidance Line) in both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 should help you achieve a more efficient gait.

Running shoe lab tests rate the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 as being a bit more stable than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

And the amount of flexibility is variable between the genders. For women, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 is a bit more flexible with both running shoes being quite flexible compared to other running shoes, and for men, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is very flexible and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 is quite stiff.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 weighs about 9.4 oz (266 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 for women weighs 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.6 oz (329 grams) and 11.4 oz (323 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner or an underpronator who is looking for a soft and comfortable ride from a running shoe, you could go with either the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 or the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 has not changed much when compared to the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 other than having some minor changes in its upper to increase comfort and in its midsole to increase comfort and shock dissipation.

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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