ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 vs. ASICS GT-2000 3 review

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 provides a comfortable ride to underpronators. ASICS GT-2000 3 provides an overall soft, comfortable, and supportive ride without being too heavy.

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The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 fall in two different categories of running shoes with ASICS listing the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 as being for underpronators, and the ASICS GT-2000 3 for neutral runners to overpronators.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GT-2000 3 differ in that the ASICS GT-2000 3 has stitched-on overlays on the medial side, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 consists almost entirely of no-sew overlays.

However, because the overlays on the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 wrap the midfoot well on both sides, it should keep your foot in place just like the ASICS GT-2000 3, even if the support provided by the ASICS GT-2000 3 is a bit more.

The ASICS GT-2000 3 has an external heel counter to lock your heel down on the platform and provide extra support a the back. The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 is missing this feature.

One final difference in the upper is the fact that the overlays on the ASICS GT-2000 3 tend to be pulled back, which opens up the forefoot a bit more, especially over the bunion window.

All in all, the ASICS GT-2000 3 is expected to provide more support through its upper than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

The midsoles of both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 provide heel-to-toe cushioning.

In addition, they have GEL cushioning in the heel and the forefoot between two layers of foam with the one closest to the foot being the softest layer and the one closer to the ground the more responsive layer.

While the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 has its forefoot GEL cushioning being exposed on the lateral side and the ASICS GT-2000 3 does not, this does not automatically mean that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 has a more cushy forefoot.

Running shoe lab tests have shown the opposite, that is, the ASICS GT-2000 3 has a more cushy forefoot for both men and women, but the difference in cushioning should be more noticeable for women than for men.

And as far as heel cushioning goes, the ASICS GT-2000 3 has a more cushy heel for women, but the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 provides more heel cushioning than the ASICS GT-2000 3 for men, but not by much.

All in all, men should not notice much of a difference in cushioning between the two running shoes. However, if you are a women looking for an overall very cushy ride, the ASICS GT-2000 3 may suit you better than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

The big difference between the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the ASICS GT-2000 3 is the fact that the ASICS GT-2000 3 has a support system in place on the medial side of the midsole to keep your foot from rolling too far inward.

Since the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 is listed as being for underpronators, who tend to roll their feet outward instead of inward, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 does not cater for overpronation.

And apart from a midfoot shank that consists of two separate pieces on the lateral and medial side of the midfoot that provides midfoot structural integrity and support, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 does not provide any other kind of support, which means that it could also be worn by neutral runners.

The two sides of the midfoot shank of the ASICS GT-2000 3 are connected, as a good indication of the amount of support provided by the ASICS GT-2000 3.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look very similar in the amount of separation and flex grooves. They both also have a vertical flex groove (Guidance Line) that is supposed to help with gait efficiency.

The amount of rubber under both running shoes is quite large, meaning that they should last long.

As far as flexibility goes, running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GT-2000 3 is the more flexible running shoe for men, but that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 is way more flexible for women, probably due to the lesser amount of cushioning it provides, especially in the forefoot.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams) and the ASICS GT-2000 3 for women weighs 9.1 oz (258 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.4 oz (323 grams) and 11.1 oz (315 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GT-2000 3 being the lighter one.

If you are a runner who does not need any kind of support from a running shoe and are looking for a well-cushioned ride, you could choose to go with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

Women should note however, that the heel of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 may feel cushy, and the forefoot not too soft nor too firm. Men, on the other hand, should experience an overall cushy ride.

If you need support and are looking for a very cushy ride from a somewhat lighter running shoe, then the ASICS GT-2000 3 would be the one to consider above the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

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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