ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 vs. ASICS GT-2000 4 review

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 provides a comfortable ride and good cushioning to heel-strikers. ASICS GT-2000 4 delivers a stable and comfortable ride with a secure fit and cushy forefoot.

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The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 fall in two different categories of running shoes with ASICS listing the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 as being for underpronators to neutral runners, and the ASICS GT-2000 4 for neutral runners to overpronators.

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This means that the ASICS GT-2000 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com should provide more support than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17, so let's take a look if this is really the case.

The uppers of both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GT-2000 4 consist of no-sew overlays but these overlays are more prominent in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 than they are in the ASICS GT-2000 4.

In addition, the ASICS GT-2000 4 still has stitched-on overlays on the medial side where overpronators tend to need the most support.

It also comes with an external heel counter at the back whereas the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 just has overlays in that area.

The toe box of the ASICS GT-2000 4 is more open and free than that of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 but both running shoes provide enough space for bunions so should feel pretty comfortable.

All in all, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 provides a good wrap around the midfoot and back of the shoe, the ASICS GT-2000 4 can be seen as having a more supportive upper due to the stitched-on overlays.

Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles, which consist of two layers of foam with GEL cushioning between those two layers.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 exposes its GEL cushioning in the forefoot, while the ASICS GT-2000 4 does not.

However, this does not automatically mean that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 has a more cushy forefoot because running shoe lab tests say otherwise.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 turns out to have a more cushy forefoot for both men and women. For men, the forefoot cushioning of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 comes very close to that of the ASICS GT-2000 4, which has a very cushy forefoot.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 wins in the heel cushionng department for men and women, though. While the ASICS GT-2000 4 has above average cushioning in the heel, it is much less than that in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

So heel-strikers would benefit more from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 than they would from the ASICS GT-2000 4.

Note that that amount of forefoot cushioning is average in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 for women, whereas the ASICS GT-2000 4 turns out to have a very cushy forefoot.

The big difference between the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 can be found on the medial side of the midsole where the ASICS GT-2000 4 has a support system in place to control overpronation.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 does not have such a support system, since it is a running shoe for neutral runners and underpronators.

However, it does come with a midfoot shank that consists of two pieces on the each side under the midfoot to provide midfoot integrity but this does not provide the kind of support delivered by the midfoot shank of the ASICS GT-2000 4, which connects its two sides.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 4 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 have a vertical flex groove (Guidance Line) that helps with gait efficiency.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes also look very much alike in their setup and have a similar amount of flex grooves.

Running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 is the more flexible running shoe of the two, especially for women, where it turns out to be super flexible.

For men, the flexibility of the two running shoes comes close to each other with both lying on the stiffer end of the spectrum.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams) and the ASICS GT-2000 4 for women weighs 9.2 oz (261 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.4 oz (323 grams) and 11.3 oz (320 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GT-2000 4 being the lighter one.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a running shoe that provides a good amount of stability and support in addition to enough cushioning for long runs, then the ASICS GT-2000 4 is worth looking into.

And if you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride from a running shoe that delivers the basics, then the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 might be the one for you. Just remember that men may get a softer ride from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 than women would.

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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