ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 vs. ASICS GT-2000 4

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is a basic trainer that provides a good amount of comfort and cushioning. ASICS GT-2000 4 delivers a stable and comfortable ride with a secure fit.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 being a neutral cushioning running shoe and the ASICS GT-2000 4 a stability running shoe that ASICS says could also be worn by neutral runners.

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The uppers of both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com have been built with comfort in mind.

Both running shoes have a forefoot that is quite open and that provides space to large bunions.

But whereas the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com does not come with any overlays on its toe box, the ASICS GT-2000 4 comes with light welded-on overlays.

The rest of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 contains mainly no-sew overlays around the midfoot to provide support while still maintaining comfort.

The ASICS GT-2000 4, on the other hand, comes with sturdy stitched-on overlays on its medial side to provide support to overpronators, where they need it most.

And then at the back, the ASICS GT-2000 4 has an external heel counter to provide additional support behind the heel. The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 does not come with such a heel counter but still provides enough support behind the heel.

All in all, it is clear that the ASICS GT-2000 4 provides just a bit more support through its upper than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18. However, both running shoes should be able to keep your foot on the running platform.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is geared toward underpronators to neutral runners, while the ASICS GT-2000 4 is geared toward neutral runners to overpronators.

Both running shoes are known to provide quite a bit of cushioning to runners.

That is probably because the setup of their midsoles is similar with two layers of foam and GEL cushioning in the heel and forefoot.

However, when you look at the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18, you can see that some GEL is protruding, while this is not the case for the ASICS GT-2000 4.

However, this is not a good indication of the amount of cushioning you can expect to get from both shoes, because running shoe lab tests show that both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 have very cushy forefeet and provide a similar amount of cushioning in the forefoot to both men and women.

Larger differences in cushioning can be noted in the heel, where the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 exceeds the amount of heel cushioning offered by the ASICS GT-2000 4 for both men and women although the differences are larger for women than they are for men.

So according to lab tests, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 would be a good running shoe for heel-strikers despite the ASICS GT-2000 4 providing an above average amount of heel cushioning to runners.

The biggest difference in the midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 and the ASICS GT-2000 4 can be found on the medial side, where the ASICS GT-2000 4 has a support system in place to provide pronation control, and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 does not.

However, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 comes with a midfoot shank that consists of two pieces of plastic that hook up into the midsole on the medial and lateral sides.

This allows the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 to provide a bit of support without performing any corrections.

The ASICS GT-2000 4 also comes with a midfoot shank, but unlike the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18, its midfoot shank connects the lateral and medial sides.

Overall, one can expect to get more stability and support from the ASICS GT-2000 4 than from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18, but running shoe lab tests still rate the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 as providing quite a bit of stability to runners and almost as much as the ASICS GT-2000 4.

Apart from the midfoot shank, the outsoles of the two running shoes look pretty similar down to the flex grooves and rubber compartments.

Both provide a good amount of rubber for durability and separation for shock absorption and dissipation.

But what differs, according to running shoe lab tests, is the amount of flexibility provided. This is much greater in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 than it is in the ASICS GT-2000 4, which turns out to be somewhat stiff for both men and women.

The women's version of the ASICS GT-2000 4 weighs about 9.2 oz (261 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 for women weighs about 9.4 oz (266 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 11.6 oz (329 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GT-2000 4 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft and stable ride from a running shoe, you could turn to either the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 or the ASICS GT-2000 4, thereby keeping in mind that ASICS GT-2000 4 would provide some degree of correction to your ride.

Overpronators might prefer the ASICS GT-2000 4 for its more supportive upper and slightly higher amount of stability.

But for an overall very soft ride, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 might do a better job than the ASICS GT-2000 4.

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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