ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 vs. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 is a basic trainer that provides a good amount of comfort and cushioning. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 delivers a responsive and smooth ride...

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is the updated version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19, which is an entry-level neutral cushioning running shoe for runners who do not need much stability and support.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are similar in that they both come with no-sew overlays, but the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 has some stitches in overlays that are closer to the heel.

The ASICS logo serves as a good connection between the saddle and the midsole, thereby giving you a good wrap around the midfoot.

The toe box of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 has an overlay running on top of it and no toecap, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 has no overlays on its toe box but does come with a no-sew toecap.

The sides of the toe boxes of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 are quite open so should deliver a good amount of comfort to runners who have somewhat wider feet and big bunions.

The mesh on the two running shoes differ but are quite open and breathable.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 has mesh that is more closed around the heel but has no overlays that wrap the heel, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 has the same mesh it has elsewhere on the running shoe but then adds some extra support through no-sew overlays that wrap the top of the heel.

All in all, you should be able to get a similar amount of support and comfort from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20, despite the fact that the upper of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 has changed somewhat.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 are similar in that they consist of two layers of foam with GEL cushioning between those two layers.

However, whereas the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 exposes one GEL pod in the forefoot on the lateral side, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 does not expose any.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 seems to have a larger pod of GEL in the heel, but the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 has more midsole foam in that area.

The midsole foam used by the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 differs from that of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19.

The bottom layer of the midsole foam of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is supposed to be more responsive and thus also somewhat firmer than the one used in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19.

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Therefore, when one take everything into consideration, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 might deliver a somewhat softer ride than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

Another midsole change is that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 does not come with a midfoot shank that consists of two pieces like the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 does.

This midfoot shank is meant to increase midfoot integrity and also delivers some degree of stability.

Instead of having a midfoot shank, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 provides full ground contact under the midfoot.

This also increases the stability and the running shoe in addition to helping you to achieve smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

Because the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 are meant to be worn by neutral runners, such runners would be less concerned about the amount of stability delivered by the two running shoes.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes also look somewhat different, partly due to the fact of one having a midfoot shank and the other providing full ground contact.

Both running shoes have large areas of rubber and come with a vertical flex groove for gait efficiency.

However, the outsole of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 displays slightly more separation than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 under the heel as well as under the forefoot.

In addition, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 has more flex grooves that run from side to side compared to the ones in the outsole of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 is expected to be somewhat more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 for women weighs approximately 9.1 oz (258 grams).

The men's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 weighs about 10.1 oz (286 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 for men weighs 11.3 oz (320 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a comfortable ride in a basic running shoe that provides everything a neutral runner needs, you could go with either the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 or the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 might deliver a somewhat softer and more flexible ride, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is good if you are looking for a more responsive ride with smoother heel-to-toe transitions in a somewhat lighter running shoe.

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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