ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 vs. ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 review

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 provides basic comfort and cushioning to neutral runners. ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 being a neutral cushioning running shoe and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 a stability running shoe.

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However, because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is a premium running shoe that is supposed to deliver a plush running experience and because the amount of support it provides is moderate, it can also be worn by neutral runners, according to ASICS.

The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 are alike in that they do not come with many overlays.

The ASICS logo holds things together around the midfoot, and then there are other no-sew overlays elsewhere to provide more support.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 seems to have less overlays than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 comes with underlays to provide support under the mesh and the mesh is engineered mesh so provides some degree of support too.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 has some stitches in its overlays around the heel. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 does not come with stitches around the heel but rather implements a sturdy heel counter that should not only help lock in the heel but also help prevent heel rotation that is part of overpronation.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 does not come with an external heel counter but you should get enough support from the heel cup.

The front of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 is more open than that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, so in that respect the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 might offer a bit more durability at the front.

All in all, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 might offer a bit more support around the midfoot, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 wins with its amount of support around the heel.

The midsoles of both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 consist of two layers of foam with GEL cushioning between the two layers.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 comes with one pod of GEL cushioning more in the forefoot, but because the type of midsole material used differs between the two running shoes, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 might provide as much cushioning as the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

The midsole of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 consists of a lower layer of responsive material and an upper layer of foam that provides a good amount of cushioning. Responsive material is typically a bit firmer so provides a bit less cushioning.

The midsole of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 does not make use of the responsive material used in the midsole of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

Therefore, while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 is a basic running shoe and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 a more premium one, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 might still rival and even exceed the amount of cushioning delivered by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24.

In any case, you should be able to get a soft and comfortable ride from either running shoe.

The biggest difference between the two running shoes can be found under the midfoot and on the medial side of the midsole.

Both the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 have a midfoot shank, but the midfoot shank of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 connects the two sides of the running shoe while that of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 does not.

In addition, the midsole of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 comes with a support system on the medial side that helps stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

Therefore, you can expect to get a bit more support and stability from the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 than from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19.

The rubber compartments and flex grooves under the two running shoes are quite similar with both having a good amount of rubber for durability and flex grooves for flexibility.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 weighs approximately 9.3 oz (264 grams), while the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 for women weighs approximately 9.1 oz (258 grams).

The men's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 weighs about 11.3 oz (320 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 for men also weighs 11.3 oz (320 grams).

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a comfortable ride, you could choose either the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 or the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24, thereby keeping in mind that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 would provide a more luxurious ride but that ASICS GEL-Cumulus 19 was made for neutral runners.

If you are a mild to moderate overpronator, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 24 might suit you, unless you need a high degree of stability and support, in which case it might be better to look into a more supportive 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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