ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 vs. ASICS GT-2000 6 review

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is an entry-level running shoe that delivers a responsive and smooth ride. ASICS GT-2000 6 is supportive and provides enough cushioning for long runs...

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the ASICS GT-2000 6 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 being a neutral cushioning running shoe and the ASICS GT-2000 6 a stability running shoe for overpronators.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GT-2000 6 are similar in that both make use of no-sew overlays and come with a minimum amount of stitches to avoid irritation and increase comfort.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has no-sew overlays and the ASICS logo providing support around the midfoot, but it also comes with straps that can be pulled tight through the laces so is somewhat customizable.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 also comes with no-sew overlays around the midfoot and uses the ASICS logo on both sides of the upper to connect the saddle to the midsole and offer support.

Both running shoes also have a no-sew toecap, but whereas the ASICS GT-2000 6 has thin welded-on overlays running on its toe box, the toe box of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 has engineered mesh to provide structure and support so does not have any overlays on its toe box.

Therefore, the ASICS GT-2000 6 might provide a bit more tightness in the toe box than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.

While the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 exposes mesh at the back and has some overlays around the collar, the area around the heel of the ASICS GT-2000 6 is pretty closed and offers a good amount of support around the heel.

All in all, both running shoes offer enough support to their respective audiences, but the ASICS GT-2000 6 is the one that has a somewhat more supportive and customizable upper than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20, which is geared towards offering comfort through its upper with enough support to keep your foot on the running platform.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the ASICS GT-2000 6 are similar in that both running shoes come with two layers of foam of which the bottom layer is somewhat firmer and more responsive foam.

They both also have GEL cushioning in the heel to help soften your landings.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus generally delivers a good amount of heel and forefoot cushioning, but due to the more responsive layer at the bottom, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 would be somewhat firmer than previous versions of the running shoe.

However, this also means that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 has an increased amount of support on the medial side, where the firmer foam takes up a large area under the midfoot and heel.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 has been found to deliver an overall soft ride to men, but women get a more moderate amount of cushioning in the heel with a forefoot that can feel firm to some runners.

The ASICS GT-2000 typically delivers a good amount of cushioning with more forefoot than heel cushioning, but because of the change to a different and more responsive midsole material, the ASICS GT-2000 6 might feel somewhat firmer than previous versions.

The main difference between the midsoles is that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 provides more ground contact than the ASICS GT-2000 6 right under the midfoot.

This adds some stability to the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and gives it the advantage of being able to deliver smoother heel-to-toe transitions than the ASICS GT-2000 6.

However, the ASICS GT-2000 6 is meant to deliver support, so it comes with a midfoot shank and a support system on the medial side, which should help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The midfoot shank connects the two sides of the midsole, so it offers a good amount of support right under the midfoot.

Because the support system of the ASICS GT-2000 6 does not go all the way up, because the softer layer of foam right under the foot prevents it to, the amount of pronation control offered by the ASICS GT-2000 6 would be on the moderate side.

However, because the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 does not come with any devices to control pronation, it would offer much less stability and support than the ASICS GT-2000 6, which is understandable, because the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is a running shoe that is meant to be worn by neutral runners.

The outsole of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 deviates from the outsole of other ASICS running shoes, including the ASICS GT-2000 6, which has a more traditional outsole.

However, the outsoles of both running shoes have about the same amount of flex grooves and come with a vertical flex groove to help with gait efficiency.

The connection between the forefoot and the heel is more seamless in the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20, but the ASICS GT-2000 6 has more flex grooves in the forefoot that run further from side to side without being broken up by rubber.

Neither the ASICS GT-2000 6 nor the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is expected to be super flexible. In fact, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 has been found to be stiff for women and very stiff for men.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 weighs approximately 8.3 oz (235 grams), while the ASICS GT-2000 6 for women weighs approximately 8.2 oz (232 grams).

The men's version of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 weighs about 10.1 oz (286 grams), and the ASICS GT-2000 6 for men weighs 10.5 oz (298 grams).

Making a decision between the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and the ASICS GT-2000 6 should not be that difficult, because the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 is meant to be worn by neutral runners and the ASICS GT-2000 6 by overpronators.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 offers somewhat more comfort than the ASICS GT-2000 6 and is more capable of delivering a smooth ride. It also offers some stability due to its good ground contact and responsive layer of foam.

The ASICS GT-2000 6 offers more support through its upper than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 and is perhaps also a bit more customizable.

Both running shoes should feel responsive yet provide enough cushioning to make your run comfortable, with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20 expected to deliver a somewhat softer ride than the ASICS GT-2000 6.

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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