ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 vs. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a soft ride with stability and comfort to overpronators. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 provides a comfortable ride to neutral runners and underpronators.

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 fall in two different categories of running shoes with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 being a neutral cushioning running shoe for runners who do not need any stability and support, and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 being a running shoe for mild to moderate overpronators.

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While both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 have a mostly seamless upper with a minimal amount of stitches, they differ considerably.

The upper of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a combination of mesh and no-sew overlays with a lot of the no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot to keep your foot in place.

The amount of overlays on the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is more discrete, since the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has mesh that provides structure and support.

Therefore, the amount of overlays have been kept to a minimum. However, there are still enough overlays wrapping the midfoot and especially the top of the saddle where there is a stitched-on overlay to keep your foot in place.

Most of the support provided by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 can be found toward the back of the shoe. And while it has an external counter to keep your heel locked down, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 is missing this feature.

However, one shoe does not stick out above the other when you consider everything they offer in their uppers. While the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a good amount of support on the back half of the shoe, its fit may feel a bit looser toward the front.

And the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 provides a good amount of support throughout the entire shoe without smothering your foot.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 provide heel-to-toe cushioning throughout their midsoles.

They both also have GEL cushioning in the heel and the forefoot with the main difference being that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 exposes two pods of GEL and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 exposes just one on the lateral side of the shoe.

Does this mean that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is more cushy? Yes and no.

Running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a more cushy forefoot for men, but the heel cushioning is a bit less than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

However, for women, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 turns out to be the more cushy running shoe in both the heel and the forefoot, but more so in the forefoot than the heel.

The big difference between these two ASICS running shoes is the fact that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a support system in place on the medial side of the midsole to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 does not have such a support system, since the shoe is meant to be worn by underpronators – according to ASICS.

Underpronators tend to roll their feet outward, so would not benefit from the support provided by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

If you look under the shoe, you will also see that the midfoot shank of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is connected, while that of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 consists of two separate pieces. This again, is an indication of the amount of support provided by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 compared to the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17.

The last difference in the midsole can be found in the women's versions of the shoes, where the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 adds 3 mm of extra material under the heel to reduce stress on the Achilles tendon.

The rubber outsoles of the two running shoes look very similar in layout with both having a similar amount of flex grooves in addition to a vertical flex groove that is supposed to help with gait efficiency.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 scores well in the flexibility department, according to running shoe lab tests, by not being too stiff nor super flexible for both men and women.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17, on the other hand, displays more variance by being very flexible for women, but stiffer for men.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is the more flexible running shoe for men, and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17, the more flexible running shoe of the two for women.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 weighs approximately 9.6 oz (272 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 for women weighs 9.3 oz (264 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.6 oz (329 grams) and 11.4 oz (323 grams) respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 being the lighter one.

If you are a neutral runner or underpronator looking for a running shoe that provides a well-cushioned and comfortable ride, then the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17 might be worth looking into. This applies more to men than to women, though.

If you are an overpronator looking for a plush ride that is stable enough, but not over the top, then the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 would be the one to look further into.

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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