Asics Gel Cumulus 18
The features of a proper running shoe can sometimes be lost on consumers. It makes sense that we look for comfort when shopping for running shoes but what does comfort entail? Sure, the cushioning makes sense as when we think of comfort we imagine plush or bounce. We don't always think of stability, durability, and breathability immediately when we think of comfort. We don't notice these features until we are well into our workout or after the product has been broken in. Stability is thought of in two ways. One way we think about stability is in regards to support. Proper support ensures that the heel of the foot stays in place and can properly apply pressure in order to get maximum movement throughout the back of the foot without causing the heel to move too much within the shoe. The arch is another area that requires support as it is an arched part of the foot that helps with more rotative movements and movements from side to side. The ball of the foot also requires support as it also helps with more rotative movement as well as aids in the push-off when starting the run. If the foot is not properly stabilized the runner will find that their runs are less natural and more awkward. It will require the runner to focus more on the placement of the foot with each step rather than their speed or their route. Stability not only enhances athletic ability but also determines the effort level of the run. It can either increase the pace or slow it down depending on its quality.
This article focuses on the Asics Gel Cumulus 18. This product, like most Asics products, offers a unique technology called the Guidance Trusstic System. This system is essentially a stabilization system that offers proper hold, stability and therefore a more natural step to those wearing the shoe. Asics is a conservative company that offers a wide range of upgraded runners. They don't often come out with newer models but rather updates existing (popular) ones in order to improve on what is already working rather than creating an entirely new product each time. Asics is also one of the few companies still using gel technology as a cushioning and impact reduction system. Their company has become quite popular over the almost 70 years it has been in business and is known for their very effective customer service team. We put together a comprehensive review of this particular product by looking at consumer reviews. We also looked at the design, materials used and construction of the product to find its versatility and durability. This is our in-depth review of the Asics Gel Cumulus. We hope that it helps you with your next running shoe purchase.
- Offers quality arch support
- Offers great traction
- Gel offers good cushioning and support
- Offered in several color options
- Quite narrow in design (may require sizing up)
- Some durability concerns
- Requires breaking in