Asics Gel Cumulus 12 Running Shoe 2
Asics Gel Cumulus 12 Running Shoe 2

As a runner with a neutral gait, I’m generally fortunate enough not to need to fuss in regards to purchasing running shoes;

As I don’t need additional cushioning, support, or other motion control, the top makers put me into their shoes (or so I believed).

Hence usually, only pick a pair of Asics shoes off Amazon every eight months without a second thought.

Features Asics Gel Cumulus  Running Shoe 

This time, selecting a brand new pair of running shoes was a little craftier than anticipated; due to all the latest technology accessible.

The most recent 2010 variety of Asics neutral running shoes; and the fact that I diagnose with shin splints after eight years of competitive running (how on earth does that occur!?)

Differences between the Asics Gel Cumulus   and The Asics Gel Nimbus 

Narrowing down the brand was simple, but when it came to picking a new pair of running shoes. Before, but hand down, the best fitting make of shoes that I’ve ever worn has been the Asics Gel Cumulus line; I’ve been wearing them for the previous three years, and I’ve run in Brooks and New Balance.

I desired big numbers of cushioning in my shoe; keeping the shin splints at bay essentially narrowed it down to two pairs of shoes.

The Asics Gel Nimbus  (Guide Cost £105) and Gel Cumulus  (Guide Cost £85).

Seeing the significant cost difference between both lines, I did a little research into both lines to see if I could justify spending the additional £20 and went.

Asics Gel Cumulus 12 Running
Asics Gel Cumulus 12 Running

Without becoming too much into the technical details, I shall sum up the likenesses and differences between pairs of Asics shoes and tell you why I picked the Asics Gel Cumulus 12’s around the Nimbus 12s, which is more costly.

  •  Both the Asics Gel Nimbus 12’s and the Asics Gel Cumulus 12’s have heaps of back foot and forefoot Gel cushioning, which is more vital than other cushioning systems, for example, air and foam. They are also satisfied with running shoes that are forefoot and heel strikers (I do both, seemingly!).
  • Both the Asics Nimbus 12’s and the Asics Cumulus 12’s have a complete host of other technologies like;’ PHF®’ (memory foam heel for a better fit), ‘Dry™ Sockliner’ (helps prevent moisture build-up that can lead to blisters), and Impact Guidance System’ (helps with a quicker heel to toe transition while you’re running), along with tons of other goodies that make Asics one of the leading running shoemakers in the marketplace.
  • The Asics Gel Nimbus 12’s is the only Asics neutral shoe available on the market to have Asics’ patented ‘Biomorphic Fit Upper’ technology installed. (Seems exciting, doesn’t it) Well, it is a bit of stuff in the midsection of the shoe’s side that bends more than standard—allegedly making your running technique more efficient as you encounter less opposition from your shoe when it moves from heel to toe as you run.

Biomorphic technology was the only significant difference between the two Asics shoes.

I found no differences between them, attempted both pairs on the treadmill, and went to my local running shop.

In a nutshell, I found almost no difference between the two and determined to go for the cheaper of the two; thus, in terms of weight, flexibility, or functionality, the Asics Gel Cumulus 12’s.

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Asics Gel Cumulus Fit and Feel

As no friction or rigidity can occasionally be apparent with new shoes before you wear them incorrectly, the Asics Gel Cumulus 12 shoes’ fit was fantastic from the carton.

Even so, I don’t doubt that once the memory foam in the heel has had an opportunity to do its job, it’ll loosen up over the next couple of weeks.

I don’t doubt the Asics Cumulus 12’s will feel; as comfortable as my old pair of battered 2008 Asics!

I feel like I’m running quicker in the new pair than the old pair, as is always true for new shoes. Generally, this is only a figment of my imagination and can result from springiness; the rigidity of the latest shoes makes me feel like a routine Usaiinlt.

This time, I genuinely believe that Asics’ guidance systems into the Gel Cumulus 12’s make for a more rapid shoe.

They undoubtedly believe that they go quicker from heel to toe; than my old Asics, considering they are not old. Good-by me!

As far as my shin splints go, the gel cushioning system in the Asics Gel Cumulus 12’s has performed flawlessly, as I’m now up to running 40 miles weekly on routes and roads with no indications of pain or tightness. Amazing!

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Asics Gel Cumulus Cost

In summation, I’m pretty happy as the additional Gel cushioning in the heel and forefoot set them above other brands and versions of a shoo-in on the same budget as the Asics Gel Cumulus 12’s.

Their guide cost of £85 places them in line with middle functionality running shoes from other brands.

Still, all the new technologies that Asics have invested in, along with the additional Gel cushioning, make them, in my opinion, excellent value-for-money top-end shoes satisfied for a long-distance runner with a neutral gait.

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Cumulus Sole Component:

Let’s begin by looking at the shoe from the underside. The outsole is undoubtedly divided into the forefoot and the heel.

The heel is decoupled: it comprises four individual “pods” to absorb the shock right where your heel lands on the earth and increasingly distribute it across the whole place. To join and separate heel and forefoot, we discover Asics’ logo Trusstic System.

This plastic shank, which never touches the earth and the shoe’s underside, adds torsional rigidity together, preventing the forefoot and the heel from writhing in naturally.

It’s a standard option in solidiof shoes. The additional rigidity leads to the shoe’s total command to the running pace; It’s a welcome inclusion in a cushioning shoe. Asics suggest this shoe to moderate over-pronators.

Leaning the shoe on the side, we can look at the midsole. Within the white foam, colored inserts can be seen by you.

The Asics Gel pods are the central cushioning technology on the Cumulus (and most Asics running shoes).

In Cumulus 12, the cushioning was enhanced by redesigning the midsole around that region by adding Gel to the heel. On the forefoot, additional cushioning was added, and it’s distinct in the means variation compared to the girl’s version.

The result is a soft, luxurious ride on a broad foundation; that may help correct some of the running shoes’ pace errors.

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Asics Cumulus Upper:

The upper of the Cumulus finds two principal developments to last year’s variants; the overlays around the toebox have been redesigned to provide the toes with more cole, still hugging them snugly.

The chief area of development, though, has been the heel: a new heel collar united using memory foam (foam that takes the contour of your foot and recalls it).

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Cumulus View:

The Cumulus 12 competes in a bustling region of 100$ price point. From Mizuno to Brooks and Nike, you can locate excellent cushioning shoes at this cost.

What should drive you toward the Cumulus? We consider the Cumulus is an excellent shoe for beginner runners.

It’s a soft cushioning that may please many and, at the same time, has some firmness components (the particular Space Trusstic shank, for example); that will help correct the light-overpronation that could happen when the miles accumulate.

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Mick Urlich
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