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You know better than to start a training plan with shoes at the end of their lifespan. Whether it's a team relay, a marathon, or a destination half you've got on the calendar, get your feet ready for long run Sundays and tempo workouts with the Asics Men's Gel-Cumulus 18 Running Shoe. Chances are good that you've heard of, seen, or worn a generation or two of the Cumulus in your lifetime, but if you're new to it, know that this road shoe's been a cushioned, capable all-rounder for nearly two decades. Asics has trusted its gel cushioning for years now, and for generation 18, has moved the signature squishy pods closer to your foot to mimic the effects of your foot's natural cushioning tissue.
Historically a favorite of long-distance runners for its generous mix of support and cushioning on a responsive platform, the Cumulus serves neutral feet best. Its pronounced "V" shape caters to a medium-to-wide forefoot and gives narrow heels that often slip in other shoes some much-appreciated security. Cumulus veterans will notice a sleeker, lighter upper in this generally traditional shoe; though Asics still uses its signature overlays, they're far lighter and no longer use nearly the amount of stitching that they once did. The result: an airier, more forgiving fit across the upper that hopes to limit hot spots, adapt to a broader range of feet, and improve comfort when you're pounding the pavement for hours on end.
- Staple running shoe with a thing for long distance
- V-shaped last narrows to a slim, secure heel pocket
- Minimal seaming and overlays for a light, forgiving fit
- Gel cushioning sits close to foot for natural feel
- Stable midsole encourages an even stride for neutral feet
- Q & A
Solid, No Cadillac
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
The Cumulus is an amazing training shoe for a lightweight runner or low-mileage runner. When you average 25ish miles a week, this shoe is great. If you are looking for the cadillac ride where you don't feel a thing, you will like the Gel-Nimbus more.
Features: gel cushioning and seamless upper: 4/5
Price: great value for the casual runner: 5/5