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Arch support
Daily running
M: 323g | W: 266g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 23mm | W: 22mm
Forefoot height
M: 13mm | W: 12mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A tester commented that the Asics Gel Cumulus 17 was able to provide comfort for their feet, even when worn for the entire day.

  • The various color schemes available for this model gained recognition from those who wanted to have visually endearing running gear.

  • There were consumers who wrote that the cushioning systems in this running shoe were responsive, efficient and unfailing.

  • Runners welcomed the ComforDry™ Sock Liner, which kept the interior environment healthy and odor-free through its antimicrobial properties.

  • The supportive mechanisms in the mid-sole were well-received; runners felt that they were aptly assisted in achieving a smoother gait.

  • Reviews were agreeable when it came to the outsole unit’s durability and capability to provide traction.

  • A tester noted that they weren’t able to experience any foot cramps or knee aches when they used the Asics Gel Cumulus 17 for their running sessions.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several testers reported that the upper wasn’t as durable as they hoped; holes have started to appear in the forefoot area.

  • A runner noted that the rubber compound used in the outsole started to come off after a few months.

  • Others noted that the toe area was too tight; it rubbed uncomfortably against the skin and caused blisters.

Bottom line

The feedback for the Asics Gel Cumulus 17 road shoe was generally positive. There were those who felt the agreeable and responsive components of this model. Many welcomed its appealing color schemes. And as usual, the cushioning systems gained favor. It was touted as a solid option for the neutral runner. But there were negative reports about the durability of its upper and outsole units. Others simply wrote that the previous version was more comfortable.

World wide, Gel Cumulus 17 is in the top 10% most popular running shoes. The brand, Asics, is the 2nd most popular.

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Expert reviews

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80 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 81
    Motion Control Running ShoesLevel 5 expert
    by Motion Control Running Shoes
    ASICS has done a really nice job with updating the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 to create the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 17, which should feel much more comfortable on your feet, while still giving you what you already expected to get from the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16.
  • 77
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    So while it is true that the Cumulus 17 ends up being a softer riding version of the previous version, there are three parts which feel markedly different from the 2014 Cumulus. The first part concerns the forefoot. Since the foam gets softer and the transition groove wider, there’s decreased insulation between the foot and the outsole rubber.
  • 77
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    The ride gets softer at the cost of transition. Forefoot gets narrower, yet the upper is an overall improvement.
  • 85
    KredyLevel 4 expert
    by SK Running
    We see an open mesh and a highly breathable upper. The ventilation of this shoe is supreme.
  • 85
    Kredy@Kredy10Level 4 expert
    by Sportskeeda
    The ride is very comfortable and from the stability point of view, the shoe is top-class. 
  • 84
    Kate HalseLevel 4 expert
    by Heavy
    For starters, the shoe is outfitted with a new insole that minimizes shock as you hit the ground while providing the cushioning your feet demand.
  • 80
    Canadian RunningLevel 4 expert
    by Running Magazine
    A solid option for neutral or mild supinators.
  • 70
    Michael Mason-D'CrozLevel 4 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The traction on the unit is superb. While running on different surfaces and under different conditions — including in heavy rain — there was no point in time where the shoe slipped.
  • 90
    PaulLevel 3 expert
    by Running Village
    However, if you’re looking for a solid shoe that will see you effortlessly running up to and above marathon distance then these are certainly for you.
  • 44
    Mohican RunnerLevel 1 expert
    by Mohican Runner
    A solid high mileage shoe for injury prone and newer runners but for me too much cushioning & too heavy
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Updates to Gel Cumulus 17

The most noticeable update of the Asics Gel Cumulus 17 is the cushioning in the rear and fore foot areas. The entire sole is updated by adding the FluidRide system into the Gel system to increase and enhance the cushioning, making this shoe softer for longer rides. The cushioning throughout the sole also provides a soft sensation and a ton of support for the gait.

The upper is also improved with seamless construction. There are overlays used for added support and protection. Breathability is also given importance while the space in the toe box area is ample for a free and enjoyable movement.

Gel Cumulus 17 size and fit

The Cumulus 17 has a standard running shoe width and length. It delivers comfortable fit from the heel area to the forefoot. It also has a roomy toe box area with a snug fit feel even for narrower foot or smaller size foot.


The outsole of the Cumulus 17 has the AHAR or the Asics High Abrasion Rubber. It provides the responsiveness, flexibility, and cushioning while keeping the foot protected from shock and abrasion. This rubber material ensures that the traction is superb for all types of weather and surface, even on wet grounds during heavy rains.

In the outsole is placed the Guidance Line, which is a line structured for more flexibility, support, and stability.


The midsole of this shoe have the improved construction. The Gel cushioning technology is combined with the FluidRide cushioning system, which is an evolution in the midsole technology. It provides not just the adaptability but also the bounce and the softness while keeping the midsole durable for longer and high mileage runs.

The Fluidride is a combination of the SpEVA and the Super Solyte material. These are both integrated to the IGS system of the midsole, giving runners a new style of running in a more cushioned way. This system enhances the Asics Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel Cushioning system.


The upper of this shoe has the Seamless construction that comprises the Sandwich Mesh and HotMelt overlays. This improvement provides added breathability as well as snug fit, support, and protection. The rearfoot upper is also designed with softer materials for added comfort.


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