Summary

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.

Facts

Update: Asics Gel Cumulus 20
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 11.4oz | Women: 9.4oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 23mm | Women: 22mm
Forefoot height: Men: 13mm | Women: 12mm
Release date: Jun 2015
Brand: Asics
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Narrow, Normal
Price: $120
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Orange, Pink, Purple, Silver
Size
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Expert Reviews

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80 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Sportskeeda | | Level 5 expert

    We see an open mesh and a highly breathable upper. The ventilation of this shoe is supreme.

  • 85 / 100 | Sportskeeda | | Level 5 expert

    The ride is very comfortable and from the stability point of view, the shoe is top-class. 

  • 80 / 100 | Canadian Running Magazine | Level 5 expert

    A solid option for neutral or mild supinators.

  • 77 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

    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 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

    The ride gets softer at the cost of transition. Forefoot gets narrower, yet the upper is an overall improvement.

  • 70 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

    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.

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  • The most noticeable update of the Asics Gel Cumulus 17 is the cushioning in the rear and forefoot 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 of this neutral running shoe 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.

The 17th version of the Gel Cumulus has a standard running shoe width and length. It delivers a comfortable fit from the heel area to the forefoot. It also has a roomy toe box area with a snug fit feel even for a 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 features an improved construction. The Gel cushioning technology, which is also used in the Gel Cumulus 20, 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 Asics running 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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