Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$120
Weight
M: 315g | W: 272g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 23mm | W: 23mm
Forefoot height
M: 13mm | W: 13mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D, Wide - 2E, Extra wide - 4E | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • A large number of reviewers valued the comfortable ride of the Gel Cumulus 18.

  • The price is around the average of well-cushioned, neutral trainers.

  • It has 5 color options.

  • Several runners loved the way the cushioning softens the impact.

  • The arch support is reliable without being too aggressive, according to a handful of runners.

  • It is very breathable, based on the observations of some users.

  • A few noticed that the cushioning does not compromise the Asics Cumulus 18’s flexibility.

  • Ground feedback is perceptible despite the excellent cushioning, as noted by more than a couple of runners.

  • Several runners with foot pain and under pronators found something that can alleviate their discomfort in the Gel Cumulus 18.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Many were frustrated by the narrow toe box of this version compared to the last model.

  • More than a few had durability issues in the upper, particularly near the toes.

  • The heel and forefoot are narrow while the height of the toe box is not what it used to be, as reported by a large majority of runners.

  • Even the extra widths are just too narrow and tight, based on a good number of observations from loyal Cumulus fans.

  • Several runners noted that the 18th version of the Cumulus runs smaller than the past model.

  • More than a couple of runners needed time to break-in this shoe.

Bottom line

The Cumulus series is one of Asics’ most popular neutral trainers. In the 18th edition of this line, it continues to be a reliable training partner that can usually take on middle distance to high-mileage runs. It has superb arch support, tons of comfort, and can easily provide the needs of both entry level and seasoned runners. The reasonable price is only one more reason why this series continues to horde fans with every release.



World wide, Gel Cumulus 18 is in the top 10% most popular running shoes. The brand, Asics, is the 2nd most popular.

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Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 98 ratings

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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79 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 84
    GregoryLevel 4 expert
    by Phidippides TV
    Asics has continued to refine their workhorse shoe for over 18 years; continuing to make it a little bit lighter, a little more flexible, and definitely enhancing the softness and the ride.
  • 81
    Motion Control Running ShoesLevel 5 expert
    by Motion Control Running Shoes
    The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is a basic running shoe that provides everything neutral runners need for long and comfortable runs.
  • 80
    Motion Control Running ShoesLevel 5 expert
    by Motion Control Running Shoes
    But if you just want a basic running shoe that is priced lower than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 but delivers everything you need to get a comfortable ride, you could look into the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18.
  • 80
    Ruggero LodaLevel 5 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    Runners will appreciate the extra cushioning for higher mileage runs.
  • 74
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    Not much newness to see here. Very similar ride quality to the Cumulus 17, and watch out for the shallow and pointy toe-box. Half size up for best results.
  • 78
    JonathanLevel 4 expert
    by Running Warehouse
    The Cumulus 18 has the same pillowy, soft ride as the 17, but with a tighter fit in the toebox.
  • 75
    HollieLevel 3 expert
    by Fueled by LOLz
    If you need a neutral shoe with a sufficient amount of cushioning, the Asics Cumulus is a great model for you. 
  • 80
    Bethany WiddicombeLevel 2 expert
    by Running Stats
    Crafted for neutral pronation, Asics Gel-Cumulus 18 will have you feeling amongst the clouds during your run.
  • 70
    Michaael Mason-D' CrozLevel 2 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    This trainer offers ample cushioning and durability for the price tag and can be a go-to for many runners.
  • 90
    Shriram NagarajanLevel 1 expert
    by RunRepeat
    These are great shoes for someone with high arches like me who don’t need any medial side support, but plenty of support on the lateral side. The midfoot-forefoot cushioning is exceptional while not compromising heavily on responsiveness.
  • 85
    Anuj RajkumarLevel 1 expert
    by Fit Lynks
    The Cumulus is a magnificent shoe that could very easily end up in the hands of any runner, mainly because of the fact that the cushion is sufficient to accommodate a beginner all while being lightweight for a seasoned runner.
  • 84
    Tish HamiltonLevel 1 expert
    by Runner's World
    It’s very comfortable for short run/walks and longer runs, too. And it didn’t run ‘heavy,’ as some more cushioned shoes I have trained in.
  • 82
    Motion Control Running ShoesMotion Control Running ShoesLevel 1 expert
    by Motion Control Running Shoes
    The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is good if you want a bit more stability and flexibility, while the Saucony Ride 9 is good if you are looking to wear something lighter on your feet.
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Updates to Gel Cumulus 18

Asics did not steer away much in the Gel Cumulus 18, relative to the previous model, which is a wise thing to do as the earlier version was resounding success for countless runners. In the latest iteration of the Cumulus, Asics brings the cushioning nearer to the foot for better shock attenuation. This is the biggest change in this version and is also geared towards a more natural feel when the foot hits the ground.

Asics also uses a slightly thicker and open mesh for enhanced shoe ventilation.

The removal of the overlays in the toe box gives it a more forgiving fit. Asics also changed the stitched toe protection into something that is welded. Weight is also minimized with these changes.

Another change is in the size of the midfoot shank. It is no longer extends farther to the heel than previously utilized. It helps with weight reduction and makes the movement from landing to take-off a bit smoother. This development is also made so the new cushioning set-up will be fully maximized.

Gel Cumulus 18 size and fit

The fit of the 18th instalment of the Asics Cumulus 18 is basically the same as the prior version, except for the slightly lesser room in the toe box. For those who are between sizes, getting up in size should be considered for some breathing space above the toes. The midfoot and heel hold are quite good that is also not restrictive. It is of standard shoe length.

Outsole

The outsole layout of the Cumulus 18 is rather standard in Asics shoes. A huge cut from the heel that slims a little as it goes to the forefoot increases the efficiency of movement from heel to toe. This vertical flex groove called the Guidance Line is met by a couple of horizontal grooves called the Omega Flex Grooves for flexibility. The usual AHAR+ rubber is in the heel and other areas for improved durability. A softer blown rubber occupies the forefoot and most of the midfoot for enhanced traction. The midfoot is devoid of rubber and shows part of the midfoot shank to save some weight.

Midsole

Asics’ top of the line FluidRide midsole foam covers the entire Gel Cumulus 18 for excellent cushioning and rebound features. It is very durable despite being very light. The landing to take-off process is enhanced by the full-length nature of this midsole foam. An update is used in the Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel Cushioning units. These silicon-based shock-absorbing material is placed closer to the foot to mimic how nature attenuates shock. The TPU midfoot shank or the Guidance Trusstic System adds torsional rigidity and gives the runner some pep after landing on the pillowy cushioning.

Upper

The upper is made up almost entirely of very breathable mesh and welded overlays. As the entire upper is seamless, there is potentially lesser risk of getting blisters or hot spots. It has a well-padded ankle collar and tongue for luxurious comfort. A removable ComforDry sockliner gives added cushioning with moisture-wicking and anti-microbial properties. It uses a traditional lace-up closure in getting a more personalized fit.


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