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WeightMen: 11.1ozWomen: 9.6oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 23mmWomen: 23mm
Forefoot heightMen: 13mmWomen: 13mm
WidthMen: normal, wide, wideWomen: normal
Release dateJun 2016
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Asics Gel Cumulus 18: Cushy ride, everytime
Asics names these shoes after clouds.
You could run for hours together in these and you’d still be ready to push for some extra kilometers.
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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.
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.
The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 18 is a basic running shoe that provides everything neutral runners need for long and comfortable runs.
Updates to Asics 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.
Asics 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.
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.
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.
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.