• Discontinued
  • Terrain


    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.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

  • Use

    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.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 11.1oz
    Women: 9.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 23mm
    Women: 23mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Width
    Men: normal, wide, wide
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Jun 2016
  • Special editions
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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.


Expert Reviews

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80 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Shriram Nagarajan

    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.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 84 / 100 | 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.

  • 82 / 100 | 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.

  • 81 / 100 | 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.

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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.