Who should buy the Asics Gel Cumulus 20 

You will love the Asics Gel Cumulus 20  if you want a lightweight shoe with sufficient underfoot support and provides efficient performance

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Updates to the Asics Gel Cumulus 20 

  • A more robust platform and a softer cushioning compared to previous releases
  • Now with broader and higher toe box in the upper. aiming to be more snug and secure, as the heel cup and the ankle collar are firmer
  • Addition of a new cushioning compound and updated sock liner.
  • Outsole brings back the DuraSponge component which was included in the 18th iteration but not in the 19th

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Full ground contact and stable rides with the Asics Gel Cumulus 20

The Gel Cumulus 20 combines two distinct types of resources for its outsole – the Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR®) and the DuraSponge®. Both materials work together to give the foot full ground contact and a stable ride.

Asics Gel Cumulus 20 forefoot

First, the AHAR® compound is found on the shoe’s critical, high-wear areas. Asics also used the material in the Kayano line. With its abrasion-resistant quality, the shoe levels up on durability while maintaining the capacity for traction. It uses the same rubber that forms car tires; thus, runners are sure of its toughness.

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Next, the DuraSponge® rubber makes up the rest of the outsole. While it is also resistant to damage, this compound is made of blown rubber, making it a little bit softer than AHAR®. This permits the underfoot a comfortable ride and qualifies as a flexible stride.

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Durability beyond measure with the Asics Gel Cumulus 20 midsole

The Gel Cumulus 20 utilizes FlyteFoam® technology in the midsole. This system aims to provide a consistent level of reaction, even for long distances. The Flytefoam® method uses unique organic fibers to form a cushioning that is 55% more lightweight than traditional midsoles. Aside from responsiveness, Flytefoam® also guarantees a flexible and resilient fit all throughout the run.

Asics Gel Cumulus 20 flytefoam midsole

The main midsole component of this neutral shoe is the FluidRide®, which is the combination of Solyte™ and SpEVA™, both cushioning compounds exclusive to the brand. FluidRide® is lightweight yet sturdy, and it helps improve running performance through its shock-absorbing and high-rebound properties.

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Like all other Gel shoes, the Gel® cushioning system makes its way into the forefoot and rearfoot areas of this shoe. The Gel® zones act as shock absorbers through the gait cycle. As smooth transitions are achieved, the foot is enabled movement in different planes.

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The Gel Cumulus 20 also employs the IGS®, short for the Impact Guidance System. IGS® is the term for the design of the shoe that aims for dynamic and adaptive stability. IGS® uses the Guidance Line® as a tool to help achieve the goal. With Guidance Line®, the center of pressure is adjusted, thus improving balance and gait efficiency.

Asics Gel Cumulus 20 guidance line

An OrthoLite® sock liner supplies additional cushioning and underfoot protection. It has an antimicrobial property that promotes a healthy foot environment.

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Freedom of movement with the Asics Gel Cumulus 20 upper

The stretchable Jacquard mesh upper gives the Gel Cumulus 20 a flexible, customized fit. Its elasticity is multidirectional, which brings freedom of movement. The mesh is reinforced in strategic areas to lend the shoe a supportive framework. With seamless construction, the shoe has fewer chances of causing skin irritation.

Asics Gel Cumulus 20 upper

A Discrete Eyelet™ feature is present in the lacing system of the shoe. These are independent holes that target a custom-fit and enhanced comfort, as they reduce the tension that is caused by tightened shoelaces going through a single eyelet.

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The upper also possesses a reflective strip in the heel area to allow prominence in low-light conditions.

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Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 10.1oz / Women 8.3oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Asics Gel Cumulus 24
Forefoot height: Men 13mm / Women 12mm
Heel height: Men 23mm / Women 22mm

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