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I’ve tested Asics shoes before, however, not the Cumulus. I wanted to see what the ride would be like in one of the most popular Asics shoes. Together with the Nimbus and the Kayano, it is probably the most popular and well-known shoe in the Asics collection. And just like the Nimbus, it is on its 22nd edition.
The Cumulus 22 is a neutral running shoe and has a 31 mm heel stack and a 21 mm forefoot stacking giving it a 10 mm drop.
It weighs 215 grams and thus a bit lighter than the previous version, which weighs 241 grams. I’m pretty surprised by the low weight of this shoe given the amount of rubber on the outsole and the gel in the midsole.
Quite a few things have changed about this shoe compared to the Cumulus 21, including the upper. The upper has been updated in the 22nd version, and it looks sleeker. It’s a seamless Jacquard mesh upper with 3D printed overlays.
There is medium padding in the tongue and plush padding in the heel. There is a regular lacing system with an extra eyelet if you need it.
Asics has worked on a smoother heel to toe transition in this version. The midsole is 2 mm thicker than in the previous version, which makes for a bit of a softer ride.
The midsole is made up out of two midsole materials, FlyteFoam, which is a softer foam and FlyteFoam Propel which gives more energy return.
Something that hasn’t changed in this edition is the well known Asics Gel in the heel, which is good for all the heel strikers out there. There is also some Gel in the forefoot embedded in the midsole.
There are more flex grooves in the forefoot on the 22 than on the 21, which makes this version more flexible. The Guidance Line in the middle of the outsole on the 22 is smaller than in the 21, which also helps with the smoother heel to toe transition.
On the outsole of the Cumulus 22 Asics has used AHAR+ (Asics High Abrasion Rubber +) which is 50% more durable than the AHAR found in the previous version.
Asics Cumulus 22 vs. Asics Nimbus 22
The Nimbus is heavier 255 versus 215 grams of the Cumulus and has a higher drop, 13 mm versus 10 mm. The Cumulus is more flexible in the midsole, outsole and upper.
The Cumulus also has a smoother heel to toe transition, and the weight distribution is more evenly distributed than in the Nimbus. The Nimbus is quite heavy in the heel due to the large amount of Gel and therefore needs to be higher drop.
Asics Cumulus 22 vs. Saucony Ride 13
The Ride 13 is a bit less flexible than the Cumulus, and it has a lower drop, 8 mm instead of 10 mm. The midsole of the Cumulus is a bit more plush, while the forefoot of the Ride 13 has a bit more ground feel.
The uppers are pretty comparable to one another, although that of the Cumulus is a bit more stretchy.
Asics Cumulus 22 vs. Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2
The upper of the Reebok is a bit unstable, but the midsole material really helps you pick up the pace and gives you more ground feel compared to the ride of the Cumulus 22.
The Cumulus is the better option for heel strikers or medium to long runs, while the FFE2 is better for shorter to medium distances and picking up the pace.
Asics Cumulus 22 vs. Brooks Ghost 12
Both good everyday running shoes, but the Ghost had some issues with the transition from the DNA Loft foam to the BioMoGo foam. Meanwhile, the Cumulus provides a smooth ride by blending the two midsole material more.
The Ghost is also a bit heavier and has a 12 mm drop versus the 10 mm drop of the Cumulus.
The Cumulus 22 is a great everyday trainer that is soft enough for medium to longer distances, but you can also pick up the pace in them if you would like to.
Compared to the Nimbus 22 it is a bit more of a versatile shoe, since it’s a bit lighter and also has the FlyteFoam Propel midsole material besides the regular FlyteFoam. I would keep this shoe in my rotation for those medium runs with maybe some accelerations.
The Asics Gel Cumulus has been a well-cushioned and durable neutral road running shoe, and an industry-standard "first choice" for a very wide variety of runners, for over 20 years!
Who is this shoe for?
The occupant of the Cumulus is typically a runner with a neutral gait, that is not in need of any additional support or guidance, however, the Cumulus does have a removable sockliner, making it orthotic friendly.
Big runners, small runners, joggers, and marathoners all find comfort in this classic shoe, that was aptly named after a cloud.
What's new twenty-two?
The Cumulus 22 brings a more streamlined single layer of engineered mesh to the upper, replacing last year's heavier double-layer mesh.
The newly designed outsole has six rather than three flex grooves in the forefoot, making the new 22 a more flexible and lighter shoe than last year. The AHAR (Asics High Abrasive Rubber) has been replaced by the newer AHAR+, bringing us greater durability.
The 22 has a greater stack height than last year, with 2mm more in both the heel and the toe, making a little more room for a little more FlyteFoam than the 21, while being slightly less stable.
On the road
Out the door and within the first 100 yards, I noticed the "must-have" forefoot cushioning showed up for duty. The toe box was also open for business with plenty of room for toes to wiggle and splay.
The Gel and FlyteFoam combination works well together and allowed me to run further before my feet began to complain, and the bottoms of my feet were not heard from all day.
The flexibility is excellent, and this helped to make my transitions from heel to toe very quietly and smoothly. However, when landing midfoot the Cumulus is a bit noisier than landing on the heel, likely due to the hardness of the outsole rubber, this is more of an observation than a complaint, but with my usual midfoot landing stride, I did announce my arrival to the local deer on early morning runs.
Traction was excellent on wet and dry surfaces, including light and melting snow on the roadway.
The forefoot upper mesh is a little too airy for the coldest of winter days but should be a cooling benefit this summer.
The Cumulus 22 has a level of comfort and fit that inspires confidence for the long run, with the upper holding my feet secure in the midfoot area.
I could detect a small amount of heel slippage while underway, something that could be remedied with a different lacing technique if the laces were long enough.
The Cumulus 22 uses standard Asics blown rubber augmented with a generous amount of the more durable AHAR+ that is placed in the heel area and extends forward from the heel to the arch, along the lateral side of the outsole.
There are six flex grooves in the forefoot area and a wide guidance line running the entire length of the outsole.
Always the heart of any running shoe, the Cumulus 22 midsole uses a combination of FlyteFoam and Gel that combine to deliver excellent cushioning.
Gel has been added in the forefoot and heel areas, and actually works to divert impact forces to the side, something that can be felt and appreciated during longer runs.
The Gel is the component that will keep you running longer without discomfort.
A single layer engineered mesh without overlays, wrap the midfoot securely while providing a generous amount of room for the toes.
The tongue and collar are well padded, adding to comfort.
The tongue did not slip or slide to the side, and there are two wide lace stay loops formed by the reflective strip that runs nearly the entire length in the center of the tongue.
The only stitching is verticle along the rear center of the heel, which is also reflective, and at the attachment point at the front of the tongue.
You could run sockless in this Cumulus during warmer weather, without irritation.
As the name implies, the Lite-Show has excellent reflectivity from the front and rear. But there is no substitute for a good flashlight (torch) and runner alertness.
Never trust cars.
- Durability is excellent
- Gel diverts landing forces
- Very smooth transition heel to toe
- Excellent cushioning
- Quality build
- Good colors
- Right price
- Clunky transition for midfoot strikers
- Breezy toes in the winter
- The laces are too short
- A real toebox for real toes
- Old enough to vote and buy a pint
- Don't go changin' on me now
- Thanks for the price
- Welcome back Asics
Compared to my Brooks Ghost 13
The Brooks Ghost has an amazingly smooth transition, along with excellent cushioning, while the Cumulus Lite Show 22 has excellent cushioning as well, but a slightly noisier transition and feels a little more choppy than the younger Ghost.
But the Asics Gel has a property that few other running shoe makers consider, that property is impact attenuation, made possible by the addition of small amounts of Gel in the heel and forefoot.
With both shoes weighing nearly the same, the Ghost is only 5 grams heavier, for all "practical purposes" these shoes are the same.
Simply get a color you like.
Good for the long run, good for the short run, the Cumulus is simply a good shoe that does everything well, which explains why they have been around so long.
I ran almost exclusively in Asics shoes for over 10 years, until style began to dictate pointed and narrow toe boxes, I am glad to see Asics back with such a sound design as in the Cumulus 22.
I may transition back to Asics to enjoy the benefit of the Gel, and save money at the same time, well... maybe every other day.
Good to know
- Asics Gel Cumulus 22 is the newest addition to one of the most popular Asics neutral running shoe line, which is known for providing a healthy blend of comfort, durability, and support. This road running shoe features a completely new design that aims to provide a softer, more flexible, and more comfortable ride.
- This Asics running shoe makes use of a 3D printed mesh top for enhanced forefoot support and long-lasting comfort. The mesh also provides breathability and keeps the foot dry and comfortable for an extended period.
- The designers incorporated the improved version of the FlyteFoam® midsole technology to deliver a soft and pillowy underfoot comfort. This midsole material also allows for an easier transition from midstance to toe-off.
- The Asics High Abrasion Rubber or AHAR® outsole is also used to provide durability. Compared to its previous version, the Asics Gel Cumulus 21, the outsole unit of the Gel Cumulus 22 now utilizes more flex grooves for enhanced flexibility and traction. The updated midsole and outsole sections are responsible for providing a lighter and more efficient running experience.
Several factors affect the fit of the Asics Gel Cumulus 22. This includes the traditional lacing system that offers a secure and adjustable in-shoe fit. Other elements are the Ortholite® sockliner, padded tongue, and cushioned collar. These components are used to provide a snug fit and a high level of comfort.
This running shoe is available in standard shoe length for both men and women versions. Consumers are welcome to get a pair in their usual sizing preferences. However, it is highly recommended to try on the shoe in-store or check the general feedback of users about sizing to ensure a pleasant wearing experience.
In the outsole of the Asics Gel Cumulus 22 is a highly durable material called AHAR® technology. These high-abrasion rubber materials are placed in the critical areas of the outsole for superior durability. It protects the foot and the rest of the platform against sharp objects and other abrasive elements. The AHAR® outsole is also incorporated in other popular Asics running shoes such as the Asics Gel Kayano 26 and Asics Gel DS Trainer 24.
The rubber outsole is coupled with deep flex grooves that help boost the shoe’s flexibility and traction. The flex grooves allow the shoe to bend and move naturally with the foot while providing an excellent grip on various surfaces.
A lightweight and responsive midsole foam called FlyteFoam® technology are integrated into the Gel Cumulus 22. The FlyteFoam® is an environmentally friendly material that utilizes organic super fibers, which help reduce packing out. This element is included for an exceptional bounce back and lasting comfort.
FlyteFoam® technology is paired with the Gel® cushioning system. This component is positioned under the heel to attenuate shock during impact and toe-off phases. It is made out of silicone-based gel that allows movement in multiple planes as the foot transitions through the gait cycle.
For additional cushioning, a removable Ortholite® sockliner is placed above the Flytefoam® midsole. This sockliner offers excellent underfoot support and comfort. It also has anti-microbial and anti-moisture capabilities that help provide a clean and healthy interior environment for the foot.
The Asics Gel Cumulus 22 is crafted with a seamless one-piece mesh upper for a smooth and comfortable in-shoe hug. The engineered mesh is a soft yet durable upper material that offers support and allows for continuous airflow. It keeps the foot dry and cool during the entire running session. A soft textile lining is also utilized for added softness and protection.
A frictionless 3D print is infused in the upper for improved forefoot support. This element delivers an excellent fit, helping the runner build mileage in comfort.
The traditional lace-up closure is featured in this lightweight running shoe. The shoelaces offer a secure and personalized fit by allowing the runner to adjust the looseness or tightness around the shoe. The shoelaces are partnered with discreet eyelets, which help disburse lace tension for optimal comfort.
The manufacturers included a padded tongue to provide added comfort. The tongue also protects the top of the foot against lace bite and prevents small rocks and debris from getting inside the shoe. A cushioned collar is also incorporated into the upper to provide maximum comfort around the heel.
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