Our verdict


The ASICS Gel Cumulus GTX 23 continues in the traditional line that has made this shoe a success over the years. This new iteration is reliable as usual, comfortable, well cushioned, durable and weather-proof. It’s a solid daily trainer that offers a smooth ride and is perfect for slow runs, but can be pushed to some short uptempo workouts too. And, last but not least, it’s not expensive at all.


  • All about comfort
  • Stable and smooth ride
  • All-around running shoe
  • Grips everything wet and dirt
  • Not afraid of water
  • No wear after 50 miles
  • Ready straight out of the box
  • Reasonably priced


  • Not quite responsive
  • Can be warm in summer

Who should buy ASICS Gel Cumulus 23 GTX

Get this shoe if you are looking for a versatile and very comfortable shoe that can handle both short and long runs, ideally at slow to moderate paces. Perfect for beginners who might not know what shoe to choose, especially heel strikers.

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Who should not buy it

Look elsewhere if you:

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Cumulus 23 GTX has a plushy upper

Those who tested it say that the Cumulus 23 GTX has an extremely comfortable upper, mostly thanks to generous padding. As a runner said, “the seamless construction prevents any rubbing or friction on my foot,” and another expert added that he had “no heel slippage, no hot spots, no tight corners or cramped toes.”

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Water stays out

The addition of Gore-Tex creates an effective barrier against bad weather, as confirmed by a runner who ran “through snow and rain and [his] feet never got wet.” This was further confirmed by another tester since the shoe kept their feet dry in a variety of situations such as “rain, sleet, dry snow, wet snow, freezing rain.”

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Stable and protective midsole

Runners found out that the midsole leans a little bit to the firmer side, but loved the cushioning of this shoe, as they clearly put it:

  • it’s firm and protective, but “by no means harsh”
  • there is “excellent vibration dampening” 
  • the shoe “does an excellent job of tuning out the harshness of the road”

On top of this, another runner pointed out that in these shoes his foot “feels instantly transported to a stable, secure platform.”

Predictable and natural ride

A tester noticed that this shoe’s behavior is more traditional than other new ASICS trainers, which are more lively (take the ASICS Novablast 2, for example), but the “excellent forefoot flexibility makes the ride very natural at all paces.” 

Another runner said that in the Cumulus 23 there’s little responsiveness and it is “not sharp propulsive”, yet the ride is still “very smooth.” 

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Grippy and durable outsole

The outsole is equipped with thick rubber and offers fantastic grip on most surfaces, including when there’s dirt or the road is wet. On top of this, it’s also extremely durable, as pointed out by a runner who said that “durability [...] is fantastic. I have almost 45 miles on my pair and there is no sign of wear on the outsole.”

Another tester confirmed this by saying that this is a “surprisingly durable” shoe that can last 500 miles or more.

This ASICS is not for hot days

Though waterproof and protective, the Cumulus 23 GTX tends to be slightly warmer than other non-GTX ASICS shoes. A runner pointed out that this makes this shoe “ideal for those cold morning runs” in winter, but not for hot summer days.

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Still true to size

Two runners who have used the previous iteration of this shoe noticed that the ASICS Cumulus 23 GTX fits slightly narrower than its predecessor, yet the fit remains true to size.

Ready to run

There’s no breaking-in period with this ASICS shoe. A runner was happy to notice that she was able to “comfortably run with it on the first go.”

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ASICS Cumulus 23 GTX doesn’t cost you a fortune

This shoe is not only a reliable daily trainer but also an affordable choice for all runners who don’t want to spend too much on road running shoes. Costing 109$, it’s under the average price (129$).