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.
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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.
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WeightMen: 12.3ozWomen: 11.3oz
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.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
Heel heightMen: 23mmWomen: 22mm
Forefoot heightMen: 13mmWomen: 12mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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All that cushioning and protection comes at the cost of more weight, but naming this shoe after a cloud isn't a misnomer-it evenly surrounds the foot and, when in motion, doesn't feel hefty.
Updates to Asics Gel Cumulus 17 GTX
- Asics is currently giving many of its premium shoes a makeover in the midsole. Several of its most famous lines are offering softer cushioning and this continues in the Cumulus 17 GTX A softer midsole and Gel cushioning in the heel gives it a more comfortable feel upon landing.
- The outsole gets a serious revamp in the form of a more substantial heel crash pad. This new and larger crash pad enhances cushioning, flexibility, and helps in the transition from heel to toe. The Guidance Line in the latest version is much wider than past editions to enhance a smoother gait cycle and help with the new softer cushioning. Finally, the lugs are generously spaced out than ever. This helps again with the soft landing as the space between the lugs allow the runner’s weight to “sink in” a little bit.
- The upper gets its own share of modifications. Asics provides laces that are slightly softer and of the right measurement in this shoe. The plush comfort gets even better with more luxurious material in the tongue and collar lining.
Asics Gel Cumulus 17 GTX size and fit
The numerous substantial changes in the Asics Cumulus 17 GTX also changed the fit of this shoe in relation to the previous model. This is now narrower than the standard fit of the prior version. Runners with narrow feet will find the wrap incredible. Getting half a size up is the best remedy for the new changes. Available widths are D for the men’s and B for the women’s. Runners can also get the 2E (wide) or 4E (extra wide) measurements. Sizing is standard with options for the men starting from 7 to 15 while the women’s are from 4 to 13.
Very durable carbon rubber, which Asics calls as AHAR is strategically placed in high-impact areas to limit wear and tear. The Guide Line or the large cut stretching from the heel to the forefoot adds a bit of flexibility and allows for faster transitions. A substantially larger crash pad enhances cushioning and shock-absorbing features.
Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel Cushioning Systems handle the dispersal of impact forces and provide adequate cushioning. The FluidRide Foam is the main reason for the shoe’s responsive cushioning. It is a very durable and lightweight midsole foam. Making the cushioning and comfort even better is the Gender Specific Cushioning that relies primarily on another superb foam in the Solyte.
Gore-Tex or waterproofing membrane covers the upper to keep off rain and snow. Asics uses a seamless upper to reduce the risk of irritation and blisters should the runner prefer to run without socks. A gusseted tongue keeps all kinds of debris out while anti-odor and anti-bacterial properties are provided by the ComforDry Sockliner. Enhanced fit in the heel comes courtesy of a dual-layer memory foam that Asics refers to as the Personal Heel Fit.