Who should buy the ASICS Gel Cumulus 18

  • A solid choice for competitive high-mileage road runners who are looking to break their current PB on their next 21km or full marathon event.
  • A good fit for high arch runners who want a reliable and comfortable neutral running shoe with plenty of support on the lateral side.

ASICS Gel Cumulus 18 logo

Updates to the ASICS Gel Cumulus 18

  • ASICS brings the cushioning nearer to the foot, achieving better shock attenuation.
  • Slightly thicker and open mesh, providing enhanced shoe ventilation.
  • Removed overlays in the toe box give it a more forgiving fit.
  • Welded toe protection and minimized weight.
  • Midfoot shank size no longer extends farther to the heel than previously utilized, reducing weight and maximizing the new cushioning set-up.

ASICS Gel Cumulus 18 updates

Increased efficiency of movement and flexibility

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.

ASICS Gel Cumulus 18 outsole lay out

This vertical flex groove called the Guidance Line is met by a couple of horizontal grooves called the Omega Flex Grooves, giving flexibility.

Gel Cumulus 18 offers improved durability and traction

The usual AHAR+ rubber is in the heel and other areas, giving improved durability.

ASICS Gel Cumulus 18 AHAR+ rubber

A softer blown rubber occupies the forefoot and most of the midfoot, giving enhanced traction. The midfoot is devoid of rubber and shows part of the midfoot shank to save some weight.

ASICS’ FluidRide foam delivers excellent cushioning

ASICS’ top of the line FluidRide midsole foam covers the entire Gel Cumulus 18 providing excellent cushioning and rebound features. It is very durable despite being very light.

ASICS Gel Cumulus 18 midsole foam

The landing to take-off process is enhanced by the full-length nature of this midsole foam. This running shoe, like the Cumulus 20, makes use of the notable Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel Cushioning.

These silicon-based shock-absorbing material is placed closer to the foot, mimicking 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.

ASICS Gel Cumulus 18 is a very breathable shoe

The upper of this neutral running shoe 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.

ASICS Gel Cumulus 18 breathable shoe

It has a well-padded ankle collar and tongue, giving luxurious comfort. A removable ComforDry sockliner adds cushioning with moisture-wicking and anti-microbial properties. It uses a traditional lace-up closure in getting a more personalized fit.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 11.1oz / Women 9.6oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: ASICS Gel Cumulus 24
Forefoot height: 13mm
Heel height: 23mm

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