Running Shoes Review

Asics Gel Cumulus 10 Running Shoes Review

Posted on: April 1, 2009

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Asics Gel Cumulus 10

Asics Gel Cumulus 10

Full Name: Asics Gel Cumulus 10
Category: Cushioning
Weight:11.8 oz. (335 gr.)
Suggested Price: 95 $
Reccomended For: Supinator or Neutral Pronator
  • General Info:

Asics Cumulus 10 is Asics’ mid-priced shoe for the supinator runner (or under pronator). Common feedback about this shoes by runners who have tested it, is that it offers a slightly different ride than the Cumulus 9 used to, being slightly more stable and less cushioning. Let’s see in detail what this shoe has to offer.

  • Sole Unit:

For the first time, the Cumulus offers Asics’ I.G.S. (Impact Guidance System) trademark technology. IGS is actually a whole design philosophy of combining the various parts of the midsole in a way that encourages (guides) your foot to go from the heel impact to the toe lift-off in the most natural and therefore efficient way possible.
The Space Trusstic System is also helping in this sense, by adding a plastic wrapping around the arch area of the midsole so to protect your foot (and ankles!) from innatural torsion in the heel-to-toe transition.
On the cushioning side, Asics uses on the Cumulus 10 the Solyte material, which is softer and lighter than normal EVA or spEVA (foam, what you find in all shoes’ midsoles). Softer and lighter is good – but of course it can mean less durability for your shoes. Completes the cushioning the addition of Twist Gel in the Forefoot and Rearfoot of the midsole, providing that extra cushioning that Supinators need.

  • Upper:

With all the technology concentrated on the Midsole, the upper is light and clean and – even though no major technologies are involved – it serves its purpose. Upper has been slightly redesigned so to offer a larger mesh area on the toecap to enhance comfort and breathability. Testers’ impression is that the shoe has gotten slightly wider than it used to be.

  • Opinion:

At a 95$ price point, the Cumulus 10 is a benchmark for Cushioning running shoes. The addition of the I.G.S. system seems to have “stiffened” the ride offered by previous versions of the Cumulus.
Has the Cumulus become a Stability shoe? No, it is still a great cushioning trainer, aimed at a heavy Neutral Pronator who needs slightly more cushioning than a lightweight runner or at a non-extreme Supinator.
If this is the kind of runner you are, 95$ is great value for money on this shoe. But if you are a more severe Supinator or a definitely heavier runner, you should maybe look at the Cumulus’s big sister: the Asics Gel Nimbus 10 .

Let us know what you think of this shoe in the comments!

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1 Response to "Asics Gel Cumulus 10 Running Shoes Review"

HIIT. There are basically three types of foot; some call it foot pronation types.
These are the best tips for ensuring that you get the right fit.

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