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Dependable training shoe offering enough cushioning for day to day use. The ASICS Gel Cumulus 19 provides a plush ride with plenty of comfort.
The Asics Cumulus has always been a neutral, cushioned shoe sitting nicely in the Asics range at a mid-price point and nothing much has changed in that respect. It is a medium to high milege, easy-running comfortable road shoe.
Fresh out of the box, the Cumulus 19 looks ok, a clean looking shoe but with few bells and whistles. It feels comfortable on foot, but I have long skinny feet which suited the rather pointy toe box, I fear runners with wider feet might find this pointy and low toe box a little constricting.
That said, if you liked the Cumulus 18, you’ll find not much has changed in this updated version. It has new improved forefoot overlays, SpEVA 45 insole and a reduced heel height but other than that, it feels and rides the same.
They feel comfortable and self-assured. They have a good amount of heel and tongue padding which offers a deluxe feel to them. The upper is breathable and the Cumulus offers good but not overly soft cushioning. They are, however, fairly unresponsive so best kept for steady paced runs rather than anything quicker.
The Cumulus 19 offers the same midsole as the Cumulus 18, and that’s no bad thing (we liked the 18!).
The midsole features FluidRide foam providing a good combination of bounce back and cushioning properties with reduced weight. We expect this foam to be also durable. Housed within this foam are rear and forefoot gel inserts for additional cushioning.
Other technology features include the Asics Guidance Line® technology which is a vertical flex groove that decouples the tooling along the line of progression, aiding gait efficiency. This is integrated with a Trusstic System® technology which supports the midfoot offering torsional rigidity while, again, aiding gait efficiency.
While this shoe doesn’t feel snappy or particularly fast, as with the Cumulus 18, you do feel that the shoe allows you to roll off your toes. The shoe is built with a 10mm heel to toe drop so comfortable and easy to get along with.
As mentioned, the heel and tongue padding help this shoe feel good on your foot. The heel foam is made from two layers of memory foam which should mould to your foot over time. The sockliner is seemless and made from an anti-bacterial material, handy if your shoes are prone to smelling like mine…
The lace eyelets are placed to dispersed lace tension and the upper is made from an open mesh which offers noticeable breathability. They felt good from the off and this is helped by the new SpEVA 45 foam insole which feels soft underfoot.
There aren’t any bells or whistles on the outsole but the grip was fine on the road. The standard carbon runner in the heel area will offer durability while the rest of the outsole is made from a softer blown rubber material designed to add additional cushioning while remaining flexible.
The Asics Cumulus 19 is a good shoe for everyday running offering enough cushioning for most in a comfortable and affordable package. At this price point, it has some significant opposition but Asics fans would feel that it holds its own here and won’t be disappointed with this update if you have owned previous models.
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|Weight||11.1oz / 311 grams|