PRICE: R2 100 WEIGHT: 285 grams (M), 236 grams (W)

Runner's World South Africa - - SHOES + STUFF - – M.P. ASICS.COM/ZA/EN-ZA

Shoe com­pa­nies don’t typ­i­cally make ma­jor over­hauls to their top shoes, but Asics did for the Cumulus – and we’re happy about the im­prove­ments. Shave nearly 45 grams of weight off the shoe? Check. Swop the old foam for a lighter FlyteFoam mid­sole? Done. Put the cherry on top with a more breath­able up­per? Oh yes.

Long-time Cumulus wear­ers picked up on the changes quickly, not­ing that the shoe felt lighter, with less cush­ion­ing and more snap than pre­vi­ous mod­els – all con­firmed in tests at the RW Shoe Lab. The re­sult, say our testers, is a “crisper and more re­spon­sive ride”. (If, how­ever, you’re one of the run­ners who seeks the same plush ex­pe­ri­ence of the 19, check out the Nim­bus 20.)

The sleek up­per got an over­haul too, with a stretchy jacquard mesh and en­gi­neered sup­port that re­places the heav­ier plas­tic over­lays adorn­ing the 19. The change helps the shoe adapt bet­ter to the run­ner’s foot.

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