ASICS GEL CUMULUS 20
PRICE: R2 100 WEIGHT: 285 grams (M), 236 grams (W)
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.