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Shoe Review: ASICS GEL-CUMULUS 23

ASICS newest update to the classic GEL-Cumulus is here.

The ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23 offers the same neutral ride that runners know and love, but with updated cushioning for a smoother, more supported ride.

Long-time wearers of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus know that this neutral running shoe provides unbeatable cushion and durability for any level of activity.

The GEL-Cumulus 23 is updated with full-length ASICS FLYTEFOAM midsole cushioning for a lightweight, responsive ride from landing to toe-off. A redesigned seamless mesh upper is sleek and streamlined, while still offering the gentle support your foot needs to remain engaged on the run.

Fleet Feet reviewers put some miles on the ASICS Gel-Cumulus 23. Here’s what they thought.

Tech Specs

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23

Weight

8.1 oz (W) 9.9 oz (M)

Drop

10 mm

Category

Neutral

Use

Daily training

Surface

Roads, track

Updated Design Provides A Snug Feel

One of the newest features of the GEL-Cumulus 23 is its integration of ASICS 3D Space Construction technology.

ASICS 3D Space Construction allows ASICS shoes to compress in the specific areas where you need it most, without compromising the overall stability of the shoe. This creates a personalized feel for every runner, even if you’re wearing the same model of shoe.

The Gel-Cumulus 23 features ASICS’ 3D Space Construction technology in the heel and forefoot of the shoe to accommodate individual and gender-specific movement and support.

Through extensive study, ASICS found that female runners require more compression and cushioning in the forefoot on average. And Fleet Feet reviewers took notice of the supportive, “huggy” feel of the shoe’s footbed.

“What I love about the Cumulus is that my foot feels instantly transported to a stable, secure platform,” says one reviewer. “It feels at once rigid and cushioned, which creates a smooth heel-to-transition for up-tempo walks and easy miles.”

By providing areas of accommodating compression and cushioning, the ASICS 3D Space Construction technology adds to the overall durability of the GEL-Cumulus 23 by slowing uneven wear caused by overpronation.

An essential to any good running or walking shoe is an upper that fits just right. And ASICS strikes this balance in the updated Cumulus 23 by draping the top of the shoe in a one-piece, engineered mesh that’s lightweight and breathable.

“I love how breathable it is. The seamless construction prevents any rubbing or friction on my foot,” says another Fleet Feet reviewer. “The mesh is also tightly woven so that no debris will sneak in, but I can see my socks through it.”

The upper’s seamless design adds to the overall chafe-free feel and construction of the Cumulus 23. Our reviewers loaded the cushioning in the heel collar and tongue for how it enhances the overall feel of the shoe.

“I appreciate the fit of the heel collar. It’s not overly cushioned, but it feels snug and not abrasive against my heel, even when I’m wearing low-cut socks,” says a reviewer.

Responsive and Smooth Cushioning Create Flighty Underfoot Feel

A staple of many ASICS running shoes is ASICS GEL Technology cushioning. This shock-absorption system stands out in the Cumulus 23 update as a visible slice of plush gel under the heel in the midsole.

This super-soft material swaddles the heel cup of the shoe to reduce shock during landings, protecting your legs from unnecessary impact as you run and helping you feel fresh longer.

“I usually run in a very minimally cushioned shoe,” says a Fleet Feet reviewer. “But I really loved that ASICS put the just right amount of cushioning in the Cumulus 23 without making the shoe feel clunky or heavy.”

Alongside the GEL cushioning, ASICS added its FLYTEFOAM midsole foam to the full length of the shoe to improve the overall feel.

FLYTEFOAM is one of ASICS’ most lightweight, responsive midsole foams. The midsole adds the cushioning and spring runners need for an engaged run without compromising the overall weight of the shoe.

The GEL-Cumulus 23 boasts a 10mm drop, much of which is owed to the FLYTEFOAM midsole and robust GEL padding in the heel. Both cushioning technologies work to deliver the support and responsiveness you need to feel energized on long runs.

“I don’t feel like I’m sinking into this shoe when I run, but that I’m really being supported with each step,” one reviewer says. “It is truly an all-around excellent trainer.”

The blown rubber outsole smoothly extends from the FLYTEFOAM midsole and provides the traction and durability necessary for a smooth, stable ride.

“The outsole is definitely very durable and performs well on slick roads and even on dirt paths, making the Cumulus a super versatile shoe,” says another Fleet Feet reviewer.

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 22 vs. ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23

ASICS GEL technology is consistently supportive and cushioned. This remains true in the GEL-Cumulus 23 update.

The most noticeable difference between the older Cumulus 22 and the new Cumulus 23 is the use of FLYTEFOAM throughout the length of the Cumulus 23 midsole.

ASICS engineers stacked more FLYTEFOAM cushioning through the entirety of the midsole in the GEL-Cumulus 23. This creates an even more cushioned feel, and spreads the responsive snap of the FLYTEFOAM technology evenly from heel to toe.

The GEL-Cumulus sports not only a uniquely responsive feel, but also includes ASICS 3D Space Construction technology to create a more personalized wearer experience, and it also adds to the overall durability of the shoe.

“The Cumulus is a dependable, durable trainer that I expect to last for hundreds of training miles. I would recommend it for regular training days and long runs,” says a Fleet Feet reviewer.

Closing Thoughts

Between the innovative inclusion of ASICS 3D Space Construction technology and the addition of FLYTEFOAM cushioning along the length of the midsole, the GEL-Cumulus 23 is a springy upgrade to a classic shoe.

“The Cumulus 23 sticks to the traditional model that a lot of runners have come to love. I think people who have depended on a shoe like this over the years will not be disappointed,” one Fleet Feet reviewer says.

Whether you are beginning to add running into your daily routine or are looking for a steadfast shoe to last through daily mileage, the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23 offers you the cushion and support you need from heel to toe.

The seamless single-sheet engineered mesh is at once secure and breathable, offering the lightweight support your foot needs to best engage with the GEL pods and FLYTEFOAM cushioning in the midsole.

Fleet Feet reviewers agree that the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 23 is a great shoe for daily mileage, walking or any way you choose to get moving.

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