Asics Gel Cumulus 16

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The Gel Cumulus 16 incorporates the FluidRide midsole cushioning and larger rearfoot and forefoot Gel Cushioning. Along with those characteristics, the Cumulus 16 comes with an updated Impact Guidance System, that works with other Asics technologies in the shoe to improve the shoe’s transition feel. The open mesh upper offers up comfort to you when and where you need it the most.

The Asics Gel Cumulus 16 feel lightweight and have a generous amount of cushioning.  This shoe works well for underpronators to mild overpronators.  Fans of the previous Gel Cumulus will love this updated version.   Some reviewers stated it was the most comfortable and lightest version yet.

Pros
  • Great energy return and padding underfoot thanks to the FluidRide technology
  • Exceptional durability
  • Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Cushioning System
  • ComforDry Sockliner
  • Wider toe box
  • Breathable
Cons
  • Materials can be too course and abrasive
  • Heavier than other shoes in its category
  • Not very stylish
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Asics Gel Cumulus 16's outsole uses several different technologies to provide durability, impact protection, and traction. The shoe's Impact Guidance System promotes a smooth ride. The AHAR rubber on the outsole enhances durability. The Guidance Line encourages efficiency, and the Trusstic system reduces the overall weight of the shoe. All these combined make the outsole of the Asics Gel Cumulus 16 extraordinary.


Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

A similar combination of technologies is featured in the midsole's construction. The tech combo serves up a shoe that is comfortable, well-cushioned, and packed with energy. The Asics Gel Cumulus 16's midsole features Gel Cushioning which helps to pad each footfall. The ComforDry Sockliner has the same excellent energy return featured in the shoe's midsole cushioning. It also wicks moisture and encourages a breathable environment.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The seamless upper helps prevent blisters as well as provides a secure, comfortable fit. The ComforDry Sockliner technology has anti-microbial properties as well as additional cushioning.

The upper of these shoes also features independently place the eyelets, dispersing lace tension, creating a customized fit environment and improved upper comfort. Last but not least, the upper on the Asics Gel Cumulus 16 contains reflective materials designed to improve visibility during low-light hours.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Asics Gel Cumulus 16 isn't a performance shoe. The weight averages about 337 grams for men and 266 grams for women. It won't promote a fast ride but you will feel comfortable. The shoe, however, has lost a bit of its previous heft.

Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Asics Gel Cumulus 16 features a breathable mesh in its upper offering excellent air circulation for the wearer. Even when you're out running much longer than usual, the shoes will ensure your feet don't overheat and you won't become sweat-soaked. The mesh upper lets air circulate while the inner liner keeps odors away.

The Asics Gel Cumulus 16 ComforDry Sockliner keeps moisture from building up inside the shoe and ensures your foot remains dry. In addition, a wider forefoot area allows for better front of the foot ventilation.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Asics Gel Cumulus 16 earns the top spot in terms of comfort when it comes to shoes in the neutral category. The Fluidride cushioning technology provides enough bounce and padding while still ensuring the shoe isn't too heavy. The Gel Cushioning included in the midfoot of the shoe provides an extra layer of padding for the wearer.



Style
Style

Style

The style of the shoes is not the most fashionable one. Reviews from customers do not put the Asics Gel Cumulus 16 in the top of the list for style. The color offerings are limited and the style is very classic. The shoe's design focuses more on the comfort than in the style of the shoe. If you are looking for a classic style of trainers that provide the best comfort, the Gel Cumulus 16 should be definitely in the top of your list.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Built with quality materials, the Asics Gel Cumulus 16 is resistant to wear but not too reinforced that it becomes clunky. The comfortable shoes are long-lasting thanks to the outsole's durable AHAR construction. The mesh upper, too, is quality-made and won't break down easily.


Protection
Protection

Protection

The Asics Gel Cumulus 16 provides excellent overall protection. The midsole materials in the shoe ensure the wearer is well-protected underfoot. The impact of running is softened by the shoe's ample cushioning. The FluidRide midsole component ensures adequate energy-return without having to reduce the shoe's cushioning.

Both the forefoot and rearfoot feature Gel Cushioning which also helps to absorb some of the shock upon impact. In addition, the ComforDry Sockliner adds bounce while managing to keep the interior of the shoe free from excess moisture. Your precious muscles, ligaments, and bones will be well-protected from each landing you make in the Asics Gel Cumulus 16

Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Using various technologies, the Asics Gel Cumulus 16 ensures a smooth ride for runners even when the weather takes a turn. The shoe does best when the ground beneath is flat, though.

The Asics Gel Cumulus 16's Impact Guidance System ensures a smooth transition from heel to toe and the Guidance Line provides an overall smooth ride. Also, an important part of the design is the Trusstic System which keeps the weight of the shoe down and enhances the shoe's responsiveness.

Remember that since this is a road shoe, it won't provide as much energy return on the trails as dedicated trail shoes would.
Support
Support

Support

You should already know, before purchasing a shoe, whether you need support or not. If you're not sure, get fitted at a local running shop. The Asics Gel Cumulus 16 provides adequate support for the neutral runner. The shoe's midsole cushioning supports the wearer and the Impact Guidance System helps to reduce pronation. In addition, the midsole of the women's version of the shoe features a special low-density foam.


Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Asics Gel Cumulus 16 performs best on the road. It can handle wet surfaces and still provide the support and enregy return required by the runner seeking a smooth ride. The shoe also offers excellent breathability so running in all weather conditions is possible and comfortable.

Price
Price

Price

On Amazon, the Asics Gel Cumulus 16 is priced between $65 USD and $130 USD. The price changes according to color offerings and sizing. As a discounted older model, the Cumulus 16 is an affordable option for most.

Traction
Traction

Traction

The Asics Gel Cumulus 16 features an AHAR covered outsole which offers traction on even surfaces and grip when the ground is wet. The shoe's Guidance Line and grooves provide a smooth line even in awful weather.


Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Asics Gel Cumulus 16 running shoes are not as flexible as other shoes in the same category because of the extra cushioning. In this version, Asics sacrificed some flexibility in order to bring more protection to your feet.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Asics Gel Cumulus 16 feels almost sock-line when worn. The ComforDry sock liner enhances this comfortable fit thanks to its moisture wicking properties. The shoe's outsole, outfitted with AHAR and a Guidance Line, also ensure the wearer experiences a smooth ride. The cushioning components in the midsole - Gel and FluidRide - offer padding that works well in a variety of situations. Runners should feel stable even towards the tail end of a long run.

Drop
Drop

Drop

The Asics Gel Cumulus 16 features a 10mm drop. This is a standard drop for most road trainers. Some reviewers did mention, though, that the outsole was too thick and complained about poor ground connection.

Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

•ComforDry Sockliner

•FluidRide midsole technology

•Good breathability

•AHAR technology in the outsole

•Full-length Gel Cushioning

•Remarkable cushioning and comfort
Bottom line
Bottom line

Bottom line

The Asics Gel Cumulus 16 road shoe is meant to provide a comfortable smooth ride even when you go long. The shoe provides a supportive base and nice grip underfoot. At its affordable price point, it provides good value. The shoe can also handle wet and dry conditions equally well. When the weather heats up, the Asics Gel Cumulus 16 ventilates without issue.

The shoe is great for runners who want extra cushioning, a roomy toe box, and durable construction. True to size, the shoe is well-liked by reviewers because of its ample midsole padding.