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First look: ASICS Gel-Cumulus 22

The ASICS Gel-Cumulus 22 is made for all runners, regardless of how often, far or fast you run

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One of the latest ASICS shoe drops of 2020 is the Gel-Cumulus 22, a lightweight running shoe that will work beautifully for almost any runner. With a soft, flexible fit, the Cumulus is built to last, and whether you’re averaging 30K or 130K a week, it’ll hold up and continue to perform well. The best type of shoe is one that you almost forget you’re wearing, and that’s what you get with ASICS and the Cumulus. So grab a pair of Gel-Cumulus 22s, lace up and don’t waste another second worrying about your footwear.

Shoe type: Neutral cushioning
Weight: 10.1 oz (286 g) for men (size 9) and 7.8 oz (221 g) for women (size 7)
Drop: 10 mm
MSRP: C$160.00
Available: Now on the ASICS website

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Upper

The Cumulus 22 has a seamless, one-piece mesh upper that contributes to the shoe’s snug fit. The mesh knit provides runners with excellent support, but thanks to its well-engineered design, there is more space between the mesh fibres than in previous ASICS shoes, which helps to reduce the overall weight of the Cumulus while also improving its breathability.

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Midsole

ASICS describes the Cumulus 22 as “an everyday trainer with excellent comfort,” and that’s thanks in large part to the midsole. There’s a lot to say about the Cumulus midsole, starting with the ASICS Forefoot Twist Gel technology, which helps to position the foot for a more natural stride. Form and smooth strides are so important for success in running, and the better you move as a runner, the less energy you’ll waste, allowing you to go faster and farther. This soft material in the Cumulus forefoot will help your stride every step of the way.

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On the other end of the shoe, the Rearfoot Gel technology under the heel will reduce shock, limiting wear and tear on a runner’s body. Last up for the midsole is the Flytefoam, which is ASICS’ lightest midsole material. It’s lightweight, but it doesn’t sacrifice durability to cut a few ounces. A light but sturdy shoe is the perfect combination for someone logging a lot of miles.

Outsole

The shoe’s outsole features deep groves on the forefoot which make for a smooth transition from footstrike to toe-off. The ASICS Light Ahar Sponge Rubber on the outsole reduces wear and increases cushioning, which is especially important for high-mileage runners, so they know their shoe is built to withstand consistent use once or twice a day for months. The heel is also equipped to combat wear from regular usage, which will extend your shoe’s life.

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Who’s it for?

The Gel-Cumulus 22 is for neutral runners who want a lightweight and comfortable shoe that can take a beating day after day. It will get you through long runs, fast runs and light, easy runs with friends, making it the perfect shoe for all kinds of road runners.