Posted: 26 January 2007
Overall: These are the shoes that made me a 'one shoe runner.' Having spent years wearing Mizunos for their lightness and control, than having flirted briefly with Nikes, I was turned on to Gel Cumulii (if that's the plural of cumuluses) by my local running centre. They felt a bit sloppy at first - a bit like switching from a sports car to a family saloon - but I soon grew to love them. What I love first and foremost is the fabulous cushioning. With knees as bad as mine, there's no such thing as running on air, but these take me as close as I'm ever going to get. I've now owned several pairs, from Vs up to VIIIs and I wouldn't wear anything else. I'm not sure that each evolution is much more than cosmetic, because frankly, they all feel the same after a few miles. What's for sure though is that if you're a big person who does marathons, these are the business. I've currently got 3 pairs on the go, and keep logging the miles for them. But in fairness, when you've done 4-500 miles or so, you know they're fine for the gym, but not for heavy roadwork, without having to look in a running diary. Not as pricey as some, and if you want to calculate comfort against value against having some shoes with enough cushioning to get you to the start line, and the finish line, I think these are the best you can get.