We've reviewed a newer version since we published this.
It’s easy to see why the Gel Cumulus, now in its fifth incarnation, is one of the most popular cushioning shoes on the market. For a cushioned shoe, it provides a surprisingly stable ride, thanks to the resilient EVA midsole and wide base. In fact, it’s a cushioned shoe that many mild overpronators could easily wear.
Asics is a past master at sensitively updating old favourites, and it’s done that here. The midsole has been softened slightly – in the past, Asics’s cushioned shoes have tended to be firmer than rivals. The fore- and rearfoot cushioning pads now contain the latest version of Asics’s Gel (as used on the Kayano
), and it’s visible in the rearfoot.
The outsole in the forefoot is thicker, which aids cushioning. And you can now buy the Cumulus in three widths for men and women.
Asics didn’t need to do a great deal to the Cumulus, so it didn’t. That means version five is still one of the nicest cushioning shoes around – it’s a little plusher than before, but retains its smooth and supportive ride and also has an improved fit.
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Asics Gel Cumulus (£60); Nike Air Pegasus 2002
(£60); Adidas Supernova Cushion