The Kumo replaces the Preleus
, which was the Asics shoe priced midway between the Cumulus
. Essentially, the only important difference between the Kumo and the Preleus is in the midsole. The Kumos is made entirely of SpEVA, a higher grade of EVA, which Asics uses on its more expensive shoes.
Even so, the Kumo is still a closer relative to the Cumulus. Although it has the Trusstic midfoot support (which the Cumulus does not have), the Kumo shares the same outsole, flexible forefoot and road feel as the Cumulus. Weartesters, especially those who enjoyed the Cumulus, liked the new Kumo. They particularly liked its ample midsole cushioning. But since the Kumo (and most other Asics shoes) have a lower midsole profile than most other brands, the midsole cushioning does feel slightly firmer than other brands cushioned products.
Asics has three of the best single-density neutral, cushioned shoes on the market: the Cumulus, the Nimbus and now the Kumo. Priced between the other two models, the Kumo has the midsole durability of SpEVA at £10 less than the Nimbus.
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Asics Gel Cumulus (£60); Adidas Supernova