This has been my first pair of ASICS since some old sneakers I had in high school, and now, I wish I hadn’t waited so long to try another pair. The ASICS GEL-CUMULUS 22 are the new lightweight, neutral running shoe offered by the company. After shipping issues (my fault) and about 100 miles put through them, let’s get to the fun part.
First off, lets get the specs out of the way first. The shoes come in at 9.3 ounces with a 10 mm heel drop. ASICS uses their new FLYTEFOAM® technology which is designed to give a lighter and softer support. These are definitely road shoes made to be used on pavement, that being said, I had no issues in heavily debris ridden paths and the occasional dirt and gravel trails. The first thing I noticed when lacing these up was the amount of cushion all around. Your heel is cozily snuggled in among ample cushioning which was significantly different than the Nike Pegasus’ that I’m used to. You also will love these if you have wider feet as the toe box has plenty of room and the shoes are true to size. If you normally size up a full size with running shoes, I’d recommend trying a half size first. As always, check with your local running store as they’re going to be much more helpful in getting you the correct fit and size.
After testing these out in rain, sunshine, dirt, and gravel, these have held up and have been added to my permanent rotation. I would recommend these for pretty much any training runs. They have a little more cushion than I am used to which after a half marathon I was feeling a little fatigued. For any runs shorter than that you should be fine, and again, your mileage may vary (literally).
I will say that these were very breathable with not problem areas as far as hot spots (for me) with a mixture of no show and crew socks. Running shoes can be the most important piece of gear (and expensive) which is why it’s important to find a shoe with enough support, comfort, and build quality. These check all the boxes in that regard, and they look good!
If you are already looking at a new pair of ASICS then you should probably make sure not to overlook these. They’re available for $120 directly from ASICS website here for men and here for women or you can find them at your local running store!