Asics Gel Cumulus 25 review

Asics Gel Cumulus 25 review

ASICS Gel Cumulus 25 running review

The new bits that the 25 benefits from over and above the Asics Gel Cumulus 24 are a high abrasion rubber outsole to add grip and reduce the weight. The upper is made of more than 99% recycled materials. And the big key change is PureGEL technology that’s been chucked in the midsole alongside the full-length FF BLAST PLUS cushioning.

Design-wise, the midsole now has that sportier heel, as opposed to its predecessor’s more pedestrian looks, just like the Nimbus. In fact, it looks like a much speedier model because of that. My favorite addition, as with the Nimbus, is that heel tab – I love this for easier, and less muddy/wet removals and for pulling them on in the first place without crushing the heel. It’s not *quite* as nice as the one on the Nimbus 25s, but it’s pretty good.

On the run, you can certainly immediately notice that PureGEL tech – and that’s one of the main noticeable differences between this and the Gel-Nimbus 25, as there’s a heap of cushioning in the forefoot, which makes it feel pretty dreamy as soon as you take off. It’s extremely cushioned, and extremely comfortable. Real cloud-like stuff.

What you don’t get here is the energy pep you get from the Gel-Nimbus, which has been designed for a bit of a snappier ride. And I also found that the mega padding around the tongue and heel, while perfect for shorter runs, was a smidge higher up my foot than I’d like, and made the shoe perceptibly warmer. So while it was glorious to run in up to 5 or 6K, I wouldn’t want to wear it for longer than that for fear of rubbing and Hot Feet Syndrome.

Price-wise it’s on a par with most mid-level road shoes, so I can’t argue with that. It’s a smashing shoe, all told, with significantly better cushioning and a gorgeous feel around the foot. If you’re after something for your Monday morning easy miles, or you need an all-rounder to train for your first 5K or 10K – or even, if you just want something supremely comfortable, then the Gel-Nimbus 25 ticks all of those boxes. Try it on first though if you’ve got wide feet or a high instep!

Where can I buy this shoe?

You can buy the ASICS Gel-Cumulus 25 from I got mine in white and they are head-turningly cool.

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