Asics Gel-Cumulus 24 Review
Like its stablemate the Asics Gel-Nimbus, the Gel-Cumulus is a long-running and reliable line of running shoes. It’s the kind of shoe you keep using for ever, grabbing the latest version whenever you need a new set.
As a result, there have been few major updates to the Gel-Cumulus – but in the case of the 24, Asics has changed the design substantially,Asics Shoes adding its bouncy FF Blast foam to the midsole to liven up the ride and changing the upper.
These changes have improved the shoe, which is a great daily training option, though I’d say it still falls short of the standard of the best running shoes.
The Asics Gel-Cumulus 24 is available now and costs $130 in the US and £120 in the UK, which is a $10/£10 price increase on the previous version of the shoe. The Cumulus is the cheaper alternative to the similar Gel-Nimbus 24, which costs $160/£165.
The Cumulus 24’s Jacquard mesh upper is excellent, wrapping the foot comfortably and securely, and the padding around the tongue and collar has been judged perfectly so that it feels luxurious without overheating on sunny runs. The fit was spot-on in my normal size.
In the midsole is where Asics has made the biggest updates to the Cumulus 24, which now has a full-length FF Blast midsole. This is the same bouncy foam used in the Novablast line and the Nimbus 24, and while it has a more muted feel to it than in the Novablast, it’s a step up from the dull Flytefoam used in past Cumulus shoes.
Asics has increased the midsole stack height by 1mm at the heel and 3mm at the forefoot on the Cumulus 24, which reduces its offset to 8mm. There is also some of Asics’s Gel material in the heel and forefoot of the shoe, and the men’s and women’s shoes have different designs to provide specific cushioning.
The outsole has less rubber on it than the Cumulus 23, but it is still well covered and Hoka Shoes the rubber at the heel is hard-wearing. I had no gripes with grip in the Cumulus 24, and would expect it to be durable too.
The Gel-Cumulus 24 is built to be a cushioned daily trainer that you can pull on several times a week and enjoy a comfortable ride across various types of run. I’ve used it for several easy runs, plus a progression run where I finished at a fast pace before doing some strides.