• More Silicone Based Gel Added – More gel was added to both the forefoot and to the heel of the shoe. This helps absorb shock from every direction, and it adds to the stability of the shoe while providing additional cushioning and protection. • Added Overlays - Unlike most athletic shoes of its kind, minimal stitching is seen with this shoe and instead overlays are added to the midfoot area to add strength and greater protection with a seamless construction that reduces friction and gives a better fit. • Lightweight Uppers – The new construction consists of a combination of faux leather overlays and polyester mesh uppers that lend support, flexibility, a better fit and breatheability all wrapped into a lighter shoe. • Lightweight Midsoles – These are constructed of a proprietary material that is extremely light, provides durable, cushioning and flexibility. • Memory Foam – Two layers of memory foam in the shoe’s collar helps cup the heal and provides a personalized fit for the wearer. • Moisture control – A lining of wicking polyester, ComfortDry Sockliner, draws moisture away from the feet, keeps the shoe interior dry, cooler and provides antimicrobial protection. • Enhanced Rubber Outsoles – These are constructed with a vertical flex groove that aligns with the wearer’s gait and make it more efficient. • Impact Guidance System – This reduces excessive pronation to allow a more natural gait from the beginning to the end of the motion.
Pros • The Asics Gel Cumulus 15 athletic shoe works well for a runner with a natural gait since it provides a stiff heel counter that will anchor the foot well. • The gel in the midsole area helps absorb shock to the high impact areas of the lateral heel and first metatarsal. This provides a soft and squishy landing. • Toe to heel transition is enhanced by the shoe’s flexibility • The thinner upper makes the shoe feel lighter when running • The rubber outsole provides good traction and is abrasion-resistant
Cons • The shoe may not be stable enough for a runner who overpronates, even moderately • The toe box may be small for some • The flex grooves in the forefoot may cause over-flexing in a runner with a flexible foot.