Review- The Asics Gel-Cumulus 15

June 26, 2013

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The new Asics Gel-Cumulus 15- A First Look


The Asics Gel-Cumulus 15s provide walkers and runners with a stable platform for their activity.  They are also breathable due to the construction of their light-weight uppers.  However, the main feature of this shoe is their cushioned midsoles which provides the famously soft landing the Gel-Cumulus has been known for.

What Changes Were Made in the GEL-Cumulus 15?

• 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.


Asics Gel-Cumulus 15 review Summary

The Gel-Cumulus 15 is well known for its comfort and its cushioning. It is a fine choice for a wide range of wearers from underpronators to mild pronators. The American Podiatric Medical Association has awarded the Asics Gel Cumulus 15 its seal of acceptance.  The cushioned build is great for anyone suffering from fat pad atrophy (the thinning of the fat pad on the bottom of the foot).  This can often lead to issues such as sore feet, metatarsalgia, metatarsal capsulitis, neuroma pain, and heel pain. The Gel Cumulus 15 athletic shoe is an ideal neutral everyday trainer. Its toe to heel transition is flexible, fast and smooth.  It is versatile enough to be used for a wide variety of activities.  The soft cushioning is THE major feature in this shoe and it is well appreciated by runners and walkers alike.  With the factory insole removed, there is plenty of room for an over the counter shoe insole. Customer reviews of this athletic shoe are very favorable and positive comments are consistently made regarding the shoe’s comfort, its flexibility, its attractive design and colors, and its responsiveness and stability. The shoes sells for $100- 115 and overall it gets a high rating for its many features and its versatile functionality.

Dr. Thomas Lembo
Dr. Thomas Lembo


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