Asics GEL-Cumulus 15 Review
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Shoe Type: Cushioned/Neutral
Retail Price: $115.00
Bringing home the Runner’s World Editors Choice for Summer 2013 wasn’t much of a shock for the Asics GEL-Cumulus 15, it has always been a solid neutral running shoe, but winning it over the Asics GEL-Nimbus 15, reviewed in the same group of shoes, caught me by surprise.
Cumulus 15 or Nimbus 15
The Asics GEL-Cumulus 15 can be thought of as the scaled down version of the Nimbus 15. With the Cumulus 15 you get less cost, less cushioning, less GEL in forefoot and heel. Still, at $115 MSRP, it’s an average priced running shoe, but not compared to the Nimbus 15 at $145 MSRP! Both are great Neutral running shoes, the Nimbus just has more. More cost (by $30). More GEL cushioning in the forefoot and rear foot, notice how Asics exposes the GEL through the outsole so you can see it, take a look yourself, here is our review of the Asics GEL-Nimbus 15.
Here at Running Shoes Expert, we also appreciate a good value, so I have to agree with RW with choosing the Cumulus 15 over the Nimbus 15. It just seems like that is not a decision often made, after all, Nimbus 15 priced at $145 is clearly Asics’ flagship Neutral running shoe.
Minimalist? I don’t think so!
The Cumulus 15 is sticking to the traditional neutral shoe design and not budging, great news for you Cumulus fans, or even Nimbus line fans looking to save a few bucks. We’ve seen quite a few trends where shoe companies are really changing their neutral shoe lines to go lighter and decreasing the heel to toe drop, but the Cumulus 15 still sticks to what it knows best. Superb cushioning and a 10.9 mm heel to toe drop, heel hugging foam that keeps your foot secure, and a secure fit around the forefoot, all things we’ve come to love from the Cumulus line.
Here is a video about the Asics GEL-Cumulus 15:
Changes in the Cumulus 15
The most notable changes were the additions of more GEL in the forefoot and heel, and more segmentation on the outsole which is to achieve some better flexibility. Weight stayed virtually unchanged, but variations in sizing seem to be the norm so trying a couple sizes might be a smart move. Many people are saying that the 15 fits more like the 13 if you happened to have run in the Cumulus 13 in the past.
Special Low-Visibility Versions
Asics has also released a low-light visibility version of this shoe called “Lite Show” that has reflective overlays and glow in the dark gel. No real differences in the shoe other than these visibility differences, but they do have a different color scheme and cost $10 more, so if you want a shoe color scheme that not too many other folks have, consider picking up one of the Asics GEL-Cumulus 15 Lite Show editions.