Running on clouds: Discover the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16

By: Suzannah

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Think of the word “cumulus” and you’d be likely to think of clouds, the light and puffy ones that look like cotton wool. This soft plushness is exactly what ASICS aims to capture with its GEL-Cumulus series of footwear. The GEL-Cumulus is now in its sixteenth variation with each variation getting lighter and more comfortable.


There’s always loads to say about run footwear – from the tread, to the colours and fabrics. But if we could only shout about two key features of the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16, what would they be?

The GEL-Cumulus range is already known for being one of the lighter ranges of cushioned footwear on the market. Therefore it makes sense that we’d choose to focus on how the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16 is lighter and better at absorbing impact, than ever before.

Less weight

The GEL-Cumulus 16 is just 10.6oz which is 1oz lighter than the GEL-Cumulus 15, at 11.6oz.

Asics Gel Cumulus 16 GTX Shoes AW14

Weight is extremely important when talking running shoes – lightweight footwear means lighter feet, which means less impact and better endurance. Saving 1oz doesn’t sound like much and it may not feel like much when you first lace-up but you’ll notice it over the course of your run. Trust us, carrying the extra weight of a heavy shoe will take its toll. Carrying around extra weight will mean that you get tired sooner than you would in a lighter shoe. The onset of tiredness then increases your risk of injury; it’s harder to keep good form when you’re tired so you’re more likely to twist and/ or land awkwardly.

Better cushioning

ASICS’ GEL® Cushioning System is also better than ever before. This is the main feature that reduces impact by absorbing some of the shock that’s generated during foot-strike and toe-off.

GEL cushioning system

The GEL® Cushioning System is found in Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL® Cushioning units within the sole of shoes from the ASICS GEL series. Some runners find that this reduces how quickly fatigue sets in, thus ASICS’ GEL® Cushioning System helps them to run for longer. In the GEL-Cumulus 16 these sections are slightly larger than in the previous version, offering even better underfoot cushioning.


This is just a brief look into the benefits that you’ll be able to enjoy when you pull on the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 16. In summary it will reduce wear and tear on your body and help you to run for longer. This make it the perfect shoe to try if you’re working towards any distance goals.