The ASICS Gel-Cumulus 23 is the 23rd iteration of the popular neutral daily trainer from ASICS. The Gel-Cumulus lineage has been linked to comfort and durability that makes it a great pair of everyday shoes, especially for beginners looking for a shoe that can do most things and not poke a hole in the budget.
In this running shoe review, we will look at what’s good with the new ASICS Gel-Cumulus 23.
ASICS Gel-Cumulus 23 Full Review
The ASICS Gel-Cumulus 23 is one of ASICS’ oldest line of shoes. It’s been in production for 23 years and continues to add improvements year after year.
At first glance at the specs of this shoe, I doubted its softness. It has a pretty small stack height of 23mm on the heel and 13mm on the forefoot to accommodate the amount of cushion that a ‘cushioned shoe’ requires.
However, this shoe turned out to be a soft, smooth ride.
Before we go any further, let’s talk about the components of this shoe individually to understand if this shoe is right for you.
This shoe is a plush engineered mesh that laces up nice and comfy. It has a padded inner linings that sort of baby your foot on the inside.
It’s breathable but not crazy breathable. Pretty decent as I would say.
Very stout heel counter which give that secure overall lockdown.
As usual, ASICS knocked it down yet again on the upper. There’s just something about an ASICS upper that you can never feel wrong.
No hotspots, no heel lift, no complaints.
Although I would’ve liked a gusseted tongue. But anyways, it has no negative impact whatsoever on the fit of the shoe.
The midsole is where the magic happens.
ASICS tuned the mix of softness and responsiveness just right that you enjoy the comfort of a soft landing without losing too much of the energy return.
Nothing crazy on the energy return, but it’s just enough to give you a little bit of boost on easy days. It feels a little bit softer than its predecessor, the Gel-Cumulus 22, but less snap.
It’s nice underfoot but it’s definitely more leaned towards heel strikers because the GEL is located just at the heel which leaves the forefoot a little firmer. But it’s not gonna give you an unbearable running experience. It’s just that you’ll not gonna get all of the benefits of this shoe if you’re not a heel runner.
The outsoles are made of AHAR, short of ASICS High Abrasion Resistant outsoles. This are durable outsoles developed by ASICS themselves.
Aside from its unquestionable durability, it also provides great traction even on wet surfaces and tight curves.
As a matter of fact, I believe you can even use it on paved out trails. It has those grooves in there that will provide great traction, no doubt.
Comfort / Fit
No question, definitely true to size. Very comfortable plush fit. A little roomier on the toe box which I consider a huge plus.
In addition, ASICS uses a gender-specific 3D Space Construction technology that compresses the foot at different rates at footstrike depending on your gender. This just shows ASICS’s attention to detail to improve their shoes.
I believe you’ll be able to squeeze out a lot of miles from this shoe. It’s durable upper built, great midsole material plus the AHAR outsoles will probably get you to 500 miles out of the shoe.
This shoe feels very comfortable on both the fit and the ride. Has decent energy return for an everyday trainer. Soft on the heel but not so much on the forefoot. It has good stability for a neutral shoe.
It’s not a lightweight shoe but I won’t consider it heavy which makes this shoe okay for all types of running workouts including tempo days.
A lot of runners like this shoe for what it is. It’s price point… $120, which I think is a good steal for this shoe.
- Support level: Neutral
- Experience type: Cushioned
- Stack height: Men’s: 23mm / 13mm, Women’s: 22mm / 12mm
- Heel-toe drop: 10mm
- Weight: Women’s: 9.2 oz. (Size 8), Men’s: 9.0 oz. (Size 9)
- Running surface: Road
Who are these for?
This shoe is best as a classic daily trainer on an easy day pace. But it can also be used for long distances and tempo days if you’re not looking forward to maximizing your speed in training.
It is also best for beginner runners looking for a shoe to put some miles on and still don’t know what shoe type they want. In other words, we can consider it as an entry-level shoe.
The package includes a pair of ASICS Gel-Cumulus 23
Overview of Features
Gender Specific 3D Space Construction
This technology is strategically placed pillars that apply more compression to specific areas of your foot to improve cushioning and flexibility without sacrificing durability and flexibility.
Its gender-specific properties apply different compression rates to compensate for the differences in the musculoskeletal structure and running biomechanics between male and female runners.
GEL Technology + FLYTEFOAM Midsole Cushioning
Semi-liquid GEL technology is positioned under the heel to improve the shoes’ shock absorption capabilities upon heel strike while the FLYTEFOAM midsole technology ensures a smoother and more supportive ride throughout every stride without adding any excess weight.
Recycled Upper Material
The shoe upper is made of at least 20% recycled materials to help reduce landfill waste and carbon emissions. Despite all that, the shoe doesn’t sacrifice the overall comfort and durability of its upper.
- Plush fit
- Very comfortable ride
- Very durable built and will probably last you forever
- You get more than your money’s worth
- Softer ride than last year’s model
- Very well-balanced for daily training
- Not gusseted tongue
- A little firm on the forefoot
ASICS Gel-Cumulus 23
This shoe tuned the mix of softness and energy return just right making it a great daily trainer that could handle both long distances, and if you’re not so picky on the weight, even tempo days. Priced just at $120, I believe you’re gonna get more from this shoe than what you paid for it. Once again, great job ASICS!
Brooks Ghost 13
The Brooks Ghost 13 is one of the favorite daily training shoes of a lot of runners. It offers a soft, plush fit with a little bit of responsiveness making it pretty similar to the Gel-Cumulus 23.
It’s extended DNA Loft midsole cushioning provides more balanced cushioning from the heel to the forefoot making it a better option for midfoot and forefoot strikers.
If you wish to know more about this shoe, read our full review.