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Asics Gel Cumulus 25 Review (2024): A Good Daily Trainer?

asics cumulus 25 review

Published on: 06/02/2023

The new Cumulus 25 goes all-in on plush comfort for a lighter Asics road shoe to enjoy on your easy runs and on long days out. A beloved classic gets a lovely modern upgrade.

The Consensus

9Overall Score

A new max cushion version of this classic daily trainer with many other overall positive changes.

Don’t have time to read the full review? Here’s what you need to know.

The 25th version of the Asics Gel Cumulus brings about many changes: increased stack heights, thicker uppers, yet making weight savings vs. Cumulus 24. The new Cumulus looks and feels fantastic for all-day comfort, running or walking, and for easy pace training.

Going for comfort over more traditional stability, Asics has added more height to the stack of the Cumulus. For the midsole, they’ve used the same foam as the Magic Speed 2 racing shoes, with a bouncier version of their signature FF Blast, plus Pure Gel in the heel that gives incredibly soft landings. For some, the width of the heel may be excessive, but it’s ideal for beginners or for tired feet on long runs.

With a recycled polyester mesh upper that’s thicker and plusher than ever, the Asics Cumulus 25 delivers even more cocooning above the sole. The thick upper could cause some hot spots, but it’s generally a great idea for race distances where every bit of extra comfort helps.

Compared to previous versions or to other versatile Asics shoes like the Nimbus range, it may feel like the only thing the Cumulus 25 got wrong is not keeping a lower stack and maybe over-engineering the softness on the upper. But these are small gripes for what is a great max cushioned neutral daily trainer.

Please read our full review of the Asics Gel Cumulus 25 for more information.

Foot lockdown and protection


  • Extremely comfortable cushioning
  • Versatility
  • Lighter weight but not less comfortable than Cumulus 24
  • Softer ride
  • Heel support


  • Increased stack height may make it a little awkward for some
  • Upper and heel collar are quite bulky and can get warm

Asics Gel Cumulus 25 Complete Review Analysis


Asics Gel Cumulus 25 review
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For decades, Asics has produced exceptional road running shoes with a high-quality range and a focus on performance and comfort. Thanks to the brand’s GEL technology and FF Blast midsole foam, you can bet on finding a perfect road shoe in the Asics Cumulus or Nimbus ranges.

FF Blast midsole foam Asics Cumulus 25

The Asics Cumulus 25 is a neutral shoe with more cushion than ever before. Lighter than the corresponding Gel Nimbus 25 and its Cumulus predecessors, it stays bouncy and fun thanks to the mix of foam and gel in the midsole. It will deliver plush support on recovery runs and help you cover easy miles with happy feet. And they’re sustainably produced from recycled materials.

Is this the best max-cushion daily trainer on the market? Let’s find out!

Cushioning (Midsole)

Asics Cumulus cushioning soft foam

The key technology in the Cumulus 25 midsole is Flytefoam Blast+, boosted by Pure Gel cushioning and topped up with some brilliant elements in the upper. Where we’ve been used to talking about the Asics Gel range (Cumulus sits among the Nimbus and the Kayano), the brand has now upgraded this to Pure Gel. This is a lighter and softer version of the signature cushioning from Asics and it feels fantastic.

Designed to absorb shock for daily trainer styles (as opposed to the racing models), there is some Pure Gel in the shoe’s heel to help with smoother landings and less impact for heel strikers. The rest of the midsole is then a combination of Pure Gel and FF Blast Plus (or Flytefoam Blast+). The Cumulus 25 has a thicker midsole, adding 4mm compared to the Cumulus 24, but still staying light thanks to this combination of materials.

As the most cushioned version of the Asics Gel Cumulus, this new shoe looks set to become the gold standard of plush comfort. The small wedge in the heel makes a huge difference for beginners, who appreciate the smooth landing. Moreover, most reviewers enjoy the Cumulus not just for easy miles in training, but also for walking around all day. This is just a testament to how comfortable it is overall.

Asics Cumulus 25 on feet, reviewers testing the ride of the shoe
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In terms of stack height, the heel sits at 37.5 mm above ground and the forefoot at 29.5 mm. The resulting 8 mm drop is comfortable and versatile for anything from easy runs to harder workouts. Although it looks bulky, this new Cumulus has less weight than previous versions, weighing in at 266 g for men’s size 9 and 229 g for women’s size 8. A perfect combination of softness, shock absorption, and somewhat energetic support for all types of training.

Foot lockdown (Upper)

Asics Gel Cumulus 25 engineered mesh upper (wide width)

The Cumulus 25 features an Ortholite sockliner and soft mesh that wraps the foot comfortably and securely. In line with the cushioned design, the upper is thick and plush and there’s a comfortable heel collar that doesn’t slip on long runs. Additionally, more than 90% of the polyester used in the upper comes from recycled materials, which is good news for sustainability-minded runners.

Just like the new Nimbus 25, the Cumulus is a primarily neutral shoe, without any specific allowance made for under or over pronation. It’s relatively tight through the midfoot, offering a secure hold, fanning out nicely for the toe box. This gives the forefoot room to expand in the heat. According to most reviews, wider footed athletes should go for wide sizes, but the Cumulus tuns out to be quite accommodating even in regular sizing.

The only downside with the new upper seems to be around breathability. The shoe can feel quite warm on hot days and users report it getting pretty sweaty.

Grip and Durability (Outsole)

Asics Gel Cumulus 25 running shoe rubber

Asics’ signature outsole materials include AHAR high abrasion rubber sole and the Cumulus 25 features this as well. In the new edition, Asics added specific strategic spots with AHAR LO and AHAR PLUS compounds, designed to add grip where it matters, but also to reduce the wear on the shoe. This means that the durability of the Asics Cumulus 25 should be superior to previous versions, while also keeping the outsole lighter for some small but significant weight savings.

Asics Running Gel Cumulus 25

In terms of grip, most reports have the Cumulus performing well on anything from wet roads to hilly terrain. Thanks to a bit of stretch in the upper, but good lockdown, feet don’t slip within the shoe either, reducing the risk of blisters.


Asics Gel Cumulus 25 road running shoes
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The new Asics Gel Cumulus 25 delivers great cushion-to-weight ratio, feeling lighter and more nimble than it looks. Despite the high stack, there is some ground feel, and most reviews find the shoes stable and reliable. The landing is softened by the gel in the heel wedge, followed by smooth transitions and relatively good toe-off.

Thanks to the 8 mm drop, the Cumulus 25’s ride encourages forward motion, which is great for those still working on their running form. With a less stack height, there’d be even more propulsion, but you’d sacrifice some of the cushioning. If you’re looking for relaxed running shoes for your recovery and long workouts, these do the trick admirably.


Gel Cumulus 25 Asics

In the Gel Cumulus 25, Asics manages to combine max cushioning with moderate responsiveness to offer a versatile, fun ride. It’s hard to imagine being more comfortable without sacrificing ligthtness or feeling bulky. Modernizing and upgrading the traditional Cumulus design, this new shoe is daring but clever. A top pick for neutral and under pronators looking for good weight to cushioning ratio, comfortable upper, and soft heel support.


Asics Gel Cumulus 25 road running shoe review

Technical Specs

Pronation typeNeutral
Drop8 mm
Heel height37.5 mm
Forefoot height29.5 mm
Weight (men)266 g/9.4 oz
Weight (women)229 g/8.1 oz
FeaturesRecycled materials
Release year2023
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OutsoleAHAR outsole rubber
MidsoleFLYTEFOAM BLAST PLUS, PureGEL technology
UpperEngineered jacquard mesh upper, OrthoLite X-30 sockliner


SpeedSlow, Moderate
DistanceMid, 10K, Half marathon, Long, Marathon
WorkoutDaily running, Recovery

Comparisons – Asics Gel Cumulus 25 vs.:

Asics Gel Cumulus 24

Lighter than its predecessor, the Cumulus 25 now features embedded Pure Gel within the midsole with an added heel wedge and plusher, more comfortable design overall. Compared to the slightly firmer 24th version, the new pair has a different geometry, departing from the previous design quite significantly. The outsole has also been reimagined, while the upper is plusher and thicker.

All this while saving some weight and using a lot of recycled material. We’d say it’s a great improvement from Asics in the Cumulus range, offering a flexible daily running shoe that will feel good regardless of your mileage. Worth spending the extra $$$ on.

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Alecsa Stewart

Alecsa Stewart

Alecsa is an ultra runner, mountain guide, and freelance writer living in the Pyrenees-Orientales (France). She is passionate about the mountains and life in the wilderness and also practices cycling, climbing, and skiing from time to time. Her passion is to share her adventures with others and inspire them to spend more time outdoors. She’s completed iconic races like the UTMB Mont-Blanc and Lavaredo Ultra Trail and she’s switching to some road running this year, aiming to complete the Manchester and Berlin Marathons, while also looking to improve her time at the UTMB CCC.

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