Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

ASICS Gel-Cumulus 15, $115

weights: 11.4 oz. (men’s); 9.7 oz. (women’s)

heights: 31mm (heel), 20mm (forefoot)

Fit: True to ASICS shoes, the latest edition of the Cumulus is snug throughout with only a twinge of space to let your toes breathe a bit.

Feel: There is no getting around how cushy the Cumulus feels underfoot. But given all of the new foams out there, the Cumulus doesn’t feel quite as soft relative to other shoes as it used to, but that’s a good thing. A new mesh upper offers a personalized fit and greater connectivity for dynamic flexibility.

Ride: Like previous versions of the Cumulus, the 15th edition serves up a smooth, comfy and reliably stable ride. The relatively high stack heights and 11mm heel-toe drop don’t allow it to be very agile, light or fast, but testers were appreciative of the resilient energy return it provides on long, slow training runs.

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