ASICS GEL Cumulus 12 vs. Nimbus 12 review

ASICS GEL Cumulus 12 is famous for the plush feel it gives to runners, while ASICS GEL Nimbus 12 is a running shoe for neutral to mild overpronators that not only provides good cushioning, but also stability, a secure fit, and efficient ride. Read this review to learn more about the differences and similarities of these two ASICS running shoes.

In two previous articles I reviewed the ASICS GEL Cumulus 12 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 12 running shoes for women.

Both the ASICS GEL Cumulus 12 and ASICS GEL Nimbus 12 fall in the cushioning category and because both running shoes are from ASICS, they should not differ much.

Nonetheless, let us have a look at them and see where they differ or how they are similar.

Looking at the ASICS GEL Cumulus 12 and the ASICS GEL Nimbus 12 side-by-side gives a good comparison of these two cushioning running shoes from ASICS.

Starting with the uppers, both the ASICS GEL Cumulus 12 and Nimbus 12 have similarly placed overlays and mesh. However, the toe box of the ASICS GEL Cumulus 12 is wide open, which gives runners who have large bunions plenty of room and relief. On the other hand, the ASICS GEL Nimbus 12 has an overlay that goes right across the bunion, so it might feel a bit tighter in that area.

The wrapping of the foot on the platform is similar in the ASICS GEL Cumulus 12 and ASICS GEL Nimbus 12. There are overlays that cross the midfoot and overlays that wrap the heel towards the midfoot area. However, because the lacing design is slightly different, being asymmetrical on the ASICS GEL Nimbus 12, the ASICS GEL Nimbus 12 might feel overall a bit more secure on your feet.

The midsole construction of both ASICS running shoes is pretty similar, so there aren't many differences to be noted there. What does differ however between the ASICS GEL Cumulus 12 and the ASICS GEL Nimbus 12 is the outsole.

Both running shoes have the forefoot area separated from the heel area, so both running shoes are expected to provide you with a smooth transition from heel strike to toe off. What is also similar is the crash pad construction in the heel. With four separate lugs on both running shoes, you are sure to get a similar amount of shock absoption from both runners.

What does differ quite a bit, though, between the ASICS GEL Cumulus 12 and ASICS GEL Nimbus 12 is the forefoot area. The ASICS GEL Cumulus 12 has two main horizontal flex grooves, which should provide you with flexibility in the forefoot and help in transitioning to toe-off.

The difference with the ASICS GEL Nimbus 12 however, is that the forefoot area is more segmented. The ASICS GEL Nimbus 12 offers one main flex groove that runs horizontally across the outsole, but it also offers smaller flex grooves on the lateral side of the forefoot.

What this means for you is that if you tend to land on the outsides of your heels and then use mainly the outsides of your forefeet during transition, you should get a smoother ride from the ASICS GEL Nimbus 12 than from the ASICS GEL Cumulus 12.

The ASICS GEL Nimbus 12 also has one horizontal flex groove that runs from the back of the heel towards the toes. This flex groove encourages you to maintain an efficient gait throughout your run. And this flex groove is entirely absent on the ASICS GEL Cumulus 12.

The ASICS GEL Nimbus 12 weighs 9.8 oz (278 grams), which is 0.2 oz (6 grams) heavier than the ASICS GEL Cumulus 12, which weighs 9.6 oz (272 grams).

If you are looking for a relatively light running shoe that provides great cushioning, a very smooth ride, and is performance-oriented, the ASICS GEL Cumulus 12 might fit the bill.

If on the other hand, you do not mind the weight of a running shoe that not only provides you with a smooth and efficient ride, but also good cushioning, a little bit of stability, and a secure fit, the ASICS GEL Nimbus 12 might be the one to go with.

The ASICS GEL Cumulus 12 costs US $100, while the ASICS GEL Nimbus 12 retails for US $125, so is US $25 more expensive than the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 12.

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