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Asics Gel-Cumulus 22 Asics Gel-Cumulus 22
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Although running events were cancelled across the country last year our running shoes still saw a lot of action, whether it was from maintaining a regular training routine or digging them out of the back of the cupboard to reconnect with the hobby.

So, what better time to treat yourself to a new pair of runners than at the start of the year, new trainers are up there with clean bedsheets and warm PJs for giving you that feel good factor. The Asics Gel-Cumulus 22 have been developed for those looking for a neutral road runner with a generous amount of cushioning, I have a soft spot for the Cumulus range as they were my first pair of serious running shoes and got me through my marathon training many years ago now. These trainers come in a wide range of colours for both women’s and men’s designs with half sizes available, they have a heel drop of 10mm and weight about 264g depending on the size. Straight out of the box the Cumulus 22 are flexible and comfortable, a trait that has not been lost with this model, the fit is spot on, with plenty of cushioning around the ankle and a slim but padded tongue they are ready as soon as you are.

These shoes feature FLYTEFOAM technology in the midsole which claims to be even softer than the previous version, however you may not notice a huge difference if you are simply upgrading your old Cumulus to the 22s. The heel has been redesigned to isolate impact and has deeper forefoot flex grooves and softer midsole foam for a smooth transition across the foot. The generous amount of cushioning in the heel will help to protect your joints from damage with heel striking, yes, we know this is something that good form should eliminate but so many of us do it without realising, I would always take the additional protection where possible. The upper is created from one piece of mesh, providing ample ventilation and movement for the foot, it also uses a seamless 3D print construction for improved support and eliminating friction spots on the foot. The outsole is made from a hard-wearing AHAR rubber perfect for pounding the pavements and has compound placed in key contact areas to increase the user life span. If you are looking for a reliable and comfy running shoe it’s hard to go wrong with the Gel-Cumulus 22, perfect for road running but equally well equipped for the gym or firm trails. These will take care of your feet and joints whilst you focus on your PB. RRP £120

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A consistently reliable road runner ideal for those looking for a cushioned neutral shoe.
  • Comfortable straight out of the box
  • Seamless 3D print upper
  • FLYTEFOAM Propel cushioning technology
  • AHAR rubber durable outsole
  • Wide range of colours
  • Generous heel padding
  • Flexible