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GEL-CUMULUS® 26: Everything You Need to Know

GEL-CUMULUS® 26: Everything You Need to Know

February 1, 2024

Since 1999, the GEL-CUMULUS® shoe has been a staple for runners seeking a soft, cushioned daily trainer. We're here to break down why runners choose GEL-CUMULUS®, what’s new in the latest iteration, and what sets the shoe apart from its cloud-like cousin, GEL-NIMBUS®.

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 26

From restless to relaxed: why GEL-CUMULUS®?

It’s common—and often recommended—for runners to rotate between multiple pairs of shoes. But when it comes to everyday training, having a go-to shoe that fits in various workouts lets you hit the road faster, without the guesswork. GEL-CUMULUS® keeps things simple with a focus on comfort and versatility. Whether you’re training for a road race, logging miles on the treadmill, or jogging with friends, it’s ready to go when you are—so you can relax and enjoy the run.

ASICS Gel-Cumulus 26 vs the GEL-Cumulus 25


In 2023, GEL-CUMULUS® celebrated its 25th birthday in style with a major redesign. As part of our kaizen (“continuous improvement”) design philosophy, the GEL-CUMULUS® 26 shoe builds upon the new look and introduces several exciting upgrades.

What’s Familiar

Like GEL-CUMULUS® 25, GEL-CUMULUS® 26 features:

  • PureGEL technology for soft landings and smooth transitions.
  • FF BLAST PLUS cushioning in the midsole for energized, responsive rebound.
  • An engineered mesh upper made with over 90% recycled material.
  • A full-ground contact design for a smoother, more efficient ride.

What’s New

  • Lean-Back Heel: The new lean-back heel design provides better comfort and enhances the silhouette with a modern look.
  • FLUIDRIDE Outsole: Made with a rubberized EVA foam blend, the all-new FLUIDRIDE outsole improves both comfort and traction in every stride.

  • Reduced Weight: Both the women’s and men’s GEL-CUMULUS® 26 shoes are lighter than their predecessors, without compromising on cushioning.

ASICS Gel-Cumulus 26

Side by Side: GEL-CUMULUS® 26 and GEL-NIMBUS® 26

It’s easy to see that GEL-CUMULUS® 26 and GEL-NIMBUS® 26 share a lot of the same DNA. Both shoes are time-tested ASICS legends that appeal to different runners. Here are a few key similarities and differences:

  • Cushioning: Both shoes use PureGEL technology and FF BLAST cushioning for soft, responsive rides. GEL-CUMULUS® 26 has a lower stack height and is a versatile choice for both short and long distances. GEL-NIMBUS® 26 has a higher stack height with maximum cushioning for those who prefer an ultra-soft feel underfoot.
  • Weight: GEL-CUMULUS® 26 is the more lightweight shoe, weighing in at 255g in men’s and 220g in women’s. GEL-NIMBUS® 26 weighs 305g / 260g for men’s and women’s, respectively.*

*Weights are approximate and based on a men’s size 9 and women’s size 8.

  • Materials: The FLUIDRIDE outsole uses a rubberized EVA blend that’s unique to GEL-CUMULUS® 26. It provides a soft impact, enhanced traction, and smoother transitions with each stride.
  • APMA Accepted: Both shoes have earned the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance. This means it was carefully evaluated by committee of podiatrists—doctors who specialize in treating the foot, ankle, and structures of the leg—to ensure that it promotes good foot health.

Overall, choosing a running shoe comes down to personal preference. If you want maximum cushioning underfoot, take a look at the GEL-NIMBUS® 26 shoe. If you need a versatile, lightweight daily trainer that can conquer a wide range of workouts, GEL-CUMULUS® 26 might be your winner!


Whether you’ve been on Team CUMULUS since ’99 or you’re looking for your first running shoe, the GEL-CUMULUS® 26 is a comfortable, reliable daily training partner with all-new upgrades. Shop now and get ready to add cushioning to every step.

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