Admire Muzopambwa is busy man, juggling life as a chef and serious athlete. He strives to keep his lifestyle simple however, working and training hard and surrounding himself with positive people to let the good vibes flow.

In training he puts in high mileage, averaging around 18km on peak days. His current shoe of choice is the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20. Here's why:

Terrain: Road
Upper material:
Very breathable and comfort 9/10
Midsole material:
improves underfoot comfort
Shoe type:

For me this model is the perfect shoe, that compared to the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 18 with which I raced the 2016 Comrades Marathon.

The Cumulus 20 has given me that 'light and fast comforting' feel I always want. I have raced with them in 50km race and didn't have any problems at all. In racing it’s very responsive and flexible

You can see they have put in a lot of time and effort into the technology - the flute foam provides the responsive cushioning and bounces back through the run.

I try to vary my training programme. It includes intervals, sprints and long runs and, for that you need a shoe that can handle anything. This seems to be the one: My sprints and short intervals requires a shoe that can hold when I stop and turn quickly. It really works well for me. For long runs I require a shoe that has a bit of heels support which is what the Cumulus provides.

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My recommendation is that this shoe would benefit athletes who run long distances from 21 to Ultra distances - such as the Comrades Marathon. Also for something like CrossFit training it’s a good looking shoe to wear, I love it.

In addition I believe it’s also good for the heavier athletes as the cushioning is very comfortable for the lighter athletes like me (I weigh 63.2kg).

My next race is the Wings for Life World Run (in Europe) with the ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20.