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Asics Gel Cumulus 21: Your everyday training sneaker

This lite-show edition is perfect for evening runs

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The Asics Gel Cumulus 21. That 21 isn’t just some random number. We’ve been through 20 previous versions of this everyday trainer sneaker, and if a sneaker line has survived over 20 iterations, they must be pretty good, right?

According to Asics, these are neutral running shoes designed to cushion and support your feet over runs. It’s a neutral every day trainer with a 10mm drop, that competes with other sneakers like the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus.

Unlike the Asics Nimbus which is more premium and made for distance, the Cumulus 21 is intended to be a go-to shoe.

Can they deliver on this promise? Let’s see!

Made for day-to-day comfort

The Asics Gel Cumulus 21 has a similar design to its previous version, the Gel Cumulus 20, which is probably a good thing because it was already a pretty good looking shoe considering how this classic design is in style right now.

It’s a pretty mature, balanced, and the Cumulus series also includes some of the top tech in running shoes from Asics which includes enough cushioning for runs.

The first thing I noticed when I took them out of the box was that the Cumulus 21 is a really well-built pair of training shoes. They’ve got a little bit of weight to them but that’s not a surprise since these aren’t really meant to be racing shoes. I’ll talk more about the weight later on.

At the top of the Cumulus 21, there’s the breathable Jacquard mesh — a welcome choice and will be much appreciated during hot summer runs. Plus its a nice, flexible mesh, so it’s pretty comfortable.

Speaking of flexibility, the toe box has a lot of space, and I’m saying that as someone that has pretty wide feet. The Asics Cumulus 21 fit true-to-size so you won’t have to worry about the sizing.

There’s also a stronger overlay over the mesh in the parts of the upper where you need stronger materials. Places like the front of the shoes, toe caps, and the eyelets for the laces. This is all so that the mesh does not tear because of your toenails.

Undeniably Asics

There’s also prominent Asics branding on the sides but this isn’t just aesthetic. There’s a functional role since it helps you secure and tighten the shoes.

Coming to the collar, its thick but soft, just like the tongue. They’re a bit larger than on most running shoes but the thicker layers do help with comfort.

There’s also an internal heel counter. It keeps the heel area stiff so that your heel doesn’t slip. This definitely helps with the stability of the shoe. Also on the inside of the shoe, is an eva sock liner which offers a nice amount of cushioning.

Overall the design of the Cumulus 21 is pretty nice, and it certainly looks like an Asics sneaker, for sure. They’re available in a variety of colors, so you should be able to find one that’s your style.

This particular sneaker is the new lite-show version of the Cumulus 21 which has reflective elements on the upper and midsole to help with those evening runs.

This was shot with flash on to show how it reflects light

Cushioning great for absorption with a modest return

I wore the Cumulus 21 for quick morning runs, and at the gym for my boxing, crossfit, and dance fitness classes, so that I could really put them in a variety of situations.

The shoes are really comfortable to jog in, and the excellent cushioning on the sole means you can probably wear them for hours.

As you walk in them, you can feel how the gel sole compresses under your foot and absorbs all the pressure. As you start to run, you won’t feel the same kind of soft cushioning, but its still really comfortable, with the forefoot area nicely cushioned off as well.

I should make it clear that there is very low energy return on this sole. The Gel sole just absorbs pressure but unlike Boost from Adidas or React from Nike, there’s not much energy returned to bounce back as you stride. But it’s also what makes the Cumulus 21 really comfortable to wear.

The sole is made of a combination of different cushioning tech — There’s the forefoot which is a bit more stiff but still has a bit of cushioning, there’s the rear gel cushioning, and then there’s the Flytefoam propel technology.

The Flytefoam offers additional cushioning, with some amount of energy return to help push you forward.

Coming to the outsole, there’s a thick layer of Asics High Abrasion Rubber, or AHAR, as they call it. This hopefully means the shoe will last a while and won’t get worn out too fast, which is appreciated since this is meant to be a daily training sneaker.

The outsole is pretty grippy and I never felt like it was slippery, even on wet surfaces.

All in all, the Asics Gel Cumulus 21 is made to last, with good quality materials, and offers about medium-to-high levels of comfort as an everyday training sneaker.

Perfect for short runs at any time of the day

The Asics Gel Cumulus 21 is pitched as a pair of running shoes but also everyday training shoes, and the exceptional cushioning and support definitely does help.

That being said, I do feel like they’re too heavy to be used for a race or long distance running. I found them a little too heavy and maybe a little stiff after a while on a long distance run. Don’t get me wrong, this sneaker is great for short distance runs and that cushioning is good, but it has a sweet spot in terms of distance before it does start to feel a little bottom heavy.

So yes, short distances, there’s no problem. However, these are just not built for long distances where you’ll really start to feel that weight. For that, the Asics Gel Nimbus might be a better option.

But for your morning jogs, or as everyday training sneakers, these are pretty great. They perform as expected, and you never really feel like you want any more from them.

If you’re just starting out with a fitness routine and you’re looking for an all-around fitness sneaker, the Gel Cumulus might be the best choice around because they offer good cushioning, great build quality, and solid stability.

Is this your Sneaker Match? 

The Asics Gel-Cumulus 21 is a slightly tweaked update to a very successful line of neutral everyday workhorse shoes. It is priced well for the amount of tech packed into this shoe, and they’re nice enough that you could wear them around casually, at the gym every day, and even for your morning and evening runs.

It’s a great pair of all-around shoes. If you could only own one pair of running shoes, the Asics Gel Cumulus 21 is worth considering.

 

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The Samsung AirDresser reimaigines clothing care

A dresser for the new normal

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With no certainty of when the COVID-19 pandemic will end, we try to find ways to adapt to the new normal. New safety measures are put into place and everything must now be properly sanitized. That’s where the Samsung AirDresser comes in.

Usually after coming from the outside we’d make it a habit to change our clothes immediately and set it aside for washing. However, special garments like suits need to be treated differently. We try our best to limit our going out in this pandemic and having to go out just to get your suit dry cleaned every time you use it just doesn’t seem efficient nor ideal in this situation.

A dresser for the new normal

Samsung’s AirDresser makes it possible to clean and sanitize your favorite suit at the comforts and safety of your home. Its Jet Air and Air Hangers removes the dirt and dust while the JetSteam sanitizes the clothes and gets rid of bacteria, viruses and allergens.  It not only cleans your suit but also presses and smoothen outs the wrinkles with its Wrinkle Care.

Another great feature of is that it has a Deodorizing Filter that breaks down odor particles caused by sweat, smoke and food. This I perfect for people like me who get allergic reactions to smoke and scents that stick to clothing.

With its Self-Clean technology, you need not worry about daily cleaning and sanitizing of the insides of the AirDresser as it has its own built-in sanitizing feature that makes use of heat, air and steam. After 40 cycles it will notify the user when it needs to be cleaned.

This appliance is a perfect match for those individuals who want to look sharp and stay safe. It allows you to confidently power dress in your favorite outfit without having to worry about the bacteria, viruses and scents from your previous use.

Pricing and availability

The AirDresser is retailed at PhP 129,995 (US$ 2657). You can also enjoy up to 20% off when purchasing at the Samsung Digital Appliances during their Better At Home promo running until August 31, 2020.

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TikTok user shares DIY projects that anyone can do at home

Create your own DIY motion-activated dispenser

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These days, there is no shortage of content on TikTok. Users can discover all sorts of memes and mashups within the platform. They can even discover educational content by following the right people. One of those sharing educational content is Angelo Casimiro, a student who creates DIY projects on TikTok that anyone can easily make.

Angelo Casimiro is an electronics and communication engineering (ECE) student from De La Salle University whose feed on TikTok is full of easy-to-do DIY projects that anyone can make at home. These DIY projects range from doing a simple smartphone projector to making a real-life BB8 droid.

Most of these projects are easy to follow for anyone wanting to do DIY objects. Also, most in-depth tutorials of his projects are viewable on his YouTube channel.

One of Casimiro’s projects recently made rounds because of its practicality and usefulness. His motion-activated dispenser is the perfect DIY to encourage more people to sanitize their hands often. It is also made from recycled household materials, so it is environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient.

Here are other DIY projects by Angelo Casimiro.

Easy-to-do smartphone projector

@techbuildermontage

DIY Shoebox Smartphone Projector! #learnontiktok #diywithme #doityourself #fyp #foryoupage #artsandcrafts #foryou #hacks #lifehacks #fyphilippines #diycraft

♬ Savage – Megan Thee Stallion

Watching a movie in a whim? This DIY smartphone projector just takes minutes to build. You only need a shoebox, a tape, and a little creativity to make it happen.

DIY stove

@techbuildermontage

BUILD A STOVE OUT OF SODA CANS! Take your survival skills to the next level! #learnontiktok #diy #doityourself #fyp #foryoupage #foryou #survival #diywithme#ph

♬ Devil Eyes – Hippie Sabotage

Soda cans are everywhere, so this DIY should be a breeze to make. You’ll also need alcohol to make this work. Unsurprisingly, Angelo demoed this hack with a can of the popular alcoholic beverage, Red Horse.

Phone trigger for mobile gaming

@techbuildermontage

Easy DIY Phone Triggers! #gaming #mobile #pubg #ros #cod #HUAWEINova5TPH @huaweimobileph #learnontiktok #diy #doityourself #diywithme#fyp #foryou #foryoupage

♬ Lose Control – Meduza & Becky Hill & Goodboys

The struggle is real for battle royale gamers who need to respond quickly to take down enemies. Luckily, this DIY phone trigger is easy to follow.

#TikTokU

Truly, TikTok can be a powerful tool for spreading knowledge and information. There’s so much more content for users to explore on the platform. To view more educational content and creators, users can just follow the hashtag #TikTokU on the Android and iOS apps.

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Petpuls activity tracker monitors your dog’s wellbeing

Available now on Indiegogo with a special early-bird price

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It is without a doubt that dogs are one of the most beloved pets. Like all living beings, they too need affection and proper care. However, pet owners know it can be hard to take care of their furry friends sometimes. Thankfully, there’s a new product that simplifies monitoring of a dog’s well-being for owners.

Petpuls is a recently-launched activity tracker on Indiegogo. It monitors a dog’s physical and mental well-being. Yes, this activity tracker built-in to a collar monitors it all thanks to a proprietary AI technology. This AI technology tunes in to a dog’s bark and recognizes five emotional states: happy, sad, anxious, relaxed, or angry.

While this technology won’t let your dog speak to you like the way Dug does in the movie Up, Petpuls ensure an accuracy rate of more than 80% for this technology. After all, the algorithm behind Petpuls uses a database of more than 10,000 bark samples from 50 dog breeds of 4 different sizes.

Aside from tracking a dog’s emotional state, Petpuls also tracks physical activities. The collar houses a built-in accelerometer that calculates the number of calories burned. Those who are wondering just how active their dog is can now easily do it with Petpuls.

On the mobile app, owners can register their dogs to create a unique profile within the Petpuls community. Owners can set the name, breed, gender, weight, age, and more of their dogs within the app. There’s also a “pet favorites” feature to keep track of a dog’s favorite food, toys, as well as canine best friends.

Availability of Petpuls activity tracker

Petpuls is available on Indiegogo for an early-bird price of USD 79. For that price, owners are getting the activity tracker along with an eco-friendly interchangeable collar. Those who missed the Indiegogo campaign may avail it on Amazon for USD 99. It will ship to eager dog owners in late August 2020.

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