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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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Amazon Kindle PaperWhite Signature Edition Review

The best Kindle for every bookworm?

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It’s been a while ever since the Amazon Kindle PaperWhite had a refresh. To be particular about it, its 10th-Generation model was released last 2018 — merely three years ago!

This 2021, the new 11th-Gen Kindle PaperWhite offers better upgrades including a larger and brighter display, as well as USB-C and wireless charging support.

But are those enough to make you upgrade? Or should you wait for the next version of Kindle Oasis instead?

Head over to our unboxing and in-depth review of the Amazon Kindle PaperWhite and watch it in 4K too.

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Singapore’s LumiHealth celebrates 1 year with more wellness features

Apple keeping Singaporeans healthy

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Apple continues to make strides in the wellness department. The company has packed in more and more fitness and wellness features into its products. And they’re not done. In Singapore, Apple launched a holistic wellness program called LumiHealth. A year into the program, LumiHealth has helped its users build a healthy lifestyle for themselves.

As part of the country’s Smart Nation initiative. Singapore’s Health Promotion Board helped Apple create the program for individuals and businesses. The program includes several tracking and encouragement features like physical activity, mental wellbeing, sleep, nutrition, preventive screening, and vaccinations. It’s a program that keeps the current state of the pandemic in mind.

Since it launched back in October 2020, LumiHealth has been downloaded 200,000 times and delivered 7 million challenges to its users. Because of its success, the program is adding a few more features. Users will be able to access the new Healthy Weight Habits program: personalized nutrition and activity challenges designed for 30 days. Further, new referrer-based subscriptions will receive 10,000 points both for the user and the referrer.

Currently, the LumiHealth program is more tailored to Singapore. However, with Apple’s focus on wellness programs, it might not be a surprise that Apple eventually incorporates the same features in Apple’s other markets.

SEE ALSO: How to get a good night’s sleep

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6 sexy gifts for your special someone

Forget mushy, make it spicy!

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Illustrations by Kris Blanco

Forget rings and other common gifts that make your special someone mushy. Sex inevitably plays a key role in maintaining healthy relationships. Things get a little bit stale after a while, so make sure to spice it up.

Here are some sexy gifts that your special someone will surely appreciate (because you get to enjoy with them, too).

Massage candle

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Get in the mood when you light up Lelo’s Flickering Touch Massage Candle. It helps set the scene with its all-natural scent made of soy wax, shea butter, and apricot kernel oil.

You can turn those foreplays up a notch to heighten the tension.  It may get messy during petting, but that’s certainly the fun of it. Get heated and enjoy the sweat!

Coupon from a sex toy shop

Give the gift of freedom by sending your s/o with a coupon from a sex toy shop. For example, Lauvette. I was once gifted a coupon from the shop for my silver birthday, which I used to buy the cock ring that I’ve always liked.

Let your partner buy the toy that matches their preference and way of pleasure. After all, only you know what’s best for your body.

Couples’ cock ring

Cock rings don’t have to be just a ring. And they certainly don’t need to please only the one who’s doing the penetrating.

The We-Vibe Pivot is a waterproof, vibrating ring that stimulates both partners, aiming to serve a mind-blowing climax that will overwhelm all your senses.

Sex pillow

I can never stress enough how important a sex pillow is. And no, your ordinary pillows — be it from your bed or your couch — won’t make the cut for comfortable and pleasurable intercourse. The Liberator Whirl helps control the thrusts and penetration by rolling at different speeds.

Also, the Whirl looks unassuming with its bolster shape so you can cuddle it and still be discreet. It can be good for your back, too!

Massage Gun

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Anything that vibrates can easily be a sex toy, and that is the case for Theragun Mini — which comes in a Rose Gold colorway. However, don’t think the wrong way: I’m not asking you to use the massage gun for your holes in lieu of an actual vibrator or massager.

The Theragun Mini can help relieve muscle stiffness so you can relax and let loose, so you can perform strenuous positions that really stretch your body. Plus point if you can use the massage gun to stimulate your erogenous zones like the inner thigh, neck, or even your sacrum (that small portion of your back by the spine). Thank me later, folks!

Eye Mask

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Anyone who loves comfort and pleasure will never say no to an eye mask, especially if it looks bold and raunchy, like Sensara’s Eye Mask Jacquard. While you can have a pretty serene sleep, this eye mask can help elevate your sexual experiences to the next level.

Having an eye mask with a velvet-y or silky material can be quite sexy and sensual. It allows you to heighten your senses and focus on touch, smell, and sound — and maybe let your imagination run wild. I’m talking BDSM if you don’t get it.

SEE ALSO: This stimulating ring is divine, I can’t imagine date nights without it | 6 sex toys to help women achieve pleasure like no other

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