ASICS revealed GEL-Quantum 360 in March 2015. It hit the stores in the second week of July 2015. This is the first shoe from the Japanese company to feature a midsole entirely made of Gel cushioning system. Consequently, the name 360. This shoe was five years in the making. Let us take a closer look to find if this shoe is a true game changer.
Heel height: 22mm
Toe height: 12mm
Heel-to-toe drop: 10mm
This premium neutral running shoe comes in six eye-catching colorways. Asics GEL-Quantum 360 weighs 338g. This is heavy when compared with other neutral running shoes in the market. The shoe is true to its size and is ideal for people having narrow to medium foot. People with wide feet may face a problem with this shoe for the toe box runs a bit narrow.
We can see a woven synthetic mesh upper. It provides all-out comfort along with remarkable flexibility. This engineered mesh is highly breathable and provides ultimate lightweight stability. Like other shoes from Asics, the GEL-Quantum 360 also features a ComforDry Sockliner. This antibacterial material keeps the odor and moisture levels to a minimum while providing additional cushioning. The heel area boasts a heel clutching system. This exoskeletal structure wraps the heel strategically to provide a snug fit. Asics FluidFit technology in the upper makes sure that the upper completely adapts to your foot to provide an incredible fit.
We are very impressed with the midsole of Asics GEL-Quantum 360. It is the first shoe from Asics that boasts Gel cushioning all over the midsole. This silicone-based Gel offers unparalleled sock absorption during impact and toe-off. This cushioning also allows for enhanced movement in multiple planes. We experience an improved Gait cycle efficiency. The Trusstic system increases torsional rigidity while keeping the weight of the shoe to a minimum. The Solyte material is lighter than standard EVA. It provides superior durability along with better levels cushioning.
Like Asics GT-2000 3 Light-show, we see AHAR (Asics High Abrasion Rubber) placed strategically in the heel area. The carbon rubber outsole provides exceptional durability. Along with this, we also see a unique pattern that delivers admirable traction on multiple terrain.
The Gel cushioning system makes the GEL-Quantum 360 a perfect companion for long workouts. However, this cushioning system is not that responsive for any fast-paced activity. This shoe is best suited for long runs and high mileage training. It is not suited for tempo and speed runs.
Asics GEL-Quantum 360 retails at $170 i.e., around 11,000INR. Availability in India is TBA.
Bottom-line: The most cushioned neutral running shoe from Asics.Published 29 Jul 2015, 10:44 IST