ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 CM ReviewAugust 23, 2016
- Full midsole cushion
- Seamless mesh upper
- Durable outsole material
- Extremely long and narrow fit
- Heaviest shoe tested
- Most expensive shoe in category
Asics’s produces some of the best running shoes in the world, however the GEL-Quantum 360 CM is not a typical Asics running shoe. At first glace the GEL-Quantum 360 CM looks like no other Asics shoe and was the lowest scoring among all shoes tested due to its odd fit, rough ride and heavy construction. Priced at $170, the GEL-Quantum 360 CM was the most expensive shoe tested.
Designed for a neutral or under pronating runner, the AsicsGEL-Quantum 360 CM offers more Asics Gel cushioning than any other Asics shoe. Gel spans 360 degrees around the Solyte Midsole, which allows movement and provides shock absorption in multiple planes as the foot transitions through the gait cycle. Asics uses a Trusstic system to reduce sole weight while still offering medium support. The seamless upper is made of Asics’ stretch mesh Fluidfit and Comfortdry X-40 sockliner for that glove-like fit.
Due to an awkward fit, it’s hard to keep the GEL-Quantum 360 CM on for an extended period of time. One tester had to cut a run short in order to get them off. The narrow fit restricted blood flow to the point of numbness. The Fluidfit upper is made of dense material that feels rough and lacks the ability to breath, causing excess sweat even in the mildest of temperatures.
The Asics GEL-Quantum 360 CM fits both narrow and extremely long, making it tough to size correctly. The pointed toe box has over an inch of excess room, which made toeing off sloppy and awkward. Anyone with average width feet will be quick to feel odd pressure points along the lower part of the lacing system, which caused two testers feet to go numb.
It took way too much energy to get these shoes moving and off the ground.Each stride seemed to “slap the ground,” as one tester put it. Between the added structure of the Trusstic system and midsole surrounded with Gel, the GEL-Quantum 360 CM lacks any resemblance of agility.
Coming in as the heaviest shoe tested, the GEL-Quantum 360 CM feels like lead on your feet. Testers felt the shoe was too bulky and heavy to be quick. Due to a 10mm drop, the heel is very pronounced and noticeable during each foot strike making getting up on your toes a real challenge.
The GEL-Quantum 360 CM is clunky and rough riding. The 10mm high drop and overly firm but durable outsole contribute to the rough ride.