Asics Gel Quantum 180 2

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Asics consistently produces quality road running shoes, and this shoe is no exception to that rule. The Gel Quantum 180 2 has made key changes to its original iteration based on runner feedback. The sole is more durable and the upper is more breathable. This is a high-quality neutral running shoe that provides runners with superior cushioning and durability. The upper is constructed using a seamless technique that removes the risk of irritation and friction so much so that runners reported they could wear these shoes without socks. The midsole is made from Asics patented Solyte material and does not sacrifice responsiveness for the lightweight cushioning it provides. This shoe also comes in multiple colors and styles. While it is not the most inexpensive shoe, it is not much more than the average running shoe on the market today.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

- Durability

-Added cushioning from the midsole

-Stylish colors and lots of options

 

Cons

- No added support for arches
- Expensive

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We have spent 4 hours analyzing a total of 850 reviews.

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Positive
  • I can do HIIT with these no issues from my bad knee. I ordered my regular size 9 and they fit perfect.
  • Nikes have been downgrading constantly and I needed something for more than just looks and too much money. So, I bought these and I am so happy that I did I am a convert. I ordered a half size larger and I feel like I am actually wearing a sport shoe and not a damn waste of fabric. I am able to use these all day at work and not have issues as well as take them for a run. They have epic cushion and support. Great shoe.
  • These are great for my Arthritic knees and help with the fasciitis pain. They are comfortable and offer complete support throughout the whole shoe. I ordered a size up and it fits great.
  • I am always on my feet and these have never given m pain or any other issues. I do not even realize I have them on most of the time. They are the best shoe I have ever owned. I highly recommend these.
  • These have excellent support and great design and colors. I love the Gel series. These are better than the Kayanos for sure and ture to size. I am really happy.
  • I ran 3 miles directly out of the box and they were a dream. They have good color to the and they are super light and comfortable.
  • I little snug at a size 8 but they are breaking in nice and stretching in the right spots. I would do it over with a half size larger. They absorb a lot of shock from hard running. They are great quality and worth every penny. They are a great color pattern and look as expected.
  • These fit great, no sizing issues. They a bit more narrow but I have much wider feet than average. The are very, very comfortable and I am happy with them.
  • I am so in love with the Gel insoles. I walk and lit, no running. They are so comfortable and stable and never cause me any pain.
  • I need a larger toe box for my prescription insoles and these worked great. They look nice and are really super comfy. They didn’t have a break in period at all. They have a great mesh material that breathes really well too.
  • My last Asics were a bit better and wider in the toes. Or maybe this shoe is just firmer in the toes. Either way, It is a comfortable shoe.
  • My favorite and most comfortable shoes EVER! I just ordered a second pair. I use these all over the gym. Never have I had an issue.
  • These are my work shoes and they keep me fresh and pain free all day. They help for my long standing and walking days. I wish they breathed better, sometimes my feet get hot in them. Otherwise, they are really comfy.
  • The cushioning and support are from the front to the back. No complaints. The toe box is just right and I highly suggest these shoes to any runner.
  • My bunions make these sug. I put inserts in to help space that out and they are great nand no longer rubbing. Super comfortable.
  • I wore these and my shin splints were non existent. I bought these a size larger than normal and they are working like little clouds, carrying me through life. Grade A sneaker.
  • I am a nurse and am always in pain after work due to my arthritis. These have done so much in helping that pain. They fit perfect in size and are so comfortable. I recommend to people with foot issues and pain.
  • It was tight at first but after a couple hours of wear, the mesh loosened up and they are great. They worked great at the gym and are so comfortable and breath well.
  • These fit my flat narrow feet great. I am a trauma nurse and these are so good for my long hours, no fatigue or pain. I’ll be buying these again.
  • Compliments coming from everywhere. People like my shoes. I like them too, they feel great and have so much cushion. Comfortable and light. I cross train in these and they work great.
  • They are wider than I expected but I like these shoes. Next time though, I am going to try them on first.
  • They are starting to separate in the seams after 3 weeks. I do love the comfort and style. I mean for me to give 4 stars for comfort, You know they have to be great. I am thinking these were just defective.
  • These fit perfect and needed no breaking in. These are the best and most comfortable shoes ever. I highly recommend them.
  • Bright, comfortable, feel amazing and light. You cannot go wrong with this shoe. Anyone wanting style and comfort should most definitely buy these.
  • Months and still going strong. The 8s fit great and they have intense cushioning with great arch support. I am getting a replacement pair for sure. I
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  • I feel like they took all the cushioning out. Not a good shoe at all. I will be going back to Brooks.
  • I am so unhappy for the price of these shoes. The toes just usted right out after about 3.5 months. I loved my old Asics, these are crap. They did look nice though.
  • No more go to shoe! Asics has fell short with this one. They are not comfortable at all and cost way too much. I am really unhappy.
  • Just awful! The inside started to disintegrate as soon as I was wearing them. Now the plastic in the heel is showing and scraping my heel skin. I think I might run in crocks now, these sucked.
  • These were huge compared to my old Asics. They were all over the place, even with tight laces. So disappointing.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

This shoe uses an outsole material that is known to be one of the most durable outsole material on the market today. Asics uses their patented Asics High Abrasion Rubber also knows as AHAR. This outsole material is specifically designed to be durable and add traction to the ride. This shoe is a road running shoe, but runners reported that due to the durability and traction afforded by the outsole, they felt protected taking the Asics Gel Quantum 180 2 on groomed trails too. The flex grooves found in the underfoot support a natural gait. They promote a strong toe-off which can help protect the runner against injury in the long run. This outsole is designed to protect the runner from the elements of the road, the rest of the shoe from breaking down too quickly and also protect the runner by reinforcing a more natural gait.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

Asics uses their signature Solyte foam in the midsole. This is a lightweight foam that adjusts to the shape of the foot, giving each runner a customized fit. This foam is much lighter than traditional midsole foam like an EVA midsole foam. Unlike many thinner and lighter midsole foams, the Solyte foam is designed to ensure that durability is not sacrificed. This foam is known to keep its form even after intense running sessions and many miles. Another patented technology used in the midsole of the Gel Quantum 180 2 is the Gel Cushioning System. This is a technology that is used to absorb the impact of each footfall. It also promotes a more natural gait. The final detail of this midsole is designed to give the runner added cushioning and comfort. This shoe comes designed with the ComforDry X-40 sock liner. This moisture-wicking sockliner works hard to keep the foot cool and dry and eliminate odor causing bacteria in the shoe, keeping the foot comfy and clean.
Upper
Upper

Upper

This shoe utilizes the smart design of a seamless construct that eliminates friction and irritation. This reduces the chance of blisters or hot spots for the runner. Runners reported that the upper of the shoe is so comfortable and well designed that they were comfortable even without wearing socks. The material of this seamless upper is a breathable mesh. This is specifically designed to allow for maximum airflow during runs. The upper of this shoe also offers synthetic overlays to secure the foot and provide an unbeatable fit. These overlay also add to the overall durability of the shoe and protect the upper from wear and tear. Runners reported that this shoe looked newer for longer compared to similar products.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The upper of the Asics Gel Quantum 180 2 uses a breathable mesh. This material provides maximum airflow and helps keep the foot cool and dry. In addition to this, another level of breathability is from the fact that runners do not need to wear socks with this shoe. This is because the upper is constructed using a seamless technology that eliminates friction.
Weight
Weight

Weight

At 12.3 ounces, this shoe is by no means a lightweight running shoe. However, considering all of the different technological design elements, this shoe does a good job of keeping its weight down. Different elements such as the Solyte midsole foam and the Asics High Abrasion Rubber of the outsole are both very durable and provide good cushioning for the runner, but neither element adds unnecessary weight. The Solyte midsole foam is much lighter than traditional midsole foams such as the EVA midsole foam. This shoe is still heavy enough that runners did not suggest it for speed work or races. Runners loved this shoe for the long miles of intense training programs and longer races where insurance was more the key than speed.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The midsole of this shoe really shines in terms of the comfort it affords the runners. Two elements, in particular, the Gel Cushioning System and the ComforDry X-40 sock liner work, in their own ways to give the runner the added comfort that they are looking for. The Gel Cushioning System absorbs the shock of the road and this makes for a much smoother, more comfortable ride. The Sock Liner is made from a moisture-wicking material that keeps the foot cool and comfortable even on the hottest runs. Runners loved the overall comfort afforded by this shoe. They commented again and again how this is a supportive shoe for the runner who is looking for more comfort.
Style
Style

Style

This shoe comes in a variety of different colors and designs for the runner who appreciates a vibrant shoe. The color options range from a more classic gray and black to a very vibrant yellow and blue. Runners reported that these shoes had such a good look to them, that they loved wearing them out and about, not just during runs.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The outsole of this shoe is made from Asics-patented Asics High Abrasion Rubber. This outsole material is specifically designed to hold up against wear and tear of long miles and an aggressive training schedule The upper of this shoe is also durable due to the TPU overlays.
Protection
Protection

Protection

There are a few different protective elements to this shoe. For one, the upper of the shoe has reflective material on it to keep the runner safe on evening adventures. In addition to the reflective materials, one of the key protective elements is the highly responsive midsole. This midsole is designed to absorb shock from each footfall and promotes a natural gait. Both of these will reduce the risk of injury in the long run. Both the forefoot and the rearfoot of this shoe feature the Gel Cushioning System. The placement of this gel is specifically designed to absorb shock where the runner needs it most.
Support
Support

Support

While the midsole of this shoe does offer added cushioning through the Solyte foam and the Gel Cushioning System, this is still a neutral running shoe. The Asics Gel Quantum 180 2 does not come with any technological elements to provide arch support. Some runners reported that they were expecting more support from this shoe.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Although the outsole and midsole of this shoe are thicker to add cushioning and stability, runners reported that this shoe still had a responsive feel. This could be, in part, due to the flex grooves that line the underfoot. They promote a natural gait cycle and allow the runner to feel connected to the road below them.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Asics Gel Quantum 180 2 is designed for a road running shoe. The Asics High Abrasion Rubber outsole helps give the shoe extra grip, and the flex grooves found on the underfoot promote a more natural stride, but this is still not a shoe you should take on extreme off road adventures.
Price
Price

Price

The interesting thing about these shoes is that they come in a variety of prices that have to do with the color selection and design. Some runners appreciate a good aesthetic and are willing to pay more.
Traction
Traction

Traction

It should be noted that the traction available on these shoes is not high enough to take the runner on extreme wilderness adventures. With that being said, the outsole of this shoe does offer some impressive additional traction for a road running shoe. Runners reported feeling very secure and confident using the sics Gel Quantum 180 2 on steep uphill climbs as well as steep downhill descents. Runners also commented that because of the added grip achieved through the Asics patented High Abrasion Rubber, they felt confident and safe even running in the rain.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The outsole of the shoe is actually very flexible in spite of the added stability and cushioning it offers. The flex grooves that line the bottom promote natural movement and help the runner to never feel constricted. The upper of this shoe comes with synthetic overlays to create a more rigid and protected feel.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Although this shoe has added support and cushioning, runners were unhappy with the amount of stability that this shoe offered. There is no additional arch support provided in these shoes, but the midsole foam is cushioned and the outsole provides support for the runner. For the runner who has special arch needs, they may need to find a different pair of shoes.
Drop
Drop

Drop

This shoe comes with a 10 mm heel drop. This is slightly lower than a traditional heel drop of 12 or 13 millimeters. In order for a shoe to be considered a minimalist running shoe, the heel drop needs to be 4 millimeters or below. This shoe certainly has more of a traditional feel than a natural running shoe will. This is a shoe for the runner who is looking for more support and stability through the heel.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- AHAR outsole material for superior durability
- Solyte midsole foam is lightweight yet durable
- Gel Cushioning System absorbs impact and protects against long-term injury
- ComforDry X-40 sockliner keeps the foot cool, dry and odor-free
- Breathable mesh upper
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The bottom line with the Asics Gel Quantum 180 2 is that it an overall great shoe. Runners raved about the quality and technological features it offers. It is clear that the folks at Asics listened to the feedback from the original Asics Gel Quantum 180 and made the appropriate changes. While this shoe features added cushioning and support through the midsole and outsole, Asics worked hard to include the lightest weight technology to eliminate unnecessary weight from this shoe. It isn't the lightest shoe, but it also is not the heaviest either. From bigger design elements like the Solyte midsole foam to smaller design elements like the plethora of bright colors offered, this shoe provides the runner with a high-quality product that has not disappointed runners.