Asics Gel Quantum 360 4 Review Facts
ASICS adds to their Gel Quantum 360 line with this fourth release – the Gel Quantum 360 4. Compared to its predecessor, it is designed to be more durable and offer a premium glove-like fit. There are a number of supportive features added to this shoe which will help neutral to underpronators experience a more efficient running experience. These shoes are supportive, comfortable, cushioned, and durable and are an excellent update to shoes that came before it. You will experience a comfortable, stable, and locked down feel from heel strike to toe off in these trendy sneakers.
The outsole of the Gel Quantum 360 4 is made up of AHAR
rubber which stands for Asics High-Abrasion Rubber. Just as the name suggests, this rubber is extremely durable and is engineered to withstand high levels of abrasion. In fact, AHAR is made from the same kind of rubber that makes up car tires so it is engineered to deliver grip on a large number of surfaces with ease. This material is also made to be extremely durable and protective. The AHAR rubber appears throughout the sole of the sneaker in a honeycomb-like pattern with several flex-grooves in between for added flexibility.
The number 360 in the sneaker’s name refers to the 360 degrees of ASICS GEL technology
that is featured in the shoe’s midsole. This incredible amount of cushioning GEL is designed to provide shock absorbency throughout the entirety of the shoe. This results in your foot receiving little impact from angles as you move through your stride. This will also help the heel to toe transition smooth and more efficient. Not only does the midsole feature this large amount of cushioning, but it also contains a lightweight material called Solyte that is designed to deliver additional cushioning as well as durability. This material is unlike EVA which is found in a multitude of running sneakers in that it provides a comfortable cushion in a lighter weight which will allow you to perform better. The technology-packed midsole also features Asics’ IGS or Impact Guidance System. The idea behind this technology is that it will help the shoe work with your foot rather than controlling it, resulting in a more natural movement. The IGS works with yet another technology found in the midsole, the Trusstic System which is a Thermoplastic Unit, or TPU, found at the midfoot. The Trusstic System steadies the foot and helps eliminate twisting and turning while also helping to maintain the sneaker’s structural integrity. To top off this cushiony and supportive midsole, ASICS included an OrthoLite X-40 sockliner within the shoe to deliver a more responsive ride and even more cushioning. OrthoLite is also designed to help prevent odor-causing bacteria from forming while delivering breathable comfort.
This shoe’s upper features ASIC’s FluidFit technology
which is a combination of multi-directional stretch mesh and stretch reinforcements that are designed to adapt to your foot, resulting in a highly customized fit. Fluidfit delivers a responsive and efficient run because the materials are able to work with your foot’s natural movement. The FluidFit upper is also seamless, which will help prevent irritation and rubbing. This material is also breathable and allows for good airflow into and out of the foot chamber. At the rear of the shoe, you will find an Exoskeletal Heel Clutching System which locks the heel in place and allows for a more accurate fit. The rounded laces thread through the unique lacing system because they go through slits on the medial and lateral sides of the foot and end by going through reinforced eyelets. This allows for an even more glove-like and supported fit.
These are not the lightest running shoes on the market, but they are pretty standard as far as running shoes go. Perhaps due to the 360-degree cushioning system
and other added technologies found in this shoe’s makeup, they weigh a little more than other sneakers. The men's weighs in at 12.8 ounces while the women’s weighs around 10.5 ounces.
The upper is made up of both mesh and synthetic materials, so it is not as breathable as other sneakers that are made of mesh alone. While the FluidFit material is designed to provide a certain level of airflow, it is thicker than traditional mesh or engineered mesh uppers. This means that the sneaker is great for cold-weather climates
because less cold air is allowed into the foot chamber. However, if you are running in warmer climates, these might not be the best shoes for super-hot days. With that said, ASICS did include a removable OrhoLite liner which is designed to control moisture and prohibit bacterial growth.
One big comfort feature of this sneaker is the amount of cushioning that is offered in the midsole. The 360 degrees of Gel cushioning is designed to absorb impact and create a comfortable and soft experience for your feet. It is also springy and delivers a good amount of response so you will feel light on your feet. The FluidFit upper is designed to adapt to the shape of your foot and delivers a glove-like fit. It is made of multi-directional stretchy mesh
and also includes stretch reinforcements to enable it to adapt to your foot shape easily. The upper also features seamless construction, which will help prevent rubbing and irritation. However, it should be noted that a couple of reviewers stated that the upper felt more constricting that other sneakers made solely with mesh.
The design of these shoes is pretty standard but the unique lacing system does help it look set apart from other sneakers on the market. Both the men's and women’s versions come in a variety of colorways to choose from. The FluidFit upper does feature some zebra
which may not appeal to all consumers, but many reviewers stated that they actually appreciate the unique look of the upper’s design.
There are a number of features included in this sneaker that help it to get high marks in terms of durability. Firstly, the AHAR material that makes up the outsole is extremely abrasion-resistant and will stand up to hundreds of miles of use. Not only does this rubber allow you to rack up a lot of miles, but it also protects the highly-cushioned midsole from premature breakdown. The midsole is made up of a couple of different cushioning technologies including GEL cushioning, Solyte, and IGS
. The Solyte helps the Gel to maintain its integrity and allows the midsole to be more durable while the IGS works with the Trusstic System which helps the shoe to keep its shape and to prevent unnecessary twisting and turning. The upper is designed to be durable as well with its FluidFit material combined with mesh. This combination is thicker than traditional mesh uppers and helps the sneaker to be even more durable.
The ASICS High Abrasion Rubber that is found on the outsole is designed to protect your feet from underfoot debris and also protects the midsole from wear and tear. The midsole is full of cushioning and shock-absorbency technologies that will protect your joints from the natural shock and jolting that can occur when running. Because the shoe features 360 degrees of Gel cushioning in its midsole, you will be protected from shock at any angle and you will feel a smooth heel to toe transition
. The exoskeletal heel clutching system will lock your heel in place and will protect your foot from sliding out of the shoe as well as help to keep you from rolling your ankles. Along with this, ASICS also included an IGS and Trusstic System in the midsole to help to keep your gait in line.
The midsole makeup of this shoe is designed to deliver excellent response from heel strike to toe off. Because the shoe features 360 degrees of Gel cushioning, it is able to respond to pressure and release it as you move through your stride. This Gel technology works with the other technologies found in the midsole to help propel you forward
through your run. The Impact Guidance System, or IGS, is designed to keep your foot in line as you run so you will lose minimal energy if you tend to under pronate, allowing the shoe to respond efficiently.
You will definitely feel supported in the Gel Quantum 360 4. The combination of Gel cushioning and Solyte midsole material will help to support your foot by absorbing shock
and keeping you safely cushioned. The IGS technology featured in the midsole will support your foot by allowing you to perform in a more natural gait, keeping your foot in line as you run. The heel clutching system on the shoe is evident through the exoskeletal heel counter and this will not only help to lock your heel in place, but it also helps to support your foot through a better fit.
These shoes are ideally-suited for road running although they can be used indoors as well. The outsole is made up of AHAR which will resist wear and tear and will allow you to clock hundreds of miles on asphalt, concrete, or well-groomed trails. There is no aggressive lug system on the bottom of the shoe so they will not carry you over moderate to technical terrain safely. It is best to use these for everyday road running or indoor running.
These are high-quality running sneakers that boast a great number of support and response technologies. With that comes a larger price tag. These shoes can be purchased for $160. This may seem a little steep but if you are looking for a supportive and comfortable running shoe that will last, this may be a great option for you.
By their nature, car tires are engineered to deliver excellent traction. Since the AHAR material that is featured on the outsole of these shoes is modeled after the same kind of rubber, these shoes are also engineered to deliver great traction. Whether you are running in dry or wet conditions, you will feel safe and supported by the traction offered by these sneakers.
The flexibility of these sneakers is pretty average. Because of the AHAR material found on the outsole and the numerous cushioning technologies found in the midsole, they are a little stiffer than other running shoes. The upper is also thicker than a traditional mesh upper so it does not flex as well as others. With that said, the FluidFit material itself is designed to flex to form to your foot, so this material alone is fairly flexible. In the end, you may trade off flexibility for cushioned support with these shoes.
There are a few different stabilizing features offered in this sneaker. For one, the exoskeletal heel cage found at the rear of the shoe helps to lock your heel in and keeps your foot and ankle stable as you move through your gait cycle. Secondly, the midsole features an Impact Guidance System that will help to stabilize your foot in a more natural position as you run. The rearfoot and forefoot Gel cushioning system not only reduces impact, but it also allows your feet to move smoothly as you transition from heel to toe, keeping you stabilized.
This sneaker features a 10mm drop from heel to toe, which is average for your typical running shoe. The Gel Quantum 360 4 is designed for neutral to underpronators and delivers the right amount of cushion and drop for those looking for a sneaker to tackle daily running.
- AHAR material on the outsole is durable, responsive, and delivers excellent traction
- Gel cushioning found throughout the midsole provides cushion and shock absorbency
- IGS in the midsole will help to keep your feet in line as you run
- Trusstic System reduces the weight of the shoe and helps it to maintain structural integrity
- Solyte midsole material is lightweight and enhances cushioning and durability
- FluidFit upper material is durable and flexes to your foot, resulting in a glove-like fit
- Heel Clutching System heel counter provides support
The ASICS Gel Quantum 360 4 is a great addition to ASICS Gel Quantum line and delivers a large number of supportive features for the price. These shoes deliver great cushioning through a number of technologies and also offer a lot of support through the IGS, Solyte material, and Trusstic systems. Though they may not be the most flexible or breathable shoes on the market, they are very supportive and will help underpronators maintain a more natural and efficient stride. Some users said that they fit a little snug but most say they enjoy the support offered through its engineering.