Asics Gel Quantum 360 6
Do you love Asics gel cushioning but wish that they made a shoe made from nothing but gel? Enter the Asics Gel Quantum 360 6.
This shoe utilizes ample gel cushioning for an insanely comfortable ride, ample rubber for high-end durability, and sleek colorways to get you noticed.
Unique Trusstic System for excellent midfoot support
Full-length gel cushioning for an incredibly smooth and comfortable ride
Removable insert allows users to place custom orthotics
Boasts a nice and roomy toe box
Very durable full-length AHAR rubber outsole
Great for long distances or short tempo runs
Ideal for neutral runners or those with slight pronation issues
Runs narrow in the midfoot
Not ideal for agility work
With other Asics running shoes, they often season their midsoles with a little bit of added gel cushioning for a soft ride, but never really commit to a full-length gel midsole.
The Asics Gel Quantum 360 6 gives the people what they want: a full-length gel midsole for a super comfortable and squishy fit.
When you slip your feet inside of these plush shoes, you can really feel the gel under your feet, and it provides excellent cushioning throughout your run.
However, this midsole isn’t just made from a full-length gel midsole. It also provides a thin layer of EVA foam that is positioned on top of the gel layer. This EVA foam top layer offers added durability and energy return to keep your gait cycle nice and bright.
It has a removable cushioned footbed for added comfort, and it is able to be easily removed to add your own orthotics as needed.
Overall, this midsole provides runners with high-end cushioning that holds up well for hundreds of miles without squishing down into a pancake.
If I could describe the performance of this outsole in one word, it would be ‘durable’. This design boasts a full-length rubber outsole that is made to rack up the miles. It utilizes Asics proprietary AHAR rubber that really grips the ground under your feet while providing unmatched durability over time.
The very durable outsole adds to the weight of this shoe, but in return provides runners with an outsole that is able to withstand hundreds of miles of continued use and shows very few signs of wear and tear.
What also makes this outsole stand out from the pack is the addition of Asics Trusstic System technology. By placing stiff materials on the inside of the outsole, it prevents the shoe from twisting at unnatural angles. It allows runners to achieve a nice and even gait cycle without putting strain on their feet and joints.
It limits the overall flexibility and movement of this shoe and helps to keep your gait cycle nice and even- which is perfect for runners with pronation issues.
The outsole may prove to be a little bottom-heavy but provides runners with excellent durability that is designed to hold up incredibly well over hundreds of grueling miles together.
The upper of this shoe is designed to really lock your foot in place. It is composed of a blend of mesh fabric and synthetic overlays. The mesh material is placed in key areas of the foot to keep your feet cool and dry as you train.
The addition of synthetic overlays on the side of the foot provides excellent lockdown so that your foot does not shift around inside of the shoe as you run. The upper of this design is slightly stiff, but the lightweight mesh will move hot air up and away from your feet to keep them cool and dry.
This upper also provides key cushioning where you need it most. The tongue is nice and padded, albeit a little hot. The heel counter is very stiff, which really helps to lock your feet in place. It is also accented with a plush padding that wraps your feet in 360 degrees of plush comfort and limits the initial break-in period of this shoe.
The ample cushioning of this shoe feels great on those first initial runs, and will not cause blisters on your heels as you break them in.
The features built into this shoe make it a little difficult to nail down who exactly it is designed for. While it boasts a neutral frame, the Trusstic System technology is built for runners with pronation issues.
Overall, this shoe walks that fine line between a neutral training shoe and a stability shoe. I would recommend this running shoe for neutral runners that love a lot of extra cushioning and support, or for those that suffer from modest pronation issues.
If you have run with plantar fasciitis or advanced pronation issues, you may benefit more from dedicated stability trainers, such as the Asics GT-2000 series.
Whether you are logging long-distance runs or short and sweet tempo runs, this shoe is built for just about anything you can throw at it.
However, this shoe isn’t exactly versatile. The Trusstic system helps to support your midfoot as you run, but it isn’t built for side-to-side movements.
With this shoe, it’s best to swap it out for something more versatile when heading engaging in CrossFit of WODS.
After reading through many user reviews, I found that this shoe runs true to size. If you are a size 11 in previous Asics training shoes, you can confidently select a size 11 without the need to try them on first.
If you are new to Asics, be sure to take good measurements of your feet and compare them to their sizing chart. With a wide toe box and secure lacing system, you may be able to buy these right off of the internet without the need to head down to your local shoe store to take them for a test run.
While many users found that these shoes fit like a glove, some felt that the dense synthetic overlays squeezed their midfoot a little too tightly. You can play with the lacing system a bit to loosen up the fit, but without a tight laced-up fit, you may lose a bit of lockdown.
The midfoot of this design may fit a little snug, but the toe box provides more than enough room to allow your toes to naturally splay for added stabitliy and overall comfort.
The Asics Gel Quantum 360 6 runs par for the course when compared to many high-end daily training shoes out there on the market. If you are on the hunt for a quality pair of running shoes that offer excellent durability and plenty of cushioning, this shoe is well worth every penny.
Sure, it may cost a little bit more than your average budget-friendly training shoe, but the heightened durability of this shoe makes it an investment worth making.
Comparisons to Previous Versions
With beefy overlays and thick gel cushioning, previous versions were clunky. The Asics Gel Quantum 360 6 isn’t exactly lightweight and nimble, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.
The previous iteration of this shoe weighed in at a whopping 14 ounces, which is pretty heavy for not only a neutral running shoe but most stability trainers as well. The newest edition of this shoe clocks in at 11.9 ounces.
Another great product we reviewed is the Asics MetaSpeed Sky, so make sure to check it out as well.
While it’s a little better, it still proves to be a pretty heavy running shoe. If you want gel cushioning, you will need to suffer through a bit of extra weight.
While Asics shaved off a few ounces of weight, they also completely redesigned the upper. The newest design boasts a roomier toe box that allows your toes to naturally splay inside of the shoe, fewer overlays for a more contoured and flexible fit, and a redesigned heel counter that is much more comfortable.
Opting for this running shoe is a matter of weighing all of the good versus the bad. While this shoe is incredibly cushioned and supportive, it’s one of the heavier neutral running shoes out there on the market. For some, the added weight is well worth the full-length gel cushioning that provides 360 degrees of comfort. Runners like prefer more lightweight trainers may benefit more from styles such as the GEL-Nimbus series.