Asics Gel-Quantum Infinity Review Facts
The Asics Gel-Quantum Infinity is their first model featuring a full-length Gel-technology sole. It was created in Kobe, Japan at the brand’s Institute of Sport Science, and it shows – not only is the shoe high-quality, but the entire design is marked by this culture and aesthetic. The amount of cushioning this kind of sole offers is amazing and is one of the best in the industry. The Gel-Quantum Infinity is a fairly heavy shoe that isn’t suitable for marathons, half-marathons or long-distance running or racing in general, but it’s ideal for city running and jogging, as well as walking. What the shoe lacks in responsiveness and weight, it makes up for in comfort, impeccable design, cushioning, underfoot protection and high-quality build. If you’re after the ‘walking-on-pillows’ feeling when it comes to running shoes, the latest Asics model is the right choice for you.
The outsole of the Asics Gel-Quantum Infinity shoe resembles the ripple effect of a water drop. The sole is the most prominent and innovative part of the shoe, and all attention has been drawn to it design-wise. This is the first ever Asics shoe to feature a full-length visible Gel technology, which provides cushioning, flexibility, and comfort all at the same time. The ripple tread on the outsole also provides a good grip on the surface. Although the outsole looks slick and slippery, the traction that the rubber compound on the sole offers is satisfactory.
With the Asics Gel-Quantum Infinity, it’s all about the midsole, which is packed with technology. The Gel technology that is present throughout the midsole is comprised of inert polymers to derive silicone, which provides sturdy cushioning. The Gel-Quantum Infinity makes use of the company’s rearfoot and forefoot Gel Cushioning System that protects the heel from the impact forces and encourages a smooth foot transition during the entirety of the gait cycle. The midsole also features the ORTHOLITE sockliner and insole which provide moisture-absorbency and increased breathability as well as comfort. The sockliner is removable, giving you the option of using your own customized sockliner if you prefer it.
The Asics Gel-Quantum Infinity is made out of a one-piece, seamless upper that is constructed by 3Dpuff printing, and along with the thin tongue, the whole upper is really lightweight. The seamless construction provides a lightweight wear and increased breathability. The build of the upper isn’t as sock-like as one would imagine from the “one-piece seamless” description, on the contrary – the upper uses sturdy and robust materials that are structured and aren’t prone to morphing. The lacing system is traditional and the collar is padded so as to increase comfort.
At 13.76oz or 390g and 11.1oz or 315g for men’s and women’s half-pair, respectively, the Asics Gel-Quantum Infinity is a heavy shoe, there’s no question about that. It is unclear why the brand opted for such a significant weight increase, compared to other running shoes – it’s almost 100g or 3.5oz heavier than most shoes in the same category. This might be due to the fact that the company wanted to put the emphasis on the Gel sole and create an impression of sturdiness and substantial cushioning. While this isn’t the type of weight that would prevent someone from running, it’s clear that the Gel-Quantum Infinity isn’t designed as a racing shoe. However, if you need a stylish jogging and walking shoe, the weight won’t bother you one bit.
The puff printed seamless upper, together with the ORTHOLITE sockliner creates a healthy and ventilated environment free of excessive moisture. One runner noted that the shoe started to feel a bit warm toward the end of his run, but that hot spot wasn’t significant. The ORTHOLITE
sockliner is very absorbent, which in turn increases the durability of the upper and prevents it from losing shaped due to moisture.
The Gel-cushioning system really was a great decision by Asics
, given the fact that people are loving the amount of comfort it offers. The vast majority of runners describe the feeling of walking and running in the Gel-Quantum Infinity as walking on pillows. Another thing that customers liked is the fact that the upper provides comfort and support, without any pressure points, and the toe box is roomy with plenty of space to stretch out your toes. If you have wide feet, the shoe requires a couple of days of breaking in until you experience the full level of comfort. The Gel-Quantum Infinity has a standard fit and sizing and the available widths are D-Medium for men and B-Medium for women. The seamless forefoot finish prevents any irritation and forming of blisters. All in all, if you’re looking for an amazingly comfortable shoe and don’t mind the extra weight, you’ll probably be blown away by this one.
The design of the shoe relies heavily on the Japanese aesthetics and features wavy designs, especially in the outsole with the water droplets and the ripple effect, while remaining minimalist in appearance. The symbol for ‘Infinity’ is embossed in gold in Japanese Katakana writing and can be found on the heel and on the tongue of the shoe. The whole shoe gives off a high-street kind of look that can go well with almost any casual combination you can think of. The modernity and simplicity of the shoe are amazingly blended together, giving homage to Japan. The shoe comes in a total of 4 colorways for the time being: “Black/Shocking Orange” and “Mid Grey/Dark Grey” for men, and “Black/Icy Morning” and “Mid Grey/Flash Coral” for women.
The simplistic approach in the build of the outsole might lead you to think that the outsole won’t last long, but given the quality of build and the sturdiness of the rubber compound and Gel technology used in the outsole’s construction, our assessment is that the Asics Gel-Quantum Infinity will have at least average to above-average durability
. One of the good things about the upper is the fact that it’s a seamless construction made out of robust materials that won’t lose shape or tear, provided you keep this shoe on the road.
The underfoot protection that the Asics Gel-Quantum Infinity offers is great, and the famous REARFOOT AND FOREFOOT Gel Technology Cushioning plays the key role in this protection. This cushioning technology is known to increase the underfoot padding and dampen the impact forces that could cause injury or tiredness to the feet. You’ll feel this technology best when the heel first touches the ground, and during the toe-off phase of the gait cycle as well. As for the upper, it isn’t that protective in the way a trail shoe is – it doesn’t have a toe bumper or tear-resistant upper, but it doesn’t have to – the sturdiness of the upper materials is just enough for a standard road shoe.
The one bad thing about the Asics Gel-Quantum Infinity is the fact that it lacks responsiveness, especially when you compare this shoe to the Adidas Boost
line or the running shoe from the famous Nike Zoom Air
family. That being said, this lack of responsiveness, which favors faster paces by nature, is to be expected of a 13.76oz-shoe. Its weight already prevents you from sprinting in it on a regular basis, so why make the midsole firmer, when you can make it as cushioned as possible? No reason whatsoever. That being said, if you prefer to feel the bounce and energy return while running, this wouldn’t be the right shoe for you.
The Gel-Quantum Infinity is a neutral running shoe, meaning that it’s suitable for 50% of all runners. People with high
, medium-high and normal arches, that don’t have pronation issues will feel at home wearing the Gel-Quantum Infinity, and thanks to the removable ORTHOLITE sockliner, even people with fallen arches can enjoy this neutral shoe, provided they switch the insole for their own customized orthotic one. The one-piece upper disperses the pressure evenly throughout the foot and provides lateral support while also locking the foot in place.
This heavy running shoe is best for road, pavements, track, light gravel and treadmills. We would advise against taking it off-road or on a technical trail, not only because of the outsole but because of the lack of protective properties in the upper as well. This is definitely a daily running
shoe, but it’s not meant for faster paces or long distance runs, primarily due to its hefty weight, but also because of its lack of responsiveness. A lot of customers have stated that they bought the shoe just to wear it on a daily basis and to use on longer walks or light jogs – which would be ideal for this type of shoe.
As with most ‘flagship’ running shoes or shoes that offer innovation and revolutionary technology, the price corresponds to the quality and the work that went into creating this kind of shoe. If you’re a fan of the design and you prefer cushion over responsiveness, the price can still be budgeted in your lifestyle, although the Asics Gel-Quantum Infinity isn’t cheap. However, given the quality of build, design and the durability
we expect from the shoe, the price might ultimately be worth it.
The droplet and ripple design of the outsole provides a good grip on the road, especially when it’s dry. The traction
is of a lesser quality on wet surfaces, which isn’t that big of a deal, seeing how the shoe isn’t made to sustain rainy weather in the first place. If you do encounter a wet patch on your road or track, be careful while cutting corners and changing direction, otherwise, you’ll be completely fine.
Given that the sole of the Asics Gel-Quantum Infinity is a one-piece Gel technology construction, you can expect a little give and flexibility
that comes naturally to all gel materials, but don’t expect the same level of flexibility as with some running shoes that feature deep flex grooves in the outsole that all but divide it in half. As for the upper, it’s made to be flexible, yet supportive, so you can expect it to move along with your foot and keep it in place at the same time.
The stability features in the Gel-Quantum Infinity are few, and the only noticeable one is the layout of the mid-platform, which provides some level of stability. There is also the snug upper that prevents the foot from moving and slipping inside the shoe box. However, this is where the stability
features of this cushioned runner end.
Asics has opted for an interesting 7mm drop, with the stack heel height of the shoe being 21mm, while the forefoot height measures 14mm. This heel-to-toe offset is best suited for midfoot strikers, although both the heel strikers and the forefoot strikers could find the shoe acceptable; the first will feel a little less heel cushioning than they’re used to, and the latter will sometimes feel like the heel is in the way of their natural stride. All in all, this is a smart drop choice that is a true compromise zone.
● Ripple-effect treat of the outsole
● Full-length visible Gel technology in the midsole
● REARFOOT and FOREFOOT GEL Technology Cushioning System
● ORTHOLITE insole and sockliner
● 3Dpuff printed upper
● Moderately breathable
● Amazing comfort
● A little expensive
● Japanese Katakana writing
● Road, track and treadmill shoe
● 7mm drop
● Not responsive
● Neutral running shoe
● Great underfoot protection
The Asics Gel-Quantum Infinity is a neutral running shoe focused on three things: comfort, high-quality build, and style. If you want to buy this shoe as a fashion item, as a gorgeous walking shoe, or as a durable jogging shoe, you won’t regret splashing the cash on it. However, if you’re all about firm rides, responsiveness
, lightness and speed, our advice is to skip this one altogether.