Verdict from +100 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Those who have tried the Asics Gel Quantum 180 3 were happy with its aesthetics.
  • People stated that this running shoe offered sufficient cushioning during long runs.
  • The upper unit was lauded for being able to steady the foot and prevent it from wobbling.
  • Some consumers liked that the midfoot section of the platform was able to support the arch.
  • The breathability of the upper unit was appreciated; the breathing holes of the mesh were apparently able to keep the foot ventilated.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some testers complained that the protruding arch on the back portion of the collar caused some irritation to the skin.
  • The collar is too stiff and rubs uncomfortably against the ankle, said a user.

Bottom line

The overall reaction for the Asics Gel Quantum 180 3 was positive. People were mostly happy with the performance and in-shoe feel of this road companion. The cushioning capacity of the midsole and the upper’s breathable nature were also given praise. Contrariwise, there were complaints of material rubber and an inconsistent sizing scheme.

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Good to know

  • The Asics Gel Quantum 180 3 is an update to a relatively fresh series of road shoes that are designed for neutral and under-pronators. Its design takes an overhaul, moving away from the Gel Quantum 180 2’s shiny silhouette and adopting a soft and stretchy construction that adheres to the natural shape and motion of the foot.
  • The midsole unit of the Asics Gel Quantum 180 3 features a foam that is lighter than the standard EVA compound. It’s also designed to last long. Taking up the heel and lateral sections of the platform is a J-shaped silicon-based material that’s meant to attenuate impact shock.

Standard measurements were used in the making of the Asics Gel Quantum 180 3. Runners are encouraged to get the size that suits them. The available widths are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women. This running shoe has a semi-curved shape that adheres to the natural curvature of the human foot.

Same as with the popular Asics Gel Cumulus 20, the outsole unit of the Asics Gel Quantum 180 3 makes use of AHAR® or Asics High Abrasion Rubber. This layer is meant to shield the rest of the platform from the debilitating nature of the surfaces. It is also the one that gives traction during the run.

Flex grooves allow the platform to bend with the foot as it goes through the gait cycle. These shallow trenches also shave off weight from the sole unit.

The deconstructed back portion of the external pad allows the heel striking phase to isolate the impact force to the point of contact, thus preventing any discomfort or discrepancy to the heel-to-toe transition.

Solyte® is a cushioning compound that runs the entire length of the Gel Quantum 180 3. This foam is designed to be lighter than the standard midsoles, even the proprietary technology, SpEVA®. Aside from being lightweight, this unit is also meant to last long.

Gel® is a technology that’s created to attenuate impact during the landing phase. This silicon-based feature snakes from the heel to the lateral side in a J-shape. Such a placement assists the natural way the foot takes each step.

The ComforDry™ X-4O Sockliner offers additional cushioning to the underfoot. It has anti-microbial and anti-moisture properties that maintain a clean and healthy in-shoe environment.

A knitted fabric is used for the middle and front of the Asics Gel Quantum 180 3’s upper. This cloth-like material offers a lightweight and flexible wrap that’s also breathable.

A form-fitting heel with outside padding has the job of holding the foot in place and preventing it from wobbling during the running session.

A seamless interior sleeve design prevents skin irritation. Such a configuration permits the runner to put on this neutral shoe without socks.


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