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- The latest version of the Asics Gel Quantum 180 is presented as a shoe that is bouncier and more comfortable than ever, enabling the user to log more miles. This time around, the Gel Quantum 180 4 prides itself with the capability to excel in everyday running. The shoe claims a seamless transition from the indoor treadmill to the outdoor pavement, thanks to a versatile design and premium-level technology utilized by Asics.
- The upper gets an update as it does away with the firm heel cup that was present in the previous version. In the Gel Quantum 180 4, the upper is made of knitted mesh that fully covers the length of the shoe. Meanwhile, the sole unit retains the materials that made for outstanding performance in the Gel Quantum 180 3, which are the Solyte midsole and the Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) outsole.
- In addition, the sizing scheme of the Gel Quantum 180 4 has slightly deviated from its predecessor. Runners who have used the Gel Quantum 180 3 would find that this new version is a bit shorter, albeit more accurate in fit.
Frequent wearers of Asics running shoes would be familiar with the Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR), which is their most popular outsole technology. In the Gel Quantum 180 3, the AHAR outsole effectively protects the sole unit from destruction, and it also shields the midsole from impact during footstrike. During the running performance, the AHAR outsole delivers the necessary traction to enable the user to smoothly traverse various urban surfaces.
The AHAR’s durable nature prevents the outsole from sustaining damages, especially abrasions. In addition, it safeguards the runner from discomfort, therefore promoting a smooth heel-to-toe transition.
The medial and lateral sides of the outsole feature short and shallow flex grooves, which helps the shoe bend easier, resulting in a more efficient gait cycle.
The Asics Gel Quantum 180 makes use of Solyte®, a proprietary midsole compound that is lighter than the standard ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam. Solyte is designed to be spontaneously soft and durable, making the shoe ideal for long-distance runs. Solyte is made from resin, which gives the midsole a shock-absorbent quality. In comparison, the Asics Gel Nimbus has a midsole that is made from FlyteFoam, a proprietary material that focuses on bounce and speed.
The Solyte midsole works under the concept of the Trusstic System. This design philosophy operates with the notion that excessive twisting prevents stable foot movements; thus, the Trusstic System is meant to reduce unnecessary movements to keep the foot steady.
At the two ends of the midsole are units of Gel cushioning, which is another popular Asics shoe technology. The Gel cushioning is intended to absorb shock at the high-wear areas of the running shoe. The material is silicone-based, which effectually decreases the amount of impact the foot encounters during the strike, resulting in a comfortable ride with the least risk of injuries.
The Gel Quantum 180 3 includes an Ortholite sockliner as the insole, which is known for its moisture-wicking capability. Ortholite sock liners also have antimicrobial properties and prevent bacteria and odor buildup.
A seamless construction headlines the upper of the Gel Quantum 180 3. This means that the design and materials used in the upper make up a seamless structure, which is particularly helpful in reducing friction that causes skin irritations.
The most part of the upper is built using a knitted mesh. A framework unit is placed underneath the upper material to provide a firm silhouette and maintain structural integrity without the use of overlays. Inside, a fabric lining gives the foot a comfortable in-foot sensation.
Like its predecessor, the Gel Quantum 180 4 has a rounded forefoot that allows an adequate room for toe splay. This means the toes are not aggravated by not having enough space for mobility.
Runners who are familiar with the various running shoe choices of the Asics brand would know that the Gel Quantum series comes in two variants: the Gel Quantum 180 and the Gel Quantum 360. These two models are both named after the Gel Cushioning technology, which is where the focus is also concentrated.
The Gel Quantum 180, as its name implies, features the Gel Cushioning in the forefoot and rearfoot areas of the shoe. Such a placement makes for a 180-degree layout of the Gel material (in contrast to the 360-degree of its counterpart), hence the name. The 180-degree position of the Gel cushioning provides an efficient shock absorption system while also promoting a seamless stride.
Previous versions of the Gel Quantum 180 has been praised by users for its consistent underfoot protection, adequate arch support, and plush platform. Meanwhile, the Asics Gel Quantum 180 4 presents further improvements to these qualities. The result is a running shoe that is simultaneously versatile and comfortable.