The Asics Gel Quantum 360 is a neutral sport-style shoe designed more for fashion and style than for running utility. If you are looking for a pair of efficient running shoes, the Gel Quantum 360 is probably not for you.
While the Quantum 360 is not really intended for running, I ran 25 miles in them in several applications including easy jogging, sprinting, and hill climbs, and on various kinds of terrain including concrete, asphalt, gravel, grass, and track surfaces.
How does the Gel Quantum 360 perform?
Sloppy: The laces are too long and the foot does not lockdown on the go. There is far too much foot movement allowed on the go. These shoes are not manufactured for precise, high performance.
Stiff and heavy: The weight of the shoe and in-flexibility of the foam are not conducive to efficient running. Underfoot, the shoes required much extra effort to maintain momentum.
Slow: The Gel Quantum 360 is NOT built for speed, but for style. They could work as an all-around gym or cross-training shoe, but for running fast or long, they are too sluggish.
I wear US size 12 and I weigh in at about 175 pounds. The shoe fits perfectly length-wise and the width of the shoes is adequate. The toe-box is spacious enough for splaying and flexing of toes.
Gel Quantum 360 is NOT flexible or cushioned
These shoes are very firm, very heavy, and very stiff. There is nothing about these shoes I would describe as “flexible,” which makes me wonder why anyone would choose to wear this outside of a fashion statement. Despite the fact that “Gel technology cushioning circulates the midsole,” there is very little cushioning underfoot.
Laces are extremely long
The laces in the Gel Quantum 360 are extremely long and there is no additional eyelet at the top for locking down the heel.
This prevents the feet from being stable, which allows for some heel-rubbing and movement on each foot-strike. Additionally, there are only 3 pairs of eyelets, which really inhibits a tight-fitting feel.
The Asics Gel Quantum 360 is HEAVY!
Size 12 comes in at 14.8 oz/420g. Compared to other running shoes, the Gel Quantum 360 are extremely heavy, which makes one think Asics never intended anyone to use them as running shoes. No runner I know of would ever consider training in a shoe as heavy as this.
Gel Quantum 360 is built to last long
The rubber outsole will undoubtedly provide for long life. Especially since people will probably choose not to run in these shoes, but only wear them occasionally for fashion purposes, the Gel Quantum 360 will go out of style before they actually wear out.
Too much going on in the upper
There is a lot of material making up the upper portion of the Gel Quantum 360. The shoes are not very breathable because there is too much going on.
The leather sides that hold the lace eyelets are detached from the rest of the upper portion of the shoes, wrapping the sides of the shoes in leather. This adds weight and prevents the shoes from breathing as much as they could. Clearly, this shoe was designed with style in mind, as opposed to running efficiency.
My name is Mark Clements. I’m an avid runner in my 40’s and I run races from 5Ks to Marathons. I’m always training for a race and run at least 40 miles/week, rotating up to 5 pairs of shoes through my runs. My long term goal is to run into old age, remaining injury-free, which comes in part by being equipped with the best shoes out there!