Updates to Asics Gel Quantum 360 Knit 2

  • Asics is a company that takes pride in churning out running shoes that are comfortable and functional. One iteration of a series isn’t enough for this brand; almost all the series within its banner encompass many shoes that have changes that are either slight or significant. The Gel Quantum 360 Knit 2 is an example of a product that embraces change without sacrificing the basic aspects of its progenitor.
  • The upper unit of the Gel Quantum 360 Knit 2 is made of a woven material that is fluffier-looking yet more elastic and more breathable than the one featured in the original model. The printed overlays and external padding that help to secure the foot are sparingly used this time around.
  • Underfoot cushioning is the responsibility of a full-length piece of foam that’s buttressed by externally integrated GEL® units that surround the platform. The Trusstic System® is comprised of a thermoplastic sheet between the midsole and outsole that’s responsible for maintaining durability and underfoot steadiness.

Size and fit

The Asics Gel Quantum 360 Knit 2 was constructed using the standard measurements, so runners are able to get a pair using their usual sizing expectations. When it comes to width, the available options are D – Medium and B – Medium for men and women, respectively. This product welcomes those who have low and medium foot dimensions.


The outsole unit of the Asics Gel Quantum 360 Knit 2 is made of AHAR® or Asics High Abrasion Rubber, a material that is able to resist the debilitating nature of surface contact and continued use. This external layer is also meant to dole out traction, an essential aspect of running.

Flex grooves are patterned in the forefoot and heel of this road companion. These shallow trenches are designed to make the platform flexible, thereby accommodating the natural bending capacity of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle.


The midsole unit of the Asics Gel Quantum 360 Knit 2 is primarily made of Solyte®, a full-length compound that is touted to be lighter than most options in the market. It has a springy nature that allows it to return energy to the foot and enable a dynamic forefoot lift.

The GEL® technology consists of a silicon-based gel that is responsible for mitigating impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle. While usually fashioned in the heel and forefoot of an Asics shoe’s platform, this feature surrounds the Quantum 360 Knit 2, ensuring well-attenuated steps.

The Trusstic System® is a thermoplastic cage that is placed between the outsole and midsole. The job of this technology is to prevent material sagging and to support the muscles and tendons of the underfoot. Many an Asics running shoe feature this layer of plastic, including the Gel Nimbus 21.

The Impact Guidance System is a design attitude that ensures each component of the midsole is connected to each other without hindering performance or efficacy. The result of such a configuration is a smooth and unrestrained transition from the heel to the toe.

An OrthoLite® X-40 sock liner is placed above the primary cushioning unit, aiming to add a bit more plushness to the underfoot experience. It has anti-moisture and antimicrobial capacities that keep the interior chamber as clean and healthy as possible for the runner.


A stretchy knitted fabric is used for the façade of the Asics Gel Quantum 360 Knit 2. This woven upper is meant to hug the foot securely while also staving off hot spots and other sources of skin irritation. The many pores on its surface permit environmental air to go through it, thus giving a well-ventilated in-shoe feel.

Minimal use of printed overlays and external padding help in securing the foot and maintaining its position at the center of the shoe. This design also strives to preserve the structural integrity of the façade.

Seamless interior design is created to protect the foot from being scratched. Stitches and multiple layers of fabric contribute to increased chances of blistering; the smooth inner sleeve mitigates such unpleasant risks.

The padded tongue and collar are constructed to hold the foot in place and prevent it from quivering during the run. The stuffing also cushions the heel, the ankles and the bridge of the foot, saving them from the impact forces generated during the striking phase.

A traditional lacing system graces the Asics Gel Quantum 360 Knit 2. Flat laces snake through eyelets on the upper unit’s knitted fabric, causing it to tighten or loosen in conjunction with the fit preferences of the wearer.

The Heel Clutching System is an exoskeleton of printed overlays that are designed to hold the back of the foot and prevent it from wobbling. Moreover, this technology has the distinction of being the element that primarily staves off accidental shoe removals during the run.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 12.6oz / Women 10.4oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: Men 12mm / Women 11mm
Heel height: Men 22mm / Women 21mm
Collection: Asics Gel, Asics Gel Quantum

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