Who should buy the Asics Gel Quantum 180 

Get the Gel Quantum 180 from Asics if you need a running shoe for:

Asics Gel Quantum 180 asics running shoes

Who should NOT buy it

If you're looking to up your pace or set PBs, you might want to get a pair of speed training shoes instead of the Asics Gel Quantum 180.

The Asics Gel Quantum 180 eats up all the impact

Featuring 180-degree Gel cushioning in the rearfoot and forefoot, runners are more than satisfied with the protection they get from the Gel Quantum 180. 

Asics Gel Quantum 180 absorbs impact

Even after some heavy pounding on the pavement, none of them has reported strained feet or legs. 

All-around comfort

"Second to none." - This is how a handful of reviewers find the shoe in the comfort arena. 

Asics Gel Quantum 180 forefoot

Apart from its shock-absorbing qualities, its midsole also delivers a cushy sensation. On top of this, its upper keeps the foot cozy by maximizing breathability and softness. 

A perfect fit (literally)

The upper follows the natural shape of the foot. In the midfoot, it fits snugly, allowing a secure wrap.

Asics Gel Quantum 180 toe room

And in the forefoot, it opens up sufficiently, encouraging natural toe splay.

Built to last

Just like the popular Asics Gel Cumulus, the outsole of the shoe uses the Asics High Abrasion rubber (AHAR) that delivers "impressive" sole durability.

Asics Gel Quantum 180 durability

Even after experts used it on roads and light trails, the shoe exhibits minimal wear. 

Smooth and easy strides

The Asics Gel Quantum 180 has some rocker to it, making heel-to-toe transitions "seamless."

Asics Gel Quantum 180 transitions

According to multiple runners, they didn't have to exert so much effort to get to the next step. 

Warning: The Asics Gel Quantum 180 can hurt the wallet

At $130, many find the shoe "expensive." 

Asics Gel Quantum 180 collar

Causes foot drag

Contrary to other daily running shoes, the Gel Quantum weighs heavy. At 11.3 oz (US M 9), it's heavy on paper. And on the run, it's just as clunky.

Asics Gel Quantum 180 lacing system

Grip is a letdown

This is especially true on wet surfaces. The AHAR outsole doesn't bite well, many road runners have found themselves losing their footing. 

Asics Gel Quantum 180 outsole

Lacks heel support

The Asics Gel Quantum 180's heel is a tad wide, there are those who have experienced heel slips.

Asics Gel Quantum 180 heel

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 323g / Women 266g
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Asics Gel Quantum 180 5
Forefoot height: Men 12mm / Women 11mm
Heel height: Men 22mm / Women 21mm

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