ASICS Gel-Quantum 360° Knit 2 Review

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Searching for a running shoe that delivers a comforting ride? If so, the Gel-Quantum 360° Knit 2 is a great pair to consider! It offers a plethora of performance-enhancing features and boasts some of Asics most innovative technologies. This model was designed for increased breathability and includes a knit-mesh upper unit that lets plenty of air flow around your feet. Its SOLYTE® midsole is lighter than both the EVA and SpEVA options available and provides 20% more shock absorption than the leading foam midsole materials. 

Made for neutral pronation, the Gel-Quantum offers a dual rear and forefoot GEL® technology cushioning system that grants movement in several planes while the foot shits during your gait cycle. Ortholite® lasting material makes this pair extremely plush and helps to control excess moisture by offering increased breathability. It also works to make this shoe a durable and long-lasting option that won’t wear out with daily training.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Ortholite® Sockliner

Knit Upper

Moisture Control

GEL® Cushion Technology 

Cons

Narrow Toe

Issues With Tearing

Style

Style

If you’re shopping for a shoe that puts your comfort first then this is the best choice. Complete with 360° GEL® Technology, this runner was made to provide a soothing ride! Its Ortholite® sockliner allows for a glove-like fit and lets lots of air flow freely around your skin. This combined with the knitted mesh upper unit ensures that your feet will never overheat and helps to prevent excessive sweating.

Whether you’re training on the track or treadmill, this pair is one of the best that money can buy! Some of the features that really stand out include its TRUSSTIC SYSTEM® technology that makes for an ultra lightweight sole. Another noteworthy aspect is the SOLYTE midsole that offers added benefits over the much-loved EVA and SpEVA midsoles that Asics once offered.
Midsole

Midsole

If you’re a fan of Asics’ usual EVA and spEVA midsole materials than you’ll love the Quantum 360’s SOLYTE® midsole! It’s lighter than both of the previous materials and allows for higher speeds and increased performance.

This resilient material offers 20% more shock absorption than the EVA foam traditionally seen in running and racing shoes. It's the perfect choice for athletes who demand high-performance results from their footwear. Considering that it’s used in vehicle bumpers for shock absorption, SOLYTE® foam is incredibly effective when used in this type of footwear.

The three main characteristics of this unique foam material are its incredible bounce, superior shock absorption, and ultralightweight structure. When you're running it's important that you're able to feel connected with the ground beneath your feet which is why a responsive running shoe is a must. SOLYTE® midsole material offers just that, increased ground feel combined with superior bounce which creates the ideal environment for runners.

Shock absorption is also an important component that can help to reduce the negative effects felt on impact. When our feet touchdown waves of shock are sent through our muscles and tendons that can cause all sorts of aches and pains which is why the right midsole material is such a vital element.
Upper

Upper

The Gel Quantum 360 Knit 2 offers Asics' FluidFit® upper technology that sees multi-directional stretchy mesh combined with flexible reinforcements that literally contour to the runner's foot. This results in a unique and one-of-a-kind fit that feels incredibly comfortable while you train. Its seamless construction means you won't have to worry about irritation or friction during long spans of training and lessens the instance of painful blisters caused by continuous irritation. These runners will keep you cooler for longer thanks to their knit upper unit that allows for greater airflow inside the shoe and around your foot, guaranteeing a dryer and healthier environment.
Guided Form

Guided Form

Runners of every skill level know how important it is to achieve an efficient and well balanced running form. This will help to boost your performance while lessening the imbalances often caused by shifts in the runners center of pressure. It can be tough, especially for beginner runners to achieve the right form though, which is why owning a pair of running shoes specifically designed to help you maneuver with more comfort and ease is a must. The Gel-Quantum 360 Knit 2 is just that shoe! It's made with vertical grooves from the heel to toe along the outsole. These grooves help to balance your center of pressure and improve your natural gait by drawing the pressure towards them. So, whether you’re kicking off or landing, these shoes result in a more stabilized form and improved performance overall.
Lasting

Lasting

This shoe was designed with an OrthoLite lasting material. This innovative technology allows for a super plush underfoot feeling that is perfect for runners who push their feet to the max. OrthoLite lasting also helps to control excess moisture by creating a breathable environment inside of your shoe. Breathability is an important aspect of any running shoe because you don't want to have your feet hot and smothered while you're exercising. If your shoe is too hot it will cause you to sweat excessively which makes the perfect breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria. Not to mention, running with sweaty feet leaves you more vulnerable to irritation because it can make the fabric of the shoe rub against your skin.
Sockliner

Sockliner

The Gel-Quantum 360 Knit 2 features an Ortholite® sockliner that helps to make this an excellent option for athletics. Ortholite® is an eco-friendly foam material that contains 5% recycled rubber which helps to lessen landfill waste by hundreds of tons each year. It's a long-lasting cushion material that compresses a mere 5% during the entire time you use it which means its cushioning and performance won't degrade with wear.

One of the best features of Ortholite® products is its moisture management capabilities. Made from a unique open cell foam, The Gel-Quantum’s Ortholite® sockliner wicks excess moisture away from your skin making for a cool, dry, and healthy environment for your feet. This helps to control excessive sweating and inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria which thrive in moist environments.

This technology is the perfect choice for runners because it offers between 95 to 100% breathability which means you'll have better air circulating the inside of your shoe. It's lightweight and machine washable making this an effortless choice that's ideal for athletic activities.
Drop

Drop

This option is an ideal choice for runners with a neutral gait. It has a 10 mm heel drop that is ideal for even distribution of weight when you push off and isn't going to promote unhealthy heel strikes. In recent years there has been a growing trend among runners who argue that wearing a shoe with a minimal drop is healthier overall. Though research is still limited in this area, many athletes experience positive results when they run with a minimal heel to toe drop.

When you have too great of a drop it forces the foot to land at the heel which is unnatural because when we run barefoot we strike with the forefoot. Wearing a minimal running shoe encourages a more natural strike at the forefoot and lessens the chance of running related injuries. Though a 10 mm drop isn't exactly a minimal choice, it still lets you connect with the ground beneath your feet without forcing your foot to fall in an unnatural way.
Cushioning

Cushioning

Runners with a neutral gait can rejoice over these sneakers! The Gel-Quantum offers the perfect level of padding for those with an indeterminate stride! It GEL® Cushion Technology at the rear and forefoot absorbs the shock waves on impact and toe-offs so you can feel your best while you train and experience fewer aches and pains that could potentially slow you down. This intuitive cushioning technology is an ideal option for anyone who enjoys a plush underfoot feel without having to compromise the responsiveness of its ride.
Durability

Durability

One of the downsides to this shoe is that the upper material is prone to tears. Some wearers reported having large rips along the toe or side material after only a few runs, though most found they lasted much longer than that. One of the biggest areas of concern seems to definitely be the toe where they’re most vulnerable to tears. I would suggest taking care not to bump or snag the upper material on anything because this can rip them faster than anything. So long as you are careful you shouldn’t have any trouble getting your fair share of use out of this running shoe.
Width

Width

Though most people found the Gel-Quantum to fit fairly well, some did find that they run a little narrow. The forefoot was the most common area of complaint with some wearers finding that it’s a little cramped for their tastes. If you have wide feet you might consider opting for a half size up from your usual size just to be sure that they’re not too tight. You can always try stretching them out a bit too, there are several ways to do this without damaging the shoe's integrity. One of the best methods is to hit them with a hairdryer for one to two minutes while wearing them. Just be sure that you're not too close otherwise you might burn yourself or the material of the shoe. Once you turn the dryer off walk around the house in them for a few minutes or try flexible your feet with them on.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall, the Asics Gel-Quantum 360 Knit 2 is a great choice for runners with a neutral gait. It offers a solid array of features and is guaranteed to boost your overall performance. Asics really pulled all the stops with this shoe and managed to pull off an incredibly comforting and versatile design that is a favorite among athletes of every skill level.

This shoe has a nice look to it and doesn’t feel like it’s something you could only wear to the track. Instead, it looks something you could wear just about anywhere with little difficulty. Anyone who seeks out an airy design will find that this pair is an ideal choice thanks to its breathable upper unit and cooling sockliner that help to control both the moisture and temperature inside the shoe. If you struggle with sweaty feet then you’ll love the wicking technology that’s built right into this pair because it literally draws any excess moisture away from your skin.

When it comes to the retail price, these Asics aren’t the cheapest. Though when you think about all of the incredible features packed into this pair it makes the price seem incredibly reasonable. If you’re comfortable spending close to the hundred dollar mark for your running shoes then you won’t have any issues and will most likely be quite impressed once you step out wearing them.