As we got our hands on a pair of ASICS GEL-Quantum 180 this week we decided to take a closer look and review its features. This pair is part of the Quantum series from ASICS that also include the 360, 90, Levitrack and Infinity that have been released in the past 6-7 years in several versions. For years the Japanese footwear brand has been perfecting their GEL technology using it strategically in the midsole for advanced cushioning. The Quantum series follows the latest trends where bold features tend to dominate. Its design was inspired from previous ASICS models like the Kinsei series but also from  other brand’s series on the market with bold, visible cushioning systems such as the Air Max. It is also a move towards a more versatile series of shoes that go beyond the running sphere into the street culture. To achieve this ASICS has collaborated for the past several years with big fashion names such as Kiko Konstandinov, GmbH and Takahiromiyashita.

How They Fit

The Asics GEL-Quantum 180 pair we got in stock is the 6th edition of this shoe released in 2022. Even if year after year a new iteration is introduced the main characteristic tends to stay pretty much the same. Out the box the shoe looks pretty solid and a bit heavy for a running shoe at 12.80oz for a size 10. They fit true to size with a general snug fit that you’d expect from a modern runner. The toe box is pretty roomy even the shoe narrows down quite a bit in the front. Those with wide feet may want to consider going a half size up. They feel very comfortable and cushy on the first try. If you are not sure about your Asics size you can check out the size chart for this brand here

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The upper of the Asics GEL-Quantum 180 is made of a mesh base with synthetic overlays and some synthetic leather. The latter adds a retro look to the shoe but also some extra support in the heel area and protection in the forefront. Like many brands ASICS has moved towards seamless upper over the past years but with this edition they brought some of the synthetic leather back. The mesh provides excellent air flow but also adds a bit to the overall cushion of the upper given by the ankle collar and tongue. The synthetic overlays are distributed strategically to work with the lacing system in providing a lock down fit that you’d expect from an Asics running shoe. 

Sole Unit  

While the sole unit of the ASICS GEL-Quantum is dominated by the exposed GEL cushioning the shoe packs several proprietary technologies that make this shoe an excellent runner as well as an everyday shoe. The midsole features the Solyte foam which is lighter than regular EVA foam and provides extra shock absorption. The Trusstic technology is made up of a plastic unit going from the front to the back, adding stability to the shoe and preventing them from twisting during movements. This way the midsole is not too flexible but is very stable with a nice transition from back to front. The outsole is made of the AHAR materials that provides great abrasion resistance and traction. What we noticed during our ASICS GEL-Quantum 180 review is the excellent shock absorption in the heel where the landing is provided exclusively by the GEL in that area. They also feature an Ortholite removable insole which adds some cushion, much like we’ve seen at the Lyte Classic and the Venture 9

ASICS GEL Quantum 180 6 VI black red2

ASICS GEL Quantum 180 6 VI black red3

Bottom Line 

To conclude our ASICS GEL-Quantum 180 review, this is an excellent shoe for neutral runners that look for cushioning and stability. At its $130 retail price is considered quite expensive but for the price you get a versatile shoe that will not only do great for running but also in the gym and even for casual wear. The exposed GEL material in the midsole adds some cool looks to the shoe but also some extra cushion that you can count on while running your miles or you when you have to stand up for hours at work.