ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 vs. ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides a soft ride with stability and comfort to overpronators. ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 is a cushy running shoe that looks flashy, but what else?

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The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 fall in two different categories of running shoes with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 being a stability running shoe and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 is a neutral cushioning running shoe, although ASICS has not classified it as such.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com are very similar in that they both have a largely no-sew upper with a minimum amount of overlays and multi-directional stretch mesh to add structure and support to the upper.

This causes both running shoes to provide an irritation-free environment, but also a somewhat looser fit, especially toward the forefoot where the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com may feel quite loose compared to the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, since the latter has some no-sew overlays running over its toe box.

The main difference in the upper is that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provides more support toward the back of the shoe where it has stitched-on overlays running across the top of the saddle and around the heel. Both running shoes provide a good amount of support behind the heel to keep it in place.

All in all, because the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has somewhat more overlays than the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360, it should provide you with a somewhat more secure fit than the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360.

Both the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 provide heel-to-toe cushioning through their midsoles.

However, whereas the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has two layers of foam with GEL cushioning in between in the heel and the forefoot, the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 comes with a GEL and foam midsole where the GEL cushioning has been wrapped all the way around.

One might think that this would make the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 more cushy than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

However, running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is still more cushy than the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 in both the heel and the forefoot, especially for men. The difference in cushioning in not very large, though.

For women, the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 has a slightly more cushy heel, but less heel cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

The biggest difference in the midsole can be found on the medial side of the shoes where the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has a support system in place to help stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 does not have a support system like the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22, but it does provide a good amount of ground contact on the lateral and medial sides of the midfoot, in addition to having a plastic midfoot shank to add some stability and midfoot integrity.

Runner's World has said that the type of GEL cushioning around the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 also differs in consistency on its two sides.

The GEL in the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 is more segmented on the lateral side than on the medial side to help with impact control, and it is also a bit softer. The firmer GEL on the medial side helps add some stability to the running shoe.

This is not enough, though, to beat the amount of support and stability provided by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22.

The rubber outsole of the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 moves away from the more traditional ASICS midsoles that are known for their slabs of durable rubber. The ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 has such an outsole.

The outsole of the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 displays more horizontal separation between its rubber pods and the rubber is more discrete and well-cut for good shock dissipation and absorption, and a much smoother ride.

Running shoe lab tests show that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 is more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 for women, but that it is the other way around for men with the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 being the more flexible one.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 weighs approximately 9.6 oz (272 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 for women weighs 10.8 oz (306 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.6 oz (329 grams) and 13.3 oz (377 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 being the lighter one.

If you are an overpronator who needs stability and support during your runs, there is no doubt that you should consider the ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 more than the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360.

However, the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 can provide a soft and smooth ride to neutral runners, but the weight of the shoe could become an issue, especially when going on longer runs.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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