ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 vs. ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provides softness, comfort, and a touch of stability to overpronators. ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 is a cushy running shoe that is sure to grab attention.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 being a stability running shoe and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 is a neutral cushioning running shoe although the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 can also be worn by neutral runners, according to ASICS.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 are similar in that they provide a minimum amount of overlays to reduce the amount of possible irritation caused when the uppers bend.

The mesh implemented in the two running shoes is slightly different, but both have extra structure that provides some of the support overlays would otherwise provide.

The ASICS logo also provides a bit of a hold around the midfoot in both running shoes but more in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 than in the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360.

Both the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 come with an external heel counter at the back to provide extra support behind the heel.

The external heel counters look slightly different but should achieve a similar effect.

All in all, you should be able to get a similar amount of support from the upper of either the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 or the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the fit in the toe box should be somewhat loose but comfortable.

Both the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 are meant to provide a good amount of cushioning to runners.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 does this through two layers of foam with GEL cushioning in the heel and the forefoot between those two layers.

The ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 is different in that it has one layer of foam with GEL cushioning that goes all around the midsole instead of only in the heel and in the forefoot.

The latter would raise the expectation that the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 is a more cushy running shoe than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

Running shoe lab tests confirm this, but the differences in cushioning between the two running shoes are not huge.

For women, both the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 provide a large amount of cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot, where the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 provides just a tad more forefoot cushioning and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 a tiny bit more heel cushioning.

Overall, though, both the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 should feel quite cushy to women.

For men, the cushioning profiles come close to each other, but it is the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 that provides a small bit more forefoot and heel cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23.

Men should experience quite a cushy forefoot in either the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 or the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, but the amount of heel cushioning a bit less than the amount of forefoot cushioning in both running shoes.

What the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 has that the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 does not is a support system on the medial side of the midsole to control overpronation.

This along with a midfoot shank allows the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 to provide more stability and support than the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360.

However, the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 does provide a tiny bit of stability through its GEL cushioning that is a bit softer under the heel and a bit firmer on the medial side of the midsole.

But if stability is what you are after and you are choosing between the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 would be the one to go with.

The outsoles of the two running shoes look quite different, but both provide a good amount of segmentation. Even the GEL cushioning in the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 has been segmented to increase the flexibility of the running shoe.

Running shoe lab tests show that both the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 are quite flexible running shoes for men with both displaying a similar amount of flexibility.

However, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 is also very flexible for women, the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 is a bit stiffer.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 weighs approximately 9.4 oz (266 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 for women weighs 10.8 oz (306 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.5 oz (326 grams) and 13.3 oz (377 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 being the lighter one.

If you are looking for a soft and comfortable ride from a running shoe, you could go with either the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 or the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 because both running shoes come close to providing the same things to runners.

However, if you also need some stability and support, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23 might be able to give you what you are looking for more than the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 would be able to.

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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