ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 vs. ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 review

ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 provides comfort and stability to moderate overpronators. ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 provides a personalized and secure fit in a flashy-looking package...

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 fall in two different categories of running shoes, with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 being a stability running shoe for overpronators and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com a neutral running shoe.

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While the uppers of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 look similar in the holes that they have in their upper, they differ in that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has a mesh upper, while the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 has a woven upper.

Apart from the holes that the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 has around the midfoot, which serve as eyelets that can give you a more personalized fit, the upper of the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 is pretty closed.

Therefore, while you might get overall a good hold from the woven upper, it might turn out to be a bit less breathable than the upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, which has many more holes in it for breathability.

Another difference between the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is that the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 comes with an internal system of no-sew underlays to provide additional support.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 are similar in that they both have an area around the heel that is quite closed and that locks the heel in for a better heel fit.

They differ in that the external heel counter of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 wraps the upper and lower part of the heel and is better suitable for minimizing heel rotation in addition to providing a better fit.

All in all, you should be able to get lots of comfort from the upper of either running shoe, but the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 provides a more customizable and secure fit around the midfoot, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 might turn out to be a bit more breathable and supportive around the heel.

The biggest difference between the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 can be found in their midsoles, where they make use of different midsole technologies.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 generally uses the latest midsole technologies from ASICS, while the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 is still on some older midsole technologies.

The ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 has one main layer of midsole foam that is surrounded by GEL cushioning, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has one main layer of foam in the forefoot and two under the heel with GEL cushioning between the two layers.

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The bottom layer of foam under the heel of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is more responsive and thus also somewhat firmer than the top layer of foam, and this generally averages the amount of heel cushioning delivered by the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, which has been found to deliver a moderate amount of heel cushioning to women and somewhat less heel cushioning to men.

Because the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 uses midsole foam that is supposed to be lightweight but also deliver cushioning, by adding the GEL cushioning around the entire heel of the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4, it is expected to deliver more heel cushioning than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

The forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, on the other hand, has been found to deliver a good amount of cushioning to both men and women, but the same is expected of the forefoot of the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4.

Overall, you should be able to get a softer ride in the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 than in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, which might feel overall soft to women and moderately soft to firm to men.

This is in line with what is expected of the two running shoes, that is, the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 should deliver cushioning as a neutral running shoe, while the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 should deliver a comfortable enough ride with enough stability and support to overpronators.

According to manufacturer's data, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 have a similar height for men, but women get 3 mm more height under their heels in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 to take stress off their Achilles.

Therefore, if it wasn't for the extra 3 mm of height in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 would have a similar height and heel-to-toe drop for both men and women, according to manufacturer's data.

Another difference between the midsoles of the two running shoes is the fact that that ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 comes with a support system on the medial side that helps stop the feet of overpronators from rolling too far inward.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 also comes with a midfoot shank that adds midfoot support and integrity.

While the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 is a neutral running shoe, it also has a midfoot shank for midfoot integrity and support, but it is not meant to provide corrections, because it does not hook up into the midsole foam like the midfoot shank of the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 does.

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 delivers overall much more support than the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has more deep flex grooves in its outsole than the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4, but the midsole of the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 is more segmented due to the 360 GEL cushioning and this is also visible in the outsole.

Therefore, the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 is expected to deliver much smoother heel-to-transitions than the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25, but due to the lack of plentiful deep flex grooves, it might feel stiff, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 has also been found to be a stiff running shoe for both men and women.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is lighter than the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4, and lab tests generally regard the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 as being a relatively very heavy running shoe, so the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 can also be seen as a very heavy running shoe.

Making a decision between the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 should not be that difficult if you know that the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 is for neutral runners and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 for overpronators.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 have a similar price point, but they make use of different running shoe technologies.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft and smooth ride from a running shoe that delivers a more personalized fit, you could look into the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4.

If you are a moderate overpronator who is looking for a good amount of support and a cushy forefoot, you could turn to the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25.

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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