ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 vs. ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 delivers a soft but responsive ride to neutral runners. ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 provides a personalized and secure fit in a flashy-looking package...

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 are neutral cushioning running shoes for underpronators to neutral runners who do not need much stability and support.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 differ quite a bit in construction.

The ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a woven upper and eyelets around the midfoot through which you can pass the laces to customize and secure the fit of the upper around your feet.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has a more traditional upper with mesh and 3D-printed overlays.

The ASICS logo keeps the mesh in place around the midfoot and so do the overlays, which look more like stitches in the upper.

The overlays also run on the toe box and at the front of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20, and because the mesh also provides structure and lightweight support, the fit of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 might feel close to foot.

The ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 does not come with any overlays on its toe box, which should wrap your foot while still providing plenty of room and comfort to bunions.

Both running shoes come with an external heel counter at the back to lock your heel in.

The heel counters look different but have a similar function, although the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 tends to cover the area around the heel better than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 does.

All in all, you should be able to get a similar amount of support and comfort from the uppers of these two running shoes, but the upper of the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 might be a bit more customizable than that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 make use of different types of midsole material.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 makes use of two types of midsole material and its midsole consists of two layers of foam, with the top layer being the softer one and the bottom layer being the responsive and durable one.

In addition, the midsole of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 comes with GEL cushioning in the forefoot and in the heel for extra softness.

The ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 has one main layer of foam that is supposed to be lighter than ASICS' standard EVA midsoles and deliver enhanced cushioning and durability.

Then for more softness, the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 comes with 360 degrees of GEL cushioning around its midsole.

The ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 typically delivers an overall soft ride with its midsole setup, and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 is described by ASICS as being responsive and spring loaded.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 also delivers a soft ride with its midsole setup and women get extra softness under their heels due to the extra 3 mm of height that the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has to take stress off the Achilles tendon of women.

The heel of the men's running shoe is more moderately cushioned but still cushy enough to make the ride feel overall soft.

The amount of cushiness delivered by the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 is comparable, so both running shoes should feel overall soft under your foot.

Neither the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 nor the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is meant to provide pronation control, so they do not come with a support system.

However, they both come with midfoot shanks, but these differ under the two running shoes.

The midfoot shank of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 consists of two pieces that are not connected to each other under the midfoot but that still deliver midfoot support.

The ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 also has a midfoot shank that is located directly under the midfoot and that spans a web to provide support.

Neither running shoe scores very high in stability, but the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is generally considered to be more stable than the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4.

The rubber outsole of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 differs from that of the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 in layout, with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 having more flex grooves that run from side to side and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 displaying more segmentation in the GEL around the midsole and on the outer edge of the outsole.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 has been found to be stiff for both genders, and the lack of many deep flex grooves going from side to side in the outsole of the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 could make it feel stiff to some runners.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 weighs approximately 8.8 oz (249 grams), and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 for women weighs 10.6 oz (301 grams).

The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.7 oz (303 grams) and 12.8 oz (363 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 being the lighter one.

The ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 is quite heavy for a neutral running shoe, but in return you get a soft ride and a flashy-looking running shoe that provides a customizable and secure fit.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 20 is a more luxurious running shoe that is good for long and comfortable runs.

If you are a neutral runner who is looking for a soft ride, you could choose either running shoe. The decision-making point might lie in whether you can deal with the weight of the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4 or not.

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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