ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 vs. ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 review

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 provides a very cushy and protective ride for long runs. ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 is a cushy running shoe that looks flashy, but what else does it deliver?

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The ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 are both neutral cushioning running shoes for runners who do not require any stability features, but who want lots of cushioning.

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The uppers of the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 are similar in that they have no stitched-on overlays and both implement FluidFit in their uppers.

However, the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 has a multi-directional stretch mesh upper that bends and flexes with your foot to give you a good fit.

On the other hand, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 has no-sew FluidFit overlays that adds structure and a bit of support to the mesh, in addition to wrapping your foot.

At the back, they both have an external heel counter that locks the heel down on the platform.

All in all, both running shoes should provide you with a comfortable fit. However, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 may deliver a bit more support, and a tighter and better wrap, especially around the midfoot and the forefoot.

The midsoles of the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 and the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 differ quite a bit in their construction.

While both implement GEL cushioning, the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 has GEL that goes around the entire midsole foam; you can see it on the outside of the midsole.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 just has generous pods of GEL cushioning in the heel and the forefoot that is sandwiched between two layers of foam with the one closest to the foot being the softest.

The GEL cushioning in the heel is meant to soften your landings. The ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 adds segmentation to its GEL cushioning, especially on the outsides, to help with impact control and reduction.

While it is difficult to see which running shoe would provide you with a softer ride, running shoe lab tests have shown that the amount of cushioning delivered by the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 comes close to and has a similar profile as the amount delivered by the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

However, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 still turns out to be a tad more cushy than the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 in both the heel and the forefoot, but the difference is minimal for both men and women.

The ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 has a plastic plate that runs under the midfoot to provide some degree of stability and support. The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 differs with its midfoot shank that consists of two separate pieces of plastic at the sides under the midfoot.

However, the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 does not have a prominent vertical flex groove running from the back to the front of the shoe like the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 does to help with your gait cycle.

The overall outsole construction of the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 also differs a lot from that of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17. It has a lot of vertical separation going on, which should benefit the flexibility of the running shoe.

Running shoe lab tests confirm that the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 is more flexible than the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 for men. However, there is little to no difference in flexibility between the women's versions of the shoes with both being quite stiff.

The women's version of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 weighs approximately 10.0 oz (283 grams) and the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 for women weighs 10.8 oz (306 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 11.3 oz (320 grams) and 13.3 oz (377 grams), respectively, with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 being the lighter one.

While ASICS has not really classified the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 as a neutral cushioning running shoe, it does not come with enough stability features to be called a stability running shoe.

So if you are looking for a running shoe that provides a soft ride but not lots of stability, you could go with either the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 or the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17.

However, if you are looking for something lighter and that provides a somewhat tighter fit, the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 would be the one to consider above the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360.

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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