Inspired by water, this new running shoe promises ripples of shock absorption throughout the front-to-back GEL midsole.
Asics has been using its patented GEL technology to cushion shoes since 1986, filling out colorful, translucent pockets in the foam midsoles of popular models like the GEL-Kayano, GEL-Cumulus, and more. Now the company has gone full-GEL with the new GEL-Quantum Infinity, the first shoe to use the lightweight, futuristic-looking tech for the entire sole of the shoe and answer that all-important question for runners: What would it be like to have your run cushioned by a gummy worm?
Kidding aside, Asics promises a few benefits from its use of “360-degree” GEL, including enhanced shock absorption, springy rebound, and a smooth and consistent ride. The GEL-Quantum Infinity also includes a foam heel lining for durability and grip, plus added softness. Heel-to toe drop on the 13.76-ounce shoe is listed at 21mm to 14mm, which is slightly lower than average.
In addition to its striking midsole, which Asics says takes design elements from the appearance of water ripples, the GEL-Quantum Infinity has a seamless, one-piece upper with a webbed, 3D puff paint overlay and the Japanese characters for “GEL” on the tongue and “Infinity” on the heel. The shoe is available now in two color variations—“Black/Shocking Orange” and “Mid Grey/Dark Grey” for men, and “Black/Icy Morning” and “Mid Grey/Flash Coral” for women.
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[Words by Caitlin Giddings; Images courtesy Asics]