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The GAN 356 Air SM has arrived! This highly-anticipated successor to the GAN 356 Air UM features an all-new design that has been optimized for magnetization, with specialized slots for holding the magnets, a new and improved elasticity system (GES V2), and a unique honeycomb design on the pieces. The Air SM feels very fast and quiet right out of the box. Each Air SM comes with a full set of 7 GES V2 spring components, GAN full bright stickers, a GAN CFOP tutorial pamphlet, plastic adjusting tool, and a GAN 356 Air SM VIP card.

The current 3x3 WR Average of 5.97 seconds was set by Feliks Zemdegs using this cube.


Cube Dimensions56.0mm x 56.0mm x 56.0mm
Product Weight76.6g
Stock Color SchemeGans Full-Bright Scheme
Fitted Stickers3x3 56mm - Gans Stickers
Full-Fitted Stickers3x3 56mm - GAN FF Stickers
Factory-Fitted Stickers3x3 56mm - Gans Stickers
Release Date15 September 2017

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Customized VersionCubicle GAN Air SM
Replacement Parts3x3 Replacement Parts


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193 of 212 customers found this review helpful
Fixes the Gan Air UM
By Jisu Kim on 16 September 2017
Product: GAN 356 Air SM
After solving, lubing, and tensioning (with the GES nuts) the previously released Gan Air UM for two months, I came to the conclusion that a lot of other people had. The magnets were too strong, there were catching issues, and even for an cube enthusiast, the lubing and tensioning experimentation was too tedious (sometimes, even a 15 degree turn on the GES nuts completely changed the tensioning). The Original GAN Air 356 was soft and somewhat tactile, but it seemed like the UM was just a completely different puzzle, at least for me. I was using mainly yellow springs with Weight 3 lube, and DNM-37 with medium tension.

The SM however has changed almost all of these problems. With lighter magnets, and a change in the pieces' design, the cube feels lighter (although it's a couple grams heavier), crunchier (feels more tactile and pleasant compared to the too artificially smooth feeling of the UM), and after tinkering around with the new GES springs and tensions, found a setting for me that allows me to turn as fast as I want with virtually no catching (once I have warmed up). I have my cube at yellow springs, weight 3 on the core, Lubicle Silk and just a drop of dnm 37 on the contact pieces to achieve a fast and tactile cube that is reminiscent of the old Weilong GTS (in terms of tactileness) but keeps the same Gan Air feeling that the UM just seemed to miss.

Some of the problems might be that the puzzle doesn't have as much corner cutting as other puzzles like the Weilong GTS2M, but with the magnets and stability this puzzle provides, I have had no problem with it once I did around a hundred solves to get used to the turning of this the puzzle just looks so pretty...

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By BBcuber on 19 June 2018
Product: GAN 356 Air SM
My first non-budget cube, so it was a big step from the warrior w. Super good, though. I use green ges and lubed it with DNM-37 and Traxxas 30k. Definitely buy it.
Solid Cube, Near Perfect Cube.
By Clement Huang on 17 June 2018
Product: GAN 356 Air SM
This cube is absolutely wonderful OOTB and became an instant main for me. The honeycomb design was quite innovative and made it feel absolutely perfect. The honeycomb design chomps lube though, and it made the cube feel dry and that's when I noticed the decrease in performance. When it's dry, dust starts to stick onto the honeycomb design and it then the cube didn't feel good anymore. If you plan to get this cube, you have to have the dedication to clean out your cube more often than other cubes and you need lube for this cube to keep the performance solid. I'd recommend Lubicle Silk, Lubicle Speedy, Gan Standard or Magic Lube, DNM-37, Wt.3 or Traxxas 30k. Play around with the different combination of lubes to see which matches your personal preference. If money is a problem, get the GTS2 M as it's on par on performance with the Air SM and doesn't have the lube problem for nearly half the price.
Best Performing Speed Cube on the Market
By Tyler Sellin on 15 June 2018
Product: GAN 356 Air SM
OOTB this cube was scratchy and dry. After 2 drops of silk, it was much better. I have had this cube almost 2 months and haven't had to relube it yet. I have the loosest GES nuts on mine. This has excellent corner cutting, and is fast, yet controllable at the same time. While this is not the cube I have that feels the best, it is an instant main because of it's stellar performance.
Great Cube, Hard to tension
By Shane Nguyen on 03 June 2018
Product: GAN 356 Air SM
Overall, the cube is one of the best on the 3x3 market. There's just one problem, the tensioning is hard for me. I cant choose between tight or loose. I haven't added any lube, which might be why. My advice is to stay on one tension, because you'll end up changing it over and over again.
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful
By Gülden Demirel on 01 June 2018
Product: GAN 356 Air SM
This cube is legendary,because,it's fast,controllable (for me) and silent.I am using purple GES nuts,because they are loose.I think magnets are strong enough,not so strong as UM. I love Gan 356 Air series,except UM,but SM is my favorite and my main.I think SM is the best speed cube ever.THANKS GAN!
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful
By Eric Choi on 29 May 2018
Product: GAN 356 Air SM
When I first got this cube, out of the box 📦 it was smooth and buttery because of the new honeycomb texture. It is a pretty pricey cube but it’s worth it. If you can afford it I recommend you get this cube. After I played with this cube I got a new PB of 22.058 seconds and I’m still using this cube as my main and I can say that this cube is a lot better than the regular Gan 356 Air in my opinion. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU GET IT!
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