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The Asics Novablast 3 are possibly going to become the flagship model of the Japanese company. The first two versions were quite popular among the public, and the third version is already in the minds of all runners either by social networks or by word of mouth from other users.
These Novablast 3 have nothing to do with the classic Asics product. In fact, there is no trace of GEL cushioning or any of the classic designs that the brand has made to date. This is Asics 21st century.
And as a 21st century model, the Novablast 3 uses FlyteFoam Blast+ foam, which is lighter and more reactive than the foam we had in the Asics Novablast 2. As manufacturers experiment with new foams, they get lighter, higher and more cushioned models. Often this compromises stability, but as they experiment, they are finding solutions to these problems.
The consequence of all these experiments are more versatile, more comfortable and more durable shoes. A good example of this is the Asics Novablast 3 in this review.
The Asics Novablast 3
- Versatility is what best describes the Asics Novablast 3
- Good cushioning and pleasant feel
- In spite of its great height, stability is not compromised.
- Lightweight and quality upper
- The best tongue I can remember in a running shoe.
- Slim sole that leaves a lot of FF Blast+ exposed. For a daily running shoe perhaps too much.
- Upper not too elastic, may feel tight or constricting
- At higher paces, the cushioning is noticeable (note, it is not a mixed shoe and these are paces for which it is not designed, but to which it invites due to its characteristics).
Novablast 3 Upper
Usually the highlight of the latest shoe models is the midsole, but the upper of the Novablast 3 has a lot to offer.
First of all I want to remind you that the Asics Novablast 3 is a daily training shoe. They are neither a fast shoe nor were they intended to be. The "problem" is that everything invites them to be. With this I make a kind of warning for everything that will follow, and that although it has many characteristics of a mixed shoe from a couple of years ago, it is not.
The upper of the Novablast 3 is made of knit fabric. It supports the foot well, but you may have a squeezing sensation. It is not an elastic knit like the one we used to have in the Nike Flyknit, so it makes a sock effect but it does not mold to the foot like the one in the Nike Flyknit.
Thanks to this, the foot support is perfect, helped also by a collar with good padding and a tongue that is connected to the midsole by an elastic band of good width.
That tongue deserves a separate comment. It's superb, the best I can remember in a daily training shoe. Minimalist in terms of material and padding, with just a little bit of protection on the upper but totally sufficient to protect the foot from the lacing of the laces.
The upper is one-piece and aesthetically it stands out for its small size, mainly due to the size of the midsole, which reaches very high, especially in the heel area (more about this later). By feel and lightness it looks more like an upper intended for performance than for the comfort of a daily training shoe.
The heel area has a rigid piece that together with the generous padding of the collar makes the foot does not slip when lifting the foot off the ground. The support is good throughout the entire stride phase. In fact I didn't even have to do the double lacing to close the collar better, even though the shoe has the extra holes for it.
Overall it is a quality upper that goes beyond the typical upper of a daily training shoe, taking elements from shoes designed to have higher performance, but still being comfortable enough for a day after day use.
FlyteFoam Blast+ midsole
The FF Blast+ from Asics is taking over the Japanese manufacturer's entire range. It offers a cushioned feel and some energy return, but don't think it's like the FF Blast Turbo from Asics. Metapseed Sky+.
Midsole measures 38mm in the heel and 30mm in the forefoot, resulting in a traditional 8mm drop, down from 10mm in the previous model. Plenty of height throughout the shoe, which gives a good cushioning feel.
FlyteFoam Blast+ is a soft material, which offers a lot of comfort and also some energy return. It is a nylon-based foam, which is traditionally known as PEBAX and is the ultimate midsole compound.
The advantages it offers can be clearly seen in this model of shoe. It is possible to use a lot of material to have a good cushioning without having an impact on high weights. We are talking about 253 grams for a size 42.5 EU (281 grams in my size 46).
When talking about a shoe with the height of the Novablast 3 and featuring soft foam, the first thing that comes to mind is stability. However, Asics has solved this very well with one of the most striking visual features of this shoe.
The protrusion that we have in the rear area of the shoe (from the midfoot area to the back) is not all midsole, but it is an elevation of it. It is made of the same material, but forms a wall that supports and guides the stride when landing on the midfoot or heel.
This wall, being made with the same FF Blast+ foam, is light and soft, but it fulfills its function perfectly. It is not at all intrusive, as it would be if we were talking about some rigid reinforcement in that area.
Of course, this is a shoe with good width, but it is not exaggerated as can occur with the Nike Invincible.
Also striking are the geometric shapes that populate the entire midsole. Their mission is not simply aesthetic, but rather a programmed deformation zone so that when the foot lands, it collapses in a controlled manner.
It is a neutral shoe, but has several solutions that provide stability and can be perfectly used by those who need a slight correction or guidance in the tread.
The Asics Novablast 3 and its outsole
To achieve a low overall weight, Asics has chosen to minimize the use of rubber in the outsole of the shoe. The compound is Asics' classic AHAR, with good dry performance but somewhat limited in the wet.
It is an outsole to be used on asphalt (if you are going to do trail it is better to opt for the Novablast 3 TR, with a more prominent tread pattern. Almost like an Asics Novablast 3 trail, but without being trail specific), not only because of the shape of the rubber but also because it leaves a lot of midsole material visible. Although it is true that I can't appreciate any bite to the FlyteFoam Blast+ in the outsole area.
There is no problem if you are going to run on asphalt or sandy or grassy areas, but the moment you go to looser surfaces traction problems will start to arrive.
Novablast 3 Asics, sensations of use
But beyond the technical and construction features, the most important thing is how they feel when we are running with them.
For the umpteenth time I must repeat that this is a daily training shoe, focused on light paces and comfortable runs. But I insist, because of their characteristics and good qualities they make us think that they are faster shoes than their main use. And that is their great advantage, the versatility they offer.
No matter what your pace, whether you're doing a very light recovery workout or long runs at Z3 or even Z4 pace, the Novablast 3 is a fantastic companion. No matter how fast or slow, they will treat your body with care and attention.
They don't feel particularly comfortable when we want to accelerate and increase the pace, but once we reach that high pace their geometry helps with the transition of the stride. Of course, if we put them into interval paces we will start to see the seams of the shoe, because we will notice that they are already out of their range of use. I insist, it's normal, because they shouldn't even be a tempo shoe (but they do it very well).
At these high paces we begin to notice how the forefoot cushioning already stops and there is no more cushioning travel than podamos to take advantage of.
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Asics Novablast 3 reviews
The Asics Novablast 3 is lighter, more cushioned, more responsive and more stable than the previous two models. What more 1TP7Could we ask of them?
I think the best I can say about them is that they are going to be a shoe that is going to be in my regular rotation. Many times when I finish a review, these shoes are relegated to sporadic checks or comparisons with new models as they come out, but these Novablast 3s are shoes that I'm coming back to repeatedly day after day.
In fact, I've been using them for about three weeks now and they've been my shoe for practically everything, at least as long as they weren't for intervals, competitions or mountain outings. But I've used them for very light training, for long series at tempo paces, for progressive training reaching the last kilometers at 4:20 and 4:10 min/km...
The only time I didn't feel comfortable with them was in VO2Max intervals under 3:30min/km, paces that were hard to reach and where the shoe wasn't comfortable. How can it be comfortable at those paces, if it's a daily training shoe? The weird thing is that it is running it at 4:10 and 4:20 when it should be a shoe for running slower than 4:45.
I place the Asics Novablast 3 as queens of the "multipurpose" category (a category I just made up), in the segment focused mainly on daily training. They are on the opposite spectrum to the Saucony Endorphin Speed 3a shoe that is almost a mixed shoe but that can be perfectly suitable for soft and quiet runs.
All this with prices that currently podemos find hovering around 120 €. It's fantastic all that it can offer for that money, and that's why you will see more and more of it on the feet of all the runners in the world.
Do you have any questions or comments about the Novablast 3? Do you already have them and want to share your impressions? You know, there you have the comments below. And after this just tell you that... thanks for reading!
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