NovaBlast 3 has launched and it sure has more bounce to the ounce!

NovaBlast 3

In 2020 ASICS launched the first edition of NovaBlast. I was fortunate enough to be gifted a pair. I was intrigued by the design and wondered if they would live up to the hype. Their design marked a divergence from my Keyano and DS mainstays. The lightweight upper, shape of the sole and FlyteFoam cushioning was refreshing and exceeded my expectations. The bounce was big and somewhat uncontrollable, and it made for a fun and fast run. I found these so comfortable I got a SportStyle pair for leisure.

Fast forward to 2021 and NovaBlast 2 bounces onto the scene. Lighter with a more stable bounce providing a smoother and responsive ride. I wore them for training runs, short races and even the London Marathon. They performed time and time again and I loved them so much I got a second pair just in case the first wore out. Well, they didn’t and are still in the box.

It’s 2022 and the NovaBlast is here I am so glad that it has arrived. I knew that it was coming along the line but wasn’t waiting impatiently. I was pleasantly surprised when I was told that I would be seeded a pair prior to launch. Upon opening the box, I admired the colourway and design. When I took them out of the box, I was astounded at how light they were.

Specification

The bounce has been increased by additional foam added to the forefoot and heel. These work in synergy to provide an energetic yet predictable bounce. Based on weight over 50% of all polyester in the shoe is recycled. This is a huge plus for me as I am an advocate of sustainability especially in sportswear. The tongue construction fits comfortably against the ankle and prevents rubbing. The new FF Blast Plus is lighter than FF Blast which helps make this shoe the lightest NovaBlast yet. The sole is hard wearing and grips much better on much wet surfaces than previous versions.

Running

Fresh out of the box they felt comfortable and fitted so well. My first run was over multiple terrains in a park. I had good traction and didn’t slip on the gravel, no slipping on the wet surfaces and great push off on solid paths. Even when I took them out for pavement pounding, they felt great, very responsive. Even tight inner city street corners were not an issue. With the first NovaBlast I was concerned with ankle rolling but not with 3.

Conclusion

ASICS has built on a solid workhorse speed trainer. Each iteration has, in my opinion, surpassed its predecessor. These are a solid trainer which I can train in and run multiple distances comfortably. I plan to park my Kinsei Blast and wear NovaBlast 3 for my next marathon. Let’s go!

The NOVABLAST™ 3 running shoe draws inspiration from a geometric origami feature for the upper and midsole. After making the shoe approx. 30g lighter than the previous version, we also equipped this style with improved comfort.​A tongue wing con...

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