Who noticed? ;) Right… this is my first contact with Asics. I have (however) managed never to run in a shoe of this japanese brand before. That has changed now and I was very excited.
Sponsored Post: Asics provided me with the products for this review at my request. This had no influence on the content of my post. The article is written indipendently and reflects exclusively my personal experiences.
Admittedly: I didn’t exactly enter the Asics world typically with the Novablast. But still, you can certainly assign the shoes to the right manufacturer at first glance.
Especially untypical is the new cushioning material “Flytefoam Novablast” – and the absence of the gel cushion. You can see directly that the midsole is not only quite massive, but also has an unusual shape at the heel.
This double wedge shape already indicates that the relatively high structure seems to be rather soft. Nevertheless (or maybe just because of that?) Asics also promises a “trampoline effect”, which pushes the runner forward.
Otherwise, the jacquard mesh upper material (new to me, but often used by Asics) is used, which is supposed to be particularly airy and thus promises a good shoe climate even during long runs.
The outsole runs the full length of the shoe and looks very durable at first glance.
Despite the high construction and many comfort elements, the Asics Novablast comes at “only” 635 grams – for both shoes in my size. This places it very well in the midfield of all-rounders and, to be honest, it is much lighter than I would have thought it could be from its appearance.
But of course it always gets exciting on the track. Already with the first steps the high construction and the soft foam is clearly noticeable: it’s like running on a mattress.
But as soon as you start running, the picture changes completely. It is already so that the soft landing invites a little bit to heel run. But even then the Novablast is by no means spongy, but leads the foot very straight and neutral. You can also feel a slight suspension, which I found very pleasant on short as well as long runs.
But at higher speeds or even at intervals, the “suspension” becomes a real trampoline and pushes you forward. I wasn’t prepared for this during the first hill intervals with the Novablast and I was really scared!
I really liked the Asics Novablast! In the last few weeks I have often preferred it and also left my favourite shoes behind. If you are looking for a good all-rounder with soft cushioning and “hoka feeling”, you should take a closer look at the Novablast. With street prices around 100 Euros, it is also fairly calculated.
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This is where Thomas Pier writes about running and (much more than just the necessary) equipment. I don't run particularly fast or far. But I like to share my experiences as an ambitious recreational runner, curious early-adopter and as my own trainer.
I am happy about every digital contacting - but even more so about every kilometer run together.