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ASICS Novablast 3

Overall Grades And Reviews

8.8 Overall Grade
72 reviews

The ASICS Novablast 3 is a popular all-around trainer that gets gets great marks in cushioning and value. Cam Levins and Deena Kastor both use this shoe for easy runs.

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Shoe Properties
Shoe Type
Trainer
Trainer
Trainer
Trainer
Pronation Control
Neutral
Neutral
Neutral
Neutral
Weight
8.7 oz. (men's), 7.7 oz. (women's)
9 oz. (men's), 7.9 oz. (women's)
9.6 oz. (men's), 8.4 oz. (women's)
11.1 oz. (men's), 10.1 oz. (women's)
Stack Height
41mm.
42mm.
35mm.
43mm.
Forefoot Height
33mm.
34mm.
23mm.
39mm.
Drop Height
8 mm.
8 mm.
12 mm.
4 mm.
Upper material
Tongue Wing, Jacquard Mesh Upper
Refined 3D Fit Print mesh, Recycled Materials include:
Engineered mesh, Lycra comfort frame, Internal heel counter, Pillowed Tongue
Shoe Released
Q3 2022
Q4 2023
Q4 2022
Q3 2022
MSRP
$140
$140
$140
$165
LRC Ratings
Out of 10
Overall
8.8
8.7
9.2
9.0
Comfort
9.0
8.6
9.1
9.4
Cushioning
9.3
8.8
9.0
9.7
Durability
8.1
8.0
8.7
8.2
Appearance
8.7
8.4
8.3
7.9
Value
8.8
8.2
8.6
7.6

Reader Reviews

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    My New favorite all-around trainer

    40 miles per week, neutral pronator, high arches
    Overall
    10.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    10.0

    This is my goto shoe; treadmill, road, trails, long runs and recovery days. Everything except speed work. Incredibly light, incredible cushioning, seems to last forever. I feel less beat up after hard workouts, I love this shoe. Last year's model, but I have two pairs.

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Best Value for any Shoe on the Market

    60 miles per week, neutral pronator, high arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    8.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    10.0

    It’s a perfect daily trainer, handles long runs and medium long runs perfectly, is light and bouncy enough for workouts, rolls through the gait cycle well. couldn’t ask for more except potentially better grip on the outsole. the durability is only around 300 miles but that’s the price of such a light and bouncy foam, and you could probably push further if you needed to. overall, 9/10 shoe for me. 

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    G.O.A.T. Daily Trainer

    35 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    8.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    9.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    10.0

    I've had 3 pairs of this shoe over an entire year. I've used them for everything in my training. This shoe can almost do it all. It's so close to perfect. Let me explain. When you get this shoe out of the box, you can tell it's a very bouncy and energetic shoe. The foam feels great underfoot and it'll carry you through all your workouts and easy days and long runs. After 75 miles, I lost this bouncy feeling. I felt the foam compress more and not rebound as much. This feeling continues for the rest of the 400 mile lifespan. It's a good shoe for those long runs and easy runs but when you get to the harder faster workouts, this shoe loses it a bit. I feel like I have to put more effort into my stride and more force into the ground after the 75 mile mark. Also cornering in this shoe even on a track isn't the greatest. I feel unsure every time I take a turn because I feel my foot move in the foot bed

    The outsole is also almost perfect. It's very durable and I haven't noticed any grip issues on trails and wet surfaces. I know this shoe is made for roads but you'll be fine on dirt trails and with running on gravel that isn't boulders. The only problem is the exposed midsole. If I could, I would submit a picture of my outsole. I'm at 304 miles on my current pair as of writing this review and the exposed midsole in the forefoot is COMPLETELY shredded. I'm not asking for complete rubber coverage but this is just insane.

    Overall this shoe is an incredible shoe. It'll do whatever you want it to do. I've even raced a 5k in these. It will and can do everything well to very well. I highly recommend this shoe to anyone looking for a do it all shoe

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Great daily shoe, needs one easy fix in the next version

    50 miles per week, overpronator, low arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    5.0
    Appearance
    8.0
    Value
    8.0

    The asics novablast 3 is a huge upgrade in the daily trainer space. Its comfortable, fits well and the miles just flow with this shoe. 

    One issue is the outsole, it does not have great grip. Its not a noticeable issue in summer with dry weather but in the winter with damp conditions then a person can feel some sliding on damp or wet surfaces.

    Let that not take away from what is a great shoe, there is little else at fault here. I have ran over 600miles on these so far and they still feel good and I think I can manage another 100 to 150. They have nice colours, stylist, fit true to size.  

    Its an ideal trainer for a new runner. If someone is thinking about a new daily trainer then I doubt you can go wrong with trying this one.

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    ASICS Novablast 3 Review

    52 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    9.0
    Cushioning
    9.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    8.0
    Value
    8.0

    The Novablast 3 is a top-notch daily trainer that epitomizes value and versatility. The shoe lasts at least 500 miles with minimal loss of midsole integrity. After a 300 miles, the biggest wear is to the exposed outsole foam, but there’s enough rubber to make the shoe usable for several 100 more miles. It’s soft and stable enough for easy running, cushioned enough for long runs, breathable enough for warm-weather training, lightweight and bouncy enough for fartlek or tempo sessions. A signature feature is its trampoline-like decoupled groove. The price is fairly typical for this sort of premium running shoe, but few in the same category offer this level of performance. The shoe is also stylish given the oragami-inspired midsole shape.

  • Novablast 3

    20 miles per week, neutral pronator, low arches
    Overall
    6.0
    Comfort
    9.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    9.0
    Appearance
    4.0
    Value
    6.0

    Durable. Over 500 miles, foam still protects well and upper still in good condition. Wet traction is terrible. Bouncy, but not very stable. Ankles get a real workout. Cadence becomes slower and ground contact time increases. Not good for paces faster than easy. OK for long runs at easy pace, but the instability causes ankle fatigue. Listed as 8mm drop, but feels much higher. Foam protects against impact on concrete, but that's about all. Stick with the superblast.

  • Good squishy all arounder

    15 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    9.0
    Cushioning
    9.0
    Durability
    7.0
    Appearance
    8.0
    Value
    9.0

    My first pair of everyday trainers with so much cushioning. Overall, they've held up well over ~250 miles. They don't feel super responsive and speedy, but I've been impressed with how decent they feel at slightly quicker paces (~6 min miles). I don't feel slowed down by all the cushioning, and have enjoyed using them for long runs, tempos, and easy runs. Not a ton of "ground feel", so I'll probably mix these in with using less plush trainers

  • The best shoe I've run in!

    30 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    7.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    10.0

    The shoe is awesome. Asics does an amazing job making this training shoe feel like a race shoe with full support on your foot.

  • ASICS Novablast 3 Review

    Neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    9.0
    Cushioning
    9.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    7.0
    Value
    9.0

    Great. Comfortable upper that provides good lockdown. Bouncy mid foot that makes the shoe come to life, I really enjoy this shoe. Generally comfortable and worth the money.

  • Fun shoe to run in

    15 miles per week, neutral pronator, high arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    8.0

    Very versatile. I like this shoe for tempos, progression runs and long runs. Only dislike is that it is not great in wet conditions. Female sub 32 10k runner.