When you pick up the ASICS Novablast running shoe, the first thing you'll notice is that it is a very light shoe - with 255G it is probably the lightest shoe I own and compared to my other favourite, the ASICS Nimbus shoe, it is an entire different feeling and experience. Something else that you can't avoid is the colour way; Sunrise red. A very bright orange/red colour that catches your eye. Where I previously often went for the 'safe' black running shoes (no mud stains and can be combined with all clothes - yes, that is a thing for me) I now love the bright colours, it just gives something playful to your run and makes me happy to look at. Last thing I noticed before wearing them was the sole, it is much thicker than most of my other running shoes and looks very bouncy.
Wearing the ASICS Novablast shoes
And bouncy they are. I immediately ran slightly faster than I normally do and ran smooth on these light shoes across the streets of London. I previously said that these shoes make my legs run faster and my lungs couldn't cope, and that is still the case. I need to up my breathing game.
Next to being bouncy, the fit is tight around the feet, although not too tight, there is no chafing or blistering whatsoever. I wear the same size as I do for other running shoes and that fits perfectly. The fabric is very 'breathable' what makes it perfect to run in on warmer days.
What runs to do in these shoes?
The Novablasts can be used for tempo runs, easy runs, speed sessions, recovery runs and even long runs - it is a very allround shoe. Myself, I would only use these shoes to run on the road; the sole is not flat but I also don't expect a lot of grip from it.
Who will benefit from the ASICS Novablast shoe?
The shoe is designed for neutral runners, so if you are, like me, a keen Nimbus runner this could be a good shoe for you. As mentioned before you can do all sorts of sessions and runs in these shoes although I suggest to not run up wet grassy mountains in them. So if you're a neutral road runner, I would definitely recommend you to try these shoes and see if your lungs can stick to your new pace.
Details from the ASICS site
The NOVABLAST™ Tokyo shoe is recommended for neutral runners seeking a responsive running experience. This lightweight design includes our FLYTEFOAM™ Blast midsole foam for an energetic bounce with each stride. This iteration features our SUNRISE RED™ colorway to celebrate the city of Tokyo and the country of Japan.
The shoe's soft, lightweight mesh upper delivers excellent airflow, which helps keep your feet cooler and fresher throughout your run.
The outsole of the NOVABLAST™ shoe has been designed to accentuate the energized feeling of the FLYTEFOAM™ Blast technology, creating a trampoline effect that propels you forward. The NOVABLAST™ shoe is higher off the ground than most running styles, helping promote lasting comfort over longer distances.
Foot type: Normal size arches
Push off: There is even distribution from the front of the foot.
How your foot contacts the ground: The foot lands on outside of the heel, then rolls inward (pronates) to absorb shock and support body weight.
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