The Superblast is an illegal stack height, do-it-all trainer which has taken the world by storm. It's on its 1st version and it costs $200.
The Novablast is the popular, mid-range daily trainer which comes in at an affordable $140. It's also a very versatile trainer and is on its 4th iteration.
This comparison will tell you all you need to know about them and tell you which version is better for you.
The Superblast uses ASICS premier racing foam FF Turbo in its midsole. It’s incredibly light and it returns a really high amount of energy during foot strikes. The Novablast uses FF Blast+ in its midsole. This type of foam is heavier and is less energetic.
The Superblast has a firmer ride than the Novablast. This makes it more suited to faster paced runs. It also has a bigger forefoot rocker which makes it feel even faster. The Superblast has more cushioning due to its giant 45 mm heel stack height so it’s better for longer distances.
The Novablast has a softer ride which makes it more suitable for slower paced runs. It has a thinner midsole with less cushioning so it’s better for shorter distances than the Superblast.
When it comes to versatility, the Superblast wins. It’s lighter so you can use it for races, speedwork and slower paces. The Novablast struggles a bit on the faster-paced runs.
In terms of stability, the Novablast is the more stable trainer because it isn’t as tall so your feet sit lower to the ground.
On the outsoles, the Novablast has a lot more rubber coverage than the Superblast so it has more protection from the ground. The Novablast is the more durable when it comes to outsoles.
The upper of the Novablast is a little bit more padded and more comfortable than the Superblast. It also has a more accommodating fit. The Superblast has thinner mesh so its lighter and more breathable.
They have good lock heel lockdown and there is very little tongue slide due to having gusseted tongues.
Both trainers fit true to size with a little more length than the average running shoe. The Superblast has a more narrow fit than the Novablast.
If you’re looking for a running shoe which is better for fast-paced runs and long runs, the Superblast is the shoe you should pick. It costs $60 more than the Novablast but it’s the more versatile shoe. It’s better for racing and it has a more breathable upper.
If you want a cheaper running shoe for slower-paced runs or short runs, the Novablast is the shoe you should pick. It’s heavier than the Superblast but it’s also more durable due to the extra rubber on its outsole. It has more stability than the Superblast if you need the extra support.