Asics Dynablast 3 review

8 expert score
9 user's score
As editorial policy, we do not accept free samples. We purchased this pair at Running Warehouse with our own money.
Review written on 04th May by Jeremy Yoder Jeremy Yoder lives in Marietta, PA with his wife and 2 kids. In an earlier life, he used running to stay fit for his soccer career, where he was a co
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Asics Dynablast 3 Verdict

The Asics Dynablast 3 is a superb all around shoe in a day and age where everything seems to be hyper specialized. Jogging, racing, lifting or leisure, this shoe fits in everywhere. Asics took everything good about the previous model and made it better.

The pros

  • Cross training friendly
  • No break-in period
  • Responsive midsole technology
  • Budget friendly

The cons

  • Sizing runs 1/2 size large
  • Rubber outsole could use more tread

Where to buy

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Rating breakdown

Comfort
8.0
Build quality
9.0
Upper
8.0
Sole unit
7.0
Landing
7.0
Transition
8.0
Toe-off
8.0
Traction
6.0
Durability
7.0
Value / Price
9.0

Facts / Specs

Brand
Model
Dynablast 3
Weight
9.2 oz (261 g)
MSRP
$100.00

Heel
31.5 mm.
Toe
23.5 mm.
Heel drop
8 mm.
Carbon plate
No plate

Size/Fit

Sizing
Buy half size smaller
Heel fit
Normal
Midfoot fit
Tight
Toebox fit
Normal

Cushioning & ride

Type of cushioning
Responsive/balanced
Amount of cushioning
Medium cushioning
Stability
Not particularly stable
Flexibility
Flexible

Usage

Racing
Speedwork  
Daily training  
Long distance racing  
Ultra distance racing

Who should buy the Asics Dynablast 3 ?

Anyone looking for a durable daily trainer or versatile multi-use sneaker that doesn’t break the bank.

Who should not buy the Asics Dynablast 3 ?

The Asics Dynablast 3 is more narrow than others and is only offered in Standard width. So if you have wider feet, you should look elsewhere. This is also not a max cushion, max stability shoe, so runners looking for these features will not find them in the Dynablast 3.

Asics Dynablast 3 Introduction

Picture of ASICS Dynablast 3

As the name states, this is Asics 3rd iteration of the Dynablast line.

Besides just running, these shoes work well for lifting and various cross-training activities.

For $100, consumers receive a neutral, medium cushion shoe with an 8mm heel drop. At 9.2 oz (size 9) this shoe is lighter than most comparable shoes.

If you’re looking for a bit more cushion and support in the Asics family, check out the Novablast 3.

The Revel 6, made by Brooks also has many of the same characteristics and a similar price point.

Asics Dynablast 3 First Impressions

Picture of ASICS Dynablast 3

My initial impression after unboxing the shoes was the weight or lack thereof. I don’t usually pay attention to the weight in regards to shoes but these were one of the lightest I’ve worn. This is a testament to the advancements in technology that Asics has been making.

The baby blue/royal blue/orange combo was one of the more conservative colorways in the 11 to choose from. Asics offers a range of color choices to fit many personalities. A subtle feature of the knit upper was the built-in structure around the toe box.

The toe box holds its shape without collapsing inward but is also not restrictive.

My first run in these shoes didn’t feel like a first run at all. They were comfortable right out of the box and it felt like I’d been wearing these for months.

I noticed a fair amount of bounce in the midsole which is one of its great features. This was a fun shoe to run in for maybe an odd reason; I just didn’t notice them all that much. There was no rubbing, numbing or break-in period at all.

Asics Dynablast 3 Upper

Picture of ASICS Dynablast 3

I’m typically not a fan of knit uppers. They tend to be either too tight and restrictive or too loose, causing unwanted movement. Naturally, I had concerns before trying these shoes on. My mind was changed as soon as they were on my feet.

Asics OrthoLite X-30 sock liner had just the right amount of stretch, yet was supportive to withstand long runs and daily training.

A consideration I would note is that the upper is thin and may not be a good running shoe for cold weather. Or maybe plan to wear thicker socks during those chilly outdoor workouts.

Asics also touts that the upper is more sustainably manufactured. “At least 50% of the shoe’s main upper material is made with recycled materials to reduce waste and carbon emissions”

Lacing up the shoes, I did not notice any abnormal rubbing. My heel was snug and I didn’t feel any movement during activities.

Asics Dynablast 3 Sole Unit

Picture of ASICS Dynablast 3

Asics uses FLYTEFOAM BLAST technology in the midsole of the Dynablast 3. In a nutshell, this midsole technology is made lighter, while still providing the same amount of cushion as other brands.

There have been a few updates to this tech since its release, including FF BLAST and FF BLAST TURBO. They describe it as “a cushioning foam material with excellent bounce. It absorbs high shock levels for long-distance runs and reduces load on the foot.” I found this to be an accurate description of the feel while running. It also made for a firmer, more responsive ride.

Picture of ASICS Dynablast 3

I didn’t run this shoe on many surfaces other than asphalt. Upon initial inspection, it was evident that treads were not built for much more than gravel. That proved to be the case as even on some gravel roads, things felt a bit unsteady.

Additionally, I found myself being extra careful while running in the rain or on wet surfaces.
With that said, the AHARPLUS outsole, which is said to be more abrasion resistant for prolonged sole life, showed very little wear after the normal testing period. This sole will hold up to a lot of miles, but is not aggressive enough for “offroading”.

The midsole and outsole features contributed to a natural, free-feeling ride. If you’re looking for a running shoe, on a budget, you can’t do much better.

Asics Dynablast 3 Conclusions

Picture of ASICS Dynablast 3

Asics describes this shoe as being “designed for the fitness enthusiast seeking a comfortable offering for their run or training routine.”

I found myself lacing up these shoes for many activities other than just running.

The Dynablast 3 doesn’t have any single feature that makes them great, but each part works together and complements the others well.

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly neutral trainer or casual sneaker, I recommend giving the Dynablast 3 a serious look.

How does the Dynablast 3 compare?

Brooks Ghost 15
Asics Dynablast 3
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 40
Expert score
7
8
7
User score
Retail price
US$140
US$99.95
US$130
Brand
Weight
9.8 oz
9.2 oz
9.4 oz
Heel Drop
12 mm
8 mm
10 mm
Recommended for
Daily training
Speedwork, daily training, long distance racing
Daily training
Cushioning type
balanced
responsive/balanced
balanced
Cushioning amount
Highly cushioned
Medium cushioning
Medium cushioning
Flexibility
flexible
flexible
flexible
Stability
very stable
not particularly stable
very stable
Sizing
true to size
buy half size smaller
true to size

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Reviewed by Jeremy

This review was written by Jeremy Yoder on 04th May.
Jeremy Yoder lives in Marietta, PA with his wife and 2 kids. In an earlier life, he used running to stay fit for his soccer career, where he was a collegiate All American. Jeremy is an avid hunter and now running keeps him prepared for outdoor advendutres. He and his wife Olivia enjoy competing in trail races in the mountains of Pennsylvania. If he could pick, every run would be on a trail run but when life gets busy, the road will do just fine.

User feedback (1)

  • avatar-comment-1033536
    John L
    3 months ago
    9 score

    These shoes really surprised me, they are supremely comfortable and the midsole is really nice and responsive.

    I think it is excellent bang for buck and really comfortable.

    It’s the best of both worlds when it comes to running or casual wear. The Flyte Foam Blast is a joy.

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