Asics Noosa Tri 15 vs Novablast 4 (2024 Comparison)

Asics Noosa Tri 15 vs Novablast 4

The Asics Noosa Tri 15 and Novablast 4 are among the Japanese brand’s most popular shoes, with their versatility and responsiveness. Not sure which to choose? Here’s what you need to know to make the right choice.

First, the Noosa Tri is a shoe originally designed for triathlon running (as the name suggests). It features a very comfortable fit with a seamless construction for barefoot wear. Moreover, they’re easy to put on to avoid losing time in a race.

However, even if you don’t plan on participating in a triathlon, it’s an interesting model to consider.

The main difference lies in cushioning. The Novablast has a higher stack height with 41.5 mm in the heel, compared to 27 mm for the Noosa Tri. As a result, the Noosa Tri is closer to the ground for better ground feeling and greater stability. The underfoot feel is also firmer, whereas the Novablast’s cushioning is more balanced with a hint of softness.

As a result, shock absorption is more effective on the Novablast, making it more suitable for longer distances such as marathons. Conversely, the Noosa Tri excels at distances up to 10 miles or so, or even half-marathons, if you don’t mind the lack of cushioning.

Overall, the Noosa Tri 15 is slightly more responsive with its lighter weight (only 7.5 oz/213 g in the men’s version vs. 9.0 oz/255 g for the Novablast 4).

Finally, the heel-to-toe drop of the Noosa is just 5 mm vs. 8 mm for the Novablast. This is a little low and may take some getting used to.

Noosa Tri vs Novablast: Which One Should You Pick?

As you can see, your choice will depend, above all, on your objectives. Triathlon or short races? Go for the Noosa Tri. Likewise, if you’re looking for an agile, fast, simple, and stable trainer.

However, if you’re looking for more comfort to help you build up the miles for a long race like a half-marathon or marathon, then you will like the Novablast.

Any doubts or questions? Write to us in the comments below, and we’ll happily answer you.

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Overview
Description The Asics Noosa Tri 15 is a responsive triathlon shoe whose unique qualities will appeal to many road runners. The Asics Novablast 4 is a very popular and highly versatile and responsive daily trainer.
Comfort
9.5
Responsiveness
9
Foot lockdown
9
Stability
9
Durability
9
Value
9
Design
9
Comfort
9
Responsiveness
9
Foot lockdown
9
Stability
9
Durability
9.5
Value
9
Design
9
Facts
TerrainRoadRoad
Support NeutralNeutral
Heel stack height27 mm41.5 mm
Forefoot stack height22 mm33.5 mm
Heel-to-toe drop5 mm8 mm
Weight (men)213 g255 g
Weight (women) 192 g221 g
Features Vegan, Rocker, Eco-friendlyVegan, Recycled materials, Rocker, Eco-friendly
Athletes
Release year20232023
Technologies
Outsole AHARPLUSAHAR
Midsole FLYTEFOAM, GUIDESOLE FLYTEFOAM BLAST PLUS ECO
UpperSeamless Engineered MeshEngineered Mesh
Cushioning
Cushioning Firm Balanced
ResponsivenessHigh Medium
Use
DistanceShort, 5K, Mid, 10K Short, 5K, Mid, 10K, Half marathon, Long, Marathon
Speed Moderate, Fast Slow, Moderate, Fast
WorkoutsDaily running, Racing Daily running
Kevin Le Gall

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin is the founder and editor of Runner's Lab. He started running in 2015 and completed his first marathon in Rotterdam in 2016. He's also worked for Under Armour from 2016 to 2018 and helped launch their running collection in Europe (in particular the HOVR shoes). In addition, Kevin is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher (Sivananda) and uses this experience to run more mindfully with a focus on well-being over performance.

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