For the forefoot strikers out there, the additional midsole foam in the heel, when compared to the Nova v1 and v2, is simply not necessary for your gait cycle. It’s an added girth in the back of the shoe that creates the “boat effect.” This added girth in the heel felt clunky through the four phases of the gait cycle, when I focused on forefoot striking. Just be aware if you prefer to land on the balls of your feet through gait cycle.
Now, the FlyteFoam Blast+ midsole foam is certainly softer than the Novablast 1 and 2. However, I’m a little confused as to why ASICS would add FFBlast+ foam AND increase the volume of the foam at the same time. It would seem that if you are going for more pop and bounce from the foam (faster shoe), you would simultaneously streamline the geometric shape of the midsole. I would personally opt for the ASICS Novablast 2 over the 3 as a mid to forefoot striker, but as mentioned above HEEL STRIKERS unite for the Novablast 3!