Shoe Review: Puma Velocity Nitro

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Quick Specs

  • Weighs 9.1oz or 258g for a US Men’s 9, 7.4oz or 210g for a US Women’s 7.
  • Features 33mm of cushion and has a 10mm heel/toe drop.
  • It retails at $120.00 USD and comes in 5 colors for Men and Women.

Run Test: The Velocity NITRO performed exceptionally well for me. This shoe wants to go fast! The tongue and heel give the inner boot feel, which you usually don’t get with most running shoes. The shoes feel much light but still durable. The midsole was noticeably responsive when it hit the road, similar to Brooks Hyperion Tempo with the DNA FLASH midsole. The Pumagrip Outsole tracks the road well and combining that with the midsole’s responsiveness, making this a reliable daily trainer.

Upper: There is a lot to love about the upper of the Velocity NITRO. The seamless dual-layer mesh is very breathable and flexes to the shape of the foot very nicely. The tongue has the perfect amount of padding, combined with the reinforced lace holes, makes lace-locking very comfortable. My favorite part of the entire shoe is the cushy collar and heel, which reminds me of one of my favorite training shoes, the first version of the Nike Lunar eclipse. The collar is usually the part I am going to love or hate about a shoe.

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Midsole: These shoes feature a 33mm cushion with an 8mm heel-to-toe drop. Velocity uses their proprietary NITRO FOAM midsole, a foam that has undergone a NITROgen infusion process that improves responsiveness and makes the foam lighter. This NITRO foam makes for a smooth, responsive ride. Velocity does not appear to have a carbon plate; for that, you will need to jump up to the Deviate NITRO. The TPU (Thermoplastic urethane) heel piece follows the show design trend of having a ledge on the heel to help control pronation.

Outsole: The Velocity uses their new PUMAGRIP rubber, which uses a unique rubber blend that is 20% grippier (if that is a word). I can attest these grip the road quite well, including wet roads. I would love to see Puma come out with an all-weather version similar to Nike’s Shield series.

Aesthetics: The shoes look great; I love the simplicity of the design and the materials used. It appears based on the website that Puma plans on having five color variations.

Conclusion: Puma is coming in strong with their new NITRO series; I love that Puma created an entire line for the different types of training runs in a typical program. The Velocity is your neutral runner shoe for regular easy to mid-distance runs. The Deviate NITRO is for long runs, while the Liberate NITRO is for speed runs. If you are a runner that pronates and prefers a stability shoe, you will want to go with the Eternity NITRO, which has a larger heel lip.

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