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Running Shoes: Puma Faas 300 v4 Review

Puma Faas 300 v4 Review As a runner that lines up at a great many race start lines, I think I’m yet to see anyone wearing a pair of Puma running shoes. Like-wise, no-one’s ever excitedly told me about their latest pair of Puma trainers – there just doesn’t seem to be that excitement for the brand, that I can see… After testing the Puma 300 v4, that needs to change. The Puma Faas line of shoes has been around for a while now (faas is Jamaican for fast), with a variety cushioning options indicated by the model number, from the 100 (a racing flat) to the heavily cushioned 1000. This is the fourth iteration of the 300 version, hence the ‘v4’ suffix and has just a little more cushioning than a racing flat. Good for neutral runners looking for a light, fast shoe up to half marathon distance. First Impressions Before this review I’m ashamed to say I’d never really considered Puma when choosing a new pair of running shoes. For some reason I’d always associated Puma with rather dull functionality rather than excitement, however, it was now time to leave my prejudices behind and give the Puma 300 v4 a fair trial. So – time to open the box. First impressions very favourable – nice looking shoe in a rather restrained way with a subtle blend of blue, green and white on the uppers and a purposeful looking sole imprinted with the words EverRide and EverTrack.  Feels good too; light – only 220 gms (size 9), nicely shaped and well constructed. Trying on the shoe confirms all the early promise, I’m reduced to the old cliche ‘fits like a glove’ but it’s true, the shoes immediately feel like old friends. The laces do their job, a perfectly snug fit – tight without feeling uncomfortable. I’m ready for the test run; a varied 10k road run taking in plenty of hills as well as a nice flat stretch along the promenade. Puma Faas 300 v4 On The Road Out on the Tarmac I immediately know I’m in safe hands. The shoes feel great – really light with just the right amount of cushioning. The sole feels more flexible than I’m used to but I soon get used to the slightly odd sensation. A steep uphill climb is easily negotiated and, perhaps more importantly, the shoes cope really well with a fast downhill section – usually a good test of any footwear. Down to the seafront for an ‘all out’ kilometre, even though I’m tired after some intensive weekend training the Pumas do their stuff helping me to a quick 3.27 minute km. Another ‘race pace’ km is completed in a comfortable 3.40 minutes and I’m really beginning the enjoy myself. The roads are wet but I’m impressed by the grip and there’s none of the slippage that you get with some running shoes. Puma Faas 300 v4 Summary By the end of…

Shoe Rating

Comfort / Fit – 98%
 
Appearance – 92%
 
Weight – 95%
 
Technology – 93%
 

95%

Comfy/Fast

A surprisingly great shoe – a racing flat with a little extra cushioning.

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Puma Faas 300 v4 Review

As a runner that lines up at a great many race start lines, I think I’m yet to see anyone wearing a pair of Puma running shoes. Like-wise, no-one’s ever excitedly told me about their latest pair of Puma trainers – there just doesn’t seem to be that excitement for the brand, that I can see… After testing the Puma 300 v4, that needs to change.

The Puma Faas line of shoes has been around for a while now (faas is Jamaican for fast), with a variety cushioning options indicated by the model number, from the 100 (a racing flat) to the heavily cushioned 1000. This is the fourth iteration of the 300 version, hence the ‘v4′ suffix and has just a little more cushioning than a racing flat. Good for neutral runners looking for a light, fast shoe up to half marathon distance.

First Impressions

Before this review I’m ashamed to say I’d never really considered Puma when choosing a new pair of running shoes. For some reason I’d always associated Puma with rather dull functionality rather than excitement, however, it was now time to leave my prejudices behind and give the Puma 300 v4 a fair trial.

So – time to open the box. First impressions very favourable – nice looking shoe in a rather restrained way with a subtle blend of blue, green and white on the uppers and a purposeful looking sole imprinted with the words EverRide and EverTrack.  Feels good too; light – only 220 gms (size 9), nicely shaped and well constructed. Trying on the shoe confirms all the early promise, I’m reduced to the old cliche ‘fits like a glove’ but it’s true, the shoes immediately feel like old friends. The laces do their job, a perfectly snug fit – tight without feeling uncomfortable. I’m ready for the test run; a varied 10k road run taking in plenty of hills as well as a nice flat stretch along the promenade.
Puma Faas 300 v4

Puma Faas 300 v4

On The Road

Out on the Tarmac I immediately know I’m in safe hands. The shoes feel great – really light with just the right amount of cushioning. The sole feels more flexible than I’m used to but I soon get used to the slightly odd sensation. A steep uphill climb is easily negotiated and, perhaps more importantly, the shoes cope really well with a fast downhill section – usually a good test of any footwear. Down to the seafront for an ‘all out’ kilometre, even though I’m tired after some intensive weekend training the Pumas do their stuff helping me to a quick 3.27 minute km. Another ‘race pace’ km is completed in a comfortable 3.40 minutes and I’m really beginning the enjoy myself. The roads are wet but I’m impressed by the grip and there’s none of the slippage that you get with some running shoes.

Puma Faas 300 v4

Puma Faas 300 v4

Summary

By the end of the test run I’m a Puma fan. There’s not a hint of a blister or the soreness that new shoes sometimes give you and, although I’m usually hyper cautious when it comes to any changes in my usual running gear, I’ll be confident to wear them for an upcoming race on Sunday. Puma will certainly be somewhere near the top list of serious contenders when it comes to selecting my next pair of running shoes.
We thank the guys at Puma for sending us these trainers for testing – very nice of them however it did not influence this review one bit.
Buy the Puma Faas 300 v4 here
*Update, post-race*
Postscript: I was beginning to regret writing my Puma review – several running mates had read it and challenged me to ‘put my money where my mouth is’. So a few days later, I found myself lining up on the start line of a local 10k with the new Pumas replacing my more familiar racing footwear. Any worries I might have had soon evaporated, the shoes already felt like old friends – light and comfortable from start to finish. A finishing time of 37.44 was only a fraction off my PB, so no complaints there. I suppose one of the biggest compliments I can give the Pumas is that I completely forgot I was wearing them – however, I certainly won’t forget Puma when it comes to choosing my next pair of running shoes.
Author: James Fletcher

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