Puma Fast-R Nitro Elite V2 Review

The Puma Fast-R Nitro Elite V2 is designed to be a marathon racer however it feels more like a long distance trainer due to the weight. In this Puma Fast-R Nitro Elite V2 review I will go over my experience with this trainer and see how it compares to its competitors.

Cushioning

A good level of cushioning is an essential component of a great shoe. A cushioned midsole helps relieve stress from the joints and provides support that makes long distance runs much easier.

Support

Good support is essential for all runners, so it is very important that when buying trainers an individual buys running shoes that have enough support. That may look different for all runners but it is important to consider.

It is important that a supportive running shoe provides a stable platform and reduces the risk of potential injuries.

Durability

I believe that it is important to buy shoes that have been built to last. If you are going to spend your own money on shoes then they should stay in good working condition for many months to come.

Fit

Making sure your shoes fit properly is very important as if a shoe is too big it can cause the shoes to start to rub against you feet causing blisters and other discomforts. By not having a shoe that fits it will also get rid of the possibility of a comfortable run.

Breathability

Breathable materials in the upper part of the shoe helps keep the feet cool and dry during runs. This is because it helps prevent the build up of sweat and moisture in the shoe which reduces discomfort and irritation when running.

A breathable upper shoe enhances comfort and can be a life saver when running in hot days as it helps prevent overheating. This makes shoes with this feature an excellent choice as well as a comfortable fit.

Value

Running shoes can get really expensive and if you are someone that runs a lot you will have to keep coming back to buy more. This can really add up which is why I have added cost to the list of important factors.

Energy Return

There is no better feeling than being propelled by a responsive running shoe. A running shoe should that gives energy back to the runner can make all types of runs feel so much nicer. This category is even more important in race day shoes.

Price: £129

Weight: 255g

Stack height: 40mm

Usage: Racing/speedwork/long distance racing

Pros

  • Increase in cushioning depth and softness
  • Stiffer and more prominent carbon plate
  • Pumagrip provides outstanding traction
  • Porous, highly breathable upper

Cons

  • Heavier than most racing shoes
  • No prominent forefoot rocker
  • Energy return: 9/10
  • Durability: 8/10
  • Support: 8/10
  • Grip: 9/10
  • Style: 8/10
  • speed: 9/10
  • versatility: 7/10
  • Value for money: 8/10
  • Upper breathability: 8/10
  • Comfort: 8/10
  • Width: 8/10
  • Overall rating: 82/100

Puma Fast-R Nitro Elite V2 First Impressions

My first run in these trainers was a 15km fast pace run. The first thing I noticed when running was how much softer the heel section felt. In V1 the firm heel made it feel as if there was a rock wedged under my heel. The heel of V2 felt softer than the forefoot section.

The shoe did feel a big sluggish due to its weight and soft cushioning however it did offers a high amount of comfort that was lacking in V1. It didn’t feel as fast as other carbon racers however it was much more comfortable.

The carbon plate did feel stiffer than the first version which made the ride feel more rigid and less natural.

Why Should You BUy These Shoes?

If you are looking for a unique racer that has a ride like no other then this shoe will be a great option. if you’re a midfoot or forefoot striker and you don’t mind a heavy racer then you will love this model. If you also want a racer that focusses on comfort as well as speed then this shoe will not isapoint.

why should you not buy these shoes?

If you are looking for a lightweight agile shoe, long distance racer then this model is not for you. I would recommend having a look at either the Vaporfly 3 or the Alphafly 3.

upper of the shoe

The upper of this shoe was a strong point. It’s a semi-bootie construction and you can still use a runner’s knot. The upper mesh is very breathable but it feels plastic like and doesn’t stretch well.

Lockdown is great but the heel tab comes up a bit too high and irritates my achilles when walking. When running I didn’t have any issues. It has narrow midfoot and forefoot but I wouldn’t go a half size up because then the length of the shoe would be too long.

foam of the shoe

This model has received a huge update and the heel has been changed from EVA to the much softer Nitro Elite foam which is a nitrogen infused TPU blend. The heel and the forefoot are now the same foam.

The other noticeable change is the carbon plate which is now stiffer and extended in the front with the tip of it exposed. Puma says that it provides extra propulsion by increasing the last point of contact with the ground which was a feature that I really liked.

sole of the shoe

The outsole is covered in Pumagrip which offers excellent traction and durability. The whole shoe is covered in thick rubber apart from the centre cavity. There are 2 oval pieces of rubber which protect the heel and ensure the outsole durability is top of the range.

conclusions to the Puma Fast-R Nitro Elite V2 review

Overall, I would highly recommend this shoe for anyone looking for a unique marathon racer that will offer high levels of durability and comfort. If your primary focus is speed then I would recommend looking at either Hoka Skyward X or the Mizuno Wave Rebllion Pro 2 but overall this shoe is an excellent choice.

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