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Puma Voyage Nitro Review — The Evolution of Trail Running Shoes?

Off-road is more fun in these new Puma running shoes.

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After nearly two seasons of the Puma Nitro range of road running shoes, the brand’s Nitro Foam technology has now made its way into trail running shoes. The Puma Voyage Nitro is the brand’s first trail running shoe, designed to take you off the beaten track. This innovative new shoe offers trail runners a shoe that prioritises responsiveness, cushioning, and extreme lightness for a more effortless run. The cleverly designed shoe is all about versatility and features cushioning and traction to tackle multi-terrain runs. If you love to mix up your runs between the road and the trail, then the Puma Voyage Nitro will allow you to go wherever the wind takes you.

Putting these new flagship trail running shoes to the test, it’s clear that the German brand has gone above and beyond to ensure that the Voyage Nitro boasts many features that set it apart from other trail running shoes on the market; but even the most avid of mountain-hopping runners will have their personal preferences and must-have elements, so does Puma’s new release tick those boxes for you?

The specialised shoe features a two-part midsole with Nitro foam underfoot for cushioning and responsiveness on the trails. Puma’s Nitro foam technology is infused with nitrogen through an innovative process to create a midsole that is lightweight, yet technically advanced for a smooth ride on even the harshest terrain. If comfort is your top priority when running, then you will love the Voyage Nitro.

The shoe offers incredible responsiveness and a satisfying bounce underfoot, making you feel like you’ve got an added boost with every step. But, while you feel like you’re walking on a cloud when wearing these trail shoes, the sole is also firm in all the right ways, giving a solid base for your runs. It’s also extremely light for a trail running shoe that sports such a mean-looking all-terrain outer sole. The shoe weighs just 350 grams (men’s size UK9) and doesn’t feel heavy or cumbersome on the foot.

Also contributing to the shoe’s super comfortable fit is Puma’s Optifit technology. The Optifit wraps the foot for a secure sock-like, low-boot fit and excellent ankle support on uneven terrain. The inner-lining sock extends all the way to the ankles to keep dirt out and keep your foot locked in place. You get a great snug fit and excellent lockdown with these shoes, as well as incredible support. Your foot stays put, and your ankle feels supported even when you’re tackling tough terrain. For me, it’s the biggest selling point of the Voyage Nitro. These shoes fit me like a glove from the very first wear, and slipping them on felt like a warm, comforting hug from a good friend.

But, the excellent fit of this shoe should come as no surprise. To design this trail running shoe, Puma says it analysed the best fitting running shoes in the industry to develop an improved performance fit through new last shapes based on different usages. As a result, the Voyage Nitro will fit a variety of foot shapes.

The Voyage Nitro also features a durable PumaGrip outsole to enhance the traction of the outsole and provide multi-surface traction. The outsole of these off-road runners gives you a great grip on any surface in any weather condition; from crumbly gravel to rocky terrain. Feel free to venture off when you’re wearing these — the Voyage will shrug off dirt and debris and drain any water you collect along the way. Plus, a rubber toe bumper helps to keep the foot protected at the front, giving you, even more, freedom to explore. Whether it’s placebo or genuinely improved stability, it’s hard not to feel confident in the Voyage Nitros, giving you that mental edge tackle any hills or steep declines when you’re out and about.

This newcomer from Puma is sure to be a winner for any avid trail runner. But they’re also great for someone who is a more leisurely hiker, and even enjoys the occasional trail run, too. And while some trail running shoes tend to be a bit cumbersome, the running DNA pulsing through the Voyage Nitros will appeal to regular runners looking for an off-road option.

Bottom line; it’s a great multi-tasking shoe for hitting the trails. If you’re one who finds hiking shoes to be a bit too clunky and heavy, the Voyage Nitro gives you the option to ditch those hefty hiking boots for something far more comfortable and versatile, and far safer than taking your street-ready but mountain-fearing standard running shoes on your next hike up Lion’s Head.

The Puma Voyage Nitro trail running shoe is now available from Puma South Africa stores, as well as at Totalsports, Cape Union Mart and select retailers at a recommended retail price of R2,799.

Jeremy created MenStuff in June 2014 in order to bring unique men’s lifestyle news, features and articles to the world. While also talking about himself in the third-person, Jeremy has worked as a professional journalist at SA Rugby magazine, MyBroadband, MyGaming, and written for FHM and TFG Tech.

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Review: Puma Velocity Nitro 2 Running Shoes — A Bright Step Forward?

Do Puma’s latest runners deliver something for everyone?

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While having the slickest, top-of-the-range running shoe is great, most runners just want an everyday running shoe that will help them rack up kilometres day-in-and-day out. A shoe that is comfortable, with just the right amount of technology to ensure they’re able to give their best on the road. For many everyday runners, Puma’s popular Velocity Nitro running shoe ticked all the boxes. The shoe was a hit right out the gate, and for good reason.

The last few years have seen Puma invest a lot of research and development resources into the running category, whether it be shoes or gear to give runners the edge they need to give their all on the training runs and on race day. The brand has produced some stellar running gear, and its latest Velocity Nitro upgrade, the Puma Velocity Nitro 2 is no exception.

An all-in-one neutral running shoe, the lightweight and sleek update to the Velocity Nitro is ideal for running any distance. Perfect as an everyday running shoe for the casual runner, or as a training shoe for the more serious amateur, this updated favourite is sure to impress. Comfort and responsiveness are arguably the most important factors to consider when choosing a running shoe, and this shoe offers both in spades.

Featuring Puma’s now-famous Nitro foam, the shoe offers exceptional responsiveness and ultimate cushioning. Infused with nitrogen gas, Puma’s Nitro foam technology makes it possible to combine three key benefits to the runner — responsiveness, cushioning, and a lightweight feel.

Puma Velocity Nitro 2

Just like the original, the Velocity Nitro 2 is a well-fitting shoe, durable shoe that promises to offer a smooth ride, no matter the terrain. Built for comfort, this shoe doesn’t need much time to be broken in. You can slip them on day one and head out for a run with no issues or bug bares to distract from your run. They’re extremely lightweight (the women’s shoe weighs just 206 grams and the men’s 250 grams), which adds to their comfort level, enabling you to enjoy a more effortless run.

The comfort and weight of these shoes also make them very versatile. If you’re looking for a running shoe that can go from the road to the gym with absolute ease, then this offering from Puma won’t disappoint. I’ve worn these shoes on casual runs as well as to HIIT classes, and they fare very well with both.

Puma Velocity Nitro 2

Of course, safety is also a concern on the road, and the fact that this running shoe provides enhanced visibility through reflective accents on the shoe. While a seemingly small addition, this feature gives you the freedom to hit your stride on your time, making sure you’re visible to on-coming traffic on early morning or late evening runs. To give you even more peace of mind, PumaGrip, a durable rubber compound, provides excellent multi-surface traction, so you can have confidence in every stride while you’re on your run.

The Puma Velocity Nitro 2 is now available online from Puma.com at R2,800, as well as at PUMA stores, Totalsports, Sportsmans Warehouse, Superbalist and selected retailers.

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Adidas Solarglide 5 — The Best Runners in SA?

Adidas’ latest running shoe aims appeal to all types of runners, but is it successful?

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While the running shoe market has caused the big-name brands to offer the most unique, innovative, and often outlandish tech in their releases, Adidas also appreciates that some runners just want something straightforward, lightweight, and suitable for all types of runners and foot-types. Enter the Adidas Solarglide 5, which brings a more well-rounded runner for street striders to enjoy, without too many frills and gimmicks.

Built with everyday running in mind, the Adidas Solarglide 5 builds upon the foundation of the previous Solarglide models, with the intent to provide runners with the perfect fit rather than too many distractions. That said, there are some little tricks Adidas has implemented to help with a smoother and softer run.

The shoe features a Bubble Boost midsole consisting of hundreds of ‘Boost capsules’ — essentially soft, air-injected foam — which are fused together and said to deliver energy return in each step. The result is a softer and ‘squishier’ feel with each step, providing a fair bit of cushioning. These are aimed at those who want a soft, comfortable run; so if you prefer more stiff and firmer strides with that barefoot feel, then it may feel a little too plush for you.

There is a good heel-raise on the Solarglide 5 too, giving you some good go-forward with its slight lean. The upper is a soft knitted-material — you know, Adidas’ now-beloved PrimeKnit — giving you a lot of give and flexibility for your foot, which is thankfully complemented with a solid heel counter to keep your foot in place.

So, how do they feel on-road? While some running shoes are a bit of an adjustment to get used to their nooks, crannies, and unusual feeling on-feet, the Solarglide 5 really are a put-on-and-run type shoe. The wider and softer base makes for a very comfortable and more stable run, where you don’t have to be concerned about planting your foot awkwardly, and the soft upper makes the sensation around your foot feel very minimal and unobtrusive.

Additionally, the Solarglide 5’s Primeblue knit upper is made in part with Parley Ocean Plastic. The shoe consists of yarn which contains at least 50% Parley Ocean Plastic – re-imagined plastic waste, intercepted on remote islands, beaches, coastal communities and shorelines, preventing it from polluting our ocean. The other 50% of the yarn is recycled polyester, which is a really nice touch.

Verdict

While they aren’t going to showcase some running technology you’ve never seen before or shift the paradigm of what running shoes are, the Solarglide 5 features all the basics in place to make it an appealing runner for just about any person. You’ve got all the essentials without too much fuss.

Price and availability

The Adidas Solarglide 5 is available in Flash Orange x Turbo Red for men and a Light Flash Orange x Flash Orange colourway for women. The Solarglide 5 is available in adidas concept stores and on the Adidas online store at the suggested retail price of R2,499.

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Adidas Solarglide 5 Running Shoes: SA Price, Details Revealed

Adidas unveils its latest running shoe to appeal to all types of runners.

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Adidas has unveiled the brand’s latest all-around running shoes, the Solarglide 5.

Built with everyday running in mind, the Adidas Solarglide 5 is the latest addition to the brand’s popular Solarglide franchise. Designed to provide runners with the perfect fit, the shoe features a Bubble Boost midsole consisting of hundreds of Boost capsules which are fused together and said to deliver energy return in each step.

Working in tandem with an updated LEP, which fits between the Bubble Boost platform and the Control Platform, the shoe provides a smooth ride for runners.

Environmentally-conscious runners

Designed with the planet in mind, the Adidas Solarglide 5’s Primeblue knit upper is made in part with Parley Ocean Plastic. The product consists of yarn which contains at least 50% Parley Ocean Plastic – re-imagined plastic waste, intercepted on remote islands, beaches, coastal communities and shorelines, preventing it from polluting our ocean. The other 50% of the yarn is recycled polyester.

Specific design

The Solarglide 5 is testament to the brand’s ongoing drive to create a diverse range of products for both men and women, ensuring each athlete can select the most suitable shoe based on their individual needs. During the development phase, the team behind the shoe conducted a variety of tests to ensure the silhouette of the men’s and women’s Solarglide provided the best possible fit for male and female runners, respectively.

Price and availability

The adidas Solarglide 5 launches in Flash Orange x Turbo Red for men and a Light Flash Orange x Flash Orange colourway for women. Solarglide 5 will be available in adidas concept stores and on the Adidas online store from Thursday 24 February at the suggested retail price of R2,499.

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Adidas Predator Edge.1 Review — Reboot or Wrong Turn?

Has Adidas delivered a game-changing boot with the revamped Predator release?

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Adidas’ Predator line has undergone some big changes in recent seasons, with the Mutator in 2020, the Freak in 2021, and now the Edge, bringing an interesting new design and some revamped features for the 2022 season. We slipped out feet into the latest iteration to see if the Predator has found its edge once again.

There’s no doubt that the Edge is anything but a simple facelift, but a complete redesign of the mainline Predator concept. Sticking with the aggressive and radical approach, the Edge sees a completely new silhouette, which is a little bit bulkier than last year’s Predator Freak, with some interesting new angles and a larger toe-box. It’s made of a slightly thicker synthetic on the upper, along with a Prime Knit collar, which is (thankfully) a lot wider than the Freaks, making it far easier to put on. There are two top-end models of the Edge, the laceless Edge+ and laced Edge.1 — we got to check out the latter.

Regarding the upper, Adidas is continuing the idea that they want the Predators to be the boots with the best control capabilities, and where previously we saw the admittedly radical rubber spikes on the Mutator and Freak, the Edge goes for the more subtle but equally as grippy, Zone Skin. These are essentially rubberised ridges places on four key touch points across the upper, which are designed the help with ball manipulation.

And, much like the rubber spikes on the Predator Freaks, these do work well. There’s an undeniable sensation of ‘stickiness’ when rolling the ball across the upper, shooting, or adding a bit of spin; which also makes controlling the ball from a powerful incoming pass or cross far easier thanks to the shock absorption they provide. The newer, more subtle control elements make not be as striking or aggressive as the spikes on the Freaks (which we did prefer), but they’re more widely appealing and give Adidas some interesting options with regards to colour accents going forward too.

The other side of the boot which has seen a huge change is the soleplate. Whereas the previous Predator models were moving away from overly aggressive traction and opting for more rounded studs, the Edge ramps up the ‘bite’ with some fairly sharp blade-like triangular studs. They are fairly long too for moulded studs, so while they’re not ideal for twisting and pivoting (and shouldn’t be used on artificial turfs), they provide some great traction for sharp angle changes on natural grass.

Another interesting element to the boot is the inclusion of a small weight in the forefoot (shaped like a diamond) that is said to redistribute weight toward the front of the boot when striking the ball. Whether this works or not is hard to tell, and even if there is some incremental benefit to it, its addition just seems somewhat unnecessary.

The reinforced soleplate is also one of the other shortfalls Edge. It’s incredibly stiff compared to other boots on the market today. The upper, due to the additional rubberised elements, is also notably thicker, so you get a relatively tough and rigid boot, despite all the fancy new technology being implemented. It does break in a little bit and ease up with a few play sessions, but it’s a far less malleable than what else you’ll find out there.

The launch colourway of the Edge is also something quite different, as we haven’t seen a completely blue Predator for quite some time. The red accents and placement of the red stripes are reminiscent of the Predator LZ from 2012, and there’s no doubt that this was intentional. Despite some of the shortcomings of the stiff upper and soleplate, this is a very good looking boot that delivers that radical ‘new’ appearance but has that traditional aesthetic appeal, which we love.

The Predator Edge.1 is easily the most unique and interesting boot on the market currently, and it’s fair to say that you won’t get any type of grip and control with anything else as you do with the Edge. However, a notably rigid soleplate and stiff upper do prevent them from delivering on the comfort factor, which does hamper the wearing experience. If you’re a Predator fan, there’s a lot to love here, but they may not be for everyone.

Price and availability:

Adidas Predator Edge is available in South Africa on the Adidas online store and selected retailers at the following prices:

  • Adidas Predator Edge+ — R5,499
  • Adidas Predator Edge.1 — R4,499
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Adidas Predator Edge Football Boots: SA Price, Details Revealed

Adidas showcases its game-changing new Predator Edge boot arriving in SA.

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Adidas’ Predator line has undergone some big changes in recent seasons, with the Mutator in 2020, the Freak in 2021, and now the Edge, bringing an interesting new design and some revamped features for the 2022 season.

Continuing the evolution that Predator has become famed for, Predator Edge introduces what Adidas is calling Zone Skin – a new innovation supporting swerve, spin and grip. The addition places strategically positioned rubberised ribs on four control zones across the instep and toe box to optimise ball manipulation.

The high-precision zonal innovation created to highlight the skill and beauty of the sport is complemented by a number of other new features which enable maximum comfort and movement.

The newly developed Facet Frame on the sole of the boot delivers stability and dynamic traction for powerful movement on the pitch. The frame also features a weighted forefoot piece that redistributes weight toward the front of the boot, optimising power transfer when striking the ball.

The boot is finished with a Facet Fit collar construction – a premium laceless two-piece Primeknit collar designed for breathable comfort, easy step in, and secure lockdown of the foot during play.

Price and availability:

Adidas Predator Edge is available in South Africa from 17 February 2022 on the Adidas online store and selected retailers at the following prices:

  • Adidas Predator Edge+ — R5,499
  • Adidas Predator Edge.1 — R4,499
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