If you’re seriously looking for one of the best 2021 lightweight running shoes, you really should consider the PUMA Velocity Nitro. Let’s find out why I do highly recommend the shoes. You can also checked out the review video as well!
Design – Simple, Minimalistic with its own character
The design for the Velocity Nitro is simple and minimalistic at the same time. Each design elements on the shoes give its own character. For example, the shoes has a huge reflecting PUMA logo on the front, “PUMA Run” wording on shoes lace, “Velocity” wording on the shoe’s tongue, “Nitro” branding on the outside of the foam side and a vertical reflective stripe with “PUMA” logo on the rear. All this simple design details are reminding the wearer to go for a workout!
The Lava Red also gives a huge attention to enthusiast runners as well as I got a few runners noticing the Velocity Nitro really looks great as well. But I do have one minor gripe, the iconic PUMA stripe was slightly painted on the outer foam. It looks a bit weird for me but if you don’t mind about it, then you will love the overall shoe’s design.
With that said, the design on the Velocity Nitro gets a solid 9 out of 10.
Grip – PUMA Grip is so unreal
The Velocity’s gripping is really unreal the first moment you wear it. Using the PUMA Grip technology, you certainly can feel every steps doesn’t give any slip and gives the confidence to push extra steps. Whether it is dry, wet or sandy surfaces, the PUMA Grip just excels providing the maximum grip for runners. A remarkable 9.5 out of 10 rating for the grip category.
Weight – If you care about lightness, this is the one!
The weight of the Velocity Nitro is great for runners who are constantly training to be fast. At times, you really don’t feel the shoe’s weight when you are going for a fast run or long periods of running. So, if you’re really care about the running shoes weight, this is the one to go for. It gets a great 9 out of 10 in term of lightness.
Breathable – Stay cool at all times
With the knit technology, the Velocity Nitro offers a really good breathability for runners living in the hot climate area. As I’m based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, running with a thick socks on the Velocity Nitro is not a problem even after 30 minutes of workout at outdoor. A 9.5 out of 10 score for the breathable department here.
Comfort – A balanced comfiness
The Velocity is designed more towards for neutral footed runner. However, if you have a wide and arch footed (like me), the Velocity still managed to give good snuck in thanks to stretchable knitting and Nitro Foam. The laces on the shoes are incredible as well as I never once need to adjust it after setting the tightness.
The heel lock is good too without feeling any hardness. Coming back to the Nitro Foam, it is simply amazing as it can cope up with my 82kg weight without any hassle. The Nitro Foam is constantly providing a good bounce rate which help reduce fatigue for long period of runs. The comfort department on the Velocity Nitro scores a respectable 9 out of 10.
Final Verdict – Put it in your list to buy for 2021 running shoes
So, the PUMA Velocity Nitro is priced at RM569 in Malaysia and offers great build quality with amazing performance for any kind of runners. With an overall score of 9 out of 10, it is certainly easy to recommend to put it in your list to buy for 2021 running shoes. Be sure to check out at your local retailer and e-commerce site if you want to get one today!
*Special thanks to PUMA Malaysia for providing the review sample. However, this is not a paid content and there is no final approval nor creative input is needed from PUMA and PUMA Malaysia. All the comments on the shoes is based on 1 month of testing and complied with the Malaysia SOP during the lockdown period.