Puma Deviate Nitro
First things first: let's talk about the NITRO midsole. Nitrogen-infused with a noticeable bounce, the midsole foam is soft and responsive. The overall sensation is springy, with a natural "pop" that occurs through toe-off. The NITRO foam is layered around a carbon plate to increase responsiveness. There's also a TPU plate at the rear to compensate for the softness of the foam. Among the runners who tried the shoe, the midsole was definitely a hit. Many of them noted the versatility of the shoe that's suitable for daily runs and racing alike. Also, while many carbon-plated shoes are overly stiff, the NITRO is quite soft.
The upper of the shoe generated positive feedback, with the general agreement that its mesh fabric is highly breathable. The design also accommodates wider feet, which will be a plus for some runners. For the NITRO model's outsole, Puma uses a rubber compound they call PUMAGRIP, which runners agree gets the job done. Even when running in wet or slippery conditions, PUMAGRIP offers enough traction for a successful ride.
While the Deviate NITRO may be a suitable option for long-distance runners, some users noted some technical problems with the shoe. One of the biggest issues reported was frequent heel slipping, which irritated even through thicker socks. Additionally, the NITRO doesn't always feel the most stable—likely due to the shoe's high stack (32 mm heel height) combined with the soft NITRO foam. Even with the laces tightened, a few runners reported an overall jolty ride due to a lack of stability.
Ultimately, the Deviate NITRO is no gold medalist but may perform perfectly well for you based on your running goals. It's especially suitable for runners looking for a carbon-plate model for their daily workouts. Also, its fairly standard price point makes it a good bang for your buck.
- Soft and responsive cushioning
- Carbon plate model with a traditional ride
- A versatile model that's suitable for daily runs
- Good grip of the outsole
- Affordable shoe
- A bit heavy for a carbon plate shoe
- Some testers note some heel slippage and a lack of stability
- PumaGrip: a resistant rubber that allows an effective grip on urban surfaces.
- Nitro Foam is featured in the midsole. This new compound is infused with nitrogen to make it more lightweight and responsive. To do so, the brand uses a supercritical fluid process to apply heat and pressure to create millions of microscopic bubbles.
- The carbon-fiber plate under the forefoot increases responsiveness to boost your ride and go faster.
- The heel TPU plate compensates the softness of the platform to heighten stability while running especially at high speed
- The upper of the Puma Deviate Nitro features an engineered mesh that promotes a secure and comfortable foot lockdown while ensuring proper ventilation, especially in hotter seasons.
- The lateral and medial pods give a fitted and comfy foot lockdown .