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Introduction

Puma seems to be on a good track record of listening closer to runners and creating products that runners can benefit from. Certainly there are some elements of the industry trend, such as thicker midsole, that went into its product development.

The Velocity Nitro 3 is what Puma said to be the “perfect training partner” for all-distance running. It is designed to be versatile, cushioned and also comfortable for any type of run. Will Puma be able to live up to this with its update to the Velocity Nitro 3?

Image 1: Puma Velocity Nitro 3 (Credit: DRC)

Specifications

SizeUS12 / UK 11
Weight312 grams (11.0 oz)
Midsole TypeNITRO Foam + Profoam
Stack Height (Forefoot-Heel) & Drop30mm to 40mm (10 mm drop)
Insole3mm EVA-based insole
Outsole TypePUMAGRIP
Outsole Thickness3mm
Width of Shoes (Forefoot-Midfoot-Heel)10.8cm / 6.5 cm / 8.8cm
Table 1: Puma Velocity Nitro 3 Specifications

Runner’s Profile

Prior to the review, it is important to establish my runner profile to better gauge my opinions on the shoes. For example, a lighter runner will experience differently the effects of midsole compared to a heavier runner. I am on the heavy side for a runner (75kg – 80kg) range and stands at 1.75m tall. My average weekly mileage ranges from 25km to 35km. I am a mid-foot/fore-foot strike with a neutral foot. I am normally a US size 11, with 2E foot width, although it varies depending on brands.

Puma Veocity Nitro 3 Five Key Takeaways

Pointer 1 – Higher Stack of Nitro Foam Improves on its Comfort

Puma has managed to put in place more NITRO foam this time for the Velocity Nitro 3. It is unknown exactly how many millimeters have been added, but it is clear that there is a higher stack of NITRO foam and lesser of the EVA based Profoam. Referring back to the version 2, the actual stack for the NITRO foam is actually limited compared to what you are getting in the version 3. This update to the midsole does elevates the Velocity Nitro 3 to become an even more capable trainer alongside greater comfort.

Pointer 2 – Improved Overall & Medial Stability w/ PWRTAPE

Puma has also implemented an improvement to the overall stability of the running shoes with PWRTAPE on the upper as well as using the design of its midsole. The PWRTAPE is can be seen on the medial side of the running shoes and it does prevents the excessive collapsing of the foot inwards for me. This feature is surprisingly effective in overcoming a problem which I had with the Velocity Nitro 2 previously.

Pointer 3 – Smoother & Nimble Ride w/ New Midsole Design

The new design for the Velocity Nitro 3 provides a smoother and nimble ride. The transition between footstep now feels much smoother due to the higher stack height coupled with earlier rocker. Improvement is also seen in the heel section of the Velocity Nitro 3 which made the ride more nimble rather than chuncky like its predecessor. Overall, the Velocity Nitro delivers a more refined running expereince.

Pointer 4 – More Structured Upper & Snug Fit

The upper for the Velocity Nitro 3 now has an application of its PWRTAPE which provided a more structured upper. This PWRTAPE not only helps with stability but also the lockdown. During my first run, I did not experienced any concern with the foot sliding around. There was also no concern on intrusive upper material even with the improved lockdown and PWRTAPE.

Pointer 5 – Slightly Thinner Application & Design of Outsole Rubber

The Velocity Nitro 3 has a thinner application of outsole rubber compared to its predecesseor. This is not a big call for concern as PUMAGRIP outsole has shown its ability to be durable and grip. The thinner application of outsole rubber can also also be a contributing factor to helping maintain its weight. Additionally, Puma has adopted a different design for the outsole which I believe helped with the ride quality and the stability. The medial side of the rubber outsole runs throughout the lenght of the shoes.

Image 2: Velocity Nitro 3 Outsole (Credit: DRC)

Concluding Remarks

The Velocity Nitro 3 has improvements that you would want from the brand. Puma has not rushed into anuual update for its Velocity Nitro. This update came approximately 2 years after the Velocity Nitro 2 was launched. From the change in design for stability, cushioning, and fit, Puma has incorporated a good amount of updates into making a new version. Personally, I appreciate the approach Puma has taken giving runners a worthy update. I’m sure there are other reasons, cost & benefit to adopting this 2 year approach but at the end of the day a good update is worth the wait.

I am excited to see how this will stack up against the other products in similar category. These include the Under Armour Velociti 3, ASICS Gel-Cumulus 26, and the New Balance 880v14. Another pair which will be interesting to compare is going to be Nike’s upcoming Pegasus 41 and Pegasus Plus.

What do you think about the Puma Velocity Nitro 3? Will you be grabbing a pair for your next purchase? Till next time, just keep running.

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