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Triathlete’s Fall Running Shoe Review

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Nov 20, 2012
  • Updated Dec 17, 2012 at 4:08 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Puma Faas 350

8.6 oz.; 7.2 oz.
$85, Puma.com

Fit: Fit in the heel and mid-foot is close and cozy, with a semi-loose toe box. Testers raved about the seamless interior and step-in softness, but a few thought the shoe was a bit sloppy in the rear with the absence of a heel counter.

Feel: Low to the ground but still well-cushioned, the Faas 350 feels like a cross between a racing flat and a lightly cushioned neutral trainer. The cushioning (which is more spongy than springy) offers enough softness and protection without interfering with the foot’s connection to the ground. However, two testers complained that their feet felt hot when running in warmer conditions.

Ride: One of the most flexible, agile shoes in the bunch, testers raved about its low-profile forefoot, responsiveness and quick heel-toe transition despite the dramatic heel-toe drop (13mm). Even with the built-up heel, our testers still found it suitable for up-tempo training runs and race-pace workouts—and several said they’d be eager to race in it.

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