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First Impressions of the Puma Deviate Nitro 2

Over the past few years we have been trying out running shoes from Puma. If you aren’t well versed in their running line, we don’t necessarily blame you. They are relatively new to a refocus on footwear to toe the starting line with, but we have been stunned with how solid they have been and their seemingly consistent positive progression. We are super pumped about the newest release – the Puma Deviate Nitro 2.

We reviewed our first Puma running shoe early last year – a shoe that we liked, but had some other challenges for our tester – as well as the new Puma Deviate Nitro SP. I have personally tried out the Magnify Nitro and Velocity Nitro 2– shoes I am still in awe over and has been a constant in my running rotation. We have been trying out the Puma Deviate Nitro 2 for a few weeks now – so here you go:

Looks

Holy crap we love this shoe. In fact, I’m not sure that any recent release of Puma running footwear hasn’t been met with an “oh snap” by me. This is a flashy shoe that will bring a little heat to the dreary winter days ahead. The primary orange and pink colorway that covers the upper, outer midsole, and even underneath the shoe has me likening it to a Phoenix Suns jersey – or really just warm Arizona in general. I love the look. And HOLY CRAP is the white version amazing.

Fit

There’s not much to report on the thin mesh upper (aside from its beauty) that hasn’t been said already. It has some structured texture to it if you look close enough – almost like a large feline (perhaps a puma…) ran its claws across the shoes. Meow. The engineered mesh doesn’t get it its own way and is light and breathable while providing a nice hold to the top of the foot. Puma has utilized “PWRTAPE” before to provide some additional support and that remains here along the midfoot. The tongue is gussetted and the slight padding keeps your foot snug and supported without succumbing to the tightness of your lacing. All of that combined, and you have a shoe that begs to be worn all day.

As mentioned, the initial version of the Velocity Nitro was generally well received by our reviewer. However, the main drawback lied in heel slippage that occurred in the V1. This has absolutely been remedied in the V2 with a more padded heel collar. Our previous reviewer would have been so proud.

The PumaGrip outsole is also typical as in other shoes (why mess with a good thing?!) and provides great grip in multiple conditions. The lugs under the forefoot do seem a little bit more raised and pronounced than in their other shoes. Thus, it can handle simple, non-pavement terrain with relative ease.

The “PWRPLTE” in the midsole is constructed from carbon composite and feels amazing. From run 1, through probably 6-8 now, they just feel comfy. The Nitro foam has been adopted a little with a firmer foam on the heel and a softer one (Nitro Elite) above it, followed by the with the Elite continuing throughout the rest. I found that it provides stability and a little pop and snap. It seems like it will continue to be an all-around great shoe – perfect for faster runs or slower tempo training.

Overall

As a “decent”, and not elite, runner, sometimes I can find performance carbon-plated shoes a little too much. Almost as if they weren’t made for me. These shoes feel welcoming regardless of my skill level and enough of the fancy qualities without feeling unfamiliar. I love these shoes.

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Products & Price:
  • Puma Deviate Nitro 2 | $160 (mens version – reviewed – is coming online soon too, but is available at select run specialty stores now)
    • 9.1oz for a M9
    • Stack: 30mm forefoot / 38mm heel
    • Drop: 8mm

Thank you to Puma for providing us with test shoes. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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