10 Best Puma Running Shoes Reviewed

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Puma is undeniably one of the most recognized footwear brands out there. They’ve been in the shoe game forever, and with success on both the road and trail, continue to put out great running shoes.

The best part about Puma running shoes is the various designs that appeal to both novice and pro runners alike. They offer shoes for elite runners as well as for the casual fanatic—all thanks to the cutting-edge technology and research they put into each pair of shoes.

Any long-term Puma wearer will attest to the comfort and durability of these shoes.  Puma offers a wide range of shoes, so regardless of your budget there is an option for you. Here you will find our top 10 list of Best Puma running shoes.

Last Updated: August 16, 2018
By EJ Callanan:

This update has a new #1, the Tazon 6, as well as the Ignite Ultimate being added. We dropped a couple of shoes from the list because of feedback from runners, and tell you a bit of the history behind this iconic brand. Our most recent update brings the Ignite Limitless running shoe by Puma. This innovative shoe will keep you comfortable and secure during your runs, and we encourage you to check out the full review below.

Tazon 6
  • Tazon 6
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Midsole saddle
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Super Elevate
  • Super Elevate
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Foam midsole
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Carson
  • Carson
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • High-rebound EcoOrthoLite sockliner
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10 Best Puma Running Shoes Reviewed

1. Tazon 6

A sleek, streamlined design sets the Tazon 6 apart. A midfoot saddle and cushioned midsole give them a comfortable and stable ride. A great shoe and tremendous value that won't break the bank.

DETAILS
Synthetic leather upper with perforated design, and TPU shank for increased stability

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Comfort/Features
These shoes utilize a rubber outsole and cushioned midsole and midfoot saddle for great comfort.


Cost
Affordable and stylish!
Pros
  • Very comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
Cons
  • Sizing runs small

2. Super Elevate

2. Super Elevate
These Puma's are durable, breathable, and offer a great combination of performance and value. They also have classic Puma style.
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Comfort/Features

They have a carbon rubber outsole for grip, a TPU shank for more midfoot and heel support, as well as an extra supportive EVA heel unit.


For those who are familiar with this good performance shoe, it won't need an introduction. For those runners that have not tried it, check this out now.


This shoe has the whole package: style, comfort, and highly functional for runners. You will get your running time in with these shoes but do think twice if you're off on a really long run or heading for a trail.

The upper is tightly woven durable synthetics. You get protection, moisture-wicking, and structural strength, plus breathability!

Nice sock liner from EVa, tried and tested, so we know it works for runners. The shoe gives great bounce back thanks to reliable shoe technology from Ignite.

The shoe's durability looks good with the built-in outsole constructed from carbon rubber.

The grip is excellent and will appeal to runners.

Cost

You get a lot for your money. The price won't drain your account. Try out this shoe and see what you think.
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Lots of Puma shoe tech
  • The right level of cushioning
Cons
  • If you take the shoe for long runs you might want to keep an eye on sole wear.

3. Carson Runner

3. Carson Runner
Puma really steps it up with Carsons when it comes to style.

They’re not too maximalist, not too minimalist.

Have a read and see if you feel ready to try these.
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Comfort/Features

The Carson Runners come in awesome neutrals like black on white, but they’re also available in bright reds and blues as well as some wild and fun patterns.

If you prize looking good while you run, these are some of the best Puma running shoes.

When it comes to actual runner-friendly features, they score high.

Whereas some Pumas are less breathable due to leather features, these are super breathable thanks to allover mesh uppers.

They’re lightweight which means great toe-offs and smooth transitions.

As is common for Puma running shoes, these beauties are ultra-comfortable, too. You can’t lose with Carsons.

Cost

The price reflects what the shoe can give in terms of price. Worth trying!
Pros
  • Allover mesh for super breathability
  • Formstrip overlays for snug fit
  • EcoOrthoLite sockliner for great bounce
  • EverRide cushioned outsole for support and protection
  • Fantastic reviews on comfort
  • High-abrasion rubber for tough surfaces
  • Lightweight IMEVA foam cushioning
Cons
  • Sizing fits small and slightly more narrow

5. Faas 500 v4

The Puma Faas 500s just look sleek.

They come in a multitude of attractive and interesting color combinations and their design is gorgeous. It’s all of the high tech features, though, that keep runners coming back.

They have Puma favorites like foamy, supportive midsoles, durable outsoles, breathable mesh uppers, and almost unparalleled comfort.

Experts and beginners alike have a lot to gain from the Faas line, and the 500 v4 are some of the best Puma running shoes around.

The shoe runs in at number four from the evolving 500 line. Check out the scale logo on the shoe which tells you that the shoe has support at a medium level.

These babies easily support you in day to day training.
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Comfort/Features

Check the Weavemesh: tightly woven in a breath-able protective layer plus a nice sock liner. For extra protection the toe box sports a durable plastic layering.

The technically innovative Everfit built into the midfoot gives stabilizing foot holding lace-up support for the midfoot.

This works in conjunction with the upper mesh for security, good breath-ability, and sound comfort.

The minimal styling for the shoe comes with a hard heel which locks down the foot for performance. It feels and looks like a performance shoe but the classification is for a support running shoe.

A modest sole unit built from FaasFoam with a type of memory characteristic which molds to your foot. You get good lift-off and solid shock absorbing.

From heel to toe we see a drop of 4mm which helps promote a natural stride and increased tread capability for the ball of your foot for grip. The shoe really performs on a firm or hard surface but exercise caution for wet surfaces.

Cost

The price is right! Invest in these - they are a smart addition for running gear.
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Anti-bacterial sock liner for healthy feet
  • EverTrack durable outsole has great traction
  • Faas Foam+ for springy take-offs
  • Flex grooves encourage natural foot movement and flexibility
  • High on comfort
Cons
  • They are a bit stiff

8. Ignite Ultimate

8. Ignite Ultimate
Having seen the Puma Ignite v2, check out the companion shoe: the Puma Men's Ignite Ultimate Layered Running Shoes.

This range of running shoes from Puma are tried and tested and enjoy wide popularity among runners.

Here we see a highly suitable neutral running shoe for road surfaces.

It's been upgraded to give high-energy return with a shoe that provides absolute comfort. The style is unmistakable and synonymous with Puma.  

Let's check some feedback on this great shoe.
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This Ignite Ultimate Layered running shoe is a good shoe for a 5k with no resulting soreness or tired feet. Another reviewer took the shoe for a six mile walk and found they did not need breaking in. They were just right! So they work well for distance running as well as walking. When we think about surface grip, a reviewer took a pair and wore them for a game of soccer and the shoes performed great on the wet field.

It does seem that these running shoes can and do serve multi-functional sports purpose. A factor that remains constant is real comfort and durability, something which we runners value very much.

In terms of arch support, the shoe is neutral and good for those daily road or park runs. The heel-to-toe drop for the men's version is a friendly 12mm.  For shoe weight we see the women's shoe at 305 grams and the men's at 350 grams. The shoes come in a normal width for both. Feedback indicates solid durability for the soles with minimal wear even after a few hundred miles.

The mesh is up there as ultra-breathable. So the shoes are good for hot weather running as well as cool weather. Great flexibility comes from the built-in flex grooves running from the fore-foot to the heal area.

Cost

Runners seeking moderately priced shoes have come to respect the Ignite Ultimate Layered as value for the money.
Pros
  • Nice comfortable cushion
  • Good road grip and moderate grass surfaces
  • Top notch breath-ability
  • Neutral shoe
  • Good flexibility
  • Durability
Cons
  • Some runners said the shoe felt a bit heavy.

6. Ignite Flash EvoKnit

6. Ignite Flash EvoKnit
Puma Ignites really keep you going on long runs and through daily training. This is thanks to their cushioning. Whereas some support shoes lessen flexibility, the Ignites keep the flexibility high. Think highly breathable running shoes with a natural and flexible but snug fit.
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Let's start with the very impressive upper with high breath-ability, strong durable construction, and water resistance.

Puma flexibility is evident throughout the shoe design. The sole is durable and strong but gives the right level of flexability.

On a long run you will be delighted with the cushion technology built into the shoe. It's comfortable, molds to the foot, and gives a snug feeling.

Touchdown is comfortable and shock absorbance means no jarring. The bounce of the shoe pushes you forward and makes you feel like this pair of shoes was built specifically for your gait.

Runners love the level of breath-ability in the Ignite v2. On a hot day you will find that your feet stay reasonably cool.

Expect a really smooth natural running sensation due to the excellently designed flex groove system built into the shoe. That's track technology at its very best!

The shoes hold well onto the foot and the structure has durability combined with a secure structural design. Surface grip is at a high level where runners can be confident they will stay on their feet on slippery ground. (Unless you hit a patch of ice - not too many people will stay upright then...)

The sole has solid durability and can handle frequent long pounding rides.

Cost
Minimal cost, nice buy, and you get a good shoe!
Pros
  • Breathable, flexible mesh upper
  • EverTrack tech in outsole for durability
  • Forefront flex grooves for smooth, natural running experience
  • Ultra-thin tongue for comfortable but natural fit
  • Silicone print on inner heel for security and no slippage
Cons
  • Narrow fit in the forefoot

5. Faas 800

5. Faas 800
The shoe philosophy here is: much less weight for neutral daily training. This is great for light-weight minimalist racing. And it results in the updated Fass-800!

“Less weight, more faas” has been the backbone of the Puma Faas line since its inception.

Geometric focused stability works to prevent any over-pronation. Inserts and dual densities are absent in the shoe which gives a lighter shoe with high performance stability.

Have a read and find out why these shoes are wanted on the feet of many runners.
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Comfort/Features

Puma retained the high visibility detailing. Durability is built into the shoe with plastic reinforcements at the eyelets and heel overlays. Merely pick up the shoe and you will be impressed at how lightweight it is.

The entire upper is a durable mesh construction, which contributes to the lightness of the shoe and also promotes flexibility. Simplicity comes with the built in overlays. You also get toe caps made from suede.

A solid midfoot overlay extends backwards into the heel system. Then a midfoot overlay with a TPU foam striping with reflective capability lends to more structural integrity and shoe stability. And don't forget secure protection!

The Faas 800 has a roomy toebox for flexing tired toes. The heel remains minimal in terms of functionality plus it's made from an exoskeleton instead of a heel cup which are usually a rigid form of plastic. You get a comforting built-in memory foam in the heel lining.

The shoe incorporates more in its tech build with a curved rocker component which enables for a smooth touch-down and easy toe-off. While you run you can feel the natural and smooth promotion for your gait.

The ride in this shoe is created through Bio Ride tech from the Faas shoe system and centers on three key features: groove, flex, and rocker tech.

Cost

The price of this shoe is surprisingly moderate when we compare it to the high-performance characteristics, shoe durability, breath-ability, nice wick, protection and support.
Pros
  • Natural ride
  • Comfortable
  • Light-weight
  • No inserts
  • No dual density foam
  • Customer friendly Price
Cons
  • Some runners miss the traditional systems for foot support

7. Ignite Limitless

The Puma Ignite Limitless seem to be a great Puma running shoes. They definitely rank high in being very attractive.

Great sleek design and side patterns that make it look like you’re zooming by your competitors, plus attractive color combinations that will surely fit your style.

They’re lightweight, affordable, and of course super comfy.

They have so much going for them that runners get giddy over them. Check ‘em out!
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Nice featured updates ensure the shoe stays a top player for performance. First, they have great transition from strike to liftoff due to the 8mm drop. Secondly, they now give higher visibility through built in reflective details.

Out on the road the shoe feels good with a very balanced and firm but plush cushion system and highly flexible sole. Whether you are running uphill or downhill, these shoes perform.

The shoes offer Neutralcell technology, high optimal breath-ability, reflectivity for 360 degrees, and bonded suede built in.

The Ignite Limitlesshas flex grooves plus a functional and durable perforated sock liner. Additionally, super FAAS foam  for the comfortable mid-sole which gives a secure but nice bouncy feel to the shoe. Try out the smooth transition enhancement from the innovative flex groove system.

For toe performance, we can thank the reliable Ever-Ride technology which ensures comfortable smoothness. For wear prevention, the top class Ever-track technology never fails to perform its durable protective purpose.

This shoe is built onto an outstanding high-tech platform. Performance is certain to be very good. The upper gives ample breathability, a solid sole offers appropriate road surface grip, and durability is consistent throughout the shoe so the material construction offers longevity.

Cost

The shoe is clearly a very good investment and to invest in this technical performance shoe will give great value for your money.
Pros
  • AirMesh upper for breathability and comfort
  • EverRide lightweight and protective outsole
  • Faas Foam+ midsole with forefoot flex grooves encourages natural foot movement
  • Lightweight
  • neutralCELL tech for cushioning and flexibility
Cons
  • Runs narrow

9. Ignite V4

9. Ignite V4
These shoes ignite your running game, so the name really fits. The Ignites have a sleek, neutral look available in white and black. The heel is thick and supportive with the TPU heel cushioning unit. Textured Formstrip overlays keep the fit snug. The upper is particularly supportive. In general, these make for solid training shoes. The big plus? They’re very affordable.
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This well-designed neutral shoe offers a comfort which comes from the durable uppers built to enhance support while staying with just the right amount of cushion in exactly the right areas of the shoe.

Mega support comes from the Heel TPU technology. Cushioning works nicely within the shoe. Your feet are cushioned to the extent that it feels quite natural.

The shoe sits above the rest for effective neutral appearance blended with solid performance.

Take these shoes for a short, medium, or long ride and you know you're wearing performance products. Your stride works with the shoe. Grip is sound so when you want speed you can immediately pick up the pace and the shoes will go with you.

Shoe bounce and lift-off is noticeably good and the quality of bounce is appropriately in sync with a runners touch down and toe off. Built with the preferred array of Puma shoe technology, you get functionality, durability, performance, good cushioned comfort, and a nice feeling of stability.

In short, when you put on these shoes they feel nice, they ride well, and they perform to a runners expectations.

Cost

Pumas are knocking out this shoe model at a really fair price.
Pros
  • Comfort
  • Breathability
  • Nice cushion
  • Flexible where needed
  • Durable
  • Good performing shoe-responsive
Cons
  • A few runners questioned the weight of the shoes

10. Ignite Disc

10. Ignite Disc
Puma will tell you that this is one of their top responsive running shoes and they definitely know what runners want.

A great road surface shoe which takes you for a good ride and lets you push for speed.

We really like this shoe, it has a niche place for avid runners.

Read why we put forward this model as a good recommendation.
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Comfort/Features

A nice range of sporty colors with a sound upper mesh constructed of durable synthetic Nubuck leather, TPU logo welds look nice, and the no-sew overlay system is appreciated by runners.

You get a stabilizing foam under the heal insert, which absorbs shock. The midsole technology is impressive and constructed with polyurethane at single density.

The outsole features the popular and durable EverTrack Carbon from the toe through to the heel and note the decorative under heel Urethanne insert.

Nice shoe weight at 321 grams and the shoe is offered in standard and single width sizes. Breath-ability through the upper construction is nicely functional. Plus the shoe performs to expectations for wick factor.

For the sole you get hard heel and forefoot cushioning. The shoe is flexible and responsive with a great transition. Arch support is above average and the outsole grip is very good.

The heel and shoe front provide good stability.

For the upper construction we see plush durable materials and a good level of shoe ventilation. The Achilles dip may be a little stiff but the collar gives a medium snug fit.

The mid foot area gives a snug fit and the lace system offers stabilizing support for the upper area.

Cost

The shoe cost is moderate when you take into account the performance characteristics and shoe technology, stability, durability, and comfort.
Pros
  • Upper construction made of plush durable materials
  • Good level of shoe ventilation
  • Breath-ability and good wick factor
  • Flexible for purpose
  • Good cushion
  • Great transition
  • Flexible and responsive
Cons
  • Some runners warn to secure the shoe tongue or it might slide.

There you have it. Puma puts out a lot of products, but the models above have been rated the highest for their  particular uses and features. Their shoes tend to be versatile and easily transition between the the track and other sport activities or general training. Pumas tend to fall in the middle ground – they’re not maximalist or minimalist and they retain flexibility while being supportive and durable. Read on to see how we made our selections.

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The Criteria Used When Choosing The Best Puma Running Shoes:

 A Little Background On The Puma Brand

Puma has an interesting origin. It was founded by two brothers in a small German town with limited electricity–the brothers actually used pedal power stationary bicycles to run some of their early equipment. In 1936 the branded exploded when the brothers packed a suitcase full of running spikes and drove to the Olympics, which were taking place in Berlin. They convinced US sprinter Jesse Owens to wear their footwear, and he won four gold medals sporting Puma’s on his feet. Needless to say, this would set off a ripple in the running shoe world that is still around today. The two brothers later broke business ties and one of them went off to start another running shoe company–the well-known Adidas brand. That’s right, these two footwear powerhouses were started by two (almost unknown) brothers!

 Performance, Not Lifestyle Footwear

We know there are a ton of Puma footwear options on the market. In fact, test runners report that they come across so many Puma models in retail and running shops that they stopped paying attention. This is because Puma has split into a lifestyle company, creating suede wrapped shoes that look great but are not meant for running – some of them can’t even be taken out into the rain! We have waded through these shoes and made sure that only their performance-driven options are on our buying guide.

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 Added Value With Performance

The biggest advantage that comes with Puma footwear is the solid value they provide runners. You are able to select a running shoe that is constructed with premium materials and quality design but at a lower price than their many counterparts. We made sure to cross-reference all models with what real-world users had to say about them in terms of performance and durability to make sure that our readers get the most value from their selections.

Support

According to runner feedback, finding a running shoe with adequate support can be a tedious process. Here at Runnerclick we are avid runners and know that achieving the right amount of support and cushioning can be tricky. However, when you’re going long distances, getting the support levels right isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. So we took a close look at what user feedback had to say about the support levels of the Puma models tested. We know it’s crucial to get the support you need.

Breathability

Another advantage of the Puma brand is the breathability of their footwear. We have a solid variety of selections here that will keep your nice and cool during your runs. Whether it’s woven, tightly knit fabric or synthetic mesh, the material found in the upper portion of the shoe is what needs to be inspected when determining the breathability of the shoe. Regardless of whether you are running in the heat or cooler, very shoe needs to be breathable in order for you to get the most out of your runs.

 The Latest Looks And Styles

Ok, we admit it. These are great looking running shoes. While we focus on performance, fit, and technology, we know that runners like to express themselves and have a shoe they love to look at. We’re the same way. That’s why Puma brings in what it learns from its “lifestyle” brands and translates that into their performance line. What you are left with is a great looking shoe with lots of awesome color options. No matter which model you choose, you’re going to get a great shoe that has that trendy look that everyone’s looking for.

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Other Important Things to Consider When Selecting Your Puma Running Shoes.

Puma has a rich history and they take the construction of their performance running shoes very seriously. We have narrowed down the selection to the best of the best they have to offer. However,  it’s good to have a little more guidance when making your choice. Take your specific needs and requirements into consideration along with our assessment to make a custom choice that is right for you. Below you will find some personal factors to take into consideration when making your choice.

Don’t Fall For Sponsorships Or Celebrity Endorsements

It may be tempting to slip into the latest footwear that is being used in professional soccer, football, or even Olympic events. Puma has plenty of athletes and celebrity endorsements, however, those endorsements do not mean they are the right shoe for you. Resist the urge to walk into a department store, or even worse, a fashion boutique, and select a high fashion running shoe. We have vetted our choice based on fit, protection, comfort, durability, and performance to name just a few checkboxes we cross. Selecting the best match for you should always be the top priority.

Make A Selection Based On Activity

Aside from running, we also listed models that can be transitioned into other activities such as training. Make sure you base your selection on the type of activity you plan on logging the most time of in]If you’re going to run long distances, there’s nothing like a lightweight, breathable running shoe to keep your focus on endurance and stride. For gym training that has you switching between multiple workouts in short spurts, our training selections are the best fit for the job. Trust us, you’ll notice the difference once you make a footwear selection that matches your activity.

Remember The Width Of Your Foot When Making A Selection

Puma running shoe models can really be divided into two categories: narrow and less narrow. Maybe it’s a German engineering thing (like those smaller German cars). We know that happy feet make for a great run, so it’s important to let our readers know about specific sizing properties that may or may not work for them. If you have had issues with the narrowness of running shoes in the past, make sure you look for the options that we have noted for their width. We have options for runners with wider feet, but keep in mind the Puma as a whole tends to manufacture a more narrow shoe.

Keep Them Clean For More Than Just Looks

Here’s another factor to consider: maintenance. Puma running shoes have awesome, runner friendly materials that make for a lightweight and breathable running shoe. If you’re going to go with a knitted, formed fabric model, keep in mind that keeping those materials clean is essential to keeping their integrity levels high. So if you’re not the type of runner that doesn’t like to be hands on or proactive with the care of you running shoes, you might want to make a selection that is more “lace up and go” with a less breathable construction and design. Needless to say, never machine wash or machine dry your Puma’s.

 

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FAQ

We’re confident that by taking some of these factors into consideration when making your choice, you’ll find a solid Puma running shoe that is perfect for you. Before you get out there, we’ve also compiled some frequently asked questions that commonly arise when searching for a new running shoe.

Q: What is Puma best known for? What can I expect from the brand?

Depends on whom you ask. Track runners know the name for solid Olympic events Gold Medal wins. Soccer players know Puma for being the most trusted name in International play. Football players know then for being extra sticky on the field. We can go on, however, what they mean for runners and what you can expect from them is quality materials with attention to details for an incredible value. Count on the brand to give you a durable and dependable running shoe with a trendy style all of their own.

Q: I’ve heard that most people run without socks in their Puma shoes, what’s the consensus?

 It’s really a personal preference. Puma shoes are often used for track and field events, which are typically done sockless–and perhaps this stuck with the brand along the way. Regardless of why, running without socks is a choice that each individual runner has to make, there’s no right or wrong answer.

Q: Do Puma’s run true to size?

Yes. The majority of Puma footwear runs true to size, and a lot more consistent than most running shoe brands. The particular models that run a little small, we have made sure to make note of in our guide so our readers have the most information available to them.

Q: I’m planning to decrease my times, are Puma’s a good selection for that?

They are a great selection for speed. Puma’s are literarily built for short distances and high speed. Their traction is high to give runners more torque off of the starting line, and they are lightweight and very flexible. If speed is something you’re after, Puma’s are a good selection to make.

 

This was our approach when selecting the right pair of Puma running shoes. Remember that selecting the right pair of running shoes is an investment and making a selection that is based on personal use and needs is crucial. We hope this guide provided you with all the information you need when making your choice between form and function. Thanks for following along with us. Now make the perfect selection for you and keep running!


Here are some sources we used while conducting our research

It’s important to use a wide variety of sources to ensure quality information. We like to utilize trusted running enthusiasts and manufactures when providing our readers with the most up-to-date statistics found in all our buying guides. We are also very interested in taking what everyday users have to say about specific products, and we perform our due diligence to make sure that quality research goes into every guide. Here are some sources which helped us with this guide:

Sources

  1. Amazon, Amazon, Product Reviews,
  2. Self Magazine, Self Magazine, Lifestyle Magazine,
  3. Wikipedia, Wikipedia, Online Encyclopedia,
  4. Runner’s World, Runner’s World, Running Website,
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