Puma Mobium Ride v2 Review Facts
Heel strikers need plenty of cushioning for their footfall but often find that many running shoes fall flat in this department. The updated Puma Mobium Ride v2 seeks to alleviate some of the woes heel strikers face during their run. With enhanced cushioning and flexibility, the protection the Mobium Ride v2 offers seeks to deliver excellent service and superior performance to heel strikers. Featuring two separate rubber technologies used in the outsole that protects the unit from abrasion and wear while the other adds cushioning to each step, the outsole is designed to follow the natural mechanics and shape of the foot. Meanwhile, its Windlass Chassis foot pad spreads and expands as it hits the ground, so each step works reflexively to the runner’s stride and strike. An elastic band placed below the midsole provides a spring to each step, while the Mobium Ride v2’s seamless upper prevents irritation and encourages natural foot movement. The materials used for the upper are flexible and soft, which protects the foot further as it goes through the gait cycle.
The plush, generous cushioning the Ride v2 offers is a serious upgrade from the more minimalist design of its predecessor, which heel strikers will find a great addition, while neutral runners will also enjoy this extra comfort. This dynamic shoe adapts to the natural movement of the foot without lowering the drop, providing the runner with an excellent ride without taking away from its comfort level. With a Mobium Band strip that aids in contracting the shoe quicker after each footfall and a flexible bow that facilitates pronation, this is a shoe loaded with options that are meant to aid in performance. Puma has a great reputation of creating stylish running shoes, and while their price tag reflects the high-end quality of their lines, the Mobium Ride v2 reflects the value of a well-crafted trainer.
With a two-layer rubber outsole, the Mobium Ride v2 aims to make the runner’s ride as comfortable as possible. The two layers are comprised of specific proprietary properties: the first is the EverTrack outsole
, an abrasion-resistant compound that protects the sole from wear. Placed in critical areas that experience the most contact with running surfaces, it shields the foot and shoe from wear and tear and other deterioration from asphalt and debris. This also helps cushion the impact from the foot’s strike. The second element is the EverRide, an outsole rubber compound that cushions each step. This durable outsole material is responsive and helps toe
-off. In addition, the outsole is outfitted with the Mobium Band, an elastic unit that’s placed in a figure eight pattern across the outsole. The band relaxes and stretches as the runner goes through the gait cycle and reacts accordingly to deliver a spring to each step.
The Mobium Ride 2’s midsole features the Windlass Chassis, a design that follows the natural movement of the foot that changes in height, length, and proportion as the foot transitions from heel to toe. With Expansion Pods fit in the forefoot area, which delivers a cushioned platform that’s both durable and flexible, these pods absorb shock and deliver a more effective and responsive toe-off. The midsole also features Puma
’s Supreme Ride EVA sock liner that keeps the foot comfortable throughout the ride. The midfoot cradles the arch, which provides a mild correction in stance and also aids in a more balanced, stable ride.
With a seamless upper, the Mobium Ride v2 uses a dual mesh that keeps the foot cool throughout a ride while also reducing potential irritation. Its construction provides a great amount of comfortability and coverage, and using the Adaptive Fit 2.0, it follows the natural shape of a foot. Runners with a wider foot will appreciate the Ride v2’s wider forefoot, which allows for natural toe splay and the more natural fit that this provides. With a traditional lace-up
closure that keep the foot firmly in place, the Ride v2 also has extra eyelets for further collar security and to allow the runner to customize the fit of the trainer.
For a shoe that’s loaded with tech--from its Mobium Band in the outsole to its Expansion Pods in the forefoot--one would think this trainer would be heavier than it is. But at a lean 8.9 ounces/252 grams, the Mobium Ride v2 is a relatively lightweight trainer.
Thanks to its dual layer seamless upper mesh, the Mobium Ride v2 is a highly breathable trainer
. Its seamless construction prevents irritation but also allows for maximum ventilation, as the upper is a single-piece construction without overlays that block ventilation. Even the Puma
logo on the side is part of the mesh.
A major upgrade in the Ride v2 is its extreme comfort, moving it up from the somewhat minimalist
style the first few iterations boasted. With an outsole made from EverRide+ technology, this rubber compound helps to cushion each step, while its midsole is outfitted with Expansion Pods in the forefoot that acts as a durable cushioning platform. In addition, the Supreme Ride EVA sock liner also keeps the foot very comfortable throughout a run.
A sleek low-cut trainer, the Mobium Ride v2 falls in line with the sort of stylishness that Puma has delivered since the company became a major force in the athletics wear
market. Coming in a variety of color combinations that range from understated all-black to wild sun-kissed fade-tops, the Ride v2 has produced designs and color combos that will appeal to both modest and more adventurous tastes. With its dual layer upper mesh that speaks to the sneaker’s breathability adorned by a slick racing stripe of offset color on one side and the trademark Puma logo on the other, the Ride v2 fits right in with every classic Puma sneaker they’ve produced--which says a lot about the durability of their design and overall aesthetics. For fans of the Puma look
, the Mobium Ride v2 is another strong entry in the company’s signature look.
One point that many reviewers have made about the Mobium Ride v2 is its durability--which isn’t surprising given the many sturdy elements that comprise this trainer. Its two-layer outsole is largely protected by an EverTrack outsole. This abrasion-resistant compound, placed in critical high-wear areas of the outsole, protects the sole from rapid deterioration from contact with hard running surfaces. The Expansion Pods placed at the forefoot of the midsole are also similarly durable, reacting to each foot strike and toe off and still retaining their shape and performance. These elements, along with the durable synthetic dual-layer upper mesh, make the Mobium Ride v2 a trainer that can take the force and shocks of daily running without noticeable wear and tear for a long time onward.
The EverTrack outsole, a sturdy compound rubber placed in high-wear areas to protect both the integrity of the shoe--and the foot itself--from debris on the road offers a fair amount of protection from the harsher elements a runner may find on a ride. However, its dual-layer seamless upper mesh is not going to offer significant protection from rain or snow. These are lightweight running shoes, after all, not trail running gaiters
. But for their purpose of being running shoes, the highly breathable mesh upper and sturdy outsole construction may offer all the protection one would need when jogging through their suburban streets or cityscapes.
One major attribute the Puma Mobium Ride v2 has is its responsiveness. The Expansion Pods placed at the forefoot provide the runner with a responsive reaction to the force of footfall and toe-off, while its Windlass Chassis midsole is designed to follow the natural movement of the foot, changing in length, height, and proportion as the foot transitions between heel and toe. The Ride v2 is also outfitted with a Mobium Band, which is placed in a figure eight pattern across the outsole and relaxes and stretches as the runner moves through the gait cycle, delivering an added spring with each step.
The construction of the midsole of the Ride v2 cradles the arch and provides a slight correction in stance, aiding in a more balanced ride. The additional padding in the heel of the Ride v2 also aids to support heel strikers. However, this is not specifically a support
shoe but is meant for neutral runners
The sturdy two-layer outsole, including the EverTrack+ compound rubber in high-wear areas, provides a fair amount of protection against harsh running surfaces such as asphalt and pavement. However, this is not a trail runner
. It’s designed specifically for running on the streets and sidewalks of your city or town.
Puma is a well-known name brand that sells high-end shoes to customers looking for both brand affiliation and quality. The Mobium Ride v2 is also loaded with tech that far surpasses many other shoes on the market. That being said, while its introductory price was on the high side, the price has dropped considerably since then, so it’s no longer a steep investment for a runner to make in a quality trainer.
With large pods that dot the outsole of the Mobium Ride v2, this trainer offers a fair amount of traction. While it may not be as tenacious as other running shoes in terms of grip, these are lightweight trainers for runners looking for a responsive ride, not one seeking to tear up the track or run in more inclement conditions.
With a dual-layer upper mesh, Mobium Band running across the outsole, and deep flex grooves on the outsole, the Mobium Ride v2 is a highly flexible trainer
. Even the tech inside of the midsole, such as the Expandable Pods and the Windlass Chassis, are designed to provide a great amount of flexibility--and surface control--for the runner.
With a midsole that cradles the arch of the foot to provide a slight correction in stance and the Windlass Chassis midsole that reacts and conforms to the variations of foot position throughout a cycle, the Ride v2 is a highly stable shoe. However, it is not specifically a stability shoe
. This is designed for heel strikers and neutral runners in mind.
In keeping with updating many aspects of the Ride line, which had previously been much more minimalist, Puma has given the Ride v2 a drop of 8mm, which most neutral runners will find comfortable--and just slightly lower than the average drop in this style of trainer.
- Very comfortable trainer with heel strikers in mind
- Loaded with technology that runners will enjoy and find aids in their stride
- Mobius Band on the outsole provides a spring with each step
- Very stylish looking shoe
, reminiscent of Puma’s signature design
- Durable trainer that holds up to consistent use and wear and tear of the road
Puma is a high-profile, immediately recognizable brand in the sports world. And for good reason. They’ve been putting out stylish, high-quality products for decades. The Puma Mobium Ride v2 continues with this tradition, providing runners with an all-around excellent shoe that is durable, comfortable, and responsive. While the price tag was initially a little high, it has since dropped to nominal levels. And with the amount of tech that’s been put into this trainer, particularly the Expansion Pods in the forefoot and the Mobius Band on the outsole, runners are getting more for their money with this line over comparable brands.