Puma Mobium Elite Ride Review

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When Puma released the original Mobium Elite, it was called the first “adaptive” running shoe in the industry.
It was supposed to allow the foot to move naturally but with added propulsion. However, I found that it catered more to midfoot strikers.

The latest Mobium Elite Ride is built for the traditional heel strikers  – even though it features the same technologies – a Mobium Band designed specifically for heel strikers, Forefoot Expansion Pods and Windlass Chassis.  The Mobium Elite Ride also features the new Adaptive Fit in the heel, EVERRIDE+ injected blown rubber in the forefoot outsole and a decoupled heel crashpad for the initial heel strike phase.

The Expansion Pods, which are on the outsole, still look like a cat’s paw – They are designed to align closely with the bone structure of the foot so as to provide better flexibility and support.

The Mobium Band, an elastic band that runs through the outsole and midsole in a figure-of-eight pattern supports the arch for better energy return. But the new band is thicker than the original’s.
Puma describes the Windlass Chassis as the first ethylene vinyl acetate midsole that changes its shape and length as you run, to ensure that the shoe moves naturally with your foot.

The shoe also features Puma’s new stretchable upper, known as Adaptive Fit, in the heel, such that it adapts to heel movement; and a decoupled heel “crashpad” for initial heel strikes.

The review unit came in a combo of black, indigo and yellow, while sporting the brand’s usual stripes on the outstep and the cat logo – both in a nice silver tone – near the big toe. It looks good enough to wear with pride from track to gym to mall. And certainly a good pair to wear on your travels.

Video overview of the Puma Mobium Elite Ride

What kind of running is the Puma Mobium Elite Ride Designed for?

Mobium Elite Ride is Designed and Built for Everyday Runners. With the Mobium Elite Ride, you could easily run long distances without having to worry about suffering shoe-related abrasions, sores or blisters on your feet.

Keeping your feet comfortable

Ample cushioning and flexibility is typical of the Mobium series shoes and I thought that the Mobium Elite Ride shoes demonstrated this well.
When I first slipped my feet into the Ride, I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable it felt. The original did not feel that way.

At 270g, it is not exactly lightweight when compared with minimalist running shoes, however, the Ride does not feel heavy at all.

When I wore it for an initial 2.4km run, the shoes already felt broken in. Being a conventional heel-strike runner, I love the energy return that the Ride provides during heel strikes. When I switched to a midfoot strike, it felt comfortable too.

I noticed that the more often and further I ran with these Puma shoes the more they appeared to be moulding themselves to the shape of my feet.

Even when I took the shoes on a 5km jog, the comfort level did not drop. I could still feel the cushioning upon impact and the bouncy response with each running stride. My toes had enough room to move yet they did not slip. And my arches and ankles felt supported.

I also wore the Ride walking in shopping malls and it felt as good as my usual walking sandals.

The only downer – and a slight one – is that there was not much ventilation and my feet did feel a little warm after some time.

Overall, the Puma Mobium Elite Ride is a great pair of running shoes for heel strikers who want looks, comfort and affordability.

Tech Specs

Material : Adaptive Fit Upper with ethylene vinyl acetate midsole
Weight :   270g

The Puma Mobium Elite Ride shoes come in both Men’s and Ladies sizes and are available Amazon.com

Click here to get the best price for the Puma Mobium Elite Ride on Amazon

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