Summary

We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Some testers noted that the upper unit of the Puma Carson 2 Nature Knit offered a comfortable wrap.
  • The lightweight nature of this running shoe was welcomed by its purchasers.
  • The underfoot cushioning unit gained the favor of most consumers because it offered a comfortable ride.
  • Most of those who have tried on the Carson 2 Nature Knit liked its design and color schemes.
  • Flexibility is a trait of this product that the consumers welcomed.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Several testers claimed that the width profile and sizing scheme of the Carson 2 Nature Knit were inconsistent.
  • The interior sleeve tore apart after only a few uses, a runner complained.

Bottom line

Most consumers were happy with the Puma Carson 2 Nature Knit. They liked this neutral shoe’s agreeable upper construction, its lightweight build, its flexible underfoot platform, and the appealing design. On the other hand, the measurements used for this neutral shoe were deemed by some to be unreliable.

Facts

Base model: Puma Carson 2
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7.7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Competition
Brand: Puma
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $60
Colorways: Blue, Grey, Pink
Special editions: 2 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated Puma running shoe
A popular pick

  • The Nature Knit version of the Puma Carson 2 is a running that’s created for the neutral pronator. It has a muted and unassuming look that caters to minimalist purchasers and people who don’t want too much bulk. The upper has a porous structure which contributes to a well-ventilated in-shoe experience.
  • The underfoot platform makes use of an industry-standard cushioning unit to support the foot and keep it comfortable. It’s designed to be lightweight and flexible. It is also the one responsible for traction because it is in full contact with the ground.

Standard measurements were used to make this Puma running shoe. It’s claimed to be true to size. When it comes to width, the available options are B – Medium for women and D – Medium for men. It accommodates those who have medium foot-dimensions.

Full ground-contact IMEVA or injection molded ethylene vinyl acetate serves as the outer sole of the Puma Carson 2 Nature Knit. This material was injected into a mold, then shaped using the standard casting process. The resulting material is sturdy and long-lasting.

Non-prominent traction nodes heighten surface grip. They also serve as indicators for signs of wear.

The IMEVA foam offers a responsive underfoot experience. It’s designed to withstand the debilitating effects of continued use, such as sagging or breakdown. Moreover, it’s lightweight and flexible.

A soft foam footbed provides a bit more cushioning for the foot. It can be detached or substituted with a custom sock liner of the wearer’s choosing.

The Puma Carson 2 Nature Knit makes use of a knitted material to provide a soft and breathable coverage. Visible ventilation holes permit environmental air to maintain a cool and dry experience for the foot.

A traditional lacing system connects to a heel-and-midfoot saddle. These elements adjust to the fit-preferences of the runner.

The padded tongue and collar work together to cushion the upper dimensions of the foot. These parts of the shoe also prevent in-shoe wobbling.

Pull tabs are stitched to the heel section of the collar and the tip of the tongue unit. These add-ons make it easier for the runner to put on or remove the shoe.

Comparison

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Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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