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  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.5oz
    Women: 10.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Several runners loved the plush comfort of the Ignite Ultimate 3D.
  • More than a few appreciated the soft cushioning.
  • The cushioning absorbs shock very well, according to a handful.
  • It is very fashionable, based on the remarks of some.
  • The substantial reflective elements make it a great choice for night running.
  • It is breathable, according to a couple of reviewers.
  • It is quite flexible for a shoe with more than enough cushioning, as observed a quite a number of runners.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some complained about the additional $10 for the 3D printing and added reflective materials, which the regular version does not have.
  • Traction should be way better than what the shoe offers, according to a handful of reviews.
  • A few mentioned that the sizing is slightly larger than other Puma shoes.

Bottom line

Puma adds another option for runners in the Ignite Ultimate series by adding a 3D printed upper with substantial reflective materials. Running in low-visibility areas should be a cinch in this shoe. It also offers exceptional comfort, very nice aesthetic appeal, superb breathability, and good flexibility. Designed for the middle of the pack runner or for recovery runs, the Ignite Ultimate 3D is another solid road trainer for runners to enjoy.

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Updates to Puma Ignite Ultimate 3D

  • Puma comes up with a new kink to the Ignite Ultimate line by using a reflective mesh upper with 3D printing technology. Besides giving the shoe lightweight support, the reflective materials enhance the shoe’s versatility and importance as it can be a very solid option for low-visibility running.
  • Found in the midsole is the softer, but responsive proprietary foam from Puma. It makes every run comfortable where cushioning goes as it greatly helps the runner, particularly when the form suffers during a run.
  • The shoe has noticeable flexibility because of the articulated and numerous flex grooves in the outsole. For a shoe that is as well-cushioned as this one, the flexibility given is quite surprising and badly-needed. It helps the runner move quickly through the gait cycle as the shoe flexes in all the right areas.

Puma Ignite Ultimate 3D size and fit

Puma offers a standard fit in the Ignite Ultimate 3D. The heel is quite secure, the midfoot is snug, and the forefoot has decent wiggle room. The fit should be accommodating enough for runners with narrow to slightly wider foot. Sizing is generally accurate in this shoe.


Outsole

The outsole of the Ignite Ultimate 3D is almost flat, but is very well-articulated. There are also several flex grooves that enhance flexibility. Puma uses a deep and wide cut that stretches from the haflway point between the heel and the midfoot to the forefoot for improved transition and added flexibility. The EverTrack rubber is placed in the heel and other high-wear areas for durability.


Midsole

The PU injected EVA that Puma calls the Ignite Foam is soft, but responsiveness. As PU is injected, it does not wear out as quickly as traditional EVA and significantly has more spring. The movement from the heel to the toes are also enhanced as it covers the whole midsole. The midsole also utilizes flex grooves for more flexibility.


Upper

A very breathable 3-layered mesh with synthetic overlays covers a big part of the upper. The distinguishing element in this shoe is the 3D printing text on reflective materials. This allows the runner to roll off, even when the lights are out. The Formstrip logo is found on both sides of the shoe for added support. Inside is a molded EVA sockliner for improved cushioning and support.