I bought the Puma Ignite v2 10 months back.
First of all, I would like to thank the RunRepeat community for helping me out to find this awesome pair of running shoes at a very good price.
I started running after having had serious spinal problems to increase my core strength and stability. By that time I weighed almost 90kgs and as per the advice from my Orthopedician, to use running shoes with very high cushioning, I found the Ignite v2 to be the best fit for my budget.
The color options provided by Puma are so easy on the eyes and appeal to varied tastes.
Figure 1. Lateral & Medial View of the Puma Ignite v2
The upper layer of the Ignite v2 is made up of a highly breathable, porous mesh unit with vents at the top and both the sides.
A sock lining layer is provided inside the mesh unit and so the shoes can be worn without socks as well. It is very breathable which helps in keeping the feet really dry even after very long time usage in hot weather conditions.
A perfect selection of the upper material and the insole unit keeps the shoe odor free even after a series of consecutive days of wearing. Reflectors are provided on both the sides and also at the back of the heel-box as a safety measure for night time running.
Figure 2. Light reflectors on the sides & at the back of the shoe
The tongue is thin and made of suede leather (maybe, feels like suede leather). It has flat style laces with small knurling like pattern to keep them stay put. In the whole period only twice the laces come untied during the run.
Flat style laces with small knurling like pattern to keep them stay put. In the whole period only twice the laces come untied during the run. Special silicone prints are provided inside the heel box to prevent slippage of the shoes.
Figure 3. Silicone prints prevent the slippage of the shoe during runs
The Midsole unit is made up of high quality IGNITE foam from Puma which is very responsive and springy.
The groove like structures "Chevron flex grooves" increases the energy return from each stride. There are no signs of shrinkage or wrinkles on the mid sole instead small pores started appearing.
Figure 4. Small pores started appearing on the mid sole
Cushioning & Ride Quality
The cushioning and the ride quality of the Ignite v2 are exceptional.
I have run almost 700kms on this pair and even today the cushioning feels like the very first day of use. There is only a little drop in the amount of cushioning even after clocking such high mileage.
The 30mm heel height of the Ignite v2 lets me feel as if I am stepping on something really soft and cushiony. The 12 mm heel-toe drop helps for a smooth transition of the foot from the heel through the midfoot to the toe.
I have run few long distance (21k) training runs on the Ignite v2 to date, the level of cushioning and comfort was really good until the very end of the course.
This is a great choice for people with high arches, joint issues, and heavier runners.
The traction of the Ignite v2 is a monster in both wet and dry conditions.
I had run on the Nike Dual Fusion X 2 on wet pavements a couple of times before buying the Ignite v2. Because of lack of traction, I started to think that running is a sport meant to be practiced only during dry weather.
With the Ignite v2, I felt no drop in the level of traction with varying conditions of the pavement.
Figure 5. Ignite v2 outsole after 700km of usage
The durability is what I like the most in the Ignite v2.
I have run a number of 5k, 10k races on asphalt and a few 5k races on soft trails yet there isn't a lot of wear and tear on the outsole. Puma delivers great durability with its promising EVERTRACK technology outsole unit which is highly resistant towards abrasion.
After heavy usage, the wear pattern shows my tendency to supinate and heel strike.
Figure 6. The outsole wear due to supination
There are signs of mild wear and tear all over the upper unit.
The inner sock liner is also torn at the toe box. Just at the widest point of the shoe, there is a small hole showing up recently.
Figure 7. Wear happening at the inner side of the ankle zone
Figure 8. Inner sock liner is torn at the toe box
Figure 9. Small holes started appearing at the widest point of the shoe
Apart from these, the shoes feel great as usual. For sure the Ignite v2's are going to last easily somewhere between 700-800 km.
The fit is what I dislike the most in the Ignite v2. These shoes run really narrow and it was really frustrating at the beginning until the shoes were broken in.
Being a runner with wide feet, the tip and the toe box design are the most unlikely things about this pair. I wish Puma considers this issue and provides wider options in the future.
Figure 10. My wide foot with the very narrow shoe
What I Like About the Ignite v2
What I Dislike About the Ignite v2
- Runs very narrow
- Plastic at the heel area feels slightly heavy
- Heavier runners (less than 95kgs)
- Runners with joint issues who expect added cushioning
- Runners who run in extremely hot weather conditions
- Runners with narrow feet
- Runners just looking for a casual pair of shoes for everyday use