Who should buy the Puma Liberate Nitro

The Puma Liberate Nitro is a lightweight and affordable neutral running best recommended for:

  • tempo runs, progressive runs, easy-paced runs, intervals, and fartlek sessions
  • the puma liberate nitro is best used in short-distance endeavors

Puma Liberate Nitro Puma

Offers responsiveness and comfort

Experts agree that the Liberate Nitro is a shoe "for all outings at all speeds". A cheap tempo trainer that has the makings of a top-notch, modern-day training flat — this is how the Liberate Nitro is best described.

Puma Liberate Nitro Offers responsiveness

It is responsive when you pick up the pace, driving you forward. And it's just as comfortable and enjoyable during easy runs. 

Liberate Nitro provides great value for your money 

Ensuring that bang-for-the-buck purchase, here are some of the qualities you'll love about the shoe:

Puma Liberate Nitro provides great value

  • propulsive ride owed to its Nitro foam 
  • featherlight composition for speed
  • excellent grip on various surfaces 
  • flexible midsole for unrestrained foot motions

Not for high-mileage runs

There's just not enough cushion underfoot. After testing the shoe in an 8-mile run, runners report that their legs feel fatigued.

Puma Liberate Nitro cushion underfoot

Moreover, a reviewer said that the shoe's rubber sole makes a "noisy banging" on the ground.  

Grippy performance

Reviewers have tested it on wet pavement, dirt roads, gravel, rain, and cobblestones. They all agree that the shoe bites really well into the ground, keeping them upright and confident.

Puma Liberate Nitro Grippy performance

When it comes to its durability, one tester writes that after 50 km, the outsole still has NO trace of wear.

Keeps your legs fresh after a run

Runners claim that the cushion has kept their legs feeling fresh after each run. The midsole allows for a natural foot bend. Its softness and the cuts on the outsole are responsible for its pliability.

Puma Liberate Nitro toe box

The toe box is roomy and the heel clutch and midfoot hold are excellent. It's "not sloppy" in any sense. Its gusseted tongue stays in place, does not cause irritation, and adds to the overall security of the shoe.

A stripped-down tempo running shoe 

The essence of the Puma Liberate Nitro is that it is a stripped-down tempo shoe. Unlike its tempo shoe contemporaries, it doesn't have any fancy features. 

Puma Liberate Nitro stripped-down tempo

This allows the Nitro foam to shine, which is responsible for its explosive performance. And most importantly, it's the reason why it's SO light. 

The Nitro collection 

Puma is presenting the running world with a lineup that caters to all activities. Here are the Puma Liberate Nitro's siblings:

Puma Liberate Nitro The Nitro collection

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 6.3oz / Women 5.2oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging / Treadmill

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Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
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.