Summary

We spent 7.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the reviewers describe that the RSX Hard Drive exudes overall comfort and style.
  • Although bulky in design, the shoe fits true to size, notes some testers.
  • Most of the shoe hunters describe how they like the mixture of various materials on the upper.
  • Numerous shoe collectors find the grey/orange/yellow colorway dope.
  • This lace-up has a very clean, cool design, shares some reviewers.
  • A good number of purchasers note the maximum comfort of the insoles.
  • Some sneaker fans like the chunky style that fits right into the dad shoe trend these days.
  • Several buyers find that the price on this 80s retro is affordable, much like the other Puma RS shoes.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few purchasers share that the heel height tends to slide the foot down and forward.
  • Some sneaker wearers find this pair a bit heavy on the feet.

Bottom line

RS-X HD, from Puma’s lifestyle collection, is one of the most-awaited releases from the company, especially with the neon yellow/grey/orange colorway. With the trend of the ‘80s and ‘90s coming back, owning this trainer will be a good addition to one’s collection.

Aesthetics go beyond this retro as it provides maximum comfort, perfect for those prolonged standing and or walking activities.

Facts

Style: Dad, Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Puma RS
Closure: Laces
Material: EVA, Leather, Mesh, Others, Rubber Sole
Technology: RS Cushioning
Price: $110
Colorways: Black, Grey, White
Size
Small True to size Large
Fit
Tight Loose
Support
Neutral Stable
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 8/10
Comfort 8/10
Traction 7/10
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This reimagined version of the RSX is available for purchase in both men’s and women’s sizing. Although some recommend going half a size up if you have wider forefoot for a roomier fit. 

Extreme comfort is felt when wearing the RSX HD because of Puma’s RS cushioning technology that provides ample padding from the forefoot through the heel. A gel-like softness of the detachable inlay sole provides further comfort.

Styling the RSX HD comes in easy with the fun and playful color schemes available. 

  • An athleisure look, for both sexes, will complete the outfit with a pair of RS-X Hard Drive on the feet. 
  • Don on a pair of denim jeans, a shirt, and this retro, and one can go on about their daily grind.

Looking very similar to the earlier RS-X releases, one defining feature of the RS-X Hard Drive is the colorway. Paying homage to the late ‘80s, when the computer technology was starting to make waves, is the grey shade in this model. A contrast of neutral shades and colorful accents on the RS pods make this a most-coveted model.

Taking a closer look at the toe cap and the lace panel are textured, hard rubber for that added stability.

In keeping with the RS-X theme is the Puma Formstrip on the medial and lateral sides.

In the eighties, fitness became a huge part of people’s lifestyles. Also, around this time, technology started to gain attention. And in the thick of it all was Puma.

The company known with the jumping cat logo was regularly doing researches that it can include in its footwear, and that is how the Running System came to be.

Envisioning how advanced technology will make an impact in sports, Armin Dassler, son of founder Rudolf Dassler, tapped Peter Cavanagh -- a professor at the Pennsylvania State University -- who was studying and analyzing the biomechanics of runners.

So by 1986, Puma officially launched the RS 100, which could track how far a user ran through an electric box located at the heel of the shoe. One could plug the shoe into a computer and download the information that contains the calibration data, how much distance one has done in a week, a month, a year. It also calculated the caloric cost of running. It was the Fitbit of today.

Puma relaunched the RS collection in December 2018 by releasing various RS sneaker designs. Although the new designs did not carry the tiny electronic mechanism, it boasted of multiple layers of different materials and pops of color. Bulky in design that is on-point of the dad, chunky shoe trend.

  • Have pull tabs on the heel and tongue.
  • Has mesh and textile upper with rubber overlays.
  • Has a plastic heel tab for reinforcement.
  • Also available in white/navy blue/red/grey and white/navy blue/turquoise/blue

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com