Summary

We spent 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The Speed 300 is a very comfortable shoe, based on most comments.
  • It is affordable.
  • The 300 Speed Ignite is flexible.
  • It is very light.
  • Some runners loved the decent cushioning for this minimalist shoe.
  • A good number of comments loved its simple, yet appealing look.
  • Visibility in low-light conditions is enhanced by the reflective overlays.
  • It is quite responsive, according to several testers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The minimal upper showed wear and tear before the usual time, noted a few.
  • A handful of comments observed that the midfoot security is a little lacking.
  • The sole is slightly too stiff for several.

Bottom line

Puma’s Speed series continues to gain traction among a wide variety of runners. While it caters to minimalist runners because of its lightweight nature, and fast sole, others also appreciated the decent cushioning and moderate arch support for a feather-light shoe. It can tackle 5Ks to mid-distance runs or even up tempo training with ease.

Facts

Rankings

Among the better Road running shoes
A top rated Puma running shoe
It has never been more popular than this May

Expert Reviews

78 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 75 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    The Speed 300 Ignite is a light, go-fast shoe with a wedge of Puma’s bouncy Ignite foam under the heel and a “propulsion zone” mechanism up front that stretches outsole rubber over flex grooves so that it will rebound with force as you toe-off.

  • 82 / 100 | Runner's World | | Level 4 expert

    Despite the hefty weight of the 600, my run paces were at a good clip with little effort.

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  • Puma’s 300 in the Speed series gives runners another fast-option that leans more towards the minimalist movement. The low to the ground feel, excellent feedback, and great flexibility are trademarks of a minimalist shoe that the Speed 300 Ignite offers.
  • Although it is minimalist in nature, the shoe delivers enough cushioning for mid-distance runs or speed training. With the Ignite foam in the midsole, the responsive nature of the shoe makes it a versatile option for runners during race days or when doing up tempo runs.
  • Puma also designs the shoe with an 8mm offset, which is quite rare for them. The purpose is to give runners a quicker transition from landing to take off for faster runs on the road. This heel drop works hand in hand with the Ignite foam in the heel to produce a forward momentum for anyone who is looking to push the pace.
  • Reflective overlays add style and better safety precaution when running after the sun goes down or before dawn breaks.

The Speed 300 is generally snug in a comfortable way. As with most shoes designed for speed, the locked in feel creates the security and confidence to go fast with every stride. Medium is the available width of this shoe. Sizing is accurate in options 6 to 14 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s.


The outsole is mainly covered with Evertrack+ or Puma’s very durable carbon rubber. Placed in the rubber configuration in the middle of the forefoot is blown rubber for better traction. Puma uses a very deep and substantial cut that runs from the heel to the forefoot. This transition line connects with the deep flex grooves for excellent flexibility. The heel is decoupled to isolate shock.


The PU foam in the midsole in the form of the very responsive Ignite is located in the heel part. It is responsible for the dynamic ride of this shoe. In the forefoot is a “propulsive zone” that helps the outsole add a little to the powerful take offs of the Speed 300.


The upper is simplicity at its best. It almost entirely covered in mesh for superior breathability. Puma continues to rely on its patented logo, the Formstrip, to act as the main overlay support for its shoes, including the Speed 300 Ignite. Just like in Speed 300 Ignite 3, the overlays have reflective materials for low-visibility running. Like most minimalist shoes, the upper is lightly-padded and molds to the runner’s foot very well. Enhanced cushioning, fit, with anti-microbial properties is made possible by a molded Ortholite Sockliner. A traditional lace-up closure clinches the fit.

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.

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