- Puma makes its occasional appearance in the trail running scene with the new Speed Ignite Trail. This shoe is equipped with some of the brand’s premium features that deliver optimal running performance, maximum speed, and ultimate comfort during off-road and cross-country adventures.
- The upper of the Speed Ignite Trail employs EverFit technology that ensures the tongue stays in place, therefore producing a comfortable and distraction-free run. The bulk of the unit is made with ripstop fabric, which is known to be protective against tears and punctures.
- A dual-layer midsole, which is comprised of an Ignite topmost layer and a neutralCELL bottom layer, provides the perfect blend of rebound, support, and shock absorption. These features give the runner a smooth ride and encourage a quicker pace. Meanwhile, the shoe’s outsole offers additional cushioning on top of durability and traction.
Although it appears to be elongated and slim, the Puma Speed Ignite Trail has a standard running shoe length. It offers a snug forefoot and midfoot fit to promote a secure ride, which is beneficial for trail running. This trail runner is being provided in the men’s width D – Medium.
With a Speedtraction outsole, the Puma Speed Ignite Trail is uniquely packed with a capability to deliver superb traction. Aside from the ultimate grip, the Speedtraction also promotes a fast-paced running speed, thanks to its blown rubber material that makes the shoe lightweight and thus easier to move in.
The blown rubber also adds to the cushioning level of the shoe, therefore ensuring a smooth ride and reducing chances of running-related injury. Not to mention, it also has a mud-release capability, to keep the outsole clean and help maintain a seamless running experience.
Puma takes two of their midsole technologies and fuses them together to create the dual-density cushioning of the Speed Ignite Trail. The top layer is the Ignite foam, known for its reactive quality and high energy return. The material which the Ignite foam is made from is sturdy and flexible simultaneously, hence providing comfort and enabling rebound proficiently.
The bottom layer of the midsole is Puma’s neutralCELL, which uses a unique technology to produce a plush cushioning and distribute impact evenly across the foot. With neutralCELL, a smooth heel-to-toe transition is promoted.
In between the outsole and midsole sits a nylon shank, called the Propulsion Zone+. This feature gives a reflexive energy return and promotes a balanced grip while going through uneven terrains. More importantly, the Propulsion Zone+ also serves as a rock plate, protecting the foot from fatigue and injuries caused by rocks.
Aside from serving as a supplementary cushioning, the DSC molded sock liner also adds to the durable and responsive properties of the shoe.
The Puma Speed Ignite Trail has an upper of ripstop mesh, a tried-and-tested material that resists lesions and tears. As the name implies, it factually stops the shoe from ripping, thanks to its sturdy and unique weave construction.
The EverFit technology present in the upper equips the foot with a locked-down fit, as well as prevents other shoe elements – such as the tongue – from moving unnecessarily. An inner sleeve assists the EverFit to enhance the security of the shoe, while also keeping away debris and water.
As a trail running shoe, the Puma Speed Ignite Trail gives runners a chance to wear it with a gaiter, a useful accessory during rainy days, which is made possible with the Gaiter D-Ring fixture at the lateral side.
Another protective installation is the thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) toe cap that averts the forefoot from getting hurt, usually caused by accidentally kicking rocks.
The Speed Ignite Trail also has a low-light visibility capability, thanks to the reflective heel strip and eyelet-stay taping.