Summary

We spent 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Most runners appreciated the comfortable ride in the Puma Voltage.
  • Very durable, is a common point from several users.
  • The cushioning is plush, according to a handful of runners.
  • A good number oA very breathable mesh translates into a cool and dry run.f reviews appreciated the stylish design of the Voltage.
  • The seamless upper reduces risks of developing blisters.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Several found the price as too expensive.
  • Traction is not what some runners expected.
  • Others found the shoe as a bit heavy.
  • A handful said that the Voltage technology is the same as other normal cushioning.

Bottom line

The Puma Voltage is a highly-durable trainer that aims to provide responsiveness for low-mileage and easy runs. Even though this does not have ultra-cushioning, the shoe is quite plush right out of the box. The moderate arch support, luxurious comfort, and decent responsiveness make it a great option for middle of the pack runners or those who want a Rolls Royce for easy runs.

Facts

  • The Voltage takes its name from the piston-like configuration of the outsole that helps with the responsive cushioning of the midsole. Puma promises a more resilient and durable cushioning in this technology. With a 12mm heel offset in place, the ride is supremely luxurious and with decent transition because of these two signature Puma designs.
  • To pull off the really luxurious ride, Puma uses a substantial portion of EVA. It gives the shoe a superbly cloud-like feel that is interspersed by the bouncy feel of the Voltage technology.
  • Puma’s signature 3-layer mesh is featured in the Voltage as well. The design gives lightweight support and structure with maximum breathability.

The Voltage offers a generous fit all throughout the shoe. With ample room that does not result to a clunky feel, the plush ride really shines. Runners who need more real estate in the toe box can get the most out of the shoe. Puma offers medium as the available width of the shoe. Sizes are on the money in options 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.


The outsole represents the Voltage technology in the form of rubber pods that compress upon impact and then translate the force of the landing to a more dynamic run. Puma designed the heel with the largest pods as it usually takes the brunt of the impact while the tips of the forefoot get the smallest pods for more grip. The entire outsole is covered with durable carbon rubber.


The midsole is a large piece of EVA that delivers the luxurious feel that is evident in the Voltage from the get go. What prevents the “sinking” feeling from such a soft piece of cushioning is the Voltage outsole. As the EVA is full-length it works with the piston-like design of the outsole for quicker and smoother transitions.


The 3-layer mesh is the most obvious part of the upper. It delivers ultra-breathable coverage through the mesh cover with very minimal overlays. Basically, it is the Formstrip or the Puma logo that acts as the main support in the upper. The substantial padding in the ankle collar and the tongue is one of the reasons why it offers such a cozy ride.

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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