Who should buy the PUMA Zone XT

This pair of PUMA workout shoes were made available for both beginners and seasoned fitness enthusiasts. It is revered as a good HIIT shoe that yields adequate performance across a range of different moves. The PUMA Zone XT is a solid option if:

  • You are looking for an affordable trainer yet offers responsive cushioning during jumps and running exercises. 
  • You work out in warm places and need a shoe that would allow your feet to breathe well. 
  • You are after a pair that could satisfy your fashion cravings without going overboard. 

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Multidirectional outsole grip

The PUMA Zone XT sports a split--sole construction. The rubber pods are concentrated under the heel and the forefoot sections. The tread pattern on the heel resembles a heartbeat.

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Meanwhile, the forefoot features a tread pattern that promotes a multi-directional grip. There is also a break in the middle that assists in supporting quick lateral cuts.

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Shock-absorbent platform

The PUMA Zone XT employs a Hybrid Foam technology. It uses two types of foam units to help with movement and cushioning. The first part is the IGNITE unit. The full-length foam instantly absorbs shock upon landing. It has a wavy print on the side that also looks like a heart rate, reminding you to keep moving. 

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Energy for takeoff

The second cushioning technology is the NRGY beads. These small energy pellets are visible in a small window on the outsole. This layer transforms the force of impact into energy for takeoff.

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At the back is rigid piece of foam. This component cups the heel and prevents hindfoot instability during workouts.

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The PUMA Zone XT's interior

Inside the trainer is a thin yet soft removable insole. This foam footbed amplifies cushioning and cradles the foot in a plush padding.

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Breathable upper

Though the men’s and women’s versions of the PUMA Zone XT look similar, the hey use different tops. The men’s version uses mesh with large pores. Meanwhile, the ladies’ iteration employs knitted fabric with smaller openings. Either way, both cloths promote ventilation of the interior.

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The inside wall of the Zone XT is lined with a soft textile. It aids in providing a cozy surrounding to the foot that thwarts off chafing or blistering.

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A full lacing closure adorns the midfoot of this training shoe. It can be easily manipulated so wearers can adjust the fit.

PUMA Zone XT Lacing System

A TPU cage frames the lacing system. It amps up the aesthetics of the footwear and while also protecting the eyelets against friction when the shoestrings are adjusted.

PUMA Zone XT cage

The PUMA Zone XT's overlays

Synthetic overlays form a saddle that wraps the quarters and the back. They integrate with the lacing structure, so the sides become more supportive when the shoelaces are cinched. The overlay is also used for the PUMA Formstrip on the lateral side of the midfoot.

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Ease of use

There are fabric loops attached on the tongue and the back of the collar. These can be pulled to make the opening of the Zone XT wider, so the foot can easily slide in.

PUMA Zone XT Heel

Facts / Specs

Use: Workout, HIIT / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: PUMA
Toebox: Medium
Colorways: Black / Pink / White
SKUs: 19303105 / 19303109 / 19303112 / 19303113 / 19303115 / 19303117 / 19308002 / 19308003 / 19308004 / 19536901

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Author
Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.