Puma Deviate Nitro Elite: Run fast like a cat! 

There are two distinct features of the Deviate Nitro Elite that take it to the ranks of the renowned Vaporfly, Alphafly, and Adios Pro. With this at hand, it gives you a clear picture of what the shoe is about — it will not only make you feel like an elite but will also make you run like one. In other words, it's nothing short of fast, and here is what makes it a reliable race-day speedster: 

  • Carbon-fiber plate. Unlike other plated shoes, the Deviate Nitro Elite's carbon plate is flexible in the forefoot. This gives more spring during toe-off and contributes to the shoe's unobtrusive, comfortable feel.  
  • Nitro Elite foam. It's "soft and bouncy" and is reminiscent of Nike's ZoomX foam. It has excellent rebound, driving the runner forward. 

These two components complement each other very well. Given the ample bounce from the midsole, the carbon-fiber plate is there to balance it out with its semi-rigid properties. And what makes an effective speed shoe — the optimal balance between softness, bounce, and stiffness — the Puma Deviate Nitro Elite has perfected. 

More controlled than the ZoomX

Yes, the Deviate Nitro Elite may be close to the ZoomX foam, but with its balance between rigidity, responsiveness, and cushion, it's deemed more stable. This is also influenced by its supportive features like the mild sidewalls and the sole flare. Together, these lock the heel in place and keep the foot centered. 

Puma Deviate Nitro Elite: What is it for? 

  • Long-distance races
  • Tempo runs
  • Short and long intervals

NOT for: 

  • Recovery pace (too bouncy, making the ride awkward) 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 190g / Women 162g
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: Puma Deviate Nitro
Forefoot height: 28mm
Heel height: 36mm

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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.