Verdict from 62 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • A good number of reviewers were impressed by the comfort provided by the Puma 300 S v2.
  • It is affordable.
  • The shoe has a nice mix of light stability and flexibility.
  • More than a few loved the smoothness of their runs in this shoe.
  • Reflective details make it a good option for low-visibility running.
  • It is quite light.
  • Some runners really liked the cushy feel of the midsole.
  • There are several color options available.
  • The shoe looks sleek and fast, according to a handful of reviewers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several reviewers noted that it is narrow.
  • A few found the fit too snug.
  • A handful had durability issues with the upper.

Bottom line

Puma successfully blends a touch of stability, cushioning, and flexibility in the 2nd edition of the 300 S. This lightweight running shoe is versatile enough for up-tempo workouts or when piling the distance is the main focus. For those who will find the right fit, the shoe has exceptional comfort and the right amount of cushioning for everyday training. At a very affordable price, the shoe offers a sleek look and the kind of no-hassle performance most runners would look for in their shoes.

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Good to know

  • The theme for the changes in the 300 S v2 revolves around getting a more minimal upper and better ground contact in the outsole. In the upper, the substantial overlays are replaced by thinner and welded versions. The upper still gets adequate support with a more accommodating fit with the recent development.
  • The heavy overlay on the toe box is now welded for a sleeker look and to give more space to this area. Puma uses a welded overlay that is still about as thick as the previous one for sufficient toe protection.
  • Finally, the heavy facelift happens in the outsole where the countless small, square lugs are replaced by larger rubber pods made mostly of rectangular shapes. The increase in the size of the lugs provides more ground contact for stability and smoother transitions through the gait cycle.
  • Because the underfoot rubber is quite thick, Puma keeps the flexibility very good by sculpting the outsole with several flex grooves that extend almost to the midfoot.

Puma brings some changes in the fit of the 300 S v2. The company is looking to bring a more snug fit to create a fast feel. To compensate for this, the upper is more relaxed and forgiving than past versions. The heel has adequate hold, which is also what can be experienced in the midfoot. Runners with average to slightly narrower feet should be very comfortable in this shoe. It generally runs true to size

The outsole of the Puma 300 S v2 features tons of rubber that are carved by numerous rectangular pods and several flex grooves. Compared to the original 300 S, there is better ground contact and with improved flexibility because of the underfoot design. Puma’s proprietary EverTrack+ rubber adds longevity to areas that usually suffer wear and tear the fastest.

Another staple technology in Puma’s arsenal finds its way into the heart of the midsole of the 300 S v2. The FaasFoam+ is 30% lighter than the previous model without losing any of the cushioning and resilience. As with most foams that run the length of the midsole, the shoe has better and improved transition with this design. Puma’s lightweight stability Faas Engineered Stability Zone provides a higher arch on the medial side for what it calls a touch of stability.

The lightweight upper is predominantly mesh that is highly-breathable. Puma uses thinner welded overlays for lightweight support. The same overlays also have reflective details that should improve safety during low-visibility conditions. A perforated EVA insole adds breathability and cushioning. The tongue and the ankle collar are moderately padded for more comfort. A lace-up closure keeps the fit optimal at all times.

How Faas 300 S v2 compares

This shoe: 76
All shoes average: 82
57 93
This shoe: £90
All shoes average: £110
£40 £280
This shoe: 258g
All shoes average: 270g
100g 437g
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.