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Puma Deviate Nitro Performance Review

September 22, 2021
Puma Deviate Nitro

Price: $146

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Puma Running launched four new running shoes this year and Puma’s flagship running shoe, the Deviate Nitro, is their flagship. It’s evident from the Deviate Nitro, as well as other models (Velocity Liberate and Eternity), that Puma spent a lot of time researching and developing the new running line.

What does Deviate Nitro show us? It’s really good. Continue reading to find out more.


Two layers of Nitro foam are sandwiched between a full-length composite carbon plate and The supercritical (nitrogen-injected foam) Nitro foam is also known as Nitro foam. It is similar to Brooks Hyperion Elite 2’s foam. Moreover, It is firmer than the FuelCell cushion from New Balance. The combination of Nitro foam and plate gave me a great bounce, which is a rare feature in everyday running shoes.

The stack height is 28mm in forefoot, 38mm in heel. This gives the shoe a 10mm drop. The shoe is ideal for all types of activities because it has a lot of cushion. The cushioning is great for speed or running easy miles.


The Deviate Nitro’s Nitro foam is great, but the Puma Grip Outsole is better. Puma Grip outsole is amazing. It works in any weather condition. It doesn’t matter if it’s cold, hot, wet, or snowy. This is not something I am the only reviewer to agree with. This rubber compound has received nothing but positive reviews. The outsole is very durable and wears evenly. Puma did the right thing by creating their own compound. It is my favorite outsole rubber.

Support Features in Puma Deviate Nitro

Deviate Nitro’s heel has a normal internal heel counter and large Achilles pillows on each side of the foot. The midsole is located at the heel. The wide forefoot and gusseted tongue ensured that I felt secure on the footbed. Deviate Nitro is a high-cushion shoe that can handle quick corners, but it doesn’t have any problems with uneven terrain.


The Puma Deviate Nitro is true to size. The lengthwise Puma running shoes feel very similar to Brooks and Nike, so make sure you order the right size. The shoe is narrower at the midfoot but allows for plenty of toe splay.

The heel is the biggest problem with the shoe. Right out of the box, you can see the slight heel slip; runners/reviewers have reported heel and Achilles blisters. You can be ripped up by the exposed seams in the heel and the synthetic suede collar. My first run caused some irritation, but I didn’t get blistered. After some trial and error, I finally found a level of lace tightness that prevented my heel slippage from bothering me. You shouldn’t have heel hot spots if you can find the right balance between lace tightness and heel slippage.

Materials Used In Puma Deviate Nitro

The Nike Pegasus Turbo 2’s engineered mesh upper looks very similar. The shoe was amazing so I don’t mind the similarities. It is super breathable and with fuse at the eyelets. The tongue has a thin, but well-padded, mesh tongue. As I mentioned, the collar is trimmed with synthetic suede. These are the materials that I have come to expect for the $160 price. They are very effective.


The Puma Deva Nitro shoe is super comfortable and bouncy. It’s perfect for long runs, sprints, and everything in-between. The $160 price tag is a good deal compared to the $200 Saucony Endorphin Pro. This shoe is versatile and can be used for all kinds of running, including uptempo or long runs. This shoe is fun and versatile if you can get rid of the heel fit problems. This is a fantastic first effort by Puma. I can’t wait to see what else they come up with.

How to Buy the Puma Deviate Nitro

Puma currently offers the Deviate Nitro for $160.

Puma sent a pair of shoes to be tested and did not have any editorial control over the review. Moreover, this review is aggregated on various experiences with the shoes during speed workouts, treadmill training, long runs and casual wear.