|THEY SAY: “The Faas 250 is constructed with BioRide Technology, a 3-part lightweight running system: Rocker offers an effortless toe-off; Flex increases responsiveness; and Groove kicks in with stability reinforcements. Together, they’re everything you need for a natural running rhythm.” – Puma FAAS Singapore.
WE SAY: The feather-light (189g) Puma FAAS 250 offers good responsiveness for fast-paced workouts, and middle-distance runs and races.
Responsiveness: 7/10 — The good-looking FAAS 250 is the lightest (189g) and most minimal racer in the FAAS family. Despite its very minimal heel unit, we experienced no issues with the shoe’s responsiveness: heel-to-toe transition was smooth. But the 250 is not all about heel striking: Because of its low heel-to-toe drop, and feather-light weight, the shoe will also appeal to midfoot strikers and those looking to make the transition from protective trainers to barefoot shoes.
Fit/Comfort: 6.5/10 – The shoe felt good to go straight out of the box. The ventilation holes on the 250’s barely-there cover gave our feet such a thorough airing during our run, we were tempted to remove our socks. We were glad, however, that we did not do so because the shoe lacks support: its initial comfort gave way to a relatively hard run as fatigue set in.
Cushioning: 7/10 — Heel- or midfoot striker, you will find that the 250 provides a soft and cushy ride. But, if you’re looking to take this shoe out for high mileage runs, make sure that you’re a neutral footed person with Kenyan-athlete-esque running technique. Lesser mortals will prefer to only use the 250 for track workouts, and shorter distance runs and races.
Design/Aesthetics: 9/10 — Like the Puma FAAS 500 and 300, the street sneaker-like 250 has got runners all hot and bothered about its trendy good looks. Two new designs – in red, and blue (pictured) – will be available from August.
Recommended Retail Price: $109
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