|The Puma Faas 600 S glow edition|
The Faas 600 S is built to maximise stability and forefoot flexibility with its 8mm heel-to-toe drop and distinct midsole and outsole design. – Puma
The Puma Faas 600 S marries funky, sneaker-like cosmetics with good on-road performance. A pity that this relatively lightweight trainer is weighed down by its fussy lacing system and a slippery outsole.
– Soft, springy cushioning takes the effort out of makes long distance running
– Pliable midsole offers superb responsiveness, whatever your running style
– Good performance over most running workout types
– Fancy-looking outsole doesn’t grip well
– Fussy laces makes putting on the Faas 600 S a chore
– Pronation-controlling feature only suitable for slight over-pronators
After all the excitement caused by the very impressive Mobium Elite, Puma returns to something altogether more mundane in the Faas 600 S running shoe – if you look beyond its flashy cosmetics and glow-in-the-dark variant, that is.
Not to be confused with its 243g sibling, the Faas 600 for neutral-footed runners, the 600 S is Puma’s pronation-controlling model – the "S" is its name refers to “Stability”, the pronation-controlling feature of the shoe. Still, it was its cushioning which stood out for us rather than its pronation-minimising feature – we felt like we were running on soft, springy cake during our 15km road test sessions. Its ability to soak up all impact made those long runs feel surprisingly effortless. Our only gripe: The shoe was strangely devoid of all feedback from the running surface.
Designed to elevate your heel 8mm above your toes, the sensible, trainer-like 600 S is ostensibly better suited for heel-strikers. Indeed its heel-to-toe transition was generally smooth during our trial. But the shoe surprised us by offering good responsiveness even when we tried a spot of midfoot striking during our run – thanks to the moderate pliability of the midsole. Its static weight of 254g was also of little hindrance to us – the 600 S felt swift and stable even during faster-paced workouts.
Outsole Doesn’t Grip Well
The shoe’s smooth on-road performance during our review was unfortunately marred by its poor traction. The rubber outsole may have been fashioned into beautiful, geometric shapes – this is one shoe which looks attractive even from the bottom – but anything sleeker than tarmac resulted in the shoe losing its hold on the ground slightly. While not exactly a deal breaker, the 600 S’ hesitance translated into a less than assured performance for us on the post-rain pavement of our usual running route. Watch out for those slippery drain covers!
We also struggled with the shoe’s rather complicated lace system. Though it does a competent job of helping this trainer to cleave to our foot, it made putting on the 600 S a hassle-filled affair.
No surprises here. The Faas series have always been designed to turn heads with its funky, sneak-like designs – and the 600 S proudly continues this tradition.
$159, available at Puma retailers.
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