After The Revolution: Fall 2012 Running Shoe Review

Editor’s Pick, Best Value: Puma Faas 350, $85

8.6 oz.; 7.2 oz.

Fit: The Faas 350 provides a cozy, close fit in the heel and midfoot with a slightly looser toebox. Testers raved about the seamless interior and step-in softness, but a few thought the shoe was a bit sloppy in the rear because of the absence of a heel counter.

Feel: Low to the ground but still well-cushioned, the speedy Faas 350 feels like a cross between a racing flat and a lightly cushioned neutral trainer. The cushioning (which is more spongy than springy) offers enough softness and protection without interfering with the foot’s connection to the ground.

Ride: One of the most flexible, agile shoes in the bunch, testers raved about its low-profile forefoot, responsiveness and quick heel-toe transition—qualities that make it easy to overlook the 350’s traditional heel-toe drop (13mm). Despite the built-up heel, our testers still found it suitable for up-tempo training runs and race-pace workouts, and several said they’d be eager to race in it.

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