Spring 2014 Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

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Puma Faas 300v3, $90

7.4 oz. (men’s); 5.8 oz. (women’s)

20mm (heel), 12mm (forefoot)

Fit: The latest incarnation of the Faas 300 has the locked-down feeling of a racing flat, snug from heel to toe and enhanced by a seamless upper.

Feel: Low to the ground and minimally constructed, the revised 300 keeps the best traits of its predecessor models—namely that it’s super flexible and has been built with a less-is-more design ethos—while offering an improved upper (stretchy yet secure), a lighter, more energetic foam package, supreme flexibility and a race-ready feel.

Ride: Footloose and fancy-free, the ride of this shoe is completely unencumbered yet very responsive. Although it a good amount of cushioning underfoot, it runs with a barely-there sensation that allow the foot to move freely with a bit of extra giddy-up. Although our testers liked this shoe mostly as a fast workout shoe and a short-distance racer, there’s enough cushion to run moderate distances for strong, agile runners.

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