Puma Complete Abound £90


Posted: 16 June 2000

This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.

Puma’s brisk statement shoe, the Inhale (see review below), gets a new upper and a slightly improved rearfoot landing. Quicker, efficient weartesters quite liked it when cushioning wasn’t a huge issue, particularly for its grip on light woodland trails. It’s not cheap, though, and at 331g, it’s an ounce heavier than its predecessor.

Puma Cellerator Inhale £79.99
Weight 299g
Sizes 6-12
Pros Light; very good grip on soft surfaces; durable and much-improved Cell cushioning
Cons Expensive; average on road
Evaluation Now that Puma has made its honeycomb Cell cushioning system a viable option for non-heavy runners by softening the plastic cells, it has taken the plunge and incorporated the technology into a radical performance shoe. At the heart of the Cellerator Inhale are full-size Cell rearfoot and forefoot units, which are encased in EVA and linked by a stable fan-shaped midfoot shank. The stable midsole, with its good-sized medial post, is twinned with a striking upper made from a lightweight fabric. It’s an impressive effort by Puma, and shows the company is making forward strides. In truth, though, the Cellerator Inhale has a balanced mix of pros and cons. On the positive side, it offers arare degree of stability and midsole durability for its light weight. It also has a flexible forefoot which grips extremely well on soft (but not slippery) surfaces – so it’s a fast, confident shoe if you take it into the woods. The shoe’s weaknesses are that despite the Cell improvement it’s still not as smooth-riding or well-cushioned on the road as most other shoes in its weight category – and it’s off-puttingly expensive. (It’s also sized small and narrow, so if you do give it a try you’ll probably need either a half or full size larger than normal.)
In short If you want a quick shoe for training on grass and woodland, the Cellerator Inhale is a good option. It’s ride is just a little spartan for the road.
Recommended for Neutral runners, heel strikers and mild overpronators who want a soft-surface shoe that combines a fast feel with stability and durability


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