Puma Complete Peerless £59.99


Posted: 16 June 2000

Weight 362g
Evaluation The Complete Peerless joins a select group of shoes in the sub-£60 motion control market, and it holds its own quite well. An in-between shoe that’s not as soft as the £60 Asics Gel Foundation or as firm as the £60 Reebok Aztrek, it received positive reports from heavily overpronating testers for its fit, stability and general feel.
The Complete Peerless derives its motion-control qualities from a big plastic medial post (plus a fabric wrap in place of a normal second density of midsole foam); a nearly straight combination last and a decent midfoot shank. The foot also sits relatively low to the ground, which increases stability and responsiveness, especially in the forefoot. (The forefoot grip is good, too.) Testers diplomatically referred to the Complete Peerless as a stout, robust shoe; a good starter model or a motion controller for overpronators on a budget.
What did they mean? That you’re unlikely to be disappointed by the Complete Peerless, though it lacks some of the smoothness and finesse of more expensive models. If you ran in the Peerless’s predecessor, the Complete MC, you’ll notice that the cushioning feels different. Puma has softened and reduced the size of the huge plastic Cell cushioning unit in the rearfoot, which was very durable, but rather stiff for all but the heavier runners.
In short The Complete Peerless is a good, economical motion control shoe. If you’re a moderate to severe overpronator and you don’t want to spend more than £60 to get the stability you need, you should add it to your testing list.
Try it on if you liked Reebok Aztrek (£60); Puma Complete MC (£60); Brooks Addiction (£60); Asics Gel Foundation (£60)

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