The Tenos, and its cushioning counterpart the Phasis
, are important shoes for Puma. The firm has a loyal following, but it does need some nuts-and-bolts statement shoes to boost its image in the serious running market.
Replacing the under-rated Extol
, the Tenos is lightweight and responsive, yet stable and cushioned. The stability comes courtesy of a big medial post – much larger than the Extol's - and a strong PU midfoot shank. It all works well and mild to moderate overpronators will have few complaints.
In the rearfoot, Puma has introduced a new take on its CELL cushioning system - 'duoCELL'. Smaller soft plastic hexagonal cells sit on top of larger ones and sink into them on heel strike. Early CELL shoes were too firm, and duoCELL is a definite improvement, although it's still not the plushest cushioning technology out there.
It might not be super-soft, but the Tenos is responsive. You can happily convince yourself that you're in a performance shoe, even if you're heading out for a long, slow jog.
Some may find the Tenos too firm, but if you want a stable shoe that's responsive, the Tenos should be on your shortlist.
Try on if you liked Puma Complete Extol
£60; Asics Gel 1090