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Puma Deviate Nitro 2

Overall Grades And Reviews

8.8 Overall Grade
23 reviews

The Puma Deviate Nitro 2 is a carbon-plated, neutral training shoe. The shoe has the best durability ratings of all shoes in its class. It is also praised for its high performance on multiple surfaces for both training and workouts. It falls behind on comfort and cushioning ratings, with multiple reviewers complaining of a narrow toe-box.

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Pros

  • The best durability ratings among all shoes for sale, confirmed by users' written reviews.
  • Cheap for a carbon-plated shoe.
  • Praised for its grip and high performance on multiple surfaces.
  • Effective shoe for training and workouts.
  • Most reviewers like this shoe more than their last shoe.
  • No reviewers reported getting injured in this shoe.
  • Popular shoe among LetsRun.com readers.

Cons

  • Rated down on cushioning and comfort.
  • Expensive for a trainer.
  • Multiple reviewer complaints about narrow toe-box.
  • Some report that the shoe feels bulky.

LetsRun.com Reviewer Ratings

Shoe Comparison

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Puma Deviate Nitro 2
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Most Comfortable Trainer For Sale
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Next Most Durable Trainer For Sale (after this shoe)
Shoe Properties
Shoe Type
Trainer
Trainer
Trainer
Trainer
Pronation Control
Neutral
Neutral
Neutral
Maximum Stability
Weight
9.1 oz. (men's), 7.6 oz. (women's)
9.6 oz. (men's), 8.4 oz. (women's)
11.1 oz. (men's), 10.1 oz. (women's)
10.1 oz. (men's), 9.1 oz. (women's)
Stack Height
37mm.
35mm.
43mm.
36mm.
Forefoot Height
31mm.
23mm.
39mm.
24mm.
Drop Height
6 mm.
12 mm.
4 mm.
12 mm.
Upper material
Mesh Upper, PWRTAPE
Refined 3D Fit Print mesh, Recycled Materials include:
Engineered mesh, Lycra comfort frame, Internal heel counter, Pillowed Tongue
Shoe Released
Q1 2023
Q4 2022
Q3 2022
Q3 2023
MSRP
$160
$140
$165
$140
LRC Ratings
Out of 10
Overall
8.8
9.2
9.0
8.8
Comfort
8.8
9.1
9.4
9.1
Cushioning
8.7
9.0
9.7
9.1
Durability
9.0
8.7
8.2
8.8
Appearance
8.7
8.3
7.9
8.5
Value
8.8
8.6
7.6
8.5

Reader Reviews

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    One of the best shoes I've worn in 60 years of running

    Neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    9.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    9.0

    Over my 60-year running career, I've worn (literally) several hundred different running shoes. It goes without saying that running shoes have made huge leaps over the last 10 years in both comfort and performance. In fact, it's hard to find a "bad" shoe these days. Which makes picking a favourite shoe difficult. But if I had to pick one running shoe that I'd be very happy to live with until I can no longer run, it would have to be the PUMA Deviate Nitro 2. Although not the lightest daily trainer, it fits me like a glove, has great 'responsiveness' and has proven to be pretty durable. I can run 50K's in these shoes with no undue fatigue, yet still pick up the pace when I want to. 

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Puma Deviate Nitro 2 (Wide Version)

    Neutral pronator, low arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    8.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    9.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    7.0

    Pros

    -Offered in wide sizes

    -cushioning in supreme

    -very responsive

    -carbon plate adds stability and pop, you cant even feel it in the shoe

    -Grip is top notch, better than any other shoe brand IMO

    -Can be used for easy runs to marathon racing 

    Cons

    -a bit bulky for soft surface running

    -even the wide's toe box is a bit narrow, the mid foot and heel has plenty of width, but the toe box does cramp the pinky and fourth toe a bit.  The room for the big toes is adequate.  

    -Price point is a bit high IMO, but you can find 20% discounts at Dicks Sporting Good's website if you sign up for their membership.

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Puma Grip Makes This Shoe

    35 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    7.0
    Cushioning
    9.0
    Durability
    9.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    8.0

    Puma Grip makes this shoe amazing. The grip outside is amazing when it's a bit misty or a tad wet. It is also really good in a downpour. The durability is great. I tend wear the heel of the shoe really quickly and this shoe still looks good about 150. I begin to notice wear on most shoes around the 100 mile mark. (I ran in this shoe during the 2023 Flying Pig Marathon which was an absolute downpour). I think the shoe could use a bit more volume in the toe box, as it felt a bit tight. The shoe doesn't like to go slow, so I don't think it would be the best daily trainer. I think it works great for tempo runs where you need to pick up the pace. The shoe feels better when you're pushing the pace than when you're taking an easy run. 

  • Not entirely successful replacement for Ultraboost

    20 miles per week, neutral pronator, high arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    8.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    8.0

    I promised my wife I'd stop buying adidas because they not only refused to stop slaughtering kangaroos for their soccer shoes, they were actively lobbying in CA to be able to sell them there. That's some dark, dirty stuff, so yeah, adidas can suck it.

    So after having worn adidas for 30 years, and my last model, the Ultraboost 22 my favorite shoe, I had to find something else. I know the Puma Deviate isn't really mentioned as an equivalent, but price is now an issue since all these shoes are inching up to $200, which is f-ing absurd. 

    I got an older model of Deviate on sale for $90, which is still more than they're worth. Long gone is the perfect fit and comfort of the Ultraboost 22, and I'm back to nearly needing to pry the shoes on with an old-timey shoehorn. Once they're on, they may not have quite the same comfort and cushion, but they are light and responsive. 

    It's unclear on the info of their site whether these have the carbon plate technology that Deviate Pro has, but I'm so damn slow now it doesn't matter to me. I'm starting to get some aches and pains on harder treadmill workouts, and will probably need to try something else for my next pair.

  • Puma Deviate Nitro 1 WTR

    49 miles per week, overpronator, medium arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    7.0
    Cushioning
    7.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    7.0
    Value
    9.0

    I bought the OG Deviate as a joke, and the fun lasted 900km until the upper ripped. As it was winter I got the WTR version for 80€, and found a very good universal trainer.

    After 1200km on road, trail, in the snow and tropics, it still does nearly everything well and refuses to die. The only caveat, is that compared to the OG Deviate, it is slightly heavier and has a bit less bounce (the intern decided to paint the foam) thusly removing racing from its repertoire.

    it is also quite good off-road, on hard pack, gravel or stone. Not great in wet leaves or mud. The carbon plate acts as a rock plate and it is sufficiently stable.

    never had heel slip or any Achilles tendons issues with it.

    As a one shoe rotation for travellers, it’s pretty effin’ good

  • best everyday shoe

    Overall
    10.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    10.0

    i’m a collegiate runner, there shoes are the everyday go to. they are perfect. can pick up or go slow and very durable and long lasting

  • Super versatile

    25 miles per week, overpronator, low arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    9.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    9.0

    Suitable for most types of paces and surfaces. Great cushioning for a 70kg (154lb) runner when running on hard surfaces. Good for simple trails, too. I have used it for track workouts, too. 

    A super trainer  I noticed that on cold temperatures, the foam hardens and the shoe becomes less cushioning and a bit less responsive  

  • If you can find it on discount, definitely cop

    30 miles per week, underpronator, low arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    7.0
    Cushioning
    9.0
    Durability
    7.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    6.0

    Have over a 100mi in the shoes. The cushioning is probably the closest thing I’ve been able to find to the Turbo 2s. The upper feels nice, not too narrow, fits very true to size. 
    I have a feeling they’ll get me thru 350-400. If the plates doesn’t bug you maybe further than that but I’m sensitive to trainers with plates messing with my metatarsals. For $160 I probably wouldn’t go for them but <$120 definitely buy these 

  • Solid shoes

    45 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    8.0
    Cushioning
    7.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    8.0
    Value
    8.0

    I had never ran in a Puma shoe, so I bought it for the sole purpose of trying out their shoes. It has definitely exceeded expectations; fast enough for workouts but cushioned enough for recovery runs. Very light as well!

  • Almost perfect

    30 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    10.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    10.0

    The shoe is great in every respect. Only, with my weight, I sometimes get the feeling of bottoming out the cushion on fast descents.