Puma Faas 500
First-timers and serious athletes alike need to check the latest additions to Puma's stable of running shoes - the Faas Collection.
By Chris Harvey
Last Updated: 14/04/11 12:58pm
Runners up and down the country are currently pounding the pavements in preparation for one of sport's great events - the London Marathon.
First-timers and serious athletes alike looking to take on those gruelling 26 miles could do worse than check out Puma's latest addition to their stable running shoes - the Puma Faas Collection.
Faas gets its name from the Jamaican word for fast - and the name certainly fits. The collection features a biomechanical design technology exclusive to Puma, called BioRide, designed to help runners get into their own rhythm for increased speed and performance.
The innovative BioRide technology featured in the Faas shoes was years in development. Athletes' movement, foot placement and overall running skills were studied revealing three proven and consistent skills as critical to top performance.
First, the best runners reduce their amount of time on the ground, making for faster runs and faster times. The Faas Collection incorporates a continuous, rocker-shape outsole which gives runners a natural ride and less time on the road. Second, they do not waste motion. 360 degree flex grooves are placed in key areas throughout the Faas shoes; these flex grooves respond specifically to how the runner's foot moves. Lastly, top athletes are incredibly aware of the ground, which allows the foot to react instinctively to keep them stable. The Faas shoes have a horizontal groove that runs the lateral side of the shoe. Regardless of how a runner's foot hits the ground, this groove will provide them with natural stability.
Now I'm no professional athlete; the thought of taking part in anything like the London Marathon fills me with total dread but in my twice-weekly run around my home village the Faas 500 I tested certainly proved light and comfortable while my footing felt secure throughout.
To help runners find the best Faas style to suit their needs, Puma has assigned each style a number, ranging from 100 to 1000. The lower number models, such as the Faas 300, have less cushioning and less structure, providing a lightweight, fast-paced trainer. As the number gets higher, additional cushioning and structure is added to the shoe. The higher number shoes, like the Faas 500, are perfect everyday neutral trainers.
The Faas range features bright, bold colours with unique overlays and design details for each style. You'll certainly stand out from the crowd.