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Shoe Of The Week: Puma Nightcat Powered Mobium Ride

This everyday trainer has plenty of cushioning and a shining beacon of light.

This everyday trainer has plenty of cushioning and a shining beacon of light.

Because of the end of daylight saving time, running in the fall and winter often means running in the dark. And while there are plenty of great aftermarket accessories that can light you up, there aren’t many shoes that keep a runner as visible as this one. It’s the latest of Puma’s Mobium line of well-cushioned and very responsive training shoes, only this one has large reflective graphics all over the upper and a blue LED light affixed to the top of the tongue. What?! Yes, a 1-inch square light box offers up brilliant blue light (flashing or constant) that can be seen from several blocks away.

The shoe has loads of cushioning, and like its Modium predecessors, sports a unique undercarriage that dynamically flexes and morphs to match a foot’s natural movement pattern. Plus, a criss-crossed elastic band built into the outsole helps to enhance forward propulsion by storing and releasing energy as the shoe impacts the ground, flexes and then unleashes during the toe-off phase. Also like other Modium models, this version has an athletic fit with a snug fit from heel to toe (and just little extra room in the toebox) and minimal arch support. The ride borders the line between being semi-firm and semi-soft but one that is soft enough to run slowly over moderately long distances and responsive enough to run faster workouts.

Price: $130
Weights: 9.4 oz. (men’s size 9.0); 8.0 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
Offset: 8mm
Info: puma.com

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