I purchased a pair of these at Boulder Running Company during Bolder-Boulder weekend in May 2008.They sat in the box for a few months before I broke them in, early July.They were a $90 retailing shoe for $35 so what the heck, why not.I had never owned a pair of Puma shoes before. After trying on a half dozen shoes on at the big annual tent sale, these actually felt the most comfortable. Best of all was the price for such a comfy shoe, less than half of retail—and I don’t think I have ever seen a sale on shoes at Boulder Running Company outside of the annual Bolder-Boulder weekend.
Puma never struck me as a serious running shoe company, outside of sponsoring some African team athletes like Kenyan distance runner for example.Their serious running shoes are not easy to find in stores; when you do find a pair, they are more a fashion running style shoe rather than one that can take a serious pounding of many miles.Puma is known for fashion-cutesy type designs than anything these days.
Enter the Tenos IV.With a narrow fit, firm dual density support, great color scheme, outstanding insole, non-binding forefoot flexion and smart/durable lacing system, this turned out to be about the best $35 running shoe I had purchased aside from the 1980’s circa Nike Internationalist, Nike Equinox, and Vengeance shoes (I’m no longer a super huge Nike shoe fan though). The Puma Tenos IV has reflective material on the toes and heel, and “id Cell” (a fancy name for a soft blown rubber) in the forefoot. The forefoot cushioning “id Cell” as it is aptly named, did the job it was designed to do and provides a great landing pad keeping the ball of the footsafe and pampered upon landing.The only time the lush cushion poses a problem is landing on a rock. The rock will bite you through the sole so be weary of where you place your foot.The stable ride held up well over a month of running, and still feels like new, primarily because of the Arch Tec (fancy name for a plastic bridge on the bottom of the shoe).
On the con side, the black rubber on the sole of the shoe separated/became unglued after only two days of running. There is a durability issue on the heel of many shoes I have used, almost as if the shoe companies are using a inferior glue on the bottom heel tread, and the Puma Tenos is no exception. Despite this, the shoe is a pleasure to run in; certainly a nice break from the Adidas Supernova Classic which has an extreme durability problem (although great fit). I would consider purchasing another pair of Puma running shoes if one was more durable at the heel area.They could even become one of the better shoes I’ve owned in some time if Puma found an answer to this issue.Lastly, the tongue on the shoes should be about another centimeter longer near the tying area to protect the top of the foot from rubbing on the knot—and the laces could stand to be 6 inches shorter.Nothing more annoying than the old “Octopus laces” and wondering what to do with all the length.All in all, the Tenos IV has been a better shoe to run in than my last five pair of Nike shoes, so all is not that bad in PumaLand…keep up the good work!
adidas Supernova tight
Gear Review: Adidas Supernova Long Black Tight
Adidas is a long standing rival of Nike (50 years plus), and this tight is one of many examples of why it is able to compete with the giant shoe and apparel company. The material is very high quality, the cut is form fitting and provides unrestricted movement from the anatomical shape, and provides great warmth in the 45-55 degree range which grips hold of Boulder, Colorado for several months in the late autumn and fall.Not only do these running tights have an elastic waistband, it goes one further with a flat braid drawstring to fine tune the “cinch” around the love handles. Some other nice features are reflective piping on the side leg zippers, but Adidas’ Formotion technology.This innovative new cut and 3-dimensional engineering create sculpted garments that optimize fit and comfort, and boost freedom of movement for active athletes.Made of Clima 365 material, this proprietary product solution for improved performance & greater comfort, will wick moisture and keep you warm on those “borderline weather days” when you just are not sure if it is going to rain or snow by the time you get done with your workout.
I’ve long been a fan of Adidas brand, and the Supernova long tight did not disappoint. This took me through day after day of comfort and performance, without a hitch.Some points on how to improve this product would be to move the leg zippers to the back of the leg, so it could double as a cross county ski bottom.When ski boots compress the side of the leg when buckled, the zipper can dig into your skin.However, that is not entirely within the scope of why this product exists (it is a running tight after all).Fine Adidas apparel are at times difficult to find, as the distribution is not very wide for products such as this. It was with much pleasure that I had the opportunity to test drive this piece, which can be bought at a modest price compared to many similar products from other manufacturers.Price: $47