The Puma Magnify Nitro is all cushion and comfort. It’s a winning combo and exactly what most people need out of an everyday running shoe. Is it perfect? No. But it’s so well-rounded and durable that we consider it a great buy.
The thinking behind the Magnify Nitro is lots of cushion for lots of miles. The stack height of 29mm in the forefoot and 38mm in the heel packs two layers of cushion. A top layer of the most Nitro cushion Puma has ever used in one shoe with a bottom layer of Profoam Lite. The combo works extremely well.
I sang the praises of the Puma’s Nitro in the Puma Deviate Nitro and Puma Deviate Nitro Elite reviews. The stuff is bouncy and feels great on the legs and knees. ProFoam Lite was featured in the Puma UltraRide. It’s an EVA-based foam that’s less bouncy, more durable, and more stable while still being fairly lightweight.
The stability, plushness, and bounce are a direct result of combining the two foams. It feels great on foot and takes a beating while staying pretty fresh for the next run. I have no complaints on the cushion decision here and think it will serve the majority of runners well for everyday running.
Just like I mentioned in previous Puma running reviews, Puma Grip is the truth. It’s currently my favorite rubber compound for running. It’s basically no slip in all conditions and super durable. You’ll get 300-500 miles out of this outsole with zero slippage.
The Puma last fits me extremely well. The Magnify Nitro fits similar to the previous Nitro running shoes. The length is true to size. The width opens up nicely in the toebox and narrows through the midfoot for sculpted fit. And the heel’s got a ton of padding that lets you sink in like you’re sitting on a nice couch. It’s a plush fit. That may cause faster runners to balk a bit but the majority of us will appreciate the added comfort. It’s worth the trade off of a few ounces.
The voluminous heel packs a sizeable heel counter that prevents you from twisting and turning. In addition, the foot sits inside the midsole up to the midfoot. The wide base at the forefoot also kicks in some stability. For its stack height, the Magnify Nitro is extremely stable. You don’t have to worry about stability around even the tightest of turns.
The Puma Magnify Nitro has a dual layer engineered mesh upper. Some colorways, including the Spectra version I tested, also have vinyl overlays that are more for aesthetics. Puma uses typical performance running shoe materials throughout but inputs a bit more padding than usual to amp up the comfort level. Objective achieved because this is one of the most comfortable running shoes of the year.
How to Buy the Puma Magnify Nitro
The Puma Magnify Nitro is currently available at Puma for $140.
Thanks to Puma for sending a pair to test. Puma was not given any editorial control of the review. This review is based on our weartesters’ experiences using the shoes for speed workouts, trail runs, treadmill training, long runs, casual wear, and more.
Cushion9/10Lots of cushion for lots of miles
Traction10/10Puma Grip is the best on the market right now
Fit8/10True to size, lots of padding, room for wide footers
Support8/10Extremely stable, wide base
Materials9/10Engineered mesh with vinyl overlays, very comfortable