Sometimes I just scratch my head, when it comes to how some brands name and differentiate their performance running shoes on their websites.
Lately, I have been spending a lot of time on the Puma website (I like how 3-4 of their models fit and feel so far) and while I have figured out some stuff I still gotta ask…
“Why are things so damn confusing?”
It is not the first brand’s website that I have felt this way on, it is only the latest.
It got so bad that I finally put Puma’s performance shoe lineup on their website, into a spreadsheet which helped me visualize what was going on.
|Dual||NGRY||300S v2||Elite v2|
|Dual Camo||NGRY v2||500 V4||Elite Speed v2|
|Dual Disc||500 v4 PWRWARM||Elite Speed v2 PWRWARM|
|Dual EvoKNIT||600 V3||Ride|
|Dual Nightcat||600S v2 PWRWARM||Ride v2|
|Dual Nylon||Ride Nightcat|
|Speed 300 S Disc|
|Speed 300 TR|
|Speed 500 Nightcat|
|Speed 600 S|
|Speed 1000 S|
While this helps me sort out the different model lines, it really doesn’t give enough information on the differences between the Ignite models – other than they all have Ignite foam in the midsole someplace.
Some of the differences appear to only different uppers, but I have to ask what are the other differences between:
- Ignite v2
Are they all variations of the same last and midsole, with the differences being the uppers and outsoles or something else?
I don’t know.
What are the shoe’s stack heights, weight, type of last, that information is generally missing or placed inconsistently. When were they released 2015/2016, are they all version 1, unless they are designated as v2? The model description is pretty generic and sounds pretty much the same for all of those styles/names.
I can’t tell.
Are the Ignite model line supposed to be medium to heavier weight trainers (10.0 to 13.0 ounces), which seems to be what I find, when I look on other sites that consistently have the shoe’s weights and some stats to get an idea of the shoe’s uses.
I am not sure?
Although the Ignite Speed series seem to correspond more with the FAAS line naming structure, which at least gives me an idea of the shoe’s possible purpose in my running shoe rotation.
Which helped me decide which of the Speed Ignite series that I want to use – A LOT!
Yes, I have added the Speed Ignite 300’s and 600’s to my rotation for 2017, just because I could figure out where they fit. The 300’s are a fantastic shoe so far and the 600’s will be here next week.
For the most part, I can’t easily tell from the information provided on the website, what the differences between the Ignite models/names/styles are.
C’mon man, Puma why can’t you make your website more runner friendly and give us enough information to quickly and easily figure out where your performance running shoes might/could fit into our running shoe rotation.