Closeouts. Thundering over rough terrain in Puma's Complete Trailfox 4 trail running shoes is no sweat, thanks to IdCell midsole cushioning, an underfoot rock plate and an aggressive, abrasion-resistant outsole.
Reviewed by moguin from Rhode Island on Friday, June 7, 2013
I had previously purchased a pair of Asolo trail running shoes and found them to be like running barefoot on concrete after just an hours wear. Even with a second set of insoles they are only a little better. Then I saw the Pumas, read the specs and reviews, and decided to give them a try. I'm really glad I did! They were amazingly comfortable right out of the box, very light weight, very well made and supportive, and perfectly cushioned-not too hard and not too soft. I'd buy another pair today if they were available in my size. Finally, a word about the packaging. It's not the traditional box, but half a box and a reusable shoe bag. It's eco-friendly, a great idea, and I wish more manufacturers would follow suit
Reviewed by Bearsnob from Oregon on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I saw reviews for these on other sites that said they were closer to boat shoes than running shoes. I think that is a bit of an exaggeration. But they really aren't running shoes exactly. I am sure a runner could tell you why better than I can. They just don't fit as snug as I am used to in a running show and the heel leaves a lot to be desired even after I put in some better insoles with a nice heel cup. I am kind of picky when it comes to heels, so that is the major downside for me. But there are a lot of things on the plus side with these shoes. They have a nice aggressive tread and better toe protection than you will find on most trail running shows. They are extremely comfortable out of the box (con would be you have to keep tightening them more as they break in). They look great and, at least my pair, had no defects and seemed well made. Even the packaging of these shoes is unique and kind of cool. To me, these are kind of a cross between a trail running shoe and a low cut hiking boot./shoe. They are much lighter than a similar leather hiking shoe, but they pretty much give your feet the same protection. The rock plate/cushioning combo is interesting. I've not yet used these on a 15 mile hike, but my guess would be that they are more comfortable than anything I have worn up to now. That slight cushioning that you do notice, combined with the fact.that there is noticeable protection from rocks underfoot, in theory should make a big difference. If I were a serious trail runner, I might be disappointed in these shoes. But I have been hiking in trail running shoes since they first came out (and running shoes before that), and these may turn out to be the best shoes I have ever found for that purpose. If the heel were better, I'd probably order six pairs. But, right now, I am going to have to hike in them a lot more to make sure I don't start having heal problems. If you are not prone to heal problems, then I would definitely recommend these shoes for hiking or casual trail running.