Puma Magnify Nitro 2 review

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As editorial policy, we do not accept free samples. We purchased this pair at Running Warehouse with our own money.
Review written on 16th April by Larry Lam Larry runs since high school any distance up to 50k.
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Puma Magnify Nitro 2 Verdict

The Puma Magnify Nitro is a max cushioned shoe that can be an all-around shoe for most runners. It’s not the softest or most plush shoe in the max cushion category but it is a very smooth shoe that helps make paces feel faster while also having awesome grip on the road. The redesigned upper in this shoe helps wrap your foot around some softness, although it’s still not as plush as other max cushioned shoes on the market.

The pros

  • Smooth, fast ride
  • Great traction
  • Noticeable upgraded upper

The cons

  • Narrow toe box

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Rating breakdown

Comfort
9.0
Build quality
10
Upper
8.0
Sole unit
10
Landing
10
Transition
10
Toe-off
10
Traction
10
Durability
10
Value / Price
10

Facts / Specs

Brand
Model
Magnify Nitro 2
Previous model
Weight
10.7 oz (303 g)
MSRP
$140.00

Heel
39 mm.
Toe
29 mm.
Heel drop
9 mm.
Carbon plate
No plate

Size/Fit

Sizing
True to size
Heel fit
Normal
Midfoot fit
Normal
Toebox fit
Tight

Cushioning & ride

Type of cushioning
Responsive/balanced
Amount of cushioning
Highly cushioned
Stability
Some stability
Flexibility
Rigid

Usage

Racing
Speedwork
Daily training  
Long distance racing  
Ultra distance racing

Who should buy the Puma Magnify Nitro 2 ?

Any runner of any ability would do well with this shoe as a daily trainer. I really recommend the Magnify Nitro 2 to anyone who wants a comfortable shoe for long runs.

It will also help those who like to pick up the pace on some runs while still getting that cushioned support underneath.

Finally, if you happen to live in an area that gets a lot of rain, the traction underneath will keep you upright at any speed.

Who should not buy the Puma Magnify Nitro 2 ?

Don’t buy this shoe if you’re looking for a soft, plush feel in a max cushioned shoe.

This shoe doesn’t exactly make you feel like you’re running on a cloud.

I had some issues with the width of the shoe as well. If you have wide feet, you’re going to want to look for this in wide version.

Puma Magnify Nitro 2 Introduction

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The Puma Magnify Nitro 2 is Puma’s max cushion shoe in their Nitro line.

The updates from this shoe were fairly significant. This shoe now only has their Nitro foam, which helps greater energy return. The upper is redesigned and it feels softer than the previous version.

It is made with PWRTAPE, which helps wrap your foot without adding weight. One thing that did not change was the PUMAGRIP outsole that still gives you confidence in any road condition.

The overall feel of this shoe changed from the previous version as it feels softer, the ride is smoother, and it’s slightly lower in weight.

We recently reviewed the Puma Velocity Nitro 3 and there are a few significant differences.

The Velocity is going to come in lighter but the upper is not as soft and the tongue is unattached.

In the Magnify, you only have the Nitro foam where the Velocity has both Nitro and an EVA foam.

What’s the difference? Having only Nitro foam gives you more bounce and energy return while the EVA foam in the Velocity gives it a firmer feeling.

Both shoes have PUMAGRIP, a 10mm heel drop, and the fit on both are relatively the same.

Neither shoe has a carbon plate.

The other difference between the shoes is the price point. The Magnify Nitro 2 costs $15 more at $150 USD. Is it worth it?

The bottom line differences between these two shoes is the Magnify has a softer, bouncier midsole foam, weights an extra ounce, and has a softer upper.

It’s probably worth $15 for me but I’ll leave you to decide that.

Puma Magnify Nitro 2 First Impressions

Picture of PUMA Magnify Nitro 2

When I first opened the box, the shoe was not what I was expecting after having reviewed the first version of this shoe.

It looked less built up. That’s where this first impression was wrong. While the shoe looked less “max” cushioned, it actually felt softer in the upper and lighter overall.

My first run in the shoe was an easy run and the shoe felt great. While it doesn’t have that cloud feeling while running, I felt like the shoe was helping me run smoothly without a lot of effort.

In fact, all of my easy runs tended to be at a faster pace even though heartrate and perceived effort levels were the same for me. I attribute that to the Nitro foam and superior PUMAGRIP outsole.

My second run was a 5k solo time trial. I wanted to see how this shoe would feel while trying to go fast. The shoe did great.

While I don’t recommend it as a go-to racing shoe more most people, the shoe helped me run a time that was in my range of expectation.

Puma Magnify Nitro 2 Upper

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The upper on this shoe was redesigned compared to the first version. The material of the upper was changed to an engineered material that made for a softer feel around the foot. It is also surrounded by PWRTAPE which helps the shoe mold around your foot.

It’s quite comfortable. The tongue is now gusseted (aka attached) and also soft. The laces are flat and stay tied without a double knot.

My biggest complaint about the shoe is the fit of the upper. It’s not problematic for me but I can see how it could be problematic for others.

For one, it’s a bit tight in the toebox area. I don’t have wide feet and the shoe was just barely wide enough.

It’s also just a tad long – not enough for me to go a half size down but also a bit more room than I’m used to.

This length issue is similar to the first version of the Magnify. If you have slightly wider feet, there looks to be some wide width options and I would opt for that.

Puma Magnify Nitro 2 Sole Unit

Picture of PUMA Magnify Nitro 2

The sole unit in this shoe is the standout part of the shoe. The midsole is made from Puma’s NITRO foam.

The NITRO foam is Puma’s own technology that increases responsiveness while giving a cushioned feel.

This is a change from the first version as that version included an EVA-based ProFoam that added firmness to the ride.

The elimination of the EVA foam was a big upgrade in this shoe. It now feels more cushioned and softer than the previous version and the ride is improved. The first version felt clunkier and not as soft. This shoe is more responsive and can help you move at some faster paces.

The other standout of the sole unit is the PUMAGRIP outsole. While many shoes on the market are experimenting with reducing the rubber on the outsole to save weight, the Magnify Nitro 2 decide to add some more rubber compared to the first version to help with durability and increased traction. I had no concerns taking corners on wet roads at a tempo pace.

The overall ride on this shoe is what makes this shoe stand out. Easy runs, long runs, tempo runs, and speed workouts all felt great on this shoe because the ride felt so good.

I often forgot about the shoes while I was running because the ride was so comfortable.

Puma Magnify Nitro 2 Conclusions

Picture of PUMA Magnify Nitro 2

Overall, the Puma Magnify Nitro 2 is a great daily trainer that can handle all types of run.

It’s a shoe that belongs to runners of all abilities.

For experienced runners, it’s an easy day and long run shoe. For novice runners, it’s a shoe that can handle everything.

For all runners, it’s a shoe that can handle some changes in pace easily while keeping your feet and legs feeling comfortable.

For me, this shoe will be a mainstay in my rotation as a long run shoe for marathon training.

It will easily handle the miles and the different paces of those runs.

How does the Magnify Nitro 2 compare?

Puma Velocity Nitro 3
Puma Magnify Nitro 2
Puma Deviate Nitro 2
Expert score
8
9
9
User score
Retail price
US$135
US$140
US$160
Brand
Weight
9.17 oz
10.7 oz
9.2 oz
Heel Drop
10 mm
9 mm
8 mm
Recommended for
Daily training
Daily training, long distance racing
Racing, speedwork, daily training
Cushioning type
balanced
responsive/balanced
balanced
Cushioning amount
Medium cushioning
Highly cushioned
Highly cushioned
Flexibility
medium
rigid
rigid
Stability
some stability
some stability
some stability
Sizing
true to size
true to size
true to size

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Reviewed by Larry

This review was written by Larry Lam on 16th April.
Larry lives outside of Raleigh, NC with his wife, 3 kids, and his dog. He's been running since high school and loves pretty much any distance up to the 50k. Larry enjoys running for both fun and competition - in that order. Outside of running, Larry chauffeurs his kids around to their various exploits - soccer, swimming, track, dance, music, etc.

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