With the release of the latest Puma King my first thoughts were “Well what about the take down versions?”. I’ve found that the last incarnation of the Puma King came with a fantastic Mid-tier cleat in the form of the Puma Liga Finale i which I believe is the best boot for the value as of this time. So I’m very interested in what the Spirit and Momentta have to offer. Like the last incarnation of the King there are four tiers. The order of the tiers from highest to lowest is The King SL, King, Spirit, and the last being the Momentta. What you won’t be seeing in any of these tiers is Kangaroo leather! If you haven’t caught wind yet companies are slowly phasing it out. So I’m interested to see how the tiers make up for the lack of the ever popular kangaroo leather. They have also dropped the fold over tongue. Admittedly it did look very awkward and can for the most part be considered an improvement.
Lets go over what each boot has to offer and how they compare to each other and how they have changed from their last incarnation!
King SL – Retails for $249.99
The upper on the latest SL is actually a Microfiber with a leather like grain to give it similar properties. The out sole is Pebax and Nylon and sports a stud configuration that reminds me a lot of Adidas’ traxion 2.0 stud configuration. The end products weighs in at a very healthy 5.8 oz putting it neck and neck with the adiZero! The last King SL weighted in at 7.7oz so progress was made as far as trimming down the weight goes. But the last SL had a Kangaroo Leather upper as opposed to a microfiber upper so I wonder if the touch has suffered. Not a true leather boot but it is still pretty sweet.
King 2013 – Retails for $149.99
I have no idea what they mean by premium leather but it sounds nice. That is what they are replacing the k-leather with. They also replace the out sole material with pebax and gave it a new stud configuration. These changes have cut the weight from 9.2oz to 8.4oz. This version stresses comfort but still is a “speed boot”, weighing just 0.8 oz more than the last Puma King sl. Unfortunately we don’t see much of what made the Puma King Finale so successful in this latest incarnation.
Spirit – Retails for $99.99
This is the interesting boot of the group since it is the closest to it’s Liga counter part in the last King line up. Once again I must say the Liga Finale is a top value boot so I’m very interested to see if the boot that takes it’s place in the line up (and costs a full $38 more according to the list price). The upper is calf leather and incorporates Puma’s Comfort last just like the King and King Sl, the outsole however is TPU but sports the same stud config as the King. It weighs in at 9.0 oz making it the heaviest of the new King tiers. It is still 0.6 oz lighter than the Liga finale i however. Since the upper hasn’t changed dramatically between the Liga Finale and the Spirit I’m thinking fans of the Liga Finale will be quite happy with it. I’ll be the judge of that however, I’m definitely looking for a pair.
Momentta – Retails for $74.99
I admit I find this tier more interesting than the spirit. Out of the tiers it has made the most improvements, the upper is no longer an awkward synthetic. The Esito upper was PU and the Momentta has taken a step up and is now full grain leather which is what the Liga finale had. The outsole is TPU and the boot weighs in at 8.4oz according to specs. I want to get my hands on a pair of these more than I do the Spirit! It only costs $74.99 which is a pretty sweet deal for a boot that weighs under 9.0 oz. Very nice improvement by Puma.
So, which Tier would You Invest In? What do you think about Puma taking steps away from K-leather?