The Puma V1.10 has hit the US market, nearly two weeks earlier than expected! We are not complaining though, as we have had over two weeks to test them out, and I have been eagerly awaiting 10/10 to arrive! The v1.10 is Puma’s latest follow-up to the popular v1.08, with some advanced updates in design and looks! In case you were wondering, the ’10’ in v1.10 stands for the “year” they are being released to the market. Even though we have not yet hit 2010, Puma are adding some futuristic thinking into these ones! Here are the vital statistics about the new release:
- Weigh-in at an ever-impressive 8.2oz.
- Front panel is created using a soft, abrasion-resistant microfiber, lightly covered by a grip-like texture
- A front lace cover that is loose enough to pull away from the laces when tying
- A lightweight Pebax frame, that is see-through (just take out the inserts!)
- Pointed stud configuration designed to enhance ground traction
There has been a lot said about the Puma V1.10 over the past few weeks in news articles. Most of it is plausible, but I found a lot of the information lacks the correct information about how these cleats are actually designed and perform. One thing to bear in mind is this is just my review, and I have learned that different cleats suit different players in different ways.
Important to Note – Sizing
The Puma v1.10 is another top release by Puma. I tested the Blazing Yellow/Black/Chili version in a size 9. I pointed out in the Puma V1.10 US Release Set for 10/10 post that there were certain things you were going to need to know about these cleats before you buy them. The first and probably most important thing to note is size! These cleats fit small, so you are going to want to order up a half size, at least. I am normally a size 9, but these were tight! I did blister on my left heel from them after 1 or 2 practices (if you want to see pics let me know!) One of the reasons they fit so tight is related to the insert. Whereas normal inserts are grounded to the sole of the cleat, the Puma v1.10 has an insert that lips up around the heel. This obviously fits tighter to the back of your foot, resulting in what I consider to be the reason I needed a half size larger.
Style & Design
What about the color designs? Both the Blazing Yellow/Black/Chili and the Red/White/Black bring new looks to the market. After some of the designs that Nike and Adidas has recently released, I am not surprised to see such bold colors released by Puma! When I first saw them, I had negative feelings, but after testing them for a few weeks, they are starting to grow on me. It is a matter of taste, though. I typically prefer cleats that don’t stand out…and these definitely stand out!
The actual design of the cleat is very unusual. First off, Puma have placed an emphasis on African soccer by using a unique “Kinte” pattern. This is something I liked about the appearance of the cleats. I also liked the front materials used, as it is abrasion-resistant. This was definitely noticeable as there are no scrapes or nicks, which usually happens after a few weeks of testing.
There were two negatives about the design that I personally did not like. The first thing is the front lace cover. It actually has elastic on each side that pulls it tight to the cleat, which is fine. But when you tighten the laces, it seems to bunch the tongue up. I’m not saying that this effects performance, but it was a little annoying when tightening the laces. The second concern, for me, is the toe area. Heavily impressive is the fact that Puma have used stitching around the sides to attach the upper of the cleat to the sole. This is highly unusual for cleats on the market currently. But what I did not like was the fact that you lose a little bit of the sharp angle into the toe because of this. Again, this is personal opinion as I prefer, and feel more confident in, cleats that angle sharply down to the toe.
Performance wise, I had no complaints. They feel light and are great for striking a ball. Other than size, these cleats match up with the types of technology the other big two (Nike and Adidas) have recently released. Player-wise, I think the Puma V1.10 is most suited to quick and/or creative players. I will definitely expect to see these cleats on wingers and strikers in the next few months. In terms of a comparison to the v1.08, I would say there has been some slight improvement, but nothing ubber dramatic. As the cleats have been exposed to the marketplace over the next few months, I will be interested to see how they fair up with the competition!
(boots supplied for review by soccer.com)
hey how do the studs feel compared to the v1.08
Grip wise they are actually pretty good, there is not a huge difference compared to the V1.08…I think the biggest change is in the overall design of the upper.
sweet puma insert!
thanks for the response im stuck between these and the adidas predator swerve. is there a huge difference between these two?
are these boots really good for kicking? like power, swerve and stuffs like that?
These cleats are designed for faster players, whereas the Predators have a little more weight and are really intended to be for playmakers, set piece specialists etc. Another thing to bear in mind is that the Puma's have a more square toe compared to the rounder Predator.
I think the key to the V1.10 is how light they are. This is their selling point rather than having added elements to improve power or swerve. In saying that, I would not rate them any lower than your average cleats on the market.
Hope this helps you both!
square toe? what do you mean by that? anything bad/good about it? And and are they for broad feet? I really need to study these boots carefully, cause i'm not sure if i want to have these or the predator powerswerve..
i just got these shoes, i was wondering if they eventually become more loose, since they are very tight
Check the <a title="Puma V1.10 vs Adidas Predator X" href="http://www.soccercleats101.com/2009/11/24/puma-v1-10-vs-adidas-predator-x/" rel="nofollow">Puma V1.10 vs Adidas Predator X post to find out about the 'square toe' and how the two cleats compare to each other.
Unfortunately, they fit tight and don't really stretch. Did you buy a half size up? Best thing to do is shower in warm water and wear them around the house – when you are not running, to give them the best opportunity to mold to your foot.
i need more of a narrow shoe than i have right now. so would these be more of what i'm looking for than my legends that i already have?
since the world is mostly adidas or nike, its good to see reviews of the other brands which i feel are sometimes under rated. would love to have this boot, especially the limited ones. 🙂 thanks for the tip about sizing!
I have bought the boots. I am very happy with them. Same size and color as the ones you tested. I do have one concern that people might like to know about. They are around a 180 dollar boot. My concern is that PUMA does not make a replacement insole/insert. So basically they told me that when the insole wears out to buy another pair or improvise.
What exactly do you mean by the "the sharp angle into the toe" ?
i wear i size 10.5 US..what size would fit me best in these cleats?
From my experience with the boot, I would recommend ordering an 11 if you normally wear a size 10.5. They fit very tight.
Hey Bryan. Your reviews are realy halpful but I still am having trouble picking a pair of cleats. I am going to be playing in highschool in the fall and for my premeir club in the spring. I dont know which cleats to buy. My top choices are the puma v1.10, the adipure III, or the total 90 laser III in the kangaroo leather version. I am a midfield player and occasionaly play forward. I am looking for the best cleat for me. Can you help? By the way, if this is important, i wear a size 8.
The best of the 3 in my opinion is probably the Adidas adiPure III. I recommend checking out the review score page in order to gain more insight on what each pair offers.
Before I ask my question, I would just like to say how much I LOVE this site/blog.
my questions are:
I wear a size 8.5 in F50.7 Tunits and Kelme Master Infinito's; you would recommend going up a size and ordering a 9 for these?
I'm looking to purchase these cleats also for a friend of mine. He and I differ in our color choices; he likes something that stands out and is super flashy; I (like yourself) like the simple, less bold color scheme. I've narrowed it down to two choices (they are our team colors) and I would just like to know which color, in your opinion, stands out more from the stands: the red-white-black or the gold-black-red?
I am not sure about sizing of the Kelme Master Infinito’s, but the V1.10 does fit a half size small. In terms of colors, I think the gold version would stand out more but it dependent on your uniform color.
hey brian, your advice is realy helping me alot but i have one question. which of the pumas are better? the v1.10 or the v1.08 and i am specifically talking about the kangaroo leather version.
We have all black away uniforms and and all white home uniforms.
Which do you think will stand out more: Gold or Red?
Both offer very similar properties, I would simply go for the one you get a better deal for.
I think the Red version would be a better option for standing out more with both uniforms.
Great review!!!! Now I want to get it even more than before!!!!! lol
Anyhow, I have an inquiry about the v1.10 that I'm pretty sure you can help me out with… please read on (this is quite lengthy so bear with me ><" )
I currently wear a pair of size-10.5 (U.S.) Nike Air Zoom Total 90 K-leather version. Usually, I like my boots skin-tight (from past experience), but this AZT90 is definitely NOT what I would call skin-tight (at least for me). This is because when I lace up, the opposing lace hoops are pulled inwards so much that the hoops touch each other. This never happened when I used to wear a pair of size-10.5 (U.S.) Nike Mercurial Talaria IV, which was noticeably narrower than my AZT90, thus is the reason for my current interest in the Puma v1.10. 😀
And also about the toe-area; both the Talaria and the AZT90 have very rounded and blunt toe areas as opposed to the v1.10's unique design. Both my previous Nikes have too much toe-room left in front thus causing my foot to slide inside the shoe and resulting in blisters. I was thinking of dropping to a size 10 (U.S.) for my next soccer boot. Does this make sense?
Another thing is I prefer Kangaroo leather over synthetic materials because of the "added comfort" (unless this so-called "added comfort" is all in my head… 😛 ). Anyhow, the question that I would like to ask you is: what size should I go for if I wanted to get a K-leather version of the v1.10? You said in your review that I should go up half a size, but judging from my somewhat narrow foot shape and my choice of K-leather upper (supposedly stretches?)… would you still recommend that I go up half a size? I want my toe to have as little room left in front as possible.
I have to ask someone who has tried on these boots about this because, unfortunately, all the Puma shops and shoe shops that I've been to (that I know of) do not carry the v1.10 – otherwise I could've gone to try them for myself. I will be ordering online, which is why I'd prefer to order the correct size for me. Any further advice is much appreciated as well.
I would still go up half a size. Having it too tight will mean you won't be able to wear them without getting blisters!
Im from the UK and what would you say is a better deal. the puma v1.08 for £30 or the v1.10 for £50
hey bryan, would you able to do a review of the k-leather version of these boots? or have you tried them out yourself already? if so, could you tell me how they were? thank you for your time 🙂
What about the newer k-leather version? Do they fit as tight or are they looser? Also for a quick striker would you recommend the powercats or the kleather version of these. Thanks!
I haven't tried the leather version yet. In terms of the PowerCats, they are a good option for strikers as they boast a really great strike zone, as well as decent weight.
Would this cleat review also be the same for the K-version? If not would you think the K version would be better? And why?
I haven't worn the K-leather version, so i can't say for sure. The K-leather will give different attributes and will mold to your foot more adequately over time.
i wear a size 6 would you please do areview of the k leather versions and also what do you think is the best cleat on the market
I just have one simple question, Im coming off using the v1.08's and i have a wide foot, they were great. can the v1.10's support a wide footed person?
The V1.08 and V1.10 are designed using a very similar soleplate, so if the V1.08 fit then you will be comfortable with the same size in the V1.10.
i just ordered mine at amazon.com for 62 bucks!!!!!!! wat an awsome deal…
whats better the K leather or synthetic ?
what better for your touch the K leather or the snythetic version ?
Some of my favorite cleats right here, durable and everything. The bad thing is, I didn't have a good experience with the life. After four months, the upper spit from the sole. This really sucked because the upper would have lasted forever and i had no signs of tearing. Oh well.
The square toe box means that the leather on my v1.10k does not stretch to mold around your toes and actually bruises mine up pretty bad. I like the cleats i had the v1.06 and would love to still be able to find those because the leather on those stretches in the toe box like when you make a sharp stop without killing your toes like the v1.10.
hey , bryan
im thinking of getting this boot in a leather version would u say that the leather versions are better than the synthetic ones ?? and if i get the leather ones should i still order a half size up ??
Mine feel loose around the ankles, is there any way to fix this? Should I wear double socks?
Double socks are probably your best bet!
I want to get these or v1.11 considering the fit is the same what size should i get in the synthetic version for a skin tight feel?( I am a 10.5 us in Adipure iii)
i had a great time with these cleats. your review was quite accurate. i do believe puma can compete with nike and adidas but i hope other soccer players can see that as well. i felt extremely fast in these shoes and the featherlight feel to these cleats gave me a gliding feel through the tall grass of the spring time. ive used these cleats in tall to medium size grass for soccer practice for about four good months and i believe it can live up to a good year till the fabrics seperate from the sole. i do also have to point out that it was tough to fully tighten the shoe for it had that funky looking lace guard but it did also gave me a great feel on kicking the ball. after 5 weeks the fabric inside the shoe loosened up and gave a toe tight cushion feel inside. the shoe had little protection on my toes when i get steped on. these shoes are ment for the gazelle runners especially forewards. the price on these are very cheap especially when you get them on sale. this shoe made me want to look into the v1.11 for it looks to have the similar shape to it. thanks for the review and changing how consumers see soccer cleats.
i had a great time with these cleats. your review was quite accurate. i do believe puma can compete with nike and adidas but i hope other soccer players can see that as well. i felt extremely fast in these shoes and the featherlight feel to these cleats gave me a gliding feel through the tall grass of the spring time. ive used these cleats in tall to medium size grass for soccer practice for about four good months and i believe it can live up to a good year till the fabrics seperate from the sole. i do also have to point out that it was tough to fully tighten the shoe for it had that funky looking lace guard but it did also gave me a great feel on kicking the ball. after 5 weeks the fabric inside the shoe loosened up and gave a toe tight cushion feel inside. the shoe had little protection on my toes when i get steped on. these shoes are ment for the gazell runners especially forewards. the price on these are very cheap especially when you get them on sale. this shoe made me want to look into the v1.11 for it looks to have the similar shape to it. thanks for the review and changing how consumers see soccer cleats.
guys how light are these in gramms? and would these be good or would t90 laser ii K-fg or t90 laser iii K-FG BE BETTER YOU GUYS CHOOSE
these t90 k-fg ii or t90 k-fg 3 I'm a midfielder
Hey bryan, i usually wear a uk9 in total 90… But what size will you recommend for this v1.10 ??
Would you use the V1.10 on AG? Just found a pair for $37 shipped and would love to play in them. Just didn’t know how well they’d hold up on turf.