Puma have just officially released the latest addition to the V series, the new Puma V1.11. Following in the footsteps of its predecessors, this release enters the lightweight market at 8.2oz. The official colorway of the roll-out release comes in a Fluo Green/Midnight Navy/White.
Puma has altered some important aspects of this release from the V1.10, including the addition of a lace cover and the creation of an all new textured microfiber upper. The lace cover seems like an interesting addition to me. Puma has referenced a TriHook fastener keeps it in place, so I am interested to see how it is attached. A carbon fiber composite in the forefoot helps provide optimal pressure distribution, reactivity and flexibility. In addition, the new v1.1 boot enables greater playing stability, through an external heel counter and a Pebax frame that provides support to the outsole.
Summing up my thoughts on the release, there are several aspects to the release that I am interested in checking out. First is the lace cover. A complaint with recent releases on the market (including Nike) is that lace covers remove the opportunity to swap out the laces for new ones. You do get a larger strike zone, but ultimately that doesn’t help when it comes time to change the laces. Second, sizing is always an issue with Puma shoes – I have a feeling that these will fit in a similar fashion to the V1.10, which actually fit a half size small. More on this once I get a pair for review. Finally, I actually like the colorway that Puma use as it offers a modern look without being too “in your face”.
Stay tuned for a full review in the next few weeks, or check them out right now over on soccer.com.