I haven’t had a chance to test out the Puma V1.11 or the Puma V1.11 SL yet. but since I had a pair of each lying around, I figured it would be a good idea to snap some pics of each and feature a generalized comparison. Typically, I wouldn’t wait long to get new boots into review, but both have caused some concerns size wise. Here are my important notes between both pairs.
Size – make sure to order up in size for both!
Normally, I would wear a size 9US for testing, but just like their predecessor (the V1.10 and V1.10 SL), both of these boots fit small. The V1.11 fits a half size small, so I am testing a size 9.5US, while the V1.11 SL fit a full size small. In fact, the pair in the pictures is a size 9.5US – and it fits like a 8.5US!
Weight – there is light, and then there is lighter.
Coming in at 8.2oz, many players will be satisfied with the lightweight nature of the Puma V1.11 – but for the ultimate lightweight experience, the V1.11 SL weighs in at an extremely tasty 5.6oz.
Design – whats the difference between versions?
The obvious difference lies with the lace cover found on the V1.11. It works great and the velcro keeps it in place nicely. A second difference lies in the soleplates (as seen below), with the V1.11 SL having a much more minimal design – to be expected for a lightweight boot. The final important difference lies in how the upper is attached to the soleplate. On the V1.11 you are getting a more highly structured, stitched and cemented joining. This offers better durability than you will find on the V1.11 SL, but it also raises the angle between the joining.
Which should I buy?
If you are looking for a guide on which pair to buy, it goes like this: the V1.11 are a more durable boot and they come in at a far better price. But the V1.11 SL offer an ultra Lightweight feel with a much better all around fit (once you get the right size). Either way, please consider my notes above on sizing before ordering a pair!
How much do they cost?
Since they are new to the market, you will find that both pairs are currently at full price. By August/September we will start to see some good deals on them. The Puma V1.11 comes in at $180, while the V1.11 SL is a little more expensive at $220.
Hopefully the images below answer some of your questions about the differences between both boots and give you an idea of what they are like. Stay tuned for a full review of the V1.11 in the next 1-2 weeks, while the SL will be posted in a few weeks once I get a better fitting size!