With Nike and adidas leading the way for speed boots, Puma steps up to the challenge and releases the Ultra Ultimate. First launched in 2020, the Ultra marks the successful return of Puma in the said category after the discontinuation of the iconic evoSPEED. Together with the Future Z, the Ultra helps the Wild Cat brand provide distinct choices that cater to a variety, sometimes even opposing, boot preferences.
Ultra Ultimate Page Content Summary:
- Known Football Names under the Puma Ultra (plus your price options)
- Some Questions about the Ultra Ultimate
- Deep Dive into the Ultra Ultimate Review
- Ultra Ultimate or Future Z: Choosing the Right Puma Silo for You
- Development of the Puma Ultra Speed Boot
The Future Z and Neymar might be hugging the limelight on the glamour of Puma boots, but the Ultra Ultimate by itself is hugely deserving of a co-star recognition. After all, it can certainly hold its ground against the Superflys, the Vapors, and the Xs.
Known Football Names and Price Options under the Puma Ultra
Antoine Griezmann comes to mind when it comes to the Ultras. He is not alone though as he is now joined by a cast of quality players like Kingsley Coman and Christian Pulisic. It’s also worth mentioning that the Puma Ultra has a dedicated women-sizing, and with the likes of Nikita Parris on board, should not have any problems getting a following in women’s football.
Ultimate – Seems like Puma has gone down Nike’s route and now labels (instead of numbering) the tier level for its speed boot offering at least, with Ultimate representing the high-end flagship model
Designed with the female footshape in mind, Puma have been at the forefront of designing specific women’s boots for the last few years, especially with the Ultra, launching slightly different colourways in packs for the girls game.
Ultra Match (.3)
Match refers to your budget Ultra options; interesting to see that the laceless and laced options under this tier level bear semblance to the playbook of adidas at this price point (not to mention Puma’s attempt to offer a regular option for a laceless boot)
Some Questions about the Ultra Ultimate:
- What’s new with the Ultra Ultimate?
The Ultra Ultimate overhauls the the Puma speed silo from the ground up. The outsole now has a dual structure comprised of an outer skeletal TPU layered over a Peba-base frame , with the mix of chevron and triangular stud configuration being the only carry-over element. MATRYXEVO now gives way to the ULTRAWEAVE material that is also used in Puma’s high-profile kits.
- Is the Ultra Ultimate available in other soleplate types?
At the moment, you can get the Ultra in a Cage variant that is good for the harder synthetic pitch of indoor football. Pretty sure Puma will release a soft ground version soon. In case you didn’t know, Puma’s football boots are labelled as FG/AG, so by default it should be alright for the newer generation of artificial grass pitches at least.
- Can I go laceless with the Puma Ultra?
That’s a big NO. The boot does not have any mechanism on the midfoot, unlike the Future Z, that can make the case for a laceless Ultra. Perhaps you might want to take a look at the Ultra Match LL, just not the Ultra Ultimate please.
Deep Dive into the Ultra Ultimate Review
Six Things to Know About the Ultra Ultimate:
- Considering all leading brands and underrated options, still one of the most affordable top-end boot at less than £200
- Upper is a woven material, but the coating gives it a synthetic, plasticky feel
- FG/AG label causes no worries about warranty when playing on both natural and artificial surfaces
- Significantly restructured compared to the Ultra 1.3/1.4
- Getting narrower in shape, as opposed to the trend of Nike and adidas speed boots of going a little bit to the opposite direction; true-to-size in length
- Like the New Balance Furon, provides a solid alternative to the likes of Nike Air Zoom Mercurials and adidas X Speedportal
Our Puma Ultra Ultimate Expert Review
Puma Ultra Ultimate Boots
One of the best value for money top level speed boots, you'll find these a lightweight, narrow option on your feet
Product SKU: 106868
Product Brand: Puma
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- Coated ULTRAWEAVE upper, despite the plasticky sensation, is soft and pliable and can be broken down further with minimal break-in time
- Dual density Speedplate now has a high level of energy return/snapback, finally rivalling the soleplate innovations from Nike and adidas
- Easily the lightest and minimalist among the leading speed boots
- Snug midfoot and form-fitting with a nice lockdown, but not restrictive as long as you have the right fit
- Sharp, barefoot ball contact
- Has some room above your toes
- Expect no protection whatsoever; avoid getting stepped on!
- Those who fit well in the wider 1.1/1.2 might need to look at other options
Overhauled in material but not in essence, the fifth generation of the Puma is indeed Ultimate in its own development and also in relation to its competition.
Boot Rankings, Best For…
Jay Mike talks about the Ultra Ultimate:
- Checkmark soft and pliable; ULTRAWEAVE thin, soft, and follows the shape of the foot (no questions ask!), very comfortable to wear
- Structural stability is decent but not to the point of feeling the reinforced areas
- Lockdown is very good due to the snug fit and less room for the foot to move around, also because of the nanogrip insole that works well with grip socks to prevent internal slippage
- Heel feels comfortable, nice, and secure; fixates the foot just enough to feel safe w/o any pressure point
- Has a distractionless fit; comfortable in a free but reassured way
- Falls on the narrower side in the midfoot; true-to-size length-wise
- Sharp ball feel is what you get; PWRPRINT texture has a balanced, matte grip unlike the sticky 1.4 (which was too much for Jay Mike)
- New outsole does not feel like adding anything to striking the ball despite the marketing but does rival the adidas Carbitex in responsiveness/energy return; snapback is absolutely wild
- Four annoying things: 1) dead space above the toes, 2) inward curve of the heel tab, which may rub the heel a bit, 3) Getting stepped on sucks, no protection, 4) Tighter fit might prevent some from experiencing the goodness of the Ultra Ultimate
- Best dedicated speed boot, uncompromising towards speed but still comfortable when the fit is on point; kinda feels like a traditional speed boot ala classic Mercs
- Still great value for money despite the slight price increase
Ultra Ultimate or Future Z: Choosing the Right Puma Silo for You
If performance is your priority, the more secure fit of the Ultra Ultimate, in addition to its snappy dual-density outsole and raw ball touch, can give you a better sensation in improving your reaction time, nimbleness, and acceleration. Where the Future Z is arguably better is giving you that cozy comfort in the heat of the action to keep you fresh and focused. It also helps the Future’s case that it’s a boot that has no direct competition, unlike the Ultra which has to contend with the ever popular Nike Mercurials and the surging adidas X boots. What’s good in both Puma silos is the fact that they are great value for money, costing significantly less than the £250 average price of top-of-the-line football boots.
Development of the Puma Ultra Speed Boot
Puma introduced the Ultra in 2020, replacing the versatile ONE with a line dedicated to speed. As you’ll see below, much has already happened with the Ultra line in that short span of time.
Ultra 1.3 and 1.4
Before the ULTRAWEAVE made its way to the Ultra, the Puma speed boot, in its 1.3 and 1.4 generations, sported a highly-technical ULTRACUT upper comprised of MATRYXEVO carbon yarns backed by an internal microfibre Speedcage.
The combination produced a seatbelt-like effect during motions, whereas the Ultra Ultimate has a simpler, no-nonsense snug fit. As such, most of the comfort of the current Ultra is derived from the softness and pliability of the ULTRAWEAVE itself, while the 1.3 and 1.4 relied more on having a slight breathing space because of its plain synthetic nature (despite being soft and pliable themselves). Specifically on the 1.4, the Grip Control Pro added a sticky surface finish for ball grip.
Ultra 1.1 and 1.2
When the Ultra started, it had a knitted finish that was pretty much the standard for speed boots back then. The sock-like material, foam liner, and relatively roomy volume meant that the Ultra began as a speed boot with comfort in mind.
Since the Future Z has already excelled on that point, it’s only logical that the Ultra turns to being more competitive on the performance side. The OG Ultra had the same Peba Speedunit outsole that carried over up until the 1.4. The Speedunit already had some snapback, but the addition of the outer TPU structure adds a level of energy return to the current Speedplate that puts the Ultimate on-par with the responsive outsoles like the adidas Carbitex Speedframe and Nike Aerotrak.