PUMA Golf PROADAPT ALPHACAT Shoe Review
REVIEW: PROADAPT ALPHACAT
Review by Golfshake Ambassador Matt Holbrook
PUMA Golf are fast becoming a major player in the golf footwear market and their latest offering 'ALPHACAT' shows no signs of this slowing down. The ALPHACAT is a spikeless shoe that claims to be the 'King of Comfort' as well as offering resistance, structure and support amongst others. As ever PUMA are being innovative and pushing boundaries with another modern slick design that should appeal to golfers of all ages/abilities.
You can learn more about the tech behind the shoe, here.
But here is a snippet of what PUMA say:
"The PROADAPT ALPHACAT boasts an impressive array of innovative materials including PUMA GOLF’s proprietary ADAPT Foam, which is made from a combination of EVA Cushioning and an impact resistant polymer. The combination of the materials creates a platform that provides impact resistance, energy return, and ground feel. While the PROADAPT Multi Material Outsole, which features a high-durometer, abrasion resistant TPU perimeter that provides great stability and traction on soft surfaces while the central Crystal Rubber unit, provides exceptional ground gripping traction and a soft under foot feel on hard surfaces, giving you the confidence to hit any shot no matter the lie. The upper is an EXO Shell comprised of engendered mesh with a TPU Film that provides both structure and support as well as waterproof performance."
As I've come to expect from a PUMA shoe - The ALPHACAT is great in design. The 'mesh' looking part on the top of the shoe is not something I had seen from PUMA before but it's a good addition and the sole is fresh looking with the bright orange adding that sporty modern touch.
When I first looked at the shoe, I expected it to be fairly ridged, but I was impressed with how soft they felt both in my hands and on my feet. It's great how comfy they were on testing and they feel really secure and fit nicely. I would recommend maybe half a size bigger than usual (I am a normally a 10.5 but took these in an 11) as lots of shoes do come up either slightly bigger or smaller depending on the brand.
Throughout the round they were great, I have had problems previously with sore heels but this wasn't the case and there were no signs of rubbing or blisters that you do sometimes get with brand new shoes. I was lucky to have a dry day on first testing but have since worn them on an early morning round when the ground was still fairly damp and there were no signs of any slipping - which is a great benefit of a spikeless shoe.
I'm going to list three things for pros - these being comfort, style and performance. I think getting these three things right on a pair of shoes means that you've pretty much got all bases covered and once again PUMA have delivered with these.
My only con is the colour options - there will be three, white, grey and black - for a spikeless 'summer' shoe I feel like there could be more options, but with the Ignite Fasten8 and RS-G already offering more options this may follow, so fingers crossed.
The Bottom Line
Once again, PUMA have shown me why they are now being considered as a leading golf shoe manufacturer. The ALPHACAT complements the other spikeless shoes in the range really well and it is definitely a model I would recommend looking at if you're searching for a summertime option.
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