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PUMA Fuse 3


The PUMA Fuse 3 marks a notable evolution in the Fuse series, adeptly designed for both lifting and CrossFit, with an emphasis on stability and durability. This model features a reworked sole and upper, providing a robust platform that’s particularly beneficial for heavy-lifting sessions. While the shoe’s heavier build and narrower toe box may not be universally appealing, they offer solid lateral support, essential for explosive training and HIIT workouts.


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What I Like About the PUMA Fuse 3…

  • Stable for Lifting
  • Good Lateral/Medial Support
  • Secure Upper Construction


What I Don’t Like About the PUMA Fuse 3…

  • Not Great for Running
  • Snug Toe Box
  • Heavy On the Feet

Product Summary and Features

The PUMA Fuse 3 marks a notable upgrade in the Fuse series, specifically engineered for both lifting and CrossFit, with substantial improvements in stability and durability due to its reworked sole and upper. Though its heavier build and snug toe box may not suit all preferences, it provides robust lateral support, making it ideal for explosive training and HIIT. In terms of lifting, the shoe demonstrates excellent stability, capable of supporting squats and deadlifts over 400 lbs.

The Fuse 3 also performs commendably in CrossFit and versatile training scenarios, though its weight can be a limiting factor for prolonged workouts and runs. Overall, the PUMA Fuse 3 emerges as a strong competitor in the budget training shoe space, particularly for athletes who prioritize stability and lifting performance.

  • Mesh and Textile Upper
  • PUMAGrip Outsole
  • Dual-Density Drop-In Midsole
  • Asymmetrical Lacing System
  • External Heel Tab
  • TPU Heel Clip
  • 5 Core Eyelets
  • Read my PUMA Fuse 3 Review

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PUMA Fuse 3 for HIIT Workouts

PUMA Fuse 3 Specs

  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4mm
  • Weight: 14.95oz (size 10 men’s)
  • Stack Height: N/A
  • Removable Insole: Drop-In Midsole
  • Colors: 2 men/2 women


Lifting Tests

    • Max Squat: 435 lbs. The stability works well in this shoe for squats over 400 lbs even with slight midsole compression.
    • Max Deadlift: 515 lbs. I like the stability in this model for the most part, but I do wish the toe box was wider for toe splay.
    • Max Lunge: 225 lb walking lunge. Good grip, I never had issues with the medial or lateral sidewalls in this shoe.
    • Max Leg Press: 540 lbs. The outsole gripped the machine well and the upper is secure and locks the feet down well.
    • TF2 Lifting Rating: 4.4/5

Versatility Tests

    • HIIT Workouts: Full-body circuits. This shoe does a good job for most HIIT workouts, however, this shoe’s weight can be a knock in some contexts and its snugger toe box can also feel pretty tight.
    • CrossFit WODs: Fran, Cindy, and more. This is a good model for the CrossFitter who likes a heavier and more stability-focused shoe. You feel grounded in this shoe and it has good lateral support.
    • Running Tests: Sprints and 1.5-mile run. For sprints, I like the pliability of the forefoot and the grip. For my 1.5-mile runs, I found the heel to be a little offputting and this model can feel pretty heavy.
    • TF2 Versatility Rating: 4.2/5


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