Puma Re-introduces Historic Disc

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The IGNITE DISC & evoSPEED DISC Spike mark the 25th anniversary of the PUMA DISC laceless closure system, and the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, will be running in them this year at the Rio Olympics.

Twenty-five years ago PUMA first introduced the DISC System into its range of running shoes, a revolutionary laceless closure system that allowed athletes to tighten the upper for an easy, custom fit by simply turning the DISC dial, which tightened the internal wire system.

The system proved highly popular High, even with top level track & field athletes such as Colin Jackson, who wore the DISC spike when he won gold in the 110m hurdles at the 1993 Word Champs in Stuttgart, while German long jump legend Heike Drechsler wore the DISC spike to propel her to the top step of the podium at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

This year, as PUMA celebrates 25 years of DISC innovation, the company took the original DISC design and made it lighter and sleeker. It’s quicker to turn, faster to tighten, and features smooth, durable steel wires to conform to the foot. As Kohei Hagio, PUMA Senior Head of Product Line Management for Running & Training Footwear, says, “At PUMA we strive to push the boundaries of innovation in all of our products. It’s a never-ending pursuit to be Forever Faster in everything we do. The DISC System technology is a representation of this commitment and desire.”

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PUMA’s current roster of track & field athletes will wear the new DISC, including Asafa Powell, Andre de Grasse and Jenna Prandini, and, of course, the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, who says, “I’m all about speed and the evoSPEED DISC Spike gives the most comfortable fit in the quickest time. Whether on track or during training, every second is important, so I’m very pleased that with just a quick turn of the DISC, the spike is secure, comfortable and ready to run.”

These athletes need lightweight footwear that’s easy and comfortable to wear, and creates a customised fit. The IGNITE DISC trainer and evoSPEED DISC Spike deliver all of these and more.

The IGNITE DISC trainer ensures a quick and secure fit, allowing runners to just put on their shoes and go. The upper is comprised of comfort foam that conforms to the foot shape while a breathable net mesh hugs the foot adding maximum comfort and contributing to the lightweight feel of the shoe. Thanks to its IGNITE Foam midsole, the IGNITE DISC offers superior energy return with an exceptional cushioning material that disperses impact. It’s a unique PU foam formula that offers high rebound and fantastic comfort, with midsole chevron grooves that are design to compress during landing and rebound to provide energy return. ForEverFoam is integrated in the heel to provide durability for long-lasting performance. On the outsole, guidance grooves run from the heel to the toe to mimic the natural gait pattern for a smooth ride. Forefoot Flex Grooves allow for a smooth transition and toe-off.

The evoSPEED DISC Spike is designed for the world’s fastest athletes on the track. Like the flat version, it offers a secure and fast fit with PUMA’s updated, innovative fast closing system. It wraps and secures the foot onto the platform within a split-second. For ultimate traction and propulsion, it features an aggressive full length Pebax Sprint Plate with 8 spikes. Top-of-the-line, soft, aerodynamic Clarino® synthetic upper hugs the foot and locks the foot onto the plate for superb upper support.

The IGNITE DISC will be retailing for R1 999 from 14 April at PUMA stores and selected retailers nationwide. The evoSPEED DISC Spike will be available at PUMA stores only for R2 599.

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