Under Armour HOVR: A review

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In mid-December, I received a pre-release pair of Under Armour HOVR shoes. I have never owned Under Armour shoes before, but I have definitely taken a look at them in the past, especially when we have visited an outlet! But when there was an opportunity to be able to the time to wear a new pair, decide how I felt about them for various runs and workouts, and am able to put a true feeling on these shoes. I was definitely excited to give them a whirl, and I took them out of the box and for a run immediately.

The pair that I received was a beautiful PINK shoe (my daughter loves them, by the way), and they are the Under Armour HOVR Sonic, which you can find here

I got these shoes in a size 9, which is the same size that I wear in most running shoes of other brands (for reference, I most often run in Brooks and Nike and I get these as a 9 as well). So I would say these are true to size as far as running shoes go. The upper is knit, and this is the second pair of shoes that I have owned with the knit upper. I likes the fit of these around my ankles but they did feel good on my feet as well.
These shoes are very much new technology, and they can pair with your phone and use the Under Armour owned Map My Run website and track your mileage and GPS data. That was definitely an amazing feature. It connects to the Map My Run app using UA's Record Sensor giving you detailed running metrics including pace, stride length, cadence and distance.

These shoes had just the right amount of cushion. They were a neutral trainer than I feel can be versatile enough to be used for a 5K or even for long runs in half marathon or marathon training. I took them out for 12 miles, myself, and my legs and feet felt great throughout. There is an 8 mm drop between the heel and toe which is in the middle between the minimal and standard trainer, which I think is the perfect middle place.
I tried the shoes outdoors, the treadmill, and I even took them to the gym for a weightlifting session. See the mesh on the sides of the shoes?  They allow a bit of air flow in order to help my feet (which tend to sweat A LOT) breath. Now, full disclosure, because in reviewing, I think that you need all of the information, if you happen to run through a puddle that is deeper than the bottom of these shoes like I did once, your feet WILL get wet.

Overall, I found these shoes to be a solid shoe to add to my training rotation. And the pricepoint of $110 or $100 for the unconnected version is definitely a fairly affordable price, especially for the quality of product that you are getting.

Would you try connected shoes? Have you run in Under Armour shoes?


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