Under Armour HOVR Sonic Shoe Review

My shoe rotation has almost entirely changed in the last 2 months.  Many of my favorites have been updated, and many of my shoes have gotten enough miles that it is time to be donated.  The next couple of months will be filled with several reviews.

Until recently, I had never run in an Under Armour shoe.  Most people know how great the Under Armour apparel is, but the running specialty shoes weren’t up there.  Well now they are, and I’ve found myself pleasantly surprised with both the Under Armour HOVR Sonic and Horizon BPF (a trail shoe that I ran Copper Mountain 25k in).

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Under Armour HOVR Sonic Fit:

The Under Armour HOVR Sonic has a different fit than many other brands.  The knit of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic surrounds the entire foot including the heel counter at the back.  Plus it makes for a nice wide toe box. It’s all one piece with the tongue attached too. The heal is not as “plush” like many other brands, but honestly, it doesn’t make a difference for me.  Typical I wear a women’s size 10-11 wide, and a 10.5 fits fine and with no sliding.

One thing I will include is that if using a custom insert, it might be more challenging to fit into the Under Armour HOVR
Sonic without feeling like you’re sliding out. The external heel counter of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic doesn’t make it the easiest to slide an insert into.

What is the Under Armour HOVR Sonic?

UA HOVR cushioning is the technology Under Armour uses that makes up the midsole of the shoe.  Every brand has their own technology and the blown rubber of the Under Armour HOVR foam makes for a springy ride with energy return.

Adidas uses Boost, Nike: Air, Mizuno uses the Wave Plate, Saucony now uses Evverrun…every brand uses something different.

under armour hovr sonic shoe review

Under Armour HOVR Sonic Ride:

The weight of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic is about 9.6 ounces and the heel to toe drop is 8 mm.  The Under Armour HOVR Sonic is a soft but well-cushioned shoe.  I feel as though I’m well-cushioned in the beginning and throughout the entire run.  I’ve done a few workouts as well as a 15-mile run and haven’t had any issues.  The grip of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic is also good, and I don’t feel as though I’m sliding in rainy or wet conditions.  In all, it’s one of the softer and lighter shoes I’ve tried.

The traction of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic is great. The high abrasion rubber in the Under Armour HOVR Sonic allows you to have traction on the rainest days. This makes the Under Armour HOVR Sonic a good shoe for long runs or fast runs.

Under Armour HOVR Sonic Conclusion:

The Under Armour Hovr Sonic is an excellent shoe for multiple purposes from everyday training to a “faster” paced shoe.  For me, the Under Armour HOVR Sonic fits into a tempo shoe because I appreciate the lightweight but extra cushion it provides over a flat.  It’s responsive but fast enough that I feel as though I get a good turnover in.

I’m pleasantly surprised with the Under Armour HOVR Sonic.  If you had asked me a year ago if the Under Armour HOVR Sonic would be one of my current favorites, I’m not sure if I would believe you.

Shoe Rotation:

Easy/Daily Runs: Brooks Glycerin 16, Hoka Clifton 5, Brooks Levitate 2, Diadora Fly, Saucony Ride ISO, New Balance 1080

Workouts: Nike Fly, Under Armour HOVR Sonic

Racing: Nike LT Racer, New Balance 1400

Trails: Brooks Cascadia 12 and Under Armour Horizon

Questions for you:

What is one brand you want to try?

Have you tried Under Armour shoes before?