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 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 Sonic and Horizon BPF (a trail shoe that I ran Copper Mountain 25k in).
The Sonic Hovr has a different fit than many other brands. The knit surrounds the entire foot including the heel counter at the back. 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.
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Positive: I ran 15 miles. . Negative: I missed every single interval for a 3×2 mile interval and settled with an average of 7:30. . Humidity of 93%, you can’t expect to make paces you were in ideal weather. I’m healthy and that beats all negative. . Workouts are just workouts.
One thing I will include is that if using a custom insert, it might be more challenging to fit into the shoe without feeling like you’re sliding out.
What is “Hovr”?
Hovr is the technology Under Armour uses that makes up the midsole of the shoe. Every brand has their own technology. Adidas uses Boost, Nike: Air, Mizuno uses the Wave Plate, Saucony now uses Evverrun…every brand uses something different.
The weight of the Sonic is about 9.6 ounces and the heel to toe drop is 8 mm. It’s 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 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 Under Armour Hovr Sonic is an excellent shoe for multiple purposes from everyday training to a “faster” paced shoe. For me, it 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 an Under Armour Shoe would be one of my current favorites, I’m not sure if I would believe you.
Workouts: Nike Fly, Under Armour Sonic HOVR
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?