Under Armour Charged Bandit 6 Shoe Review
Although I’ve never run in the Under Armour Charged Bandit 6, I have run in the brand. Most notably, in 2018, when I ran in the Under Armour Horizon BPF and the Under Armour HOVR Sonic. I needed new shoe, they felt good when I tried them on, and I loved the white and gold trim.
Many people have asked: Does Under Armour make good running shoes? That’s a tough question to answer because they make a lot of shoes. If you run in a UA lifestyle shoe, of course, you’ll get hurt. Their running shoes are good, and like any other brand, it’s important to find the right shoe for you. I will also say, Under Armour has progressed into the running scene, and they’ve gotten noticeably better since around 2017.
Under Armour Charged Bandit 6 Quick Facts:
Heel to Toe Drop: 8 mm
Under Armour Charged Bandit 6 Fit:
The Under Armour Charged Bandit 6 has a lightweight but plush fit. It’s interesting to say that because the Under Armour Charged Bandit 6 isn’t expensive. At $90, I was wondering what Under Amour would forgo to keep the price low. The UA Charged Bandit 6 features a lightweight, breathable, stretchy knit fabric upper. The mesh is two tones for increased ventilation. Finally, it has one of the most cushioned ankle collars I’ve run in.
Typically I wear between a women’s size 10-11 wide in running shoes. The Underarmour Bandit 6 fits true to size, and size 10.5 was perfect.
Under Armour Charged Bandit 6 Ride:
In the Bandit, Under Armour uses a Charged Cushioning®. What does this mean? The midsole of the Bandit 6 is firmer in the heel and softer in the forefoot. This allows a smooth transition from heel to toe without it feeling clunky. Almost the entire bottom of the Under Armour Charged Bandit 6 is covered in a rubber outsole. This allows it to be durable without it being heavy.
Since the UA Charged Bandit is so lightweight, I was worried it might not hold up to training rigors. I’ve done a few different runs in it, from long runs to easy runs, hilly runs, and a workout. For me, I’ve found it fits best as a daily trainer, but a trainer, I want to go faster in. It’s also great for warmups and cooldowns before a race/workout.
At $90, I don’t think you’ll get a full 300-500 miles in it, but it’s a good shoe. I’ve put about 50 miles on the shoe and haven’t had any issues.
Under Armour Charged Bandit 6 Conclusion:
I am pleasantly surprised with the UA Bandit. While I’ve never run in the Bandit before, I think Under Armour is doing great things with their shoes (and their athletes). Many people have asked me how the Bandit 6 compares to the Bandit 3, and I don’t have an answer because I actually never tried it on.
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