Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Stability
Use
Daily running
Price
$100
Weight
M: 269g | W: 230g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 29mm | W: 29mm
Forefoot height
M: 19mm | W: 19mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Those with narrow feet appreciated how the upper unit of the Under Armour Charged Bandit 2 was able to conform securely to their foot-dimensions.

  • Many testers welcomed the appealing color schemes of this model, because their colleagues were able to notice them and give them positive remarks.

  • The breathable and form-fitting upper unit was greatly lauded and welcomed.

  • A lot of runners generally described this running shoe as comfortable right out of the box.

  • The underfoot cushioning was adequately responsive, as noted by those who tried it.

  • The foot-conforming underfoot platform was able to deliver reliable support, noted some users.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A tester commented that the toe-box of the wide version was narrow and a bit off.

  • One runner felt that the heel cup wasn’t as effective at locking the foot in place.

Bottom line

Generally praised for its comfortable upper construction, supportive mid-sole, and appealing design, the Under Armour Charged Bandit 2 is a running companion for those who desire quality service and performance. Some negative comments highlighted its narrow fit and its apparently flimsy heel cup. Still, many said that it’s a reliable option for daily running and casual use.



World wide, Charged Bandit 2 is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Under Armour, is the 10th most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 967 shoes


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 104 ratings

5 star
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4 star
12%
3 star
7%
2 star
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1 star
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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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84 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 85
    Thomas NeubergerLevel 4 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    I tried it on long runs and fast runs and found it to be a very versatile shoe.
  • 82
    TomLevel 1 expert
    by Tom Sportsmonster
    Just from the design part, I really love this shoe.
  • 70
    Ethan NewberryLevel 5 expert
    by TheGingerRunner
    The back midsole is abrasive, overwhelming that it seems like you are wearing a high heel.
  • 99
    Michael Mason-D'CrozLevel 4 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The Under Armour Charged Bandit 2 is a cushioned trainer that is made to log high miles. At a modest price, these shoes check off nearly every box any runner could want.
  • 85
    Thomas/MeaghanLevel 3 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    I would call this an everyday trainer, but I think I’d be happy racing a marathon in them. 
  • 80
    Cory SmithLevel 3 expert
    by Gear Institute
     At first, the Under Armour Bandit 2 is one of the more comfortable and stylish shoes, however, after a few miles of hard pounding the Bandit 2 takes on a different personality.
  • 94
    Trevor TanLevel 2 expert
    by The Straits Times
    The Under Armour Charged Bandit 2 is the everyday trainer that you have been looking for. It looks great, runs well and is relatively affordable, especially for a pair that you can wear all the time.
  • 75
    JeffLevel 2 expert
    by Riz Knows
    There's nothing crazy, jaw-dropping, but they are solid running shoes that look quite good.
  • 90
    Melissa RobertsonLevel 1 expert
    by Crackneck
    The shoes fit great straight out of the box, of course I immediately took them for a run and they hugged my feet nicely, no rubbing and certainly no blisters. The black and grey colour even hides the mud which I quickly got them covered in.
  • 85
    Noelle De GuzmanLevel 1 expert
    by Kikay Runner
    The mesh upper allows extraordinary breathability, which is great if running in dry weather but may allow water to seep in when running in damp conditions. The soft material allows your toes to move and permits the natural expansion of your toebox upon landing.
  • 80
    Renae HardtLevel 1 expert
    by Renae Hardt
    It's a solid shoe for its price.
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First looks are not reviews. They're only a visual presentation

  • Baseball Kid84
    It's got a lot of thread, very light and comfortable.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    These guys are gonna ensure your next run is extremely comfortable.
  • Under Armour
    Total comfort for long-distance acceleration. Meet the UA Charged Bandit 2.
  • Under Armour
    Visually, it feels very unique to what's out in the market today.
  • Nikki Rees

Updates to Charged Bandit 2

The Under Armour Charged Bandit 2 is a comfortable running shoe that looks very appealing, as well. The men and women’s versions come in different color schemes that can certainly capture the eye. The smooth construction of the upper does away with heavy layers and uncomfortable stitching. The overlays are fused with the fabrics to deliver a snug fit that’s not too restrictive.

Heathered Mesh serves as the foundation of this running shoe’s upper unit. Its soft nature prevents irritation and encourages flexibility. It is also breathable, thus it is able to allow air to keep the interior environment as cool and dry for the runner. A seamless heel cup locks the foot in place and prevents accidental shoe removals.

The mid-sole unit uses Charged Cushioning®, a foam technology that incorporates a firm heel density for support and a softer forefoot for comfort. It is able to cushion the foot well, while also attenuating shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle. Additional cushioning is given by the Micro G® foot-bed. It molds itself to the shape of the wearer’s underfoot, thus giving support to areas that aren’t typically cushioned.

The high-wear areas of the sole unit are shielded by a durable rubber material. It is highly resistant to wear and tear, so it lasts long. It also delivers reliable traction on the asphalt. Flex grooves make the platform more adherent to the natural movement of the foot as it gears itself for the toe-off, where forefoot flexibility takes place.

Charged Bandit 2 size and fit

The Under Armour Charged Bandit 2 uses standard measurements for its length. Men and women are able to get the correct size when they opt for this model. The available widths are medium and wide; thus it is able to accommodate a variety of foot-types. The natural curve of the human foot is followed by its semi-curved shape.

Outsole

Carbon rubber protects high-wear areas from damage. It is durable, so it won’t succumb to wear and tear, as well. It also gives reliable surface traction, which is important when it comes to gaining control of movement on the asphalt.

Blown rubber is placed in the forefoot section. In addition to its protective purpose, it also has a cushioning capability, which makes the forefoot strikes and takeoffs more comfortable.

The forefoot area benefits from flex grooves, which allow the platform to move along with the natural movements of the foot. They make the toe-off more efficient and enabled.

Midsole

The Two-piece Charged Cushioning® foam gives support and comfort to the runner. The heel area has a firmer unit that’s meant to support the rear section of the foot, acting as a foundation for balance. The front section, however, as a softer density, which makes the underfoot experience as comfortable as possible.

The Micro G® food-bed molds itself to the shape of the foot, thus giving contoured support to areas that aren’t usually affected by the mid-sole cushioning.

Upper

Heathered Mesh gives a soft disposition to the upper. It is flexible, so it won’t restrict the natural movement of the foot. It is also breathable, so air is able to seamlessly enter the shoe in order to provide a well-ventilated running experience.

Ultrasonic Welded Seams with Bemis Tape assist the upper in keeping the foot in place. They do not make any marks or cause any discomfort to the foot. The runner benefits from reduced irritation because of this.

The tongue features open mesh, which enhances the breathable nature of the upper unit.

The Seamless Heel Cup placed externally is meant to hold the rear of the foot in place and prevent any accidental shoe removal.


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