Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Stability
Use
Competition
Price
$120
Weight
M: 227g | W: 178g
Heel to toe drop
M: 7mm | W: 7mm
Heel height
M: 26mm | W: 26mm
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 4.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

The good

  • The Under Armour Charge RC 2 is very lightweight and breathable according to some reviews.

  • This shoe has an impressive traction, according to several runners.

  • The foot-hugging HeatGear technology in the upper provides a breathable fit.

  • It has a padded tongue and a toe cap that gives foot protection while running.

  • It features an external heel counter for an enhanced fit.

  • It has a roomy toe box which is extremely favorable for wide foot runners.

The bad

  • The Charge RC 2 is a moderately high-priced shoe.

  • Some runners found this shoe too stiff for them.

  • According to runners with high arches, the underfoot sole felt hard and become uncomfortable.

Bottom line

The Under Armour Charge RC 2 is a breathable and lightweight running shoe. The updated version provides enhanced fit, arch support, protection, and durability. It is best for short and long distance runs as well as on racing days.



World wide, Charge RC 2 is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Under Armour, is the 10th most popular.

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Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 113 ratings

5 star
73%
4 star
15%
3 star
1%
2 star
4%
1 star
7%

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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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79 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 91
    Joe KenndyLevel 1 expert
    by Runner's World
    I like the stretchy and breathable fabric on the toe box, which is more like Spandex than your typical mesh.
  • 87
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    Low-slung and lightweight, the Charge RC is built for faster paced runs. Recommended for lightweight runners. But try them on first.
  • 85
    Debra RosarioLevel 1 expert
    by Runner's World
    The best part of the shoe is the stretchy, breathable upper fabric. If you have a wide foot, the material has 'give.
  • 76
    Amy WolffLevel 1 expert
    by Runner's World
    The back of the heel was bothersome when I ran.
  • 60
    Brian O'ConnorLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The biggest issue is that the shoe is very rigid, which you’ll feel (and should be able to judge your threshold for) the minute you try it on.
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Updates to Charge RC 2

The 2nd version of the Under Armour Charge RC may initially not look any different from its predecessor when initially observed, but it actually has a more spacious mid-foot to accommodate a variety of foot types. It also uses a more articulated material in the upper to allow the foot to move more naturally.

The geometry of the sole unit was deliberately designed to let the foot have constant contact with the ground. It’s a helpful way to get surface feedback to keep the runner balanced and alert about the surfaces.

The mid-sole features some very efficient technologies that assist the runner in getting protection from shock, as well as energy for a more efficient stride. Landings are also well-cushioned because of a responsive foam system that carries the foot well throughout the gait cycle.

The mid-foot section of the Under Armour Charge RC 2 has a medial bumper, which prevents the rolling in of the foot, thus resulting in a more neutral stance when wearing it.

Durable rubber is placed on certain areas of the outsole where wear and tear are most commonly observed. It delivers protection, as well as traction when doing turns, swerves and breaks. The material is lightweight, so it doesn’t affect the overall weight of the shoe.

Charge RC 2 size and fit

The Under Armour Charge RC 2 is slightly bigger in size than the standard. It is recommended for runners to get ½ size smaller to be able to get the right one. It has a medium width when it comes to its heel, mid-foot and forefoot areas. Its semi-curved shape allows it to accommodate the natural shape of the human foot.

Outsole

The Light Speed Grip is a compound that is found on the outsole unit of this running shoe. Strategically placed in areas that are at risk from wear, it protects the sole unit and delivers responsible traction over the roads.

The forefoot area has flex grooves that allow the runner to perform more naturally, particularly during the toe-off phase. It doesn’t restrict the pliability of the mid-sole and the upper unit.

Midsole

The Micro G® is a mid-sole foam that delivers cushioning throughout the stride. Because it’s a full-length foam, it is able to protect the foot from impact during heel strike and then make each toe-off more explosive.

A Medial Bumper that’s made from TPU cradles the arch and carries it well when standing and even when running. It prevents the medial side of the foot from rolling over and then shifts the stance of the runner to assume a more neutral one.

The 4D Foam® is a foam unit on top of the main mid-sole layer. It’s made from highly responsive materials, that’s why when the runner steps on it, it molds itself to assume the exact shape of the underside of the foot. Such a design adds more support to the contours of the foot and even prevents any slippage from happening.

Upper

The articulated upper flex capability of the fabrics makes it very responsive to the movements of the foot. It mimics the bending of the foot when it goes through the gait cycle, so it gives more freedom for natural movement.

The HeatGear® fabric is able to wick off moisture and keep the upper unit dry. It provides a cool and well-ventilated environment for the foot. Sweat doesn’t get absorbed in it, thus preventing odor.

The MPZ® technology is the tongue padding that protects the foot from impact and discomfort throughout any activity. It’s durable, lightweight and firm, so pressure points won’t make the skin irritated.

An External Heel Counter enhances the fit of the shoe. It locks the rear of the foot in place and prevents accidental shoe removals.


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