Summary

We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Like the HOVR Havoc, a good number of reviewers say that the Under Armour Lightning 4 is comfortable to wear.
  • Most of those who left reviews express their willingness to recommend these Under Armour basketball shoes to family and friends.
  • A lot of UA Lightning 4 shoes are given as gifts, and their recipients are reportedly happy with them.
  • Just like Puma’s Court Disrupt, a couple of wearers say that this shoe provides considerable ankle support.
  • Some say that on clean courts, these UA shoes’ have great traction.
  • At least one purchaser says that this shoe is made of high-quality materials, and they foresee no issue with this product’s durability.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of purchasers say that the Under Armour Lightning 4 does not provide enough cushioning.
  • At least one reviewer mentions that the sole easily becomes slippery.

Bottom line

Overall, the Under Armour Lightning 4 is a decent on-court performer. Many wearers attest to the comfort that these Under Armour basketball shoes bring. However, a good number of them also wish that the shoe had a better cushioning unit. Still, at less than $100, this model is already a good basketball shoe deal.

 

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Facts

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The Under Armour Lightning 4 is an on-court performer that features the critically acclaimed Micro G technology in the midsole. To provide the necessary stability for quick movements, the outsole is made of injection-molded rubber that features both the herringbone and spider web patterns. To ensure comfort and breathability, the upper is made of lightweight textile with protective overlays wherever necessary.

Cushion. The midsole of the Under Armour Lightning 4 features the well-loved Micro G technology. It effectively cushions hard landings and returns energy for explosive takeoffs to the basket. Complementing the Micro G’s effectiveness is an insole that is made of die-cut EVA that  provides not only plush underfoot cushioning but also reliable motion support.

Traction. The outsole of the UA Lightning 4 is made of durable rubber that went through the injection molding process. A large part of the sole features the spider web pattern; the lateral sides go true to tradition and stick with the classic herringbone. The spider web pattern also extends up to sides of the midsole to deliver a multiangular grip. Both patterns provide multidirectional support.

Length and Width. There is a good number of short reviews on this shoe but none of them talk about issues with size. Given this, it’s safe to assume that the Lightning 4 shoes from Under Armour fit true to size. However, whenever it’s possible, it’s still best to try the shoe on before  purchasing.

Lockdown. To keep the foot locked down, this shoe has a webbed loop lacing system that basically works like Nike Flywire. When the laces are tightened, the webbed loops on the sides also grasp the foot better, ensuring stability. Wearers have the option to extend the laces up to the tongue if they want a more secure fit. Speaking of the tongue, it is molded to ensure a more stable fit.

Under Armour says that the Lightning 4’s upper is made of a lightweight textile that ensures not only a one-to-one fit but also breathability. The toe cap is stylistically overlaid with a protective material.

The textile upper of the Under Armour Lightning 4 is covered with a net like material. This gives the shoe it’s unique appearance. It also shields the webbed loops from unwanted physical disturbances that may cause them to loosen or get entangled.

The sides of the midsole features the same spider web pattern found on the most part of the outsole. This further characterizes the shoe.

The iconic Under Armour logo sits prominently on the tongue, the rear lateral side, and the outsole.

The UA Lightning 4 is sold in the following colors:

  • Black/Black
  • Midnight Navy/Midnight Navy
  • Red/Black
  • Team Royal/Team Royal
  • White/Black
  • White/Overcast Grey
Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com