Summary

We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The shoe generally receives good user feedback. One comments, “Traction, cushion, stability and lockdown are amazing. This is probably the best all arounder I've played with in a long time.”
  • Most of the users are pleased with the shoe’s traction. They say that the grip is reliable and consistent–allowing them to stop and go when needed.
  • A number of players commended the shoe’s durability, saying that after one season, the ClutchFit Drive 2 maintained its great fit, comfort, and look.
  • Given that it is of the right size, a lot of users comment that the Under Armour ClutchFit Drive 2 is very comfortable to wear since the shoe’s upper and ankle collar are padded with thick foam, and the insole is Micro G. One wearer comments, “it almost feels like a sock because the tongue and inside padding are extremely thick, soft and cradle the foot.”
  • The shoe’s upper padding and the narrow fit offer great support and lockdown, say most of the testers. It is as good as the Kevin Durant 11th Nike basketball shoe.
  • A few purchasers like that there are many colors to choose from.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A lot of wearers say that the shoe runs very narrow from the midfoot to the forefoot. Because of this, a lot experience pain and blistering on their toes and forefoot.
  • Due to the thick materials used on the ClutchFit Drive 2’s upper, a few players say that the shoe gets hot after just a few hours of playing.
  • Several remark that they find the shoe too stiff and firm, further saying that they would’ve wanted the shoe to be a bit more comfortable.
  • Many players complain about the heel cup underneath the ankle, saying that whenever they did tight cuts on the court, the TPU piece digs into their ankles. “It actually ripped the skin”, shares one user. “Cut gashes into my ankles every time I play”, says another one.
  • A number of purchasers have issues with the shoe’s durability. After playing in the ClutchFit Drive II for a few weeks, some experience tearing on the sides of the shoes and on the mesh areas as well.

Bottom line

Overall, wide-footers may want to skip this shoe as there are many users who experience pain and blistering especially when the sizing isn’t right. However, players on whose feet the ClutchFit Drive II fit well find that the traction, cushion, and support mechanisms perform very well.

This Under Armour basketball shoe is for guards because it prioritizes speed and agility. Impact protection and responsiveness is minimal yet you get a ton of court feel.

Facts

Expert Reviews

80 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | JAHRONMON | | Level 5 expert

    At the end of the day, the ClutchFit Drive II is perfectly designed for power guards thanks to the responsive cushion setup and flexible support, but can still be used effectively for positions 1 through 5.

  • 54 / 100 | The Sole Brothers | | Level 5 expert

    It's a pretty good shoe. If you're a fast cutting guard, this is a pretty good shoe.

  • 95 / 100 | Schwollo | Level 5 expert

    The Clutchfit Drive 2 is a great shoe. It provides the same traction, great cushioning, support and containment all for $125. But looks wise, these look like they came out of a the team shoe vending machine.

  • 80 / 100 | LiveforBball | | Level 5 expert

    The Under Armour Clutchfit Drive 2 didn’t let us down. For a standard shoe, you get plenty of horsepower to control.

  • 86 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 4 expert

    At the end of the day, the ClutchFit Drive II is perfectly designed for power guards thanks to the responsive cushion setup and flexible support, but can still be used effectively for positions 1 through 5.

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Released as the second iteration of the successful Under Armour ClutchFit Drive shoe, the Drive 2s feature targeted ClutchFit in the upper. It is reinforced with fuse for a more supportive fit. The Charged cushion in the midsole is made firmer and is complemented by a Micro G insole. Traction, on the other hand, stays the same with its classic multidirectional herringbone pattern.

For wearers who opt for mesh uppers in a high-top, Under Armour recommends the HOVR Havoc for a more supportive fit. For those who love low-tops, Stephen Curry’s 6th signature shoe is a good pick.

Cushion. The Charged cushioning in the midsole converts impact energy into energy for take off. The ClutchFit Drive 2’s foam is considerably firmer than the previous model’s, and it provides a lot of court feel. The shoe’s firmness is balanced out by a thick Micro G insole that provides step-in comfort.

Traction. The previous model’s multidirectional herringbone outsole is carried over to the Under Armour Clutchfit Drive 2. Although the tread pattern offers no fancy storytelling, it nevertheless provides a good grip and control whenever needed. The pattern rises up to the medial side of the forefoot to support angular movements like hard cuts.

Length and Width. One of the most common complaints that users have about the UA Clutchfit Drive 2 is the shoe’s narrowness, especially in the forefoot to midfoot areas. This is probably because dead space in the forefoot has been eliminated entirely, making the shoe feel a size smaller. Players with narrow to regular-sized feet will probably feel that the tightness is just right. Wearers with wide feet, however, are advised to go half to a full size bigger, or check their local shoe store to fit the shoe personally.

Lockdown. Support and lockdown of the shoe comes from the basketball shoe’s upper material and tight fit. An internal heel counter and an external heel clip ensure that there are no up-down heel slips.  

Compared to the previous ClutchFit Drive basketball shoe, the II’s do not have as much ClutchFit material on the upper. The shoe, instead, has a combination of mesh and synthetic material with patterned ClutchFit fuse underlays in selected areas. This material acts as a flexible, supportive, and durable second skin. The upper is well-padded and plush, especially the ankle collar and tongue.

The midsole uses a Charged cushioning with a Micro G insole, while the outsole is made of solid rubber.

The shoe has the ClutchFit pattern on the upper to add character to the shoe. With an “hour-glass” shape, the pattern is designed to flex with certain movements and remain supportive for others. This pattern is situated in areas that help accentuate the shoe’s aesthetics. The original shoe is considered a high-top. Low-top versions have been released. Both the heel and outsole bear the Under Armour logo.

Since the Under Armour ClutchFit Drive 2’s debut in 2015, the shoe has been released in more than 20 colorways. The black one is the most popular and most searched colorway of the shoe.

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