|Update:||Under Armour HOVR Infinite 2|
|Weight:||Men: 305g | Women: 248g|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Use:||All-day wear | Jogging|
|Material:||Mesh upper, Reflective, Rubber sole|
|Features:||Breathable | Cushioned | Comfortable|
|Strike Pattern:||Midfoot strike|
|Distance:||Daily running | Long distance | Marathon|
|Heel height:||Men: 29mm | Women: 29mm|
|Forefoot height:||Men: 21mm | Women: 21mm|
|Release date:||Feb 2019|
|Type:||Heavy | Big guy|
|Width:||Normal | Normal|
|Colorways:||Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Red, White|
|SKUs:||302139601, 302139630, 3021395001, 3021395004, 3021395102, 3021395301, 3021395402, 3021396108, 3021396109, 3022502001|
Reviews from around the internet
- 97/100 by RunRepeat (4 in-depth reviews)
- 90/100 by Runner's World
- 89/100 by Road Trail Run
- 88/100 by Believe in the Run
- 95/100 by Canadian Running Magazine
- 86/100 by WEARTESTERS
- 94/100 by The Straits Times
- 93/100 by Runner's World
- 90/100 by Believe in the Run
- 90/100 by WearTesters
- 82/100 by Runnerexpert
- 82/100 by The Adventure Blog
- 90/100 by emilyrudow
- 97/100 by MapMyRun
- 93/100 by SPIN.ph
- 86/100 by Canadian Running Magazine
- 85/100 by Coach
- 84/100 by Canada Run Club
- 83/100 by Gizmodo
- 80/100 by Leave the Couch
- 80/100 by Wareable
- 80/100 by Fareed Behardien
- 70/100 by Scott Johnson
Video reviews and unboxing
- The HOVR Infinite is a new addition to Under Armour’s line of running shoes that feature the HOVR technology. But despite its novelty, the brand deems the HOVR Infinite to be the “foundation and anchor” of the HOVR running shoe line, as it intends to match with the category of runners with the most population: neutral pronators and roadrunners.
- As the name implies, the HOVR Infinite offers a strong structure and a consistent ride that enables the runner an “infinite” number of miles. This means a running shoe with maximum comfort and support, delivered by the HOVR technology, no less, coupled by a dynamic Energy Web for smooth and stable transitions.
The sizing scheme of the HOVR Infinite (based on the Under Armour website) runs big compared to the standard running shoe; this means runners could go a half-size smaller. However, fitting the shoe in-store is still the best option, especially for wearers who have preferences with the fit. The shoe’s moderate construction is most ideal for runners with low to medium foot volume. Nonetheless, the HOVR Infinite is offered in Medium and Extra Wide for men and Medium for women.
The outsole of the Under Armour HOVR Infinite is presented in a variety of textures and materials to deliver a powerful yet well-controlled stride. First, rows of pods compose the forefoot area; these are made from blown rubber, which is known for its soft and flexible properties. Next, the rearfoot area is constructed from sturdy and reliable carbon rubber. This design allows for quick and seamless toe-offs with matching traction, shock absorption, and wear-resistance in each footstrike.
Aiding the dual-density outsole is a group of deep flex grooves that run across the medial and lateral sides of the shoe. The grooves are inclined in a direction that follows the natural flex angles of the foot; this enables maximum mobility in the most anatomical way possible. Similar to the common running shoe design, these flex grooves are horizontal, as it is intended to follow the direction where the foot bends. These details are also meant to keep shock-absorption at a minimum. In turn, the pressure is reduced and the chances of foot pain are decreased.
Under Armour takes pride in the HOVR collection, and even more so with the HOVR Infinite, as they implement the “cage and core” system with this shoe, making the midsole soft and efficient at the same time. In this new design concept, the HOVR Infinite is comprised of a “core” component, which cradles and cushions the foot, providing a superior underfoot feel. Meanwhile, the “cage” component acts as a vessel of an additional mechanical unit to let the foot move capably.
The entirety of the HOVR midsole is made from a light and soft foam, with a core material that is similar to airplane insulators. The lightness of the foam gives the HOVR midsole the signature “zero-gravity” feel it provides the runner.
Meanwhile, the EnergyWeb feature takes the HOVR unit up a level. This compression mesh fabric wraps around the foam to strengthen its structure and, therefore, improve the responsiveness of the midsole. The EnergyWeb also helps with maintaining the shape of the HOVR foam, which contributes to a comfortable ride and reduction of foot fatigue.
The HOVR Infinite would not be complete without the Record Sensor. This digital device gives the shoe a capability to be connected via Bluetooth to a smartphone app, where it tracks and records data related to running. The data is then used to produce a coaching program to help improve the runner’s performance.
On top of all these features, the Under Armour HOVR Infinite presents a gender-specific construction. The brand has employed a dedicated biomechanics team who concluded that the women’s version of the shoe should have a double-layer sockliner to make the collar higher by 2 mm compared to the men’s version. Nonetheless, both the men’s and women’s sock liners are made from the same material. The Altra Olympus 3 is another running shoe that is equipped with a gender-specific design concept, as it adheres to the unique anatomy of the female foot.
The soft and comfortable mesh upper of the HOVR Infinite is designed to provide breathable and lightweight coverage. It employs a two-piece construction: engineered mesh in the forefoot and tight-knit weave in the heel. The result is a unit that gives a structured, locked-down sensation.
There is an internal heel counter that offers additonal support to keep the foot in place, thus allowing a problem-free run.
A gamut of reflective details surrounds the shoe in a 360-degree fashion. This helps by increasing the visibility of the runner in low-light conditions.
As mentioned above, the Under Armour HOVR Infinite features a gender-specific construction, which is focused at the midsole component of the shoe. But how did this design come to be created?
When researching for elements for the HOVR Infinite, Under Armour started with making comparisons between the male and female foot. While both are fundamentally the same, the creators of HOVR foam were able to discover minimum—yet significant—differences among the two.
WIth the insights they have gathered, they were able to conclude that, 1: women’s heels are shorter compared to men’s, and 2: the arches of the female foot are more sensitive. Thus, they designed the HOVR Infinite’s version for women with a different structure—a sockliner that has more height from the arch to the heel. This makes it 2-mm higher than the men’s version. The design makes the women’s ankles raised and, in turn, gives the HOVR Infinite a better fit in the collar.
In addition, the female foot has a lower volume compared to men. This, however, is common knowledge, and why most running shoes have separate sizing schemes for men and women.