Summary

We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Various users were delighted with the connectivity feature of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2. Some were pleased with its user-friendly interface.
  • A runner said the shoe was comfortable right out of the box. Others agreed by saying it did not require a break-in period.
  • A lot of wearers were happy with the design of the shoe.
  • The upper of the HOVR Sonic 2 provided good airflow and was significantly breathable, according to a user.
  • The Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2 gave good value for money, many purchasers stated.
  • The cushioning of the HOVR made it feel like running on air, a customer reported.

4 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer wrote that the sizing was not accurate for the HOVR Sonic 2.
  • A few buyers were disappointed that the shoe had limited width options.
  • The shoe had a tighter fit compared to the previous version, some wearers claimed.
  • It was slightly heavier than other Under Armour shoes, said a runner.

Bottom line

Based on the number of positive feedback it received, runners have enjoyed wearing the Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2. The shoe’s unique features while still being affordable was beneficial for a lot of buyers as well. Although it seems this model still has improvements to do with regard to fit and sizing, the majority of the users have expressed their satisfaction with their purchase of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2.

Facts

Rankings

A top 2% best Road running shoe
Top 2% most popular running shoes
It has never been more popular than this August
Better rated than the previous version Under Armour HOVR Sonic

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  • The long-distance capability of the first HOVR Sonic is improved in this second iteration, where it boasts of more cushioning and providing a smoother transition. Because of these updates, the Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2 equips the runner with more flexibility while retaining the zero-gravity feel in the activity.
  • The HOVR Sonic 2 is readily equipped with the Record Sensor™ that allows the runner to track and measure their running metrics. This is a significant change from the first HOVR Sonic, where Under Armour had released two shoes that differed with the presence of digital connectivity.
  • While most of the materials have been retained from the first HOVR Sonic, this new edition delivers a level-up of each feature. For instance, the Threadborne upper—also present in the first version—is made more breathable than ever, promising better airflow and longer-lasting ventilation. In addition, other upper elements have also been improved, both in construction and functionality.

The Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2 claims to be true-to-size, according to their sizing chart. Although reviewers have claimed that it runs smaller than expected, purchasers might want to fit the shoe in store first to ensure an accurate fit. However, the shoe is only available in Medium width; thus, runners who have high-volume feet, or want a looser fit, should consider going a half-size up to accommodate their preferences.

The outsole of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2 comes in two portions. First, under the forefoot is a blown rubber. The structure of blown rubber—that is, air-injected—makes the outsole lighter, softer, and more flexible compared to traditional rubber outsoles. These qualities prove to be important during toe-off, as they enable a more nimble and responsive movement, which results in a quicker pace.

Meanwhile, under the heel is a high-abrasion outsole unit made from carbon rubber. The durability and high-resistance characteristics of this material promote optimal shock absorption and better feel of the ground during running.

The HOVR technology of Under Armour is materialized as an ultra-responsive midsole foam that encourages energy return with each step. More importantly (and as its name implies), HOVR provides a “zero-gravity feel” because of its ultra-lightweight and soft qualities. With HOVR foam, the HOVR Sonic 2 effortlessly absorbs impact during running and transforms it into energy. The same capabilities could be said with the Zoom Air feature of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35.

Aiding the HOVR foam is the EnergyWeb, a compression mesh unit that is wrapped around the HOVR foam. This feature maintains the shape of the midsole, as well as augment the shoe’s responsiveness and energy return.

The Record Sensor is the main feature of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2 that sets it apart from the traditional running shoe. This unique device comes in the form of a pod that is embedded in the midsole foam. The Record Sensor engages digital connectivity via Bluetooth to allow runners to track their data, as well as offer coaching to improve running metrics.

Similar to the previous iteration, the HOVR Sonic 2 utilizes Threadborne upper material to give a coverage that is breathable, comfortable, and lightweight. Threadborne is meant by Under Armour to be a premium material, having been made from engineered, microsized threads that allow maximum mobility and functionality.

For additional details, there is an external heel counter made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) provides additional support and structure for a more secure run, as well as a unique tongue construction that augments the snug fit of the HOVR Sonic 2.

The Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2 highlights the Record Sensor as one of its, if not the most, significant feature. From the get-go, it is easy to mention that this shoe is capable of leveling up the running experience in a technological aspect. Here we mention how the Record Sensor aids the HOVR Sonic 2 in its performance.

The Record Sensor needs a smartphone or another device that can download the accompanying Under Armour app, which, in turn, allows the user to view the running data being tracked by the device. As the runner wears the HOVR Sonic 2, the device gathers data related to movement, such as steps, pace, distance, and calories burned. These data are stored in the app and can be viewed when the user wishes.

Aside from the HOVR Sonic 2, which is a running shoe, the Record Sensor is also employed in other Under Armour products, like their headphones. The Record Sensor is durable enough to withstand rainy-day runs and it is designed to last longer than the running shoe itself when used properly.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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