10 Best Under Armour Running Shoes in 2021

Jens Jakob Andersen
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10 Best Under Armour Running Shoes in 2021

Under Armour may seem to be a less popular brand when placed alongside the likes of Nike and Adidas. But many people are surprised to find out that UA offers running shoes in the same vein as big brands do. If you are new to the brand, this guide can help you pick the right Under Armour running shoe.

We have tested 30+ running shoes from UA to see which ones truly stand out. Some models are meant for roads and some are for trails. There are versatile daily trainers as well as the more niche speed shoes. Finally, you also have the option to select from different price ranges.

See our top picks from five different categories of Under Armour shoes.

How we evaluate the best Under Armour running shoes

To save your time, we spend at least 7 hours reviewing every new Under Armour shoe. As an independent shoe testing lab, we receive no free shoes from the brand to stay unbiased.

Here is our process:

  • Run 30-50 miles on average in each pair
  • Cut shoes into pieces and measure 30+ data points connected to their performance
  • Gather nearly 500,000 user and expert reviews for 100+ Under Armour running shoes

In the end, each shoe earns a score from 0 to 100 (CoreScore) and the best UA shoes make it here.

Best overall

Whether you’re going for a short run or long-distance effort, we can’t recommend the HOVR Infinite from Under Armour enough. It’s the KING of comfort! 

If it’s a plush heaven for the feet that you want, it’s this shoe right here. From the upper down to the midsole, it screams coziness. We didn’t even want to take it off our feet! 

It only gets better. The padded upper doesn’t only up comfort, it also boosts the fit. Our feet were locked in place, we had ZERO issues with slips. 

For such a soft midsole, we were in awe with the energy return it gave us. It wasn’t just a feet-pampering ride, it’s also a lively one. 

And if it’s a roomy toe box you’re after, this shoe has more than enough space for toe splay. You can even wriggle your toes in this baby. Got bunions? Don’t worry, your feet will sit comfortably in this shoe. 

Durability should be the least of your concerns too. After putting it through 50 miles of rough wear testing, this shoe surprised us. The outsole is almost completely free of scratches while the midsole is still as bouncy as the first mile. 

If you’ve been a long-time fan of Under Armour shoes, the HOVR Infinite 3 can pretty much be an easy-run companion to the Velociti Wind. Among the brand’s daily trainers, this is by far the best one we’ve ever tried! 

See our full review and facts

Who doesn’t love a pocket-friendly shoe right? Even better, it’s a shoe that performs as great as its more expensive counterparts. 

At $110, the Under Armour HOVR Sonic 4 sure did WOW us! 

What made it a total standout is its sheer focus on comfort. The midsole is extremely cushy, and the upper is THE gold standard of breathability. When we took it out for a spin under hot conditions, it’s been nothing but superb in keeping our feet sweat-free. 

And who would’ve thought that a budget trainer could be tough? Well, not us, but this shoe took our breath away when it showed NO signs of wear and tear after hammering it for 30 miles! 

For a road shoe, its grip is surprisingly fantastic. The outsole digs into the surface so well, even on sharp turns, we didn’t feel like we were slipping. 

Seriously, the HOVR Sonic 4 just does everything right. And if you’re a runner on a budget, looking for a shoe that’s going to be able to fill all your running needs, you won’t go wrong with this one. 

See our full review and facts

Best for speed

Fast. Fast. Fast. This is exactly how we felt running in the Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind. 

Everything about this shoe is in the name of speed. And one that we can’t wrap our heads around is it’s CRAZY light structure. It’s UA’s first rubberless shoe, and they did a solid job in minimizing weight. 

It’s insanely bulk-free, we forgot about it on the run! 

And you might think traction is lost with the absence of rubber, easy answer is nope. Even when running on wet roads, gravel, dry trails, and packed snow, the grip has been nothing short of a star. 

Because it’s all foam, the shoe is an ace when it comes to comfort. And for speedsters, this is a breakthrough. Most tend to be very stiff, but not this one. It’s very cushy and flexible, it’s like a spa treat for the feet. 

Where the magic lies is in the terrific rebound of the shoe. There’s no need to push it to the next step, IT will push you.

Its fit takes it to a whole different level. The overlays are well-positioned and structured, our feet are locked snugly in place. We had NO issues with any wobbling or excessive in-shoe motions. 

For so little weight, the Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind packs so much performance-ready features. It rewards the feet, and it’s got what it takes to run with speed!

See our full review and facts

It’s efficient and it’s ready to bolt through the blocks. The Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini 3 had us sweeping through the streets. 

Like the Velociti Wind, this shoe is unbelievably light! It didn’t drag us down, and it’s weight is unnoticeable. Add in the springy midsole of the shoe, and you get the perfect recipe for speed. 

Even better, the upper wrap is extremely supportive. Despite it being so thin and light, it actually does a pretty good job of holding the feet in place. And hey, it’s an upper that breathes too! 

Unlike other tempo shoes on our roster, the SpeedForm Gemini is NOT stiff. Yes, it’s responsive, but it also has some give to keep the feet comfortable from mile 1 down to the last. Even more, there’s no need to break it in at all. 

Like a true Under Armour shoe, it doesn’t hold back on looks. If you want to stun lookers with both speed and style, nothing can do it better than the Under Armour Speedform Gemini 3.

See our full review and facts

Best cushioning

Stability and comfort loaded in one shoe? That’s exactly what we got from the Under Armour HOVR Machina 2. 

In this shoe, the main character is the foam. Why else would it be on this list, right? It’s soft, but not in any way mushy. If anything, it’s got the perfect blend of both rigidity and plushness, keeping our strides well-cushioned, stable, and responsive. 

If you think comfort stops in the midsole, it doesn’t. The upper is very soft and flexible, it molds to the feet without issues with hot spots and abrasion. 

Another thing that makes this shoe our top pick is its strength. After beating it up for 50 miles, it came out unscathed. 

Even better, the traction is as great as it gets! We ran in it on dry, wet, and snow-covered surfaces, and this bad boy ate up everything with ease. 

It’s also a certified workhorse, and it does a darn good job at being one. From easy days, tempo sessions, and long miles, it’s a champ. 

Although it’s quite hefty on paper at 10.2 oz, it’s anything but heavy on the run.

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It’s MIGHTY comfortable, our feet felt right at home in the Under Armour HOVR Phantom 2! 

Yes, it’s incredibly cushy underfoot. Each step is cushioned with pillow-like softness, we can run it all-day long. 

You might think that this makes the shoe lag behind in responsiveness, but does NOT. It’s got the right amount of bounce to make the ride fun and enjoyable. 

Because we love putting our shoes through the wringer, we paced the Phantom through 50 miles of harsh wear testing. And lo and behold, it came out looking and feeling brand-new. Not one scratch, and the midsole is not bottoming out. 

Under Armour loves to surprise us with their shoes’ top-notch grip, and this one is no exception. On both dry and wet pavement, this shoe bit its way through. 

And if you want a shoe that’s not going to take time putting on, there’s nothing more convenient than the UA HOVR Phantom 2’s slip-on design.

See our full review and facts

Best budget shoe

At $70, the Under Armour Charged Pursuit 2 swept us off our feet with its amazingly comfortable and light construction. 

We put in 50 miles worth of test runs and this shoe has been superb from start to finish. The foam just cushions the feet so well, each step feels like walking on air. 

What’s more is that it does NOT load up on the feet. By far, this is among the lightest shoes we've ever put on, and we’re loving it! 

It might not have the bells and whistles of the higher-end shoes on the market, but it does just as well as them, especially in the traction arena. On both dry and slick surfaces, we didn’t run into any issues with stability. 

Even on tight corners, we were surefooted as hell! 

And to top it all off, the Charged Pursuit 2 from Under Armour is a surefire winner when it comes to style. It’s very sleek, turning heads is an easy feat.

See our full review and facts

If you want further reading about Under Armour running shoe categories, you may check out our catalog pages:

3 standout qualities of Under Armour running shoes

Novelty

The Under Armour brand is relatively younger compared to many other manufacturers of running shoes. This makes them more in sync with the newer trends and, thus, they are able to offer styles that appeal to the current market.

Exceptional marketing

Brands like Nike and Adidas may succeed in eye-catching ads and straightforward selling tactics, but UA chooses a different route. Under Armour running shoes focus not on the product, but on the consumer and their performance.

Digitally advanced

Under Armour is one of only 2 brands that offer running shoes that can be wirelessly connected to a phone app. This development gets them plus points for combining technology and fitness in a unique way.

Notable technologies of Under Armour runners

Many of the Under Armour running models are named after the most prominent feature present in the shoe. Here are some of these well-known technologies and the benefits they provide to the runner:

HOVR

The HOVR is one of Under Armour’s innovations in midsole technology. HOVR running shoes claim a zero-gravity feel because of the midsole’s softness and lightness. This results in an efficient energy return that many runners would compare to that of Adidas Boost.

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Micro G

Under Armour’s Micro G is a midsole component that’s 30% thinner than its counterparts. UA running shoes with Micro G are suitable for users who want more ground contact. This technology has also proven effective on other Under Armour shoe categories, such as basketball and training.

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Charged Cushioning

The Charged Cushioning is a dual-density midsole tech that features a firm heel and a soft forefoot. This design encourages a combination of a powerful heel-strike and a springy toe-off.

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SpeedForm

SpeedForm is an upper with a unique structure: A smooth seamless fabric is fused with a molded heel cup to give a second-skin feel and a secure rearfoot hold. While other brands do have their own upper technology, the SpeedForm’s construction is unlike any other.

Runners who are particular to shoes with durable yet lightweight uppers have liked the SpeedForm tech.

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3 factors to consider in choosing the best UA running shoe

Under Armour offers an extensive selection of running shoes, and to help you find the best pair, here are 3 things to look into, in order to easily narrow down their selection:

Where you run

The environment you would be running in is always a good factor in determining the kind of shoe to buy. If you frequent city streets, go for a UA road shoe. If you are more drawn to the great outdoors, the brand’s trail shoe is more recommended.

Below is a simple graphic that shows key differences between the two:

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How you run

Choosing the best Under Armour running shoe based on your pronation may not be extremely important, but it could be beneficial (see our detailed study on arch support for further information).

If you are keen on picking an appropriate running shoe for your gait, here is a helpful graphic:

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If you have an arch that has a moderate to high height, go for a neutral Under Armour running shoe. These shoes are also perfect if you have a normal gait, or have no issues with foot stability.

On the other hand, a UA stability running shoe is recommended if you need extra support for your arch, or if you have overpronation that you want to correct.

How far you run

You can also consider how frequently or how far you run when choosing a shoe. Under Armour running shoes are categorized in a similar manner to help narrow down choices.

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For day-to-day workouts or regular runs, UA daily running shoes are perfect because of their ample cushioning and flexibility. They are designed to keep you comfortable at short distances.

An Under Armour long-distance shoe is suitable for high-mileage runs that don’t require speed. They are also relatively cushioned, but are lighter compared to their daily running counterpart.

Last but not least, UA competition shoes are advisable when you want to run in races, or if you need a highly responsive shoe. You can expect these shoes to be snug and lightweight to keep you at a fast pace.

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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.