Pleasantly surprising (slightly overweight racer)
My first Under Armour shoe and I must admit I am pleasantly surprised. The HOVR Velociti 2 is claimed to be the fast option from Under Armour, and when you slip the shoe on, you most certainly understand why.
Specs for my version
Stack height: 23mm heel/15 mm forefoot (8mm drop)
Weight: 305g/10.7 oz (M US 10.5/EU 44 2/3)
First impressions and fit
First impressions were good. The shoes have a nice look—simple and easily approachable. I can imagine wearing them casually from time to time. Fit-wise, I went true to size and out of the box they are more on the narrow side.
The collar fits nice and secures the heel. The midfoot area feels snug and the toe box is quite lean. Nonetheless, the material in the forefoot is stretchy enough to accommodate various feet type.
I would consider them somewhat between comfortable and performance-oriented snug. Your feet are locked down for sure without slipping and sliding around. What I gladly noted was the fact that the stack height is printed on the sock liner.
The upper is on the simpler side, which I really appreciated. There are no unnecessary overlays.
The streamlined mesh upper is breathable, comfortable, stretchy, and forgiving. It breaks in nicely to allow a little more room for those who need it (according to UA it fits the anatomical needs of men and women likewise).
It is still on the narrow-snug side and reminds me of a lot of a racing-race day shoe or a fast-paced trainer.
The lacing system is very simple as well, and the length of the laces is right where it needs to be. The tongue is not gusseted but did not cause any issues and was locked down well on foot.
The midsole is built from UA HOVRTM FOAM with a MESH ENERGY WEB. This combination is supposed to eliminate impact and return energy during toe-off. The midsole is on the firmer side and offers nice ground contact.
It is not ideal for slow long(er) runs, but it shines while picking up the pace.
Almost the entire outsole is covered in rubber, which looks and feels very long-lasting. A difference is noticeable though between the mid/forefoot area and the heel. It looks like there is a thin layer of rubber on top of the other.
The forefoot/midfoot rubber shows considerably more wear and tear. I just suspect it to be a little lighter and springier. But overall, I expect the outsole to last quite some time since wear and tear are at a minimum after 50 miles.
Ride, durability, performance
The ride is surprisingly stable and offers enough protection for longer runs. The shoes feel most at home when picking up the pace. The fit of the shoe really encourages faster paces, since it feels so much like a racing, lightweight trainer—although on the scale it quite is not.
I had no issues whatsoever with the shoe, except for it being on the narrower side. Surprisingly, this caused no hotspots or anything else. Meaning, comfort in the shoe is still good, but I would probably not take them for the longest or recovery days.
On the other hand, I can see them as a lightweight-daily trainer for sure. They offer plenty of durability for daily use and enough cushioning for most paces.
I appreciated the performance overall and was pleasantly surprised by the shoes well-built quality, durability, and secure, yet comfortable fit.
Actually, very little to mention here. The toe box is a little narrow for me, but the upper is forgiving enough, so it is not really bothering on shorter or faster runs. Major dislike is the weight.
Although they feel a lot lighter on foot than what the scale says, this is a little drawback for me. UA could probably remove some more rubber and make the shoe lighter without messing with its performance.
If you are looking for a durable daily trainer, encouraging faster paces, I can recommend the UA HOVR Velociti 2 for sure. The downside for me here is the advertising—as lightweight-trainer/race option. I think there are lighter models out there.
Another major plus is the value of the shoe. They are surprisingly cheap, and yet you still get a kind of do-it-all-pace-oriented trainer. I could see the shoe in a gym workout—treadmill combination as well.
An additional gimmick is the Bluetooth connection of the shoes. And, what surprised me here was that I was able to connect the shoes with my Polar watch. Therefore, I did not even need to install another app on my mobile phone.
In conclusion, I have to say. I was pleasantly surprised quite often by this slightly overweight trainer of Under Armour.
Disclaimer: This shoe was sent to me by Under Armour/RunRepeat to review, whatsoever all opinions are my own.