Who should buy the Under Armour Charged Assert 8

The eighth edition of the UA Charged Assert is the perfect running shoe for: 

  • road running
  • neutral runners
  • easy days
  • runners looking for a budget shoe

Under Armour Charged Assert 8 logo

Who should NOT buy it

If you want to up your pace or do speed training, the Under Armour Charged Assert 8 is not it. Consider these tempo shoes instead.

Under Armour Charged Assert 8 midsole

UA Charged Assert 8 vs. 7

The Charged Assert 7 is a good running shoe. But if you want a better version of it, then consider the Charged Assert 8: 

  • The Under Armour Charged Assert 8 is more energetic, thanks to its Charged cushioning
  • It's more breathable because of its updated upper design. 

Under Armour Charged Assert 8 breathable upper

A home to the feet

Given the UA Charged Assert 8's breathable upper and cushy midsole, many find it "cozy" and "comfortable." 

Under Armour Charged Assert 8 charged cushioning

They even say that they can wear it all day. 

Won't weigh you down

Although it's 9.9 oz (US M 9) on paper, runners claim that it doesn't reflect on the run. The Charged Assert 8, according to them, is so "light," they can run extended sessions. 

Under Armour Charged Assert 8 fit

The UA Charged Assert 8 protects the feet

According to testers, the UA Charged Assert's eighth version eats up all the impact. 

Under Armour Charged Assert 8 toe box

Secure is all you'll ever feel from this shoe

Thanks to its mesh upper, the shoe fits like the Nike Downshifter and the Mizuno Wave Creation.

Under Armour Charged Assert 8 lacing system

It's snug and follows the shape of the foot so well; there are no reports about slips. 

You won't lose your footing

For a road shoe, the Under Armour Charged Assert 8's traction is "impressive." This is what experts have to say. 

Under Armour Charged Assert 8 grip

Whether it's on wet or dry pavement, the shoe is "sticky."

Can go beyond running

Outside of running, the Charged Assert 8 can be for walking, casual wear, and gym training. 

The UA Charged Assert 8 won't break the bank

This shoe only retails for $70.

Under Armour Charged Assert 8 midfoot

Not for the long haul

Durability is the UA Charged Assert 8's weakness. After a couple of miles, the midsole is already bottoming out, and the upper is ripping open. 

Under Armour Charged Assert 8 midsole foam

Is it stable? Nah.

Because it lacks arch support, several have noticed their strides being "wobbly," and their feet "sinking in." 

The upper is not exactly comfortable

It's "scratchy." Many experts find it "irritating." There are even reviewers claiming that their toes got hurt because of this. 

Under Armour Charged Assert 8 forefoot

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 281g / Women 231g
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Under Armour Charged Assert 9
Collection: Under Armour Charged Cushioning, Under Armour Charged
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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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.