Updates to Under Armour Charged Escape 3

  • Consumers who desire a mix of fashion and performance are welcome to test the Under Armour Charged Escape 3. This update to a relatively new series of athletic shoes aims to deliver the same comfort and quality given by its predecessors but in a more durable and secure construction.
  • The changes that this model employs are on the upper. The toe box now has a protective print to heighten durability while the collar enjoys the presence of a stitched-on reinforcement that seeks to lock the foot inside the interior chamber. A heel counter is still present, but it has a discreet design to blend with the rest of the silhouette.

 

Outsole

The external pad of the Under Armour Charged Escape 3 is made using two types of rubber. The first one is a lightly spongy layer that covers the majority of the contact points. This piece is meant to dole out traction throughout the running session.

High-abrasion rubber is the material that’s used for the areas of the outsole that are more susceptible to wear-and-tear, namely the rear and forefoot. It is durable enough to maintain even its own structure, even after many runs.

Shallow flex grooves line the forefoot section of the external pad. These channels allow the foot to move naturally through the gait cycle, bending in conjunction with the toe joints and tendons as the step is being done.

Midsole

This technology offers energy-return and responsiveness that the brand touts as consistent and steady. The heel part is firmer than the forefoot to ensure steadiness and proper shock attenuation. Energized liftoffs are the bread-and-butter of the soft forefoot section.

The comfort sockliner is placed right on top of the primary cushioning unit. This add-on offers an extra oomph to the quality of the cushioning, with its soft surface blocking the rugged nature of the shoe-last. It even has a curved midfoot to cushion the arch, an area that isn’t usually given any attention.

Upper

A cloth-like mesh is used for the external part of the upper unit. This fabric is designed to accommodate the shape of the foot while also maintaining a lightweight and breathable frame. Its seamless construction aims to prevent a bulky look while enabling an irritant-free coverage.

The inner sleeve is composed of a smooth textile, which wraps the foot in a secure yet non-irritating hug. It has tiny holes to preserve the breathable purpose of the facade.

The forefoot section of the upper features a printed bumper to improve durability. It prevents debris and rugged paths from ripping through the mesh.

Resting on the left and right sides of the silhouette are prints of the Under Armour logo. These seemingly aesthetic-only elements actually help in securing the foot.

The rear has a thermoplastic counter to help with the lockdown of the Achilles region. It fundamentally prevents in-shoe wobbling and accidental shoe removals.

Stitched on the external perimeter of the collar is the Comfort Collar, a layer that has padded textures for extra security and snugness. Eyelets rest on the front ends to allow the shoelaces to tighten or loosen them as needed.

A traditional lacing system graces the instep of this running shoe. Flat laces snake through print-reinforced eyestays, giving a custom wrap.

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