Who should buy the UA Charged Impulse 2

The Charged Impulse 2 from Under Armour is an excellent pick if you're looking for a: 

  • daily trainer
  • cheap running shoe
  • walking shoe 
  • gym trainer 
  • shoe that can double for casual wear

Under Armour Charged Impulse 2 under armour

UA Charged Impulse 2 vs. 1: What changed? 

From top to bottom, there's not much change seen in the second version of the UA Charged Impulse. The only thing different in this iteration is the lack of reflective elements.

Under Armour Charged Impulse 2 heel

Comfortable and natural-feeling ride

Engineered with Under Armour's Charged cushioning, majority of the reviewers agree that the UA Charged Impulse 2 is "very soft" and "comfortable." Some even wear it "all day." 

Under Armour Charged Impulse 2 charged cushioning

To allow more ground feel and a natural running sensation, the shoe has a low drop that makes it feel like "socks." Even better, it's very flexible, there are no reports of restrained motions. 

Lightweight UA shoe

Only the high-impact zones of the shoe's outsole are covered in rubber, which makes the shoe "extremely light."

Under Armour Charged Impulse 2 outsole

Supportive fit

The Under Armour Charged Impulse has a bootie construction and an engineered mesh upper that hugs the feet. Even when cornering, runners say their feet were supported.

Under Armour Charged Impulse 2 bootie construction

A lot also appreciate the roomy toe box, saying there's "no constriction" up front. 

Questionable durability

Multiple testers are unsure whether this shoe can last long. According to them, there's very little rubber on the outsole (forefoot and heel area only), they're not sold on the shoe's quality. It might only be as good as its price. 

Under Armour Charged Impulse 2 rubber outsole

Charged Impulse 2 is not for wide feet

Road runners with large feet claim that the shoe's too narrow to be comfortable. Some even say it's tighter than Nikes, which are widely known for being narrow-fitting. 

Under Armour Charged Impulse 2 toe room

Slips on wet surfaces

Apart from the lack of strength, the minimal rubber on the outsole of the Under Armour Charged Impulse 2 sacrifices traction, especially on slick ground. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Collection: Under Armour Charged
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: All-day wear, Walking / Jogging

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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.