Under Armour Charged Lightning
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Overview of this review
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- The upper of the Under Armour Charged Lightning features a woven jacquard, which aids in providing lightweight support to the foot. It also gives a more seamless fit to the runner, thereby mimicking a sock-like feel.
- The midsole has the proprietary Charged Cushioning technology. This type of cushioning was particularly developed by the company to convert landing impact into a responsive burst of energy. This foam structure is appropriately named Charged Cushioning as it aims to make the runner feel “charged” with every stride.
- To improve the fit, as well as the in-shoe feel, a one-piece die-cut EVA sockliner was introduced to the inside of the shoe. This addition enhances the cushioning from within the shoe and improves the comfort the runner receives.
- Solid rubber is used and placed on key areas of the outsole. The pattern of the rubber makes it possible for the shoe to deliver moderate grip, with several flex grooves and lines that also help with flexibility. However, this material does not cover the entire outsole. Instead, it is formed into sections of rectangular shapes that strategically slant in different angles.
Size and fit
The Under Armour Charged Lightning comes in standard shoe lengths. Runners will be able to get a pair in their usual size preferences. The width of the shoe also comes in standard measurements, with B—medium available for women and D—medium for men.
The outsole of the shoe is made of a durable rubber to protect the bottom from wear and tear, as well as provide it with moderate grip. To maintain the lightness of the shoe, Under Armour decided that the outsole should not be entirely covered by this rubber material. Instead, it is formed into various rectangular shapes, with flex grooves and linear indentations. It’s focused only on high-wear areas underneath the shoe.
The midsole is equipped with Under Armour’s Charged Cushioning technology. This one-piece structure is a type of cushioning that was designed to enhance impact absorption when landing the foot on the ground and then converting that impact into a responsive burst, making the runner feel a springy return. The midsole configuration of this UA running shoe is very comparable to the performance of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19.
The midsole of the Charged Lightning was also designed to be closer to the ground. With this low profile midsole, the light weight of the shoe is maintained. In addition, this type of profile promotes midfoot striking, which results in a smoother running experience.
The upper of the Under Armour Charged Lightning is woven jacquard. It serves an aesthetic purpose and it also provides the dorsal portion of the foot with minimal support.
The fabric is also very breathable, allowing air to pass through the shoe. This characteristic of the fabric reduces hot spots. It also provides the runners with a seamless fit, thereby improving the comfort and the in-shoe feel of the Under Armour Charged Lightning.
The Charged Lightning features a full lacing system. This allows the runners to tighten or loosen the fit of the shoe in accordance with their preferences. The eyelets of the system have a small overlay on them to improve their structure and durability.