Who should buy the Under Armour Charged Vantage 2

The second version of the UA Charged Vantage is perfect for:

  • casual runners who want a comfortable daily running shoe they can also wear to work
  • those who want an affordable running shoe that offers a supportive underfoot experience

Under Armour Charged Vantage 2 under armour

Who should NOT buy it

Durability is not the Charged Vantage's 2 strongest asset. So if you want a solid alternative that won't cost you a lot, take the Under Armour Charged Assert 9 instead. And if you want a very padded tongue to keep lace bites at bay, the Under Armour HOVR Sonic 4 is more than satisfactory. 

Under Armour Charged Vantage 2 forefoot

The Charged Vantage 2 is a comfy foot haven

"Give it a shot." This is the advice given by an avid runner who has recently purchased his pair of Under Armour Charged Vantage 2. According to him, it's very comfortable; it's awesome. "These are so comfortable!!!" are the words of a happy husband who has been recently gifted by his wife this shoe. 

Under Armour Charged Vantage 2 cushion

However, 12% of the comments mention that this shoe is not as comfortable as other UA shoes. Although the reaction has been rather mixed, most of the remarks are still leaning towards the shoe being super comfortable. So much so, a couple of commenters also claim that they use it all day. 

Earning positive remarks like "true to size" and "perfect fit," it's quite obvious that the UA Charged Vantage offers a lockdown fit. "He LOVES the fit," remarked one reviewer who has given this shoe to a friend. 

Under Armour Charged Vantage 2 lockdown

Even better, the shoe is easy to put on and off. It has a slip-on design that makes foot entry and shoe removal very easy. 

Supportive from top to bottom

Apart from the upper, the shoe's midsole offers a lot of support. On this, comments range from "I like the support they provide" to "best support." 

Under Armour Charged Vantage 2 midsole

The UA Charged Vantage 2 is anything but a bruiser

To put it in perspective, here are some of the reviews left by runners who have been dissatisfied with the shoe's durability: 

  • "The bottom is already coming apart." (This comes from a wearer who has only used the shoe for 10 hours!) 
  • "Already falling apart less than 1 month." (And it's only used by this tester a handful of times.) 
  • "Too bad quality for a company with high name." 

Under Armour Charged Vantage 2 durability

The issues that have been raised are mainly about the shoe's outsole separating from the rest of the shoe. According to these critics, the shoe is badly glued, which is the reason behind all this. 

The tongue could use more padding

The laces dig into the skin (especially when tightened) because the tongue doesn't offer much protection. A long-time runner and Under Armour fan even says that she's demoted her pair as her "wear-in-the-water-because-I-don’t-care-if-they’re-destroyed shoes" because of this issue. 

Under Armour Charged Vantage 2 tonguepadding

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 234g / Women 280g
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Collection: Under Armour Charged
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch

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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.