Who should buy the Under Armour HOVR Apex

Designed for workout folks who aspire on having versatility in the fitness programs, this Under Armour footgear has been integrated with the right cushioning for explosive jumps and agility training. It is a solid prospect if: 

  • Achieving stability during squats and other strength-training exercises has been a challenge lately and you prefer a shoe that helps you overcome the problem.  
  • Your fitness regimen involves a lot of lateral movements and are looking for a trainer that keeps the wearer's feet steady.
  • You want a shoe that has strange eye-catching colors to appease your fashion appetite. 

Under Armour HOVR Apex Logo2

Enhanced traction and stability

Taking after the successful Tribase Reign shoe, the brand employs the Tribase outsole in the HOVR Apex as well. This design has been extensively praised for its traction and stability.

Under Armour HOVR Apex Outsole Front

Because it is made up of three parts, it gives varying levels of traction and ground contact, depending on the shoe section. The heel and midfoot have a flat structure, maximizing the foot’s contact area with the floor. It helps the wearer feel more stable when lifting heavier weights.

Under Armour HOVR Apex Outsole Rear

The forefoot, on the other hand, features protruding lugs that grip into the ground to prevent slippage during agile movements.

Under Armour HOVR Apex Outsole Front2

At the same time, the Tribase outsole does not compromise flexibility. According to the brand, this unit is capable of both upwards and downwards pliability. When it bends upwards, the shoe promotes natural foot flexion, and when it flexes downwards, it helps the foot grip the ground for stability.

Under Armour HOVR Apex Tribase3

Ample impact protection

One of the shoe’s major highlights is, of course, the HOVR cushioning. It also happens to be the brand’s most progressive technology which has also been used in the Project Rock 2, one of UA’s in-demand trainers.

Under Armour HOVR Apex Midsole2

The HOVR is claimed to provide a ‘zero-gravity’ underfoot experience which accommodates jumping exercises while offering impact protection. To make sure the foam doesn’t lose its shape, it’s been encased in a compression mesh Energy Web. It contains the HOVR, making sure that the energy doesn’t get dissipated and is returned directly to the wearer.

Under Armour HOVR Apex Midsole1

The Under Armour HOVR Apex's upper

The base layer of the shoe’s upper is made of mesh fabric. It is a lightweight material that is meant to feel like a feather on the foot. It also features visible ventilation pores that allow air to pass through and keep the foot fresh.

Under Armour HOVR Apex Upper1

Because the forefoot area is especially prone to abrasion during intensive workouts, it has been reinforced with a 3D print. It is made of a solid TPU material, which is known for its abrasion-resistant qualities.

Under Armour HOVR Apex Toe Box

Locking down the rearfoot

A lot of attention has been given to the heel area of the HOVR Apex. It equips a layered support system made of sturdy synthetic compounds. They create borders on both sides of the foot to keep it steady during side-to-side movements. They also help to lock down the rearfoot when it comes to squatting with heavy loads.

Under Armour HOVR Apex Rearfoot

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 369g / Women 312g
Drop: 8mm
Update: Under Armour HOVR Apex 3
Use: Workout / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Normal
Release date: Jul 2019
Collection: Under Armour Hovr

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Author
Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.