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The Under Armour HOVR Infinite is an extremely comfortable neutral road shoe.
It combines cushioning and responsiveness to deliver a versatility that makes it suitable for everything from tempo runs to long marathon training sessions.
A cushioned, breathable upper and roomy toe box makes this an enjoyable shoe to wear for any session, and I’d have no hesitation in recommending it.
High mileage runners will benefit from the fluid, cushioned ride. This shoe will also suit the majority of runners who are looking for a “one shoe fits all” solution to their running needs.
This is a serious contender within the premium shoe market.
- Versatility All-rounder
- Excellent cushioning
- Responsive ride
- Extremely comfortable
- Relatively high ride height
- Weight (305g / 11oz)
I’ve been aware of Under Armour for a fair few years; initially as a manufacturer of rugby gear, and then fitness kit.
Their tie-in with Anthony Joshua marked a sea change in their brand exposure. But, honestly, their running shoes remained below my radar.
When offered the opportunity to try a pair of HOVR Infinite shoes, I jumped at the chance. I was keen to see how they compared to my go-to “comfortable long-distance shoe”, the Brooks Ghost.
I was even more interested when I found that Runners World had labelled the HOVR Infinite as “Highly Recommended” in their list of “Best Running Shoes for Spring 2019”.
The HOVR Infinite is a plush, neutral shoe and apparently “…the shoe is called the UA HOVR Infinite because it was created for distance training, and to provide the runner with a consistent underfoot feel through an infinite number of miles.”
Throw in a built-in sensor, which would automatically monitor and report running metrics through Bluetooth, and needless to say, I was keen to give it a go.
The UA HOVR Infinite comes in a range of colours including some striking colourways which combine two colours, contrasting with the mesh surrounding the upper and midsole.
These provide some great-looking designs that can be worn just as well with a pair of jeans as a pair of running shorts.
Whilst my shoes were listed as “grey”, I opened the box to find a space-age looking shoe with a silver midsole.
In my opinion, this is a really well-designed, good looking shoe. The underside of the box lid encouraged me to download the app and “connect” my shoes, and so I did just that.
It was surprisingly easy to sync the shoes to my phone. I looked forward to exploring the accuracy of the data from the shoe sensor (more of that later). A few quick pictures and I was good to go.
There are not many images in this review of pristine, new running shoes because it wasn’t until I’d got around 100 miles on the shoes that I remembered to take some more photos for the review!
HOVR Infinite is listed at 305g (10.75oz) for a Men’s US size 9 shoe. My UK 13 (US14) was obviously heavier and came in at 377g. The women’s shoe is listed at 248g (8.75oz) for a size 7.
This means that the HOVR Infinite is not a light shoe but is comparable to premium cushioned shoes from other manufacturers.
For example, the Brooks Ghost 11 to which I would compare this shoe is listed at 309g and in which my shoe weighed 369g.
Most importantly, because of the weight distribution, this does not feel like a heavy shoe, even towards the end of a long run.
US readers, please note that despite the variation in sizing across brands, I almost always require a US 14 / EU 49. It’s quite possible that these variations are due to conversions from US to UK sizing.
The HOVR Infinite provides a really comfortable, secure fit. My UK 13 left a little room in front of the toes, and plenty of space in the toe box for my toes to move and ensure no recurrence of my occasional Morton’s Neuroma.
The cushioned tongue and ankle collar make this a really comfortable shoe to wear and run in.
As a relatively new entrant to the running shoe market, Under Armour have provided a wealth of information about their shoes, the design, materials used, as well as the manufacturing.
The construction of the upper is typical of most shoes in the market; the forefoot consists of a double layer of light engineered mesh, whilst the rear section is more rigid.
The forefoot mesh HOVR Infinite is extremely lightweight and breathable with no overlays other than a reflective “UA” logo, and a rubberised toe bumper, which also has reflective elements.
There are at least half a dozen reflective pieces incorporated into the upper of the shoe, which is really encouraging for early morning/late night running in the dark.
This feature is something which is often overlooked by other manufacturers.
The tongue is exceptionally well-cushioned, stitched in place at the bottom, and extends above the laces. It is lightweight and compresses easily to provide real comfort at the top of the foot.
This will especially help for anyone who chooses to tie laces tightly to compensate for the lack of stability around the midfoot.
Nevertheless, I didn’t find this to be a problem, and I’d assume that most runners choosing a neutral shoe will not have any issue here.
I prefer to tie my road shoes fairly loosely and found that the foot remained secure and comfortable. There was no need for a run-in period, nor any “hot spots” arising from running in these shoes.
I’d expect that these shoes could be comfortably worn without socks.
The rear of the shoe is much more structured, with tighter mesh and rubberised overlays around a moulded heel counter, and more cushioning around the heel/ankle collar.
The heel cup is higher at the back than some shoes such as the Ghost 11, but is extremely comfortable, and provides protection for the Achilles without any irritation.
Under Armour has developed HOVR™ Foam which is a light and soft foam offering excellent cushioning, but initially providing very little energy return.
Further development led them to wrap the HOVR foam into what they call EnergyWeb™. It maintains the foam's shape so that the energy absorbed by the foam as the foot lands is returned on take-off.
An outer “cage” of foam further cradles the midsole and incorporates “windows” for weight reduction and further cushioning, completing the UA HOVR Infinite’s “cage and core” system.
The HOVR foam core extends from heel to forefoot, and according to Under Armour will provide “…the ultimate solution in cushion, energy return, and smooth transition” and “…fully cradle and cushion the foot and provide a livelier underfoot feel, mile after mile.”
The midsole provides an 8mm drop from a heel height of 29mm, which is comparable to similar cushioned shoes (the Ghost 12 has the same heel stack height but with a 12mm drop)
The outsole consists of interlocking “pods” of blown rubber with textured patterning for grip.
Across the forefoot, these pods run across the foot, separated by grooves running from lateral to medial outsole to allow plenty of forefoot flexion.
Interlocking pods similarly run from mid-foot and around the heel, with the central section exposing the HOVR foam.
This formation presumably allows the foam to expand down on landing, further contributing to the cushioning.
The rubber outsole within the heel crash-pad section is separate and manufactured from high abrasion rubber for additional durability.
Overall, this is a well-designed outsole, which provides excellent traction on the road and is equally capable on light trail and sand.
To be honest, I rarely refer to the sockliner in a review unless there is an issue with it.
In the case of the HOVR Infinite, I was interested to read that the design of the sock liner was influenced by research into the varying biomechanics of men’s and women’s feet.
They found that “…women’s heels are shorter, the arches are more sensitive, and the forefoot area has less volume. This resulted in a gender-specific construction of the UA HOVR Infinite sockliner that raises her ankle up by 2mm, for a better fit in the collar. The men's sockliner is single layer, 6mm. Both sock liners use high-end open-cell foams and are moulded to cradle the foot, serving as another moderating layer from impact forces”
I can’t comment on the impact of these gender-specific sockliners but did find mine to be thicker than in many shoes. I’m confident that this contributed positively to the comfort of the shoe.
Aside from one or two “fresh out of the box” pictures, the majority of those used in this review were taken after running just over 100 miles in these shoes, mostly on roads.
The uppers still look and feel new, with no sign of wear or loss of cushioning in the tongue or around the ankle collar.
As expected with most of my road shoes, there are signs of wear on the outside of the heel and at the front of the outsole. However, this wear is fairly minimal.
I’d fully expect these shoes to last over 500 miles and possibly up to 700, which is the maximum I tend to get out of a pair of shoes.
Running shoes are highly personal. My evaluations on a shoe’s performance are based on my experience and characteristics. I’m 49, about 6’2” and at around 88kg running around 50miles pw.
I can’t speak for the front of pack runner but hope my views will be useful for both club runners and newer runners, as well as those like me who may be on the heavier side.
I’ve been fortunate to run in a variety of shoes, and like most runners have favourites for a particular type of run.
In recent years, the Brooks Ghost has been a firm favourite for easy long runs, recovery runs and whenever my feet needed a bit of TLC.
My last pair of Ghost 11’s were running out of steam having provided me with almost 700 miles of running when I had the chance to try out the UA Hovr Infinite.
I had no idea that this seemingly innocuous pair of shoes from a little-known company in the running shoe market would step up so capably to replace my expiring Ghosts.
The HOVR Infinite is an exceptionally comfortable shoe with plenty of padding around the heel/ankle collar, and more than enough space in the toe box.
Added to that, the well-cushioned tongue holds the foot comfortably. It doesn't need the laces to be drawn tightly to ensure that this level of comfort continues through to the end of the longest run.
Coming back from a recent injury, the first few runs in this shoe were fairly tentative runs at a fairly easy pace. which didn’t do much to overly tax either me or the shoe.
The HOVR Infinite has been just perfect for me as I recovered my running fitness.
The cushioning in the shoe protects the feet and the legs from repeated pounding on the roads during long runs and steady daily runs alike.
As my fitness improved, I was really impressed with the way it performed during hill sprints and faster intervals.
The encasement of the HOVR foam in the EnergyWeb performs exactly as intended to deliver a responsive shoe, which returns energy well at a faster pace.
I’m planning on running Eryri Marathon at the end of October. The UA HOVR Infinite will be my go-to shoe as I begin to build up the mileage in preparation for this race.
At this stage, I am also fairly confident that I will be wearing this shoe when I toe the start line of what is one of the UKs most challenging road marathons.
The outsole delivers sufficient traction. This provides confidence even in tight turns in wet conditions.
Moreover, its design means that this shoe also adapts well to light trail together with sand and forest paths making it an extremely versatile shoe.
In my opinion, the UA HOVR Infinite is one of those rare all-round shoes that would suit the majority of runners who are looking for a “one shoe fits all” solution to their running needs.
In the last 6 weeks since first putting on this shoe, I have used it for every training run on the road that I have done despite having several others in my current rotation that I could have slipped on.
Most runners will use a GPS watch to measure distance and other metrics during their run, and for them, the built-in sensor may be something of a gimmick.
Regardless, it's handy to know that the shoe will store the data automatically for sync later if you’ve forgotten your watch.
In a nutshell, here’s how it works:
The sensor is built into the right-hand shoe and is synced to your phone using the UA MapMyRun app. Once downloaded, it is a matter of moments to sync the phone and the shoes.
The sensor will automatically record data on each run for review afterwards or can alternatively be used in association with the app to record the run live.
The sensor uses stride and cadence to determine pace rather than GPS.
So, unless your metrics are identical to the “standard” it is recommended that you calibrate the shoes against a known run (the longer the better).
Again, this is a simple process using the app and once completed, the pace and distance data are reasonably accurate.
The personalised “coaching tips” that are provided on the back of each run are unfortunately rather generic comments on cadence and stride length.
After reading several “tips” which compared my cadence and stride length to the “recommended” metrics, I soon tired of reading them.
If I’m being honest, I really didn’t expect to like this shoe. Under Armour is a relative newcomer to the running shoe market.
And, with the built-in sensor, I was expecting a bit of a gimmicky shoe with little of the performance I’d want from a “serious” running shoe. I couldn’t have been more wrong!
This is a really impressive, versatile shoe from Under Armour. It is extremely comfortable and offers a blend of comfort and responsiveness that is provided by very few shoes in the market.
Springy take-offs follow on from comfortable landings making this shoe an easy choice for me.
I would choose it whether I’m setting off on a mid-week tempo run, or I’ve just dragged myself out of bed on an Autumnal Sunday morning for a long run in the dark.
The upper is light and breathable with plenty of space in the forefoot to allow sufficient movement.
While I can’t imagine that the HOVR Infinite will go on “infinitely”, early impressions are that it will prove to be a very durable shoe.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this shoe to a huge range of runners, and especially those looking for a “one size fits all” running shoe.
I have repeatedly made comparisons with the Brooks Ghost, which has deservedly enjoyed an unrivalled position as a go-to cushioned all-rounder for many years.
I truly believe that the Under Armour HOVR Infinite is a worthy challenger to the Ghost’s crown.
I was training for a marathon and, like so many runners out there, I lean more toward the highly cushioned shoes rather than the minimal type shoes.
I was excited when I saw the description of these shoes as they were being marketed as a high mileage - cushioned trainer.
When these arrived in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised by the build quality and the obvious amount of cushioning from the first time that you take them out of the box.
Compared to the other shoes in Under Armour’s lineup, the amount of foam on the midsole is quite impressive.
When I first opened the box and took the shoes out, I was actually most shocked about the weight of the shoe.
They are quite a heavy shoe, but the weight is distributed along the top and bottom of the shoe so it is not out of balance.
If you are looking for a lightweight trainer this would not suit your needs, there are a lot of benefits to having a heavier daily trainer.
Among them is building strength through your training and that way you will less fatigue when you put your racing flats on.
Other than the weight, another thing that you will notice right away is the color. Is it pink? Is it orange? Yes. The colorway is orange through the heel and transitions to pink in the toe.
While all the colorways are different, the other versions mostly utilize a color transition through the upper.
Speaking of the upper, it is an engineered mesh with overlays and synthetic overlays throughout the upper. There is a lot of material in the upper which accounts for some of the weight of the shoe, but I did notice that the toe box area isn’t as thick as the rest of the shoe.
The great thing about the toe box is that it is wide enough to allow my toes to move around rather than getting squished together. I did think that the shoe was quite warm as I started to run more miles, but it wasn’t so bad that my feet were soaked from all of the sweat.
The upper wasn’t too narrow and there was enough length in the shoe that I had some room in my size 9 shoes (I am between and 8.5 and 9). I daresay I might have been comfortable in an 8.5 as well.
Those who are in between sizes might be ok with the lower size. There is enough padding throughout the shoe that will keep you in the shoe if it is a little big.
The ankle collar is definitely padded and I felt like I had a pillow wrapped around my ankle. It was nice and I didn’t feel like it rubbed along my Achilles at all like other shoes that are built this way.
The heel counter was stiff, and I found that the entire heel section cradled my foot and provided a lot of support and stability. Even though this is not a stability shoe, there were enough elements here that provide a lot of structure without the “stability” specific elements.
The construction of the midsole is a dense foam with a rubber outsole. As I mentioned previously, the midsole is thick! The cutouts for the Hovr portion of the shoe shows the level of technology of the shoe.
On top of that, there is a Bluetooth sensor in one of the shoes that track your mileage using the Map My Run app. This was so convenient, so I didn’t have to remember to track this shoe in my running app separately since the shoe tracks itself.
The technology integration in this shoe with the app gives it something that other shoes in the same category at a similar price point do not.
I have put more than 50 miles in this shoe (while rotating other shoes) and I found that overall, it is definitely a solid high mileage trainer that transitions well to gym workouts.
There are many reasons to like this shoe (hello durability), and there are some things that didn’t do that great for my running style and what I normally look for in a daily trainer.
The shoe fit well when I laced it up, but because of all the padding, I definitely had to tie my shoes tighter than I normally do to feel like the shoe was attached to my foot.
Even when I was able to get it feeling snug the padding in the shoe caused my foot to move around too much in the shoe when I was running.
I really felt this on longer runs when the padding in the upper wouldn’t rebound as much.
As a result, on my first 9-mile run in these, I got the worst blister on my foot. I found that trading out the stock insert for a different one (thank you Dr. Scholl’s) fixed this problem for future runs.
It is not unusual that I have to use aftermarket insoles in my running shoes as I have relatively flat feet so take that for what it’s worth.
In short, it feels good when you first lace it but it is difficult to keep the locked down feeling throughout a long run.
I was pretty excited to try out the cushioning on this shoe since it seemed like a more maximal cushioned running shoe.
It definitely wasn’t marshmallowy soft (Clifton 1) nor was it super bouncy (like an Ultra boost).
The cushioning on the shoe was very responsive but stiff. I was expecting the ride to feel different as I started to run it in more, but the cushioning never really broke in.
It is possible that the shoe is more like a diesel engine and I will need to put another 100 miles on it before it starts to feel good, but at this point, it still feels really stiff.
The good thing about the stiffness of the shoe is that I felt perfectly comfortable doing tempo runs in the shoe without the cushioning feeling sloppy.
I tend to strike on my midfoot and didn’t really feel a lot of difference in the cushioning of the heel vs. the forefoot. The midsole feels consistent throughout.
In addition, I felt like as I logged more miles and throughout each run, the cushioning on the shoe didn’t really break down. This was a nice feature since some shoes that I run into tend to have less give as the runs get longer.
The consistent cushioning is possible because the midsole is built up, which I think is a good thing to maintain form throughout your long runs.
An added bonus is that because the midsole is firm, I felt comfortable taking these shoes to the gym for my weight training days and during my HIIT classes.
They performed well in both categories and I will likely continue to use these shoes in my HIIT classes.
These are probably the most durable running shoes that I have ever owned. There was only slight wear on the outsole and the upper was a bit stretched, but nothing like other shoes that I have run in.
The midsole doesn’t appear to have broken down, the outsole still looks new and the upper isn’t creased around the toe box like my other shoes.
I could see this shoe lasting 500 miles, which is nice considering they are reasonably priced.
- The outsole is durable and provides good traction on pavement or well-groomed dirt trails
- The technology integration is seamless and is a nice addition to the shoe
- Looks great
- The price point is great for a shoe this durable
- Transitions well from a run to the gym
- Very little flex in the midsole and feels stiff
- Weight is more than I am used to in a trainer
- Difficult to get a good fit which resulted in blisters
- Not a lot of cushion or bounce in the shoe
This is a good shoe for those looking for a durable shoe that they can use for some shorter runs and the gym.
I will probably keep these for that purpose rather than on my long runs.
Under Armour are a well-known household name for sports apparel but are significantly less well-known in the running shoe market. I have tested the HOVR Infinite to see whether Under Armour can emulate their success in other sports in the running shoe market.
The shoes look good and have a substantial amount of cushioning throughout the sole unit.
Straight out of the box, I was impressed with the eye-catching and exciting colourway on the HOVR Infinites. The mesh overlay sits on top of a brighter coloured fabric upper.
This transitions through colours towards the heel of the shoe. I really like this effect and think that it gives the shoe a good aesthetic appearance.
The tongue is comfortable and protects the foot from debris entering the shoe and from laces rubbing on the top of the foot. The shoe didn’t feel too heavy out of the box, which surprised me given the stated weight on the website and the amount of cushioning that the shoe looks to provide.
I decided to test the shoe on a shorter steady run on wet roads. Immediately, I was taken aback by the amount of cushioning and energy return that the sole offers.
I have run in many cushioned shoes before, but I have never experienced this amount of cushioning and energy return combined. The outsole offered good grip on the wet roads with no issues gripping the tarmac.
I weighed the shoes before I set off and didn’t expect that it's 337g. Despite the shoes being on the heavy side, I could not tell the weight when they were on my feet and thoroughly enjoyed my first run in them.
The upper on the HOVR Infinites is a brightly coloured fabric that is not only stylish but offers important breathability to the foot. Throughout my runs in the shoe, I had no problems with my foot overheating or with any debris entering through the upper.
I tested the shoe on firm trails in addition to the tarmac, and the upper kept my foot feeling secure within the toe box on the undulating terrain. The upper is seamless, which is now standard in nearly all running shoes as it helps to prevent blisters and improves the aesthetics of the shoe.
There is a black mesh overlay which sits atop the upper on the shoe. The overlay stretches around the shoe and integrates the firmer panel around the toe with the rest of the shoe.
The toe and heel panels include reflective patches that help the shoe be seen in darker conditions which are a nice safety feature that is blended into the shoe. The Under Armour logo is incorporated into the overlay on the sides of the shoe which contrasts to the upper.
The outsole of the HOVR Infinite is made from blown rubber. The colour matches the colourway of the upper, which is a nice touch.
The rubber outsole is durable and provides good grip.
The rubber has small dimples in it which help offer greater grip. There is also a fairly thick layer of rubber to help protect the midsole from any impact which shows little sign of wear after 50 miles. I believe it would not be an issue throughout the shoe’s life.
The outsole also wraps around the toe helping improve durability.
I did notice the dimples were slightly worn away on the outside of my left foot due to pronation. However, this did not affect performance, and as previously mentioned, the rubber is of suitable thickness to last for a good few hundred miles.
I took the shoe on some trails, and the outsole performed well on the firmer and grass trails. If the trails were muddier, then the shoe may have struggled due to lack of grip; however, that is to be expected considering that it is a shoe designed for the road.
The midsole is thick and well-cushioned. It is made from Under Armour’s EVA Foam which offers substantial energy return.
I believe that this is one of the best features of the shoe and really helps you spring into the next stride. Often with cushioned shoes, this is lacking, but there is a great balance between the amount of cushioning and the amount of energy return.
The midsole is visible through the slits in the outer rubber.
Even during the first few miles, the shoe needed a little breaking in, and the cushioning was plush from the start. If anything after 50 miles, the shoe has impressed me even more due to the energy return and the cushioning.
The Bluetooth chip is located in the midsole and is protected from the road by the outsole. The visible areas of the midsole use matching colours to the shoe’s colourway which looks far better than if it was a uniform colour throughout.
One of the main selling points of the shoe is the Bluetooth connectivity. I have never used the MapMyRun app or run in smart shoes and was skeptical as to whether it is a useful feature.
I installed the MapMyRun app on my phone and linked the shoes to the phone. This took less than 1 minute and was very simple.
The one downside of the smart feature is that if you want to get the full metrics available (such as stride length, cadence, etc.), then you have to run with your phone connected to the shoes.
I normally don’t run with my phone, so I found this slightly inconvenient. The shoes can connect to your phone after a run, and you can get speed, distance and route metrics as you would with a normal running watch which I found very impressive.
I also enjoyed looking at my cadence and stride length when I did run with my phone. You are automatically given the premium version of the app if you have a pair of smart shoes.
This allows you to look at training plans and receive emails about your run metrics, including whether you were at your optimal cadence and stride length. This is an excellent feature for the stat-geeks such as myself who like to analyse their runs in greater depth.
The shoes currently only connect to MapMyRun. Under Armour have said that they are developing connectivity with other platforms which will be a great feature for people who use Strava and other platforms.
The toe box of the shoe is wide enough for most feet but is not excessively wide that your foot slips around. I only had 1 run, where I felt a small amount of rubbing on the sole of my foot.
There are reflective additions to the toe box.
However, I attribute that down to poor sock choice rather than a fault with the shoe. The insole is comfortable and hasn’t shown any wear during the testing period.
The heel of the shoe is firm and well-cushioned against your foot. This helps the foot feel secure and prevents any slipping that could occur. The firm outer on the heel helps provide greater support for the shoe.
The heel is well-structured and has adequate reflective elements.
There is a large reflective panel on the heel which is useful for those running in darker conditions as it will increase visibility. It also adds more interest to the heel rather than just plain black.
Tongue & laces
The tongue of the shoe is very well cushioned. It is nice and wide, which prevents debris from entering the shoe.
The colourway of the tongue matches the upper. The tongue is nicely padded preventing detritus from entering the shoe and helping secure the foot.
The laces are thick and durable, which is always a positive considering bad laces can cause blisters and can fray quickly. These laces keep the foot secure and have shown no weakness during the testing.
After 50 miles of running in the shoe, I am incredibly impressed with it. The Bluetooth connectivity is great fun to use and also very useful for analyzing and recording runs.
One of the best features which I think is significantly undersold by Under Armour is the energy return. When running in the shoe, it feels like you are running on clouds and the shoes help you spring along.
The one downside of the shoe is that I felt that when the pace was raised (to sub 6-minute miles), the shoe was sluggish and felt slightly heavy.
This is to be expected as the shoe has a small heel-to-toe drop and is designed for cushioning and comfort, not speed. I would not want to race a shorter distance in this shoe due to this.
However, for long runs or steady runs, this shoe would be my first choice as it leaves your legs feeling refreshed rather than beaten up.
The HOVR Infinites are Under Armour’s heavy-duty daily trainer in the HOVR line-up, with the addition of being conveniently connected to the MapMyRun app.
Although I faced some challenges with these shoes, I do believe that they perform well.
It would be great for those who don't have feet and are looking for a well built, heavy-duty shoe to put through the paces.
Moreover, they will also get the metrics that will help them take their running to the next level, without having to invest in more gear or app buy-ins.
Let’s get into the stats and the nitty-gritty, so you can see if these shoes are suited for your needs.
Weight: 336g (or 11.85 oz) (For a size 11.5 US or 45.5 EU)
Stack Height: 21mm (Forefoot), 29mm (Heel)
What I Like
HOVR foam was created in a partnership between Under Armour and Dow Chemicals. It is genuinely a great midsole to run on.
It’s soft and cushy when walking around town, then somehow firms up when running, which sounds like magic to me.
The responsiveness is great and helps balance out the Infinite, which is a bit on the heavier side.
I would go so far to say that HOVR is nearly as snappy and responsive as the Fresh Foam New Balance uses on the Beacons, which definitely is a good company to keep.
Additionally, the visible webbing around the HOVR foam not only looks good, but it is also supposed to lengthen the lifespan of the cushioning.
However, at just over a hundred miles, I can’t yet attest to that personally.
The HOVR Infinite is very well put together, other than a few missteps. It is a solid well-built running shoe that will probably last significantly over five hundred miles.
It has good breathability, protective rubber around the eyelets, and some nice reflective details. After a little over a hundred miles, they barely show any wear and tear.
Thus, I expect these to hold up to even seven or eight hundred miles.
My personal favorite touch is the stats on the insole. You don’t really need them, but why the heck not.
Connectivity & convenience
Many people are not into running enough yet to commit to buying a GPS enabled watch, heart rate monitor or a foot pod, or paying for advanced features in an app.
Thus, getting quite a few of these functions bundled in with a good quality shoe is really appealing.
That’s got to be one of the things that the HOVR Connected line excels at: the convenience of having so many extras tied in with each pair of shoes.
This is especially when all you used to get when you bought a pair of shoes was maybe another pair of laces or an arch support.
With the Infinites, you can get an accurate account of your cadence and ground contact without having to buy any of the mentioned items above.
That’s one way Under Armour is looking to set itself aside from other brands, like Nike, which makes you buy their foot pods.
These really work for advancing training. They are heavier and more challenging to push the pace in. The Infinite would really push you to dial in your form.
Therefore, these shoes actively help increase your ability to go faster when switching over to a race-day shoe. This may not be what some people are looking for in a daily trainer.
But, I’ve definitely seen the upside of this approach to training. For instance, some times, I felt more attentive to my form to get the results that I wanted.
These shoes definitely kept me mindful of my running, even before looking at my stats in the MapMyRun app.
Things I don’t like
The HOVR Infinite can use a more roomy toe box, especially as a daily trainer or go-to distance running shoe. There should be more room for natural toe splay.
Because of the shoe's shape and my slightly wide feet, my arch overlaps the midsole. I got blisters (and eventually callouses) on the front side of my arch, particularly on my left foot.
As I mentioned, I do have slightly wide feet. But, the bottom line is that that has never been an issue thus far with the large number of different shoes from different brands that I’ve run in.
What's worse is that even with the callouses protecting my feet, I’ve continued to get blisters. This reason makes me want to reach for these less and less when going out for a run.
Even though it may be a good trick to train with a heavier shoe, the HOVR Infinite’s do feel a bit clunky and heavy. These qualities may not be what some folks are looking for in a running shoe.
I’ll admit that it’s a bit unfair to even compare them to a shoe like the New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon, as they’re not in the same category.
Nevertheless, it’s impossible not to, when I run in both shoes. And after using the Under Armour’s for about 100 miles, the Beacon’s feel like I’m running with balloons tied to my feet.
It really comes down to what one is looking for in a running experience. For some folks training and racing work as great motivators while others are just looking for a solid all-rounder.
On the other hand, others still want something that’s going to last.
I have some issues with the shoes' performance. Some of the issues that I have experienced, not only seem quite preventable but also do not achieve what seems to be their intended purpose.
For instance, all the extra rubber doesn’t lead to much better traction. The shoes also perform really well on surfaces like asphalt or packed dirt/trail as expected of any road shoe or daily trainer.
However, the added blown rubber pads do not lead to better traction on trickier or slippery surfaces like smooth stones or loose dirt or mud, probably because of their size and shape.
So, all the extra weight accrued by the additional rubber doesn’t seem worthwhile.
Another is the shoe's tongue, which is not gusseted. It is puffy, which for me makes no sense. It just adds weight and an awkward inability to get a really good lockdown when tying the shoe.
It's confusing that I felt like I was struggling to keep the pace in these. This is despite the weight as not much of a factor, and the other specs, like the 8mm drop, should be working in my favor.
Some crucial things could be improved regarding the usability of MapMyRun before I consider switching from Strava. I won’t get into it too much, as this is a shoe review—not an app review.
At first, there were some connectivity issues. Just getting Bluetooth synced with the shoe and setting it up with the app was not as seamless as it could be.
I did like that through owning the shoe, you get ‘premium’ status within the app. But it seems like this might be for just while using the particular shoe itself, which does make sense.
It forces users to switch over or commit to the app. If you’re wearing another shoe, some of those advance metrics or functions may not work.
The app and shoe combination is really convenient. This is as long as you want to use that particular app or keep wearing those shoes.
Or, you can buy more pairs of Under Armour shoes, which is a business-savvy model for the company. I’m not a fan of such tactics as I need to wear different shoes for ‘appropriate’ situations.
Moreover, I don’t like being pushed into sticking with one particular brand. Thus, I prefer the Strava app for a few crucial reasons.
The main reason is that the MapMyRun app's Live Tracking function is awkward. It just doesn’t function properly for what I use it for, primarily as a safety measure.
I could go more in-depth about the app and would be open to doing a review of it if there was demand for it. But for now, I’ll just leave it at that.
There is a huge amount of potential in Under Armour’s HOVR Connected line-up, with its all-in-one box approach to creating a smarter, more convenient daily trainer.
For many people, the HOVR Infinite’s will be the perfect shoe to take their running to the next level. Personally, that Cinderella story isn’t for me. The shoes just don’t match my foot shape.
And after over a hundred miles with quite a few blisters and callouses, I’m more apt to run in some of my other shoes, especially for anything over ten kilometers.
I do see a lot of promise in this line only if Under Armour makes some significant improvements to the shoes themselves, as well as the MapMyRun app.
That’s my take on them. I’d say that they are worth trying on at your local brick-and-mortar running shop. See if they work better for your feet because if not for the blisters,
I’d definitely be happy retiring my old trusty Brooks Ghost 9s for these. So, it’s definitely worth a try.
Good to know
- The HOVR Infinite is a new addition to Under Armour’s line of running shoes that feature the HOVR technology. But despite its novelty, the brand deems the HOVR Infinite to be the “foundation and anchor” of the HOVR running shoe line, as it intends to match with the category of runners with the most population: neutral pronators and roadrunners.
- As the name implies, the HOVR Infinite offers a strong structure and a consistent ride that enables the runner an “infinite” number of miles. This means a running shoe with maximum comfort and support, delivered by the HOVR technology, no less, coupled by a dynamic Energy Web for smooth and stable transitions.
The outsole of the Under Armour HOVR Infinite is presented in a variety of textures and materials to deliver a powerful yet well-controlled stride. First, rows of pods compose the forefoot area; these are made from blown rubber, which is known for its soft and flexible properties. Next, the rearfoot area is constructed from sturdy and reliable carbon rubber. This design allows for quick and seamless toe-offs with matching traction, shock absorption, and wear-resistance in each footstrike.
Aiding the dual-density outsole is a group of deep flex grooves that run across the medial and lateral sides of the shoe. The grooves are inclined in a direction that follows the natural flex angles of the foot; this enables maximum mobility in the most anatomical way possible. Similar to the common running shoe design, these flex grooves are horizontal, as it is intended to follow the direction where the foot bends. These details are also meant to keep shock-absorption at a minimum. In turn, the pressure is reduced and the chances of foot pain are decreased.
Under Armour takes pride in the HOVR collection, and even more so with the HOVR Infinite, as they implement the “cage and core” system with this shoe, making the midsole soft and efficient at the same time. In this new design concept, the HOVR Infinite is comprised of a “core” component, which cradles and cushions the foot, providing a superior underfoot feel. Meanwhile, the “cage” component acts as a vessel of an additional mechanical unit to let the foot move capably.
The entirety of the HOVR midsole is made from a light and soft foam, with a core material that is similar to airplane insulators. The lightness of the foam gives the HOVR midsole the signature “zero-gravity” feel it provides the runner.
Meanwhile, the EnergyWeb feature takes the HOVR unit up a level. This compression mesh fabric wraps around the foam to strengthen its structure and, therefore, improve the responsiveness of the midsole. The EnergyWeb also helps with maintaining the shape of the HOVR foam, which contributes to a comfortable ride and reduction of foot fatigue.
The HOVR Infinite would not be complete without the Record Sensor. This digital device gives the shoe a capability to be connected via Bluetooth to a smartphone app, where it tracks and records data related to running. The data is then used to produce a coaching program to help improve the runner’s performance.
On top of all these features, the Under Armour HOVR Infinite presents a gender-specific construction. The brand has employed a dedicated biomechanics team who concluded that the women’s version of the shoe should have a double-layer sockliner to make the collar higher by 2 mm compared to the men’s version. Nonetheless, both the men’s and women’s sock liners are made from the same material.
The soft and comfortable mesh upper of the HOVR Infinite is designed to provide breathable and lightweight coverage. It employs a two-piece construction: engineered mesh in the forefoot and tight-knit weave in the heel. The result is a unit that gives a structured, locked-down sensation.
There is an internal heel counter that offers additonal support to keep the foot in place, thus allowing a problem-free run.
A gamut of reflective details surrounds the shoe in a 360-degree fashion. This helps by increasing the visibility of the runner in low-light conditions.
As mentioned above, the Under Armour HOVR Infinite features a gender-specific construction, which is focused at the midsole component of the shoe. But how did this design come to be created?
When researching for elements for the HOVR Infinite, Under Armour started with making comparisons between the male and female foot. While both are fundamentally the same, the creators of HOVR foam were able to discover minimum—yet significant—differences among the two.
WIth the insights they have gathered, they were able to conclude that, 1: women’s heels are shorter compared to men’s, and 2: the arches of the female foot are more sensitive. Thus, they designed the HOVR Infinite’s version for women with a different structure—a sockliner that has more height from the arch to the heel. This makes it 2-mm higher than the men’s version. The design makes the women’s ankles raised and, in turn, gives the HOVR Infinite a better fit in the collar.
In addition, the female foot has a lower volume compared to men. This, however, is common knowledge, and why most running shoes have separate sizing schemes for men and women.
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