Under Armour HOVR Machina 2: What makes it a workhorse? 

Under Armour HOVR Machina 2 Upper

The HOVR Machina is considered a workhorse because (1) it can handle long miles and (2) it can take a beating. But what are the features of this shoe that give it such durable makeup? Read on to find out. 

Under Armour HOVR Machina 2 Side

  • The midsole is a combination of a Pebax plate and the brand's HOVR foam. More than giving you a propulsive sensation, the combination of these two create a protective and sturdy cushion. 

          Under Armour HOVR Machina 2 Midsole

  • Complementing the midsole is the outsole. The rubber coverage on the sole is very ample that the shoe can even handle light trails and mute out any harsh surface element. 

          Under Armour HOVR Machina 2 Outsole

Who should buy the Under Armour HOVR Machina 2

The Under Armour HOVR Machina 2 is perfect for neutral runners who are looking for a reliable daily trainer. For those who are still getting into competitions, this is also tagged as an entry-level racer.

Under Armour HOVR Machina 2 Insole

Where to use it? 

  • Road
  • Track
  • Treadmill
  • Light trails 

Under Armour HOVR Machina 2 Collar

HOVR Machina 2 vs. 1

When the first Machina was released, it had a warm reception, except that runners found the midsole a tad too stiff. This time around, UA took that feedback and applied these changes to the Machina 2: 

  • The HOVR foam is made slightly softer. To make sure there aren't any wobbling during runs, the Pebax plate remains in the midsole. 
  • For a more comfortable feel, the upper has been updated. It is now lined with Rush lining, which is the brand's high-performance clothing line, promoting blood flow while keeping the muscles feeling good. 

The result? A traditional feeling ride, but more forgiving. 

Under Armour HOVR Machina 2 Laces

Stay connected

Just like most UA running shoes, the Machina 2 is embedded with a chip that allows you to connect it to your phone to store data when running. And with the data collected, the MapMyRun App can coach you on how to better your running form and performance. 

Under Armour HOVR Machina 2 Toe box

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 290g / Women 231g
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: Men 23mm / Women 20mm
Heel height: Men 31mm / Women 28mm
Collection: Under Armour Hovr

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