Who should buy the Under Armour HOVR Mega 2 Clone

Apart from being an affordable alternative to the Adidas Solarboost 3, the UA HOVR Mega 2 Clone is a great everyday running shoe if you're looking for a model that's excellent for: 

  • easy/recovery days
  • long runs
  • heavy runners

Who should NOT buy it

It has some tinge of responsiveness, but its weight hinders it from becoming a speed trainer. If you're aiming to set or beat PRs, you might want to consider other tempo shoes

UA HOVR Mega 2 Clone: Supportive from the bottom up

True to how it's touted, the HOVR Mega 2 Clone provides a second-skin wrap around the feet. Droves of runners claim that it has a "snug" and "glove-like" fit in a "comfortable way;" they felt stable in every stride.

Taking it up a notch, the HOVR foam is also denser than standard midsoles, preventing unnecessary movements of the foot.

There are also NO reports of heel slips, thanks to the shoe's padded rear section.

Comfortable cushion

Although the HOVR cushion is a touch rigid, it's not harsh. There are even some experts who have used the shoe for recovery after their marathon. 

As reviewers put it, it's "springy but firm enough." So much so that those with plantar fasciitis say that the shoe alleviated their foot pain. 

Impact protection is also top-notch. Like the Solarboost 3, it has so much cushion underneath, you can barely feel the pounding on the pavement. 

HOVR Mega 2 Clone: An enjoyable ride

It's not as solid as a brick. The UA HOVR Mega 2 Clone has some bounce to it, making it a fun and lively ride. 

Protective and durable

This shoe has an "abundance" of protection owed to its generous padding and TPU heel wrap that enhances its tank-like build. Even more, the outsole has extensive rubber coverage, experts say it will take you hundreds of miles before scratching it.

Great grip 

On pavement and tarmac, the Under Armour HOVR Mega 2 Clone clings. The deep-lugged outsole provides excellent traction, may it be in wet and dry conditions. 

Convenient lockdown 

The elasticated tongue makes the shoe easy to put on and off. It molds around the foot, providing a "custom" fit.

Even better, there's no need to readjust the laces mid-run. Road runners say they stay tied.

Perfect for low-light runs

 Many appreciate the reflective details added to the HOVR Mega 2 Clone. According to them, it's really effective in "boosting" visibility during early morning and nighttime runs. 

Tight-fitting toe room

Wide-footed runners highly advise those with larger feet to go half a size bigger. The shoe is narrow in the toe box, some have experienced numbness on the toes. 

Heavy AF!

Its weight (11 oz in US M 9) is comparable to the Adidas Ultraboost 21 (12 oz). 

Critics have noted that there's so much rubber on the outsole, UA could've toned it down to shave off some weight. Add in the copious amount of foam, the UA HOVR Mega 2 Clone is one clunky shoe. 

Lace bites

The tongue has very little to no padding, runners can feel pressure from the laces when cinching down. 

UA HOVR Mega 2 Clone vs. Adidas Solarboost 3

The HOVR Mega 2 Clone from Under Armour and Solarboost 3 from Adidas have one thing in common — they're stable and protective from mile 1 to the last. 

In this section, we will see how the UA HOVR Mega 2 Clone stacks up against the Solarboost: 

  • sturdier outsole
  • grippier traction
  • cheaper price

Ultimately, the Under Armour Mega 2 Clone is a better, more affordable option than the Solarboost 3. If it's a bang-for-the-buck purchase you're after, it won't be a letdown. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: 309g
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 23mm
Heel height: 31mm
Collection: Under Armour Hovr

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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.