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- The Under Armour HOVR Phantom Connected is a running shoe that’s made for the roads. It also caters to neutral pronators and shoe enthusiasts who desire a pseudo-casual look to their footwear. Microthread fabrics and a knit-collar contribute to a cleatie-like coverage that’s similar to wearing a sock.
- The midsole unit of this UA running shoe makes use of a unique system that’s made up of a soft foam that’s enclosed in a compression web. This element is then hugged by an olefin carrier to maintain strength and power. One can see the webbed foam via spaces or windows on the lateral side of the platform.
- A record sensor is placed in the midsole. It’s a small machine that connects to a mobile app and marks, examines and stows every facet of the performance. Such is the reason why there’s ‘Connected’ in the name of this shoe.
The Under Armour HOVR Phantom Connected was designed using standard measurements. Lengthwise, it caters to the inclinations of runners. The available width for the women’s version is B – Medium. For the men’s iteration, it’s D – Medium.
The upper makes use of a cleatie construction and a form-fitting micro-thread material to evoke a feeling of merely wearing a sock.
A rubber compound covers the underside of the olefin carrier foam, protecting it from wear and tear. It also delivers traction. Circular protrusions and hollows further heighten surface grip.
Flex grooves are patterned horizontally across the forefoot section. These small trenches allow the platform to flex in conjunction with the metatarsals of the foot during the toe-off phase of the gait cycle.
The Under Armour HOVR Phantom Connected makes use of its namesake, the UA HOVR™ foam. It serves as a core cushioning unit that’s placed in the middle of the platform. It is made up of a responsive material that gives a bounce to each step.
An Energy Web wraps around the HOVR™ foam. It’s a compression mesh that maintains the structural integrity of the core unit, thereby maintaining the reactive performance of the platform while also returning energy to the runner.
An olefin carrier unit holds the HOVR™ core. It’s a sturdy material that acts as a wall, preventing the interior piece from sagging or wearing off.
The olefin hedge only slightly extends to the heel part of the platform. Part of the HOVR™ unit is exposed, freeing it to be felt by curious hands. The lateral side has two windows for additional visual flair.
The UA Record Sensor™ is a small contraption that’s placed inside the midsole. Its goal is to connect to a mobile app and send information about the performance of the wearer with regards to the HOVR Phantom Connected. It is safeguarded by a watertight exterior to prevent it from getting wet or damaged.
The HOVR Phantom Connected makes use of a micro-thread upper. It’s a tightly woven material that dries up quickly when exposed to light splashes. It also offers ventilation and a form-fitting coverage.
Panels that are 3D molded are stitched to the medial and lateral sides. The purpose of these sheets is to hug the midfoot and prevent it from wobbling during the running session.
A knit-collar offers a cleatie-like silhouette and a sock-like fit. A traditional tongue unit is not present, but there’s a pull tab on the top of the instep to help in the on-and-off process.
An external counter holds the heel in place and prevents it from exiting the foot-chamber unintentionally.
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