Profile of the Under Armour HOVR Rise

The Under Armour HOVR Rise is an addition to the brand’s collection of versatile cross-trainers. It is equipped with UA’s cutting-edge HOVR cushioning which accommodates the most intensive training styles.


Grippy rubber guard. The underside of the HOVR Rise is lined with durable rubber components. They have various shapes and tread patterns to ensure traction in whatever direction the foot takes. The rubber is split by grooves in some areas. They help in making the sole unit more flexible.


The brand’s most advanced cushioning yet. The acclaimed HOVR foam is responsible for keeping the foot cushioned and supported. The brand states that this technology delivers a “zero-gravity feel” which means that the foot receives back the energy it exerts with each step. This characteristic comes especially helpful during explosive jumps and agility training. This cushioning unit can also be found in some of the brand’s top-tier trainers, like the Project Rock 2.

Shaped cushioning. The HOVR foam is wrapped by a compression mesh called the Energy Web. Its firm filaments contain and mold the foam to make sure it doesn’t lose its shape. That way, it doesn’t let the HOVR squish and helps to give back the energy more efficiently.


Light and breathable forefoot. The front portion of the upper is made of a lightweight mesh. Its pores allow fresh air to enter the foot chamber freely. The mesh material is protected by the strategically-placed 3D print. It makes the fabric more wear-resistant without hampering breathability.

Supportive rearfoot. The back part of the HOVR Rise sports a tightly-woven fabric combined with an internal padding and an external TPU heel counter. All these components help the wearer feel more stable throughout the movement. They also make up a secure brace around the heel and ankle to keep the foot locked in.

HOVR Rise vs. HOVR Apex

The HOVR Rise was released together with the HOVR Apex shoe. Even though both are geared towards cross-training, the Apex model makes a strong emphasis on stability. It has a sturdier heel reinforcement as compared to the Rise. 

However, the HOVR Rise has its own advantages. It weighs around 70 grams lighter than the Apex and is constructed with agility in mind. It is also good to know that it costs $40 less than its counterpart.

Additional Info

A CrossFit athlete James Newbury wore the UA HOVR Rise on the last day of 2019 CrossFit Games.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 300g
Drop: 8mm
Update: Under Armour HOVR Rise 2
Use: Workout, HIIT / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Normal
Release date: Jul 2019
Collection: Under Armour Hovr

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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, 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.