Verdict from 25 experts and +100 user reviews

12 reasons to buy

  • A lot of wearers commented that the shoe was very responsive.
  • According to some testers, the Under Armour HOVR Sonic was supportive.
  • The shoe was good-looking, according to some purchasers.
  • Many reviewers noted that the upper construction was breathable.
  • Several wearers were impressed with the Under Armour HOVR Sonic's sound quality.
  • The majority of the testers said that the shoe was comfortable.
  • A handful of buyers reported that the shoe has a variety of color schemes to choose from.
  • Some of the consumers appreciated its wide toe box.
  • The shoe has excellent cushioning, noted by many buyers.
  • A handful of reviewers admired the right amount of traction it provided.
  • It is a lightweight running shoe from Under Armour.
  • A good number of consumers reported that the Under Armour HOVR Sonic was best used for short and long-distance walking and running activities.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One of the runners commented that the Under Armour HOVR Sonic was uncomfortable to wear. After an hour of wearing it, he developed a sore spot on top of his right foot.
  • Several users noted that the shoe was slippery on wet conditions.

Bottom line

A lot of them appreciated the excellent cushioning, comfort, softness and lightness of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic, especially on short and long-distance runs. Although some users have issues with its fit and the slippery outsole, others still recommended this neutral running shoe because of its excellent construction, and fantastic performance on the road and other paved surfaces.

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The Under Armour (UA) HOVR Sonic is a new addition to the Under Armour lineup.

It has a lot of potential but needs some tweaks to make it competitive with other running shoes. It is a lightweight, neutral, daily trainer that seems like a stripped down shoe without a lot of extra features.

 

 

It has a stiff ride and requires some break-in before you begin to appreciate the HOVR technology. However, the shoe still has enough cushioning in the midsole for long runs. It is also priced right.

The Upper

These shoes have a comfortable upper that is breathable and stays cool. The heel construction is minimal, but it anchors the foot. The toe box is moderately roomy. The best thing about the upper is the sock-like fit, which compensates for other aspects of the shoe.

On the downside, the lacing system needs tweaking. I like to lace my shoes up very tightly, and this is where the shoe falls short.

The lacing system could be designed to allow more adjustments and the metal eyelets (like old Chuck Taylors) are not ideal. The tongue of the shoe is thin and it rolls up on the top corners, which can be uncomfortable if laced up improperly.

 

 

I don’t know why UA went with flat laces for this shoe, but they seem like they will wear out quickly and break due to rubbing on the metal eyelets. The good thing about the laces is that they are long enough to double knot.

Another questionable thing is the heel. It doesn’t have a lot of structure and feels a little too flexible. There is also little padding in the heel around the ankles.

 

Midsole and Cushioning

The strength of the shoe is the midsole and HOVR blown foam.

The midsole adds extra support and the Compression Mesh Energy Web technology seems to be doing what is promised for people with high arches. The foam on these shoes is stiff and needs a break-in period. I am a runner who likes stiff shoes, but these shoes start out too stiff, particularly in the forefoot.

After some break-in, the shoe began to perform better but the forefoot could be designed with more flexibility. I took long runs, 9 plus miles, in them out of the box. After about 40 miles, the foam began to perform better and there was more flexibility in the forefoot.

Outsole and Durability

After about 40 miles, the outsole is showing signs of wear. I am a neutral runner who supinates slightly and there was wear on the outer edges of the outsoles after a few runs.

 

 

The overall design of the outsole is minimalist. It would be a better shoe if there was a slightly wider forefoot to create a wider toe-box and more surface to make contact with the ground.

I know the rounded heel crash pad pattern is a signature of UA. I am not a heel striker, so it works for me. Other runners might like more surface area in the heel as well.

 

Colors and style

The shoes have a simple design and UA didn’t offer a lot of bright colors. I have the classic, retro, white with gold lettering. They are stylish enough for me.

What I liked most about the HOVR Sonic

  • The HOVR foam and Compression Mesh Energy Web technology
  • Decent energy return after a break-in
  • Good arch support
  • Breathable upper
  • The sock-like fit
  • Good price

What I do not like about the HOVR Sonic

  • The tongue is thin and rolls up under the top laces
  • The metal eyelets
  • The lacing system is not very adjustable
  • The heel and ankles need more padding and structure
  • The outsole shows wear fast

Conclusion

I gave the Under Armour Sonic a try because of the HOVR foam and Compression Mesh Energy Web technology. I like that aspect of the shoe.

However, I think UA needs to tweak other aspects of the shoe, like the tongue, lacing system, heel, and outer sole.

If they can figure out a way to create a more beefed up version of the Sonic without adding weight to it or increasing the price, they will have an extremely competitive shoe in this segment of the market.

| Level 2 expert Verified
I have been a dedicated runner for over a decade. It has become my favorite sport and forms the core of my exercise routine. I enjoy long runs and average around 35 miles a week. I am not a competitive runner but focus on personal fitness and health goals. Over the course of the years, I have researched and worn a variety of running shoes. My favorite shoe brands are Saucony and Asics because they provide the best combination of cushioning and arch support, although I have tried other brands like Brooks, Mizuno, Nike and Under Armour.

Good to know

  • Runners will have an option to choose between being digitally connected or not. With the integration of the UA Record Sensor technology, the user will be able to track his or her running metric without using any mobile phone or device.
  • The HOVR cushioning is integrated into the shoe. It aims to deliver shock absorption and enhanced responsiveness.
  • The High Abrasion Rubber in the heel area provides the right amount of traction. It also absorbs the forces from the impact.
  • Utilized in the shoe is the Threadborne upper. This breathable, material delivers lightweight comfort and strength to the platform.

The Under Armour HOVR Sonic utilizes the High Abrasion Rubber. It is located in the heel area to provide traction in a wide variety of paved surfaces. It is also essential in absorbing force from the impact during the running activity.

The Blown Rubber is integrated into the Under Armour HOVR Sonic. The material lies in the forefoot area to provide additional durability, flexibility, and responsiveness to the platform.

Featured in the midsole is the UA HOVR technology. This component of the shoe provides ‘zero gravity feel’. This technology maintains energy return. As a result, it aids in the elimination of impact in every stride.

To give back the energy return, the Compression Mesh Energy Web is contained and molded in the UA HOVR foam.

The UA’s Record Sensor lies in the midsole area. It is securely placed in a watertight casing to prevent it from getting wet or damaged. The technology aims to store, analyze and track the user's metric. This sensor is essential in helping the runner to improve and do better in achieving his goals.

A removable Ortholite sock liner is added into the shoe. It has anti-microbial components to keep the foot fresh and dry at all times. It contours to the natural shape of the foot for a more individualized comfort and cushioning.

Integrated into the Under Armour HOVR Sonic is the Threadborne upper. This compression-like fit material delivers lightweight strength. It also provides added breathability for unmatched comfort.

The shoe uses the TPU External Heel Counter. The purpose of this technology is to offer a more supportive structure to the heel.

To increase breathability, the Ventilate Midfoot Panel is used in the Under Armour HOVR Sonic. This material is essential in providing a snugger and more comfortable midfoot lockdown.

Attached to the footbed is the unique tongue unit construction. It uses stretchable support wings that maintain a snugger fit throughout the running session.

How HOVR Sonic compares

This shoe: 90
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: £100
All shoes average: £120
£40 £280
This shoe: 272g
All shoes average: 270g
79g 437g
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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.

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