Verdict from 13 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The AnaFoam at the heel of the Under Armour Lightning 5 feels nice and is proven to deliver good ankle support according to a good number of reviewers.
  • Many users thank the textile upper of the shoe. They mention that their feet are kept dry during games.
  • These Under Armour basketball shoes run true to size.
  • A good number of testers observe that the TPU shanks at the sides of the shoe help prevent side-to-side movements. Chris Paul fans say they get this identical support from his 11th Jordan shoe.
  • The herringbone traction pattern has a good court grip, say some wearers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several buyers claim that the forefoot creases when the shoelaces are tightened.
  • The shoelaces feel flimsy, say a handful of purchasers.
  • The Lightning 5 does not feel premium unlike other Under Armour shoe models for hooping.

Bottom line

For $100, the Under Armour Lightning 5 is a great and affordable shoe for basketball that certainly does the job well. This pair can last a season of games especially when used on clean courts. These Under Armour shoes are best for light players like guards. The Micro-G midsole with Charged Cushioning can definitely keep their knees stress-free.

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Good to know

The Lightning 5 is another affordable mid-top basketball shoe from Under Armour. Weighing only around 11.44 ounces, these lightweight sneakers come with a breathable textile upper. For an enhanced fit, the tongue has a molded construction. The solid outsole rubber comes with a full-length herringbone traction pattern and pivot flex grooves.

Cushion. The responsiveness of the Under Armour Lightning 5 comes from the dual density Micro G midsole with Charged Cushioning. The insole is a die-cut EVA for step-in comfort. The blend of these foams deliver great support and impact protection.

Traction. The on-court performance of the Under Armour Lightning 5 relies heavily on the full-length herringbone traction pattern. This pattern is a certified beast performer on court because of its ability to grip any surface. Integrated with the pattern are one-of-a-kind pivot flex grooves that aid the wearer in performing quick cuts and multidirectional movements.

Length and Width. The Under Armour Lightning 5 is true to size. Wearers with wide or normal-sized feet can opt for their true UA sizing. As for those with narrow feet, they can double their socks or fit the shoe in store before purchasing.

Lockdown. The Under Armour Lightning 5 features a one-bootie construction and standard lace-up system. The shoe model  is asymmetrical to deliver a unique type of lateral containment. To keep the foot from slipping out of the footbed, the sides are equipped with thermo polyurethane.

The UA Lightning 5 comes with a breathable textile upper with fuse overlays for durability. The ankle area is embedded with AnaFoam for comfort and stability. The molded tongue gives the midfoot a comfortable fit.

The Under Armour Lightning 5 is designed as a basketball shoe. However, many wearers assert that these Under Armour shoes are great for street style or casual use as well. These can be paired with any slim or straight-cut pants. They definitely look dope with a black leather jacket.

The Under Armour logos are seen on the tongue, insole, heel, and outsole. The “LIGHTNING” callout is found on the tongue pull tab.

The Under Armour Lightning 5 comes in five different colorways as listed below:

  • Black/Red
  • Black/Royal
  • Black/White
  • Charcoal/White
  • WhiteWhite

How Lightning 5 compares

This shoe: 74
All shoes average: 82
55 95
This shoe: £100
All shoes average: £130
£40 £470
This shoe: 324g
All shoes average: 393g
256g 812g
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.