Verdict from 36 user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • Most runners found the Micro G Pulse II very comfortable.
  • It has a full-length 4D Foam sock liner to eliminate foot slippage.
  • The Under Armour Pulse II features the blown rubber outsole for maximum durability without adding too much weight.
  • This shoe has an affordable price.

2 reasons not to buy

  • This shoe is too narrow for some runners.
  • Available in limited colors.

Bottom line

The Under Armour Micro G Pulse II is a neutral running shoe that offers enough cushioning, durability and support. It gained positive feedback from some runners due to the innovative technologies and durable construction of the shoe.

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Good to know

  • The 2nd version of the Micro G Pulse from Under Armour features an upper design that is smoother and more minimalist in style. Contrary to the original Micro G Pulse, this version doesn’t make use of many stitched-on overlays or added layers which make the upper unit more robust or secure. It has a seamless design that’s breathable and comfortable to the skin.
  • The noticeable stitched-on layer of this shoe is at the heel area. It helps in securing the heel properly and keep it in place, especially during runs.
  • This running shoe has a tongue and collar that’s padded. It’s meant to provide security for the foot, as well as to keep it in a snug wrap. The inner sleeve is soft and smooth, so it doesn’t irritate the skin.
  • The mid-sole unit of this running shoe features a full-length cushioning foam that delivers adequate underfoot comfort and protection from impact. The compound used here is also very springy, so each toe-off becomes explosive.
  • The outsole rubber was placed to protect the rest of the sole unit from wear and abrasion. It’s a durable material that, incidentally, is also responsive. It is soft and pliable, so it adds a bit more cushioning to each step and a bit more bounce in taking off.

The Under Armour Micro G Pulse II has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that follow the regular measurements to which runners are acclimated. It is also available in medium and wide widths, so runners can choose the fit that they’re most comfortable with. Its semi-curved shape lets the natural curvature of the foot to acclimate well to it.


The outsole unit features Blown Rubber. It’s a highly responsive material that adds a bit more cushioning to every step. It supports the mid-sole in providing a comfortable underfoot experience for the wearer. It’s also very durable and it gives responsible traction over the surfaces, thus making it a multi-purpose layer that’s efficient. 

The rubber layer of this running shoe doesn’t sacrifice the overall flexibility of the sole unit. It doesn’t make the entire unit feel rigid or unwieldy. It still allows the foot to move naturally through the gait cycle.


The middle layer of this running shoe makes use of the Micro G® foam. It’s a cushioning system that’s lightweight and responsive. It gives the same kind of cushioning as most bulkier foams on the market, but it’s pliable and not so thick. It is able to support the runner through the gait cycle and make each step more explosive.

The 4D Foam™ is a full-length layer that lies just above the main cushioning system. Made from sturdy, yet pliable materials, this foam actually cushions and shapes itself to the shape of the wearer’s foot. With this, the foot is locked down and kept in place, while also getting a bit more full-bodied underfoot support that includes the arch and other curves along the foot pad.


The upper uses a two-tone mesh. The material may look thin, but it’s strong and it doesn’t tear easily. It hugs the foot snugly, but it doesn’t make it feel restrained or irritated. It also encourages air to go in the shoe to keep the foot cool and dry.

The use of synthetic overlays greatly reduces the weight of the upper and allows the natural movement of the foot. Found in the mid-foot section & connected to the lacing system, it supports the foot by wrapping around it and locking it in place as the shoelaces are adjusted.

The tongue and collar are padded. They help in securing the foot and preventing accidental shoe removals. The inner fabric isn’t irritating, so it keeps the foot comfortable even when wearing the Under Armour Micro G Pulse II without socks.

Rankings

How Under Armour Micro G Pulse II ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 1% road running shoes
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Top 3% Under Armour running shoes
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Bottom 1% neutral running shoes
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Popularity

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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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