Who should buy the Under Armour ArchiTech Futurist

Created using 3D printing technology, Under Armour brought into existence their ArchiTech Futurist model. As part of Architech line, this training shoe utilizes technologies from the past, present, and future aimed at satisfying the needs of enthusiasts in the fitness space. It is a solid option if:

  • You are looking for a shoe that offers a rare aesthetic design and at the same time could exceed your expectations when it comes to comfort.
  • You are after a trainer stable enough for lunges and lifts.
  • You are looking for an investment-worthy pair that offers so many upsides.

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Multisurface outsole traction

The bottom of the Under Armour ArchiTech Futurist is meant to be durable to provide traction on different surfaces, thanks to the rubber material that lines it. It has round mini-lug-patterned tread that further contributes to its sticky grip.

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The Under Armour ArchiTech Futurist's midsole

This Under Armour trainer has several layers of underfoot cushioning and support. The first layer is a non-removable insole, which cradles the foot for comfort.

Underneath it is the full-length Micro G midsole, which acts as a stable platform that is made to steady the foot during workouts. At the same time, it’s been made more lightweight and has a thinner quality compared to traditional foams. Its low profile also increases its responsiveness and sturdiness due to its low-to-the-ground nature.

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The final level is the distinct 3D-printed heel structure that is characterized by its dynamic lattice network. These intertwined plastic fibers offer supplementary cushioning, energy transfer, and support.

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Perforated upper

The Under Armour ArchiTech Futurist employs the seamless UA Speedform technology, which was developed in collaboration with a bra factory. This material is made of a premium microfiber synthetic leather that fits snugly and moves with the foot. It has perforations all throughout to allow air to circulate within the foot chamber.

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Enhanced ankle support

An external sleeve wraps around the midfoot to the ankle area, aiming to enhance ankle support and secure the fit. It has a stretchy elastic on the heel area to prevent skin chafing and promote ankle mobility.

A similar mid-cut silhouette can be found in the Under Armour Project Rock 1 shoe. It is another prominent workout shoe from the brand as it was designed in partnership with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

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Rearfoot support

A TPU-injected heel clip is concealed in the rearfoot area. It helps to steady the foot during weightlifting and strength training.

This model has two closure mechanisms to lock the foot down and keep a precise fit. The external sleeve uses a quarter-zipper, while the main upper component utilizes a compression lace system.

Under Armour ArchiTech Futurist Heel and Lacing System

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 12.3oz
Drop: 6mm
Use: Workout / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Normal
Release date: May 2017
BRAND Brand: Under Armour
Colorways: Black

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Author
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 Bodybuilding.com, 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.