Facts

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  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $100
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 9.1oz
    Women: 7.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Aug 2017
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Summary

We spent 6.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many users said that the upper material was lightweight and extremely breathable.
  • The shoe provided a secure fit and a great overall foot support, according to some runners.
  • A majority of buyers commented that the shoe was comfortable.
  • Several users were satisfied that the color options available were pleasing to the eyes.
  • The lightweight nature and the agreeable heel cushioning received positive feedback.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several reviewers thought the midsole was lacking in arch support.
  • There was not enough traction on wet trails, as observed by some runners.
  • Several buyers agreed that the toe box is narrow and uncomfortable.

Bottom line

Made from a lightweight and breathable material, the Charged Bandit 3 is a comfortable running shoe that is recommended for both beginners and seasoned runners. It aims to deliver a consistent performance no matter the distance. While some may not be satisfied by the traction and support it offers, most users will find this a reliable option.

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Expert Reviews

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95 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

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Updates to Under Armour Charged Bandit 3

  • The Charged Bandit 3 is designed to be lighter and more durable than its predecessor. It does retain some of the tried-and-tested features of the shoe line, such as the solid rubber outsole, the flex grooves, and the Ortholite® sock liner. The shoe was crafted daily use, either on long runs or short sessions on the treadmill.
  • Featuring the UA Charged Cushioning® technology, the midsole is made even more responsive and durable as it provides optimal cushioning and energy return. This design is suitable for neutral pronators.
  • The upper makes use of a lightweight mesh that hugs the foot for a flexible coverage.
  • Under Armour’s own SpeedForm® technology allows the shoe to mold to the foot for a precision fit, therefore eliminating distractions.

Under Armour Charged Bandit 3 size and fit

The shoe is true to size and will wear best on runners with an average-volume foot. The width profiles are D – Medium and 4E – Extra Wide for men, and B – Medium for women.

Outsole

The rubber outsole of the Charged Bandit 3 has a full ground contact design, thereby providing traction that is suitable for runs on dry concrete and on treadmills.

The heel area employs a high-abrasion carbon rubber to handle high-impact zones and to deliver a heightened performance. It also aims to provide additional traction.

There are strategically-placed flex grooves to add flexibility in all the appropriate areas and allow for a smoother ride. The flex grooves also enable support for the foot during longer runs.

Midsole

The midsole of the Charged Bandit 3 consists of the Charged Cushioning®, which is made from a two-piece compression-molded foam. This cushioning is softer at the forefoot and firmer in the heel, thus providing a blend of comfort, support, and impact protection for long-distance efforts or up-tempo runs.

Charged Cushioning® also aims to deliver a higher level of responsiveness and durability while having optimal cushioning and energy return.

An antimicrobial Ortholite® sock liner is provided to mold to the foot and provide additional underfoot support while also preventing the buildup of bacteria.

Upper

Designed to provide an elevated level of comfort, the upper of the Charged Bandit 3 is made with a seamless, breathable design using a lightweight circular knit material. While it is supposed to feel good to wear, it also delivers strength and support that stretches and moves with the foot while running.

The foot is guaranteed comfort and an anatomical fit with the help of the SpeedForm® technology, which comes in the form of a seamless molded heel cup that aims to feel like an extension of the foot. This also allows the foot to perform better as the precise fit eliminates distractions from running.

Protected by an external TPU heel counter, the shoe is given an enhanced structure and a locked-in support to keep the back of the foot in place.

A snug yet stretchy toe box is present to provide a secure fit for the toes.

The EVA tongue is uniquely constructed as it connects to the upper so that it stays put, thus providing comfort over the top of the foot.