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.

Facts

Update: Under Armour Charged Bandit 4
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.1oz | Women: 7.4oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Features: Slip-on
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Release date: Aug 2017
Brand: Under Armour
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-Wide | Women: Normal, Wide, X-Wide
Price: $100
Colorways: Grey, Black, Blue, Purple, Red, Multi, Pink
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A popular pick
Better rated than the previous version Under Armour Charged Bandit 2

Expert Reviews

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93 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | Turhan Giles

    Under Armour Charged Bandit 3's after 700km

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    This is the third iteration of the Bandit line. These shoes are for those that are budget conscious and want something versatile and get the job done. As well as handle a bunch of miles and scenarios.

     

    Midsole

    The midsole is comfortable and provides a fair amount of cushion. I’m a mid-foot striker and found ample cushion there.

    I get very mild plantar fasciitis, and this shoe worked well for me, it didn’t aggravate the pain. There is a decent level of response, and it can handle those track workouts.

    Overall, you get a midsole that handles a wide variety of paces and speeds with ample cushion and some decent response.

    Upper

    The upper features a circular knit upper. It has a TPU heel counter to provide a bit more support in the heel, although some who like a secure feeling may find the sock-like upper doesn’t provide enough support around the ankle.

    I didn’t find this an issue. The upper has held up really well over the miles and will give you a great amount of durability.

     

     

    Beware if you get this shoe wet, it doesn’t take much to get your feet soaked from the water going through the upper. The upper has held up really well over the miles and will give you a great amount of durability.

    Outsole

    I have found the outsole to provide enough protection and excellent durability. Doing the majority of running in this shoe on a rail-trail, the outsole has lasted amazingly well and has not worn through yet.

    I have even occasionally taken these shoes on some rougher terrain, and they’ve held up amazingly.

     

     

    The outsole does struggle with traction, though. When wet, the shoe is fairly slippery on roads and similar surfaces. It was fairly good on concrete, though.

    I don’t take these shoes out for many runs after taking them at least 700km (I should’ve kept count of the miles because it would be even more). I mainly use them for casual and other sports now, but if I wanted, I could still use them for running.

    Performance

    The Bandits are very versatile. They can handle anything from a long run to interval workouts on the track. They feel speedy and fast.

     

     

    I was able to wear these for a 1500m race. I don’t know if it was the shoes or just me that day, but I felt bouncy, and they carried me to a win. So if you’re looking for a versatile shoe, this will get the job done.

    Pros

    • Versatile handling a range of paces and distances
    • Very durable
    • Comfortable
    • Responsive
    • Cheap - the package you get at this price is quite amazing
    • Ample cushion
    • It gets the job done
    • They provide a barefoot feeling 

    Cons

    • Traction struggles in the wet
    • Some runners will want more support

    Conclusion

    These shoes get the job done. They handle a wide range of paces and distances. They are affordable, providing ample cushion and are comfortable. They’re responsive and very durable.

    My main downfalls are the loss of traction in wet conditions, and there isn’t much arch support. Not me personally, but some people will find this shoe lacking in support.

    If you’re looking for an affordable shoe that gets the job done, comfy, responsive, and versatile. Look no further!

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 96 / 100 | Christian Wick

    Under Armour Charged Bandit 3: You won’t get a better shoe for your money

    After running 178 kilometers with the pair, in the first 11km, I would call the Charged Bandit 3 a definitive benchmark for neutral road/gravel runners.

    In the following review, I will try to point out the strengths and weaknesses and how I came to my conclusion.

    I gave the Charged Bandit 3 a chance just because I am always curious about trying something new, especially when it comes to running shoes.

    Moreover, the price of €50 didn’t hurt my pocket at all.

    My first impression of the Charged Bandit 3 when I first got my hands on it was it's lightweight. Then, I wondered what it sacrificed to make it as such, so I gave it a run.

    After the first 11km, I was really impressed. The answer is simple: nothing.

    Upper/Outer tissue & Comfortability

    First of all, beware: this is no cushioning monster. Instead, the shoe feels spartan-like in the most positive kind of way.

     

     

    It uses a thin fabric, with quite a stiff uncushioned heel counter that made me very uncertain about getting blisters before testing the shoe. After using it, my concerns disappeared.

    It is the only shoe I tested so far that almost made me feel like wearing no shoes at all.

    Midsole & Cushioning

    As mentioned above, this is a no feel-good, cushioned shoe. Nonetheless, it does exactly what it should.

    It hits the sweet spot between offering a good running experience without getting too heavy by uneconomical cushioning.

    This combination keeps a comfortable feeling on longer runs of more than 20km without getting tired by too much mass.

    So far after 178km, I cannot find any signs of usage that wouldn’t match comparable running shoes. The responsiveness is a pleasure. It offers what I call the perfect flow.

    You can run and run without getting tired. Then, you'll reach a certain momentum and feel like you could go on endlessly like that.

    Outsole/Durability

    I tried the shoe on road/gravel/trails. I would call it perfect on road and gravel while making a few adjustments on trail.

     

     

    Nevertheless, that’s not what the shoe is basically intended for. But, do be careful on very wet surfaces, such as wet rootstocks.

    Also, go easy on fast turns on the road when it’s raining. I had the impression that the shoe gets quite slippery on these surfaces. Nothing to worry at all, but it is still good to know.

    Conclusion

    There are running shoes out there that can compete in terms of performance. For instance, the Brooks Glycerin 14 also offers this perfect flow with even better cushioning.

    However, it’s a little heavier (you’re going to carry 40g extra) than the Charged Bandit 3.

    The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 as my perfect all-rounder still offers the more convenient cushioning, but also 30g extra compared to the Charged Bandit 3.

    I see all of these shoes on a similarly high level. It depends on what you want.

    If you are a little heavier and therefore grateful for a little extra cushioning, you may be better off with the Brooks Glycerin series or the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

    If you prefer having a sufficient cushioning and less weight to carry, the Charged Bandit is perfect for you.

    What makes it the best choice overall is when you consider the price tag. It’s around 50% cheaper than comparable models.

    I definitely recommend this shoe for neutral road runners. With this shoe, you will get the most for your buck.

    This shoe earned a score of 96/100 points from me—four points down from the perfect note for that little lack of grip on wet surfaces.

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Stable with perfect flow
    • Cheap price
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Weak traction on wet surfaces and trails

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 100 / 100 | RIZKNOWS | Level 3 expert

  • 100 / 100 | RIZKNOWS | | Level 3 expert

    Under Armour Charged Bandit 3 are awesome running shoes, but they aren’t exactly perfect. Still, great shoes for the average runner.

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  • 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.

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.

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.

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, which is also used in the Bandit 4, 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.

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.

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