We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The design of the Under Armour Charged Escape was much appreciated by many consumers.
  • Most testers loved that the weight was suitably light.
  • The upper unit gained favor for being able to provide ventilation to the foot throughout the running session.
  • The smooth and uncomplicated design of the façade was appreciated; runners liked that there were no dense layers for overlays.
  • Several runners commented that this running shoe was robust in its performance.
  • The price was considered by many to be affordable.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few consumers noted that it was a bit narrower compared to the shoes that they already had.
  • The grip of the outsole was inefficient, several testers complained.
  • A person noted that the front part of the mesh upper developed holes within six months of use.

Bottom line

The Under Armour Charged Escape received mostly positive reviews from runners and shoe enthusiasts. They welcomed its lightweight nature, its appealing looks, and its apparently proficient components. It performed well, according to their feedback. But this road running shoe was not free from detrimental scrutiny, receiving unfavorable reviews for inconsistent performance and questionable durability.


  • The Charged Escape is an Under Armour running shoe that’s designed for the neutral pronator. It’s designed to have a thin façade that is breathable and secure. A cloth-like material on the upper evokes the smooth and seamless properties of a sock, giving an irritation-free coverage.
  • The underfoot platform features a dual-layer cushioning compound that offers firm support during heel striking and soft liftoffs during the toe-off. A Micro-G® footbed is added to ensure more cushioning for the underfoot. A rubber compound that’s highly resistant to abrasion protects the sole unit while providing traction over the asphalt.

The Under Armour Charged Escape has a standard running shoe length. It accommodates the regular preferences of people when it comes to size. The available widths are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women. It has a semi-curved design that adheres to the natural curvature of the human foot.

The outsole unit of the Under Armour Charged Escape makes use of a durable rubber compound to provide protection and traction over the surfaces. It has non-prominent nodes and patterns to heighten grip on level ground.

An abrasion-resistant rubber is added to the areas of the outer sole that’s more prone to wear and tear, fundamentally preventing early damage or the adverse effects of continued use.

The flex grooves allow the foot to move more naturally, doling out the flexibility that’s needed during the heel-to-toe transitions.

A dual-layer Charged Cushioning® foam is used as the primary midsole compound of the Under Armour Charged Escape. It is firmer in the heel section, which means that it’s capable of receiving impact shock during the striking phase and dispersing it. The forefoot area is soft, so it enables the foot to toe-off with energy. The Charged cushioning is also used in the Charged Escape 2 running shoe.

A molded Micro G® footbed is placed right above the full-length central foam unit. Its purpose is to add a bit more cushioning for the underfoot. It also molds itself to the anatomy of the wearer’s foot, giving structure and specific support to the arch and the other areas that don’t usually receive cushioning.

The upper unit chiefly uses Engineered Mesh. It has the quality and form of woven cloth. It wraps the foot in a secure coverage that’s seamless and sock-like. It’s also breathable; it can accommodate environmental air into the foot-chamber, thereby affording a cool and dry running experience to the wearer.

Synthetic overlays are printed onto the façade. The purpose of these add-ons is to reinforce the structure of the Charged Escape and to help in maintaining a snug and secure wrap. The lack of stitching or extra layers allows it to remain lightweight.

An external heel counter holds the back of the foot in place and prevents it from exiting the shoe accidentally.

A soft fabric lining permits a smooth in-shoe experience that’s free of irritation. Its goal is to prevent instances of skin irritation, blistering or chafing.

The traditional lacing system helps the runner when it comes to securing the foot inside the Under Armour Charged Escape. Its stretchy laces tighten or loosen the fit accordingly.

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.