Summary

We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers appreciated the sleek design of the Under Armour Charged Lightning.
  • The design of the shoe was described as adaptable because reviewers used it for several activities besides running.
  • Testers appreciated the variety of colorways.
  • The shoe exhibited excellent grip, based on some reviews.
  • Consumers said that the shoe felt comfortable, even when worn all day.
  • The Charged Lightening performed well during general gym workouts and short runs, multiple users said.
  • A majority of testers narrated that the shoe was true to size.
  • The light weight and breathability of the shoe was appreciated by a few reviewers.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A majority of reviewers mentioned that the right shoe produced a bothersome sound. The left shoe had no problem, but the sound the right shoe made was described as squeaky.
  • One user used his pair for running one mile. He mentioned that he had to stop because he felt pain in his foot.
  • A tester narrated that the collar rubbed on his heel, producing a raw spot that felt painful.
  • Some users said that the shoe felt narrow.

Bottom line

The Under Armour Charged Lightning is an affordable shoe made for various purposes. Although it was meant to be a running shoe, its sleek and minimalist design makes it a good-looking casual sneaker. Meanwhile, its features allow it to be a dependable shoe for general gym workouts and short runs. It’s a wise choice for those seeking a comfortable neutral running shoe that can be used every day for a variety of activities – short runs, working out, or simply being on one’s foot for a long period of time.

Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 8.5oz | Women: 7.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Competition
Release date: Jun 2017
Brand: Under Armour
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal, Wide
Price: $85
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Multi, Pink
Size
Small True to size Large
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  • The upper of the Under Armour Charged Lightning features a woven jacquard, which aids in providing lightweight support to the foot. It also gives a more seamless fit to the runner, thereby mimicking a sock-like feel.
  • The midsole has the proprietary Charged Cushioning technology. This type of cushioning was particularly developed by the company to convert landing impact into a responsive burst of energy. This foam structure is appropriately named Charged Cushioning as it aims to make the runner feel “charged” with every stride.
  • To improve the fit, as well as the in-shoe feel, a one-piece die-cut EVA sockliner was introduced to the inside of the shoe. This addition enhances the cushioning from within the shoe and improves the comfort the runner receives.
  • Solid rubber is used and placed on key areas of the outsole. The pattern of the rubber makes it possible for the shoe to deliver moderate grip, with several flex grooves and lines that also help with flexibility. However, this material does not cover the entire outsole. Instead, it is formed into sections of rectangular shapes that strategically slant in different angles.
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The Under Armour Charged Lightning comes in standard shoe lengths. Runners will be able to get a pair in their usual size preferences. The width of the shoe also comes in standard measurements, with B—medium available for women and D—medium for men.

The outsole of the shoe is made of a durable rubber to protect the bottom from wear and tear, as well as provide it with moderate grip. To maintain the lightness of the shoe, Under Armour decided that the outsole should not be entirely covered by this rubber material. Instead, it is formed into various rectangular shapes, with flex grooves and linear indentations. It’s focused only on high-wear areas underneath the shoe.

The midsole is equipped with Under Armour’s Charged Cushioning technology. This one-piece structure is a type of cushioning that was designed to enhance impact absorption when landing the foot on the ground and then converting that impact into a responsive burst, making the runner feel a springy return. The midsole configuration of this UA running shoe is very comparable to the performance of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19.

The midsole of the Charged Lightning was also designed to be closer to the ground. With this low profile midsole, the light weight of the shoe is maintained. In addition, this type of profile promotes midfoot striking, which results in a smoother running experience.

The upper of the Under Armour Charged Lightning is woven jacquard. It serves an aesthetic purpose and it also provides the dorsal portion of the foot with minimal support.

The fabric is also very breathable, allowing air to pass through the shoe. This characteristic of the fabric reduces hot spots. It also provides the runners with a seamless fit, thereby improving the comfort and the in-shoe feel of the Under Armour Charged Lightning.

The Charged Lightning features a full lacing system. This allows the runners to tighten or loosen the fit of the shoe in accordance with their preferences. The eyelets of the system have a small overlay on them to improve their structure and durability.

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