Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Most of the customer reviews included comfort as a major asset of the Under Armour Drift Mineral.
  • The testers generally had positive remarks about its lightweight nature.
  • Many were very happy to receive compliments while wearing this shoe.
  • Some runners stated that it remained comfortable when used for casual walks or for gym workouts.
  • There are several color combinations available.
  • A few runners noted how well the shoe supported their arches.
  • More than a handful use it for all-day purposes.
  • According to a reviewer, the upper fabrics were stretchy enough to accommodate the natural form of the foot.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The Drift Mineral from Under Armour runs small, according to more than a handful of reviewers.
  • It does not hold up to usual wear and tear, based on the observations of a few runners.
  • A small number of runners thought that it fell narrow in the forefoot.
  • There were a couple of users who experienced rubbing and blisters in their heels.
  • Some consumers thought that the actual shoe didn’t look as appealing as it was on the pictures online.

Bottom line

The widely popular Under Armour Drift gets a slight twist in the Mineral version. It sports a fabric-like upper that really hugs the foot. The shoe has loads of comfort, very good arch support, and the looks to match many of the more expensive shoes in the market. With the kind of aesthetic value and performance this shoe brings, the already reasonable price tag should feel like a steal for runners who are looking for a lightweight shoe that can match speed mid-distance runs with ease.

Facts

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  • Under Armour made some very minor changes to distinguish the Under Armour Drift Mineral from the standard model. In the Drift Mineral, runners will find a fabric-like mesh that is best described by most runners as very comfortable as it conforms to the shape and movement of the foot. It is basically a slightly more versatile fit as it accommodates different types of foot better.
  • Another change is the absence of the huge toe protection found in the regular version. The Drift Mineral uses a more subtle toe protection that is also welded. A more streamlined look and with slightly more room in the toe box is the result of this minor change in the upper.

The Under Armour Drift Mineral is designed for those who love sufficient heel grip with quite a snug midfoot before it widens to a roomy forefoot. Based on some reviews alone, the shoe delivers excellent support from the rear to the front. The toes have more than enough room to splay without feeling a bit loose. It runs fairly true to size.


The outsole of the Drift Mineral is rather simple. It is almost a full-contact outsole with notches all over the place to add grip on the road. Taking a very prominent place in the outsole are the huge flex grooves in the forefoot. These grooves give the shoe just enough flexibility for runners. A harder carbon rubber is utilized in high-impact areas for better durability.


Under Armour takes a very simple approach in the midsole of the Drift Mineral. In this shoe’s engine room is a relatively thick slice of injection molded EVA for cushioning and shock-absorbing duties. It spans the entire midsole to aid runners during the transition in the gait cycle.


A fabric-like printed mesh dominates the entire upper along with the rather thick overlays that form a midfoot saddle in the Under Armour Drift Mineral. It offers breathability, support, and flexibility in the right areas. Cushioning is enhanced because of the presence of a full-length EVA insole. The convenience, when putting on or taking off the shoe, is a lot better as there are substantial heel and front loops for runners to use. A standard lace-up closure keeps the fit secure with every run.

Author
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.

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