Verdict from 19 experts and 19 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Lightness: As the first rubberless shoe from Under Armour, a lot of runners really find the Velociti Wind "unbelievably light." 
  • Fit: There's no need to worry about unwanted in-shoe movements. This is owed to the combination of stretchy mesh upper and overlays, providing support in key areas. 
  • Cushion: It's comparable to the Hoka Mach 4, soft and flexible on the run. 
  • Traction: The shoe is grippy on a variety of surfaces like wet roads, gravel, dry trails, and packed snow. As experts state, it's "indiscernible" from rubber-soled running shoes. 
  • Heel hold: The ankle collar really hugs the foot. 
  • Ride: Even when tested on 25-degree F/ -4-degree C, the Flow foam still maintains sufficient rebound and has no signs of "packing out."  This generates a highly stable ride and because it has some rock to it, a constant forward drive is created. 
  • Ventilation: Because the upper is very thin — almost like a "transparent fishnet" — the feet can breathe. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • Constricting laces: Athletes warn that the Velociti might not be for those with a high-volume forefoot or runners with a long second toe. The laces create some tension above the foot while the toe bumper is very low. 
  • So-so responsiveness: It's NOT "crazy bouncy" because of its trimmed-down stack (3mm less). So if you're looking for shoes with a lot of pop, experts recommend the FuelCell Rebel v2 or the Nike ZoomX Invincible Run.  

Bottom line

Considered by UA as its 'pinnacle' shoe, the Flow Velociti Wind does not disappoint in putting the brand back to the world of running shoes. For a lightweight package, it sure is jam-packed with technologies that almost make it acceptable as a performance running shoe. 

If you're looking for an all-around daily trainer, you can find that in the Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind. But if you're wondering where the shoe shines best, it's at tempo paces. 

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Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind: Run fast and light 

Contrary to past Under Armour models, which were bottom-heavy, the Flow Velociti Wind sports the exact opposite. In this iteration, Under Armour removed excess weight by no longer employing any rubber on the outsole. And because the shoe has a bit of a rocker form, there's a constant feeling of forward motion, which is responsible for the shoe's speed-enhancing ability. 

Velociti Wind: An "unusual, pleasing ride" 

Runners say this because it's not like most fast shoes that are very lively and bouncy. Instead, it feels very soft without the sense of instability, and it seems like every stride is "free-flowing," so there's none of that slappy ride. 

What is it for?

As mentioned, the shoe is best used in tempo-pace training runs. But because it has enough cushion and protection, it can also handle some easy and long runs. Given its comfort level, there are also some runners who have found themselves wearing it for their walks. 

Nice to know

  • The Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind is the brand's first shoe with no rubber outsole. Instead, the midsole also acts as the outsole. 
  • Just like most UA shoes, it can be connected to the MapMyRun app — an app that tracks your pace, stride length, and cadence, which you can connect to your phone. It is very convenient for runners who want to keep track of their progress without having to wear a watch on the run. 

Rankings

How Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 32% road running shoes
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Top 25% Under Armour running shoes
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Top 31% neutral running shoes
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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.