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85 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
Across the board, the UA HOVR Apex performed pretty consistently. It's not the best for supporting max lifts or running long distances, however, it's worth keeping in mind that is not what it's designed for. If you need a consistent model to wear on a daily basis and to perform sub-maximal, dynamic workouts, then the HOVR Apex is a pretty good bet.
As a functional training shoe, whether that's HIIT, CrossFit or anything that involves quick movements at a high level, there are far better options out there, especially for the price tag.
The HOVR Apex was designed for those who aim towards versatility in their workout plans. It employs the HOVR cushioning for explosive jumps and agility training but is also equipped with a sturdy reinforcement for stable weight training.
This model was released together with the UA HOVR Rise trainer. Both use the brand’s most advanced HOVR cushioning technology, but the Apex was given more stability for weightlifting. It could explain why the shoe comes at a 40$ higher price tag than the Rise.
Taking after the successful Tribase Reign shoe, the brand employs the Tribase outsole in the HOVR Apex as well. This design has been extensively praised for its traction and stability.
Because it is made up of three parts, it gives varying levels of traction and ground contact, depending on the shoe section. The heel and midfoot have a flat structure, maximizing the foot’s contact area with the floor. It helps the wearer feel more stable when lifting heavier weights. The forefoot, on the other hand, features protruding lugs that grip into the ground to prevent slippage during agile movements.
At the same time, the Tribase outsole does not compromise flexibility. According to the brand, this unit is capable of both upwards and downwards pliability. When it bends upwards, the shoe promotes natural foot flexion, and when it flexes downwards, it helps the foot grip the ground for stability.
One of the shoe’s major highlights is, of course, the HOVR cushioning. It also happens to be the brand’s most progressive technology which has also been used in the Project Rock 2, one of UA’s in-demand trainers.
The HOVR is claimed to provide a ‘zero-gravity’ underfoot experience which accommodates jumping exercises while offering impact protection. To make sure the foam doesn’t lose its shape, it’s been encased in a compression mesh Energy Web. It contains the HOVR, making sure that the energy doesn’t get dissipated and is returned directly to the wearer.
The base layer of the shoe’s upper is made of mesh fabric. It is a lightweight material that is meant to feel like a feather on the foot. It also features visible ventilation pores that allow air to pass through and keep the foot fresh.
Because the forefoot area is especially prone to abrasion during intensive workouts, it has been reinforced with a 3D print. It is made of a solid TPU material, which is known for its abrasion-resistant qualities.
A lot of attention has been given to the heel area of the HOVR Apex. It equips a layered support system made of sturdy synthetic compounds. They create borders on both sides of the foot to keep it steady during side-to-side movements. They also help to lock down the rearfoot when it comes to squatting with heavy loads.