Verdict from 4 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Overall performance: Though they do not give the specifics, several commenters rave about how happy they are with the performance of the UA HOVR Havoc 3.
  • Fit: A good number of wearers report that these Under Armour basketball shoes fit them as expected.
  • Style: Some buyers are happy with how aesthetically appealing these low-top basketball shoes are.
  • Comfort: For a number of wearers, the HOVR Havoc is a great buy because of how comfortable it is.
  • Traction: At least a couple of users talk about how nice the Havoc 3's grip is on indoor courts.
  • Support: A handful of wearers appreciate the shoe's wide base because, according to them, it ensures stability.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Outdoor use: None of those who left reviews recommends this model for outdoor hooping.
  • Cushioning: While court feel is superb, the shoe does not provide much impact protection according to at least two expert reviewers. 

Bottom line

The third HOVR Havoc from Under Armour seems like a shoe for quick guards. It provides a lot of a court feel and is quite grippy on indoor courts. It is also quite supportive. Bigger players who need impact protection may want to try other models.

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Under Armour HOVR Havoc 3: A reliable guard shoe

Having been partners with no less than Stephen Curry for years, Under Armour sure knows what a basketball guard needs. The UA HOVR Havoc 3 is a perfect example of a shoe that's made for the guards. It offers the following: 

  • Consistent support. Several shoe features- molded mesh and textile upper, mesh tongue, midfoot TPU shank, and a wide base- all work together to securely lock the foot in.
  • Dependable traction. The herringbone pattern on its rubber outsole affords the weather maximum control and grip on indoor courts.
  • Responsiveness. The proprietary HOVR technology makes sure that the wearer experiences maximal court feel.

HOVR Havoc 3 from UA: A cheap option

The proprietary HOVR foam is used by Under Armour on a variety of products: from running to training shoes. Due to HOVR's success, one would think that the product that uses this innovation is a bit pricy. Yet, Under Armour HOVR shoes for basketball are still around 40% cheaper than Adidas or Nike signature shoes that use their top technologies.


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