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90 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews
One of the most well-rounded Under Armour performance models for basketball at the moment.
It's an amazing performer; Sole Brothers recommended!
At $105, the HOVR Havoc is a great deal and should offer you a bit of everything you could want — court feel, cushion, a one-to-one fit, support without feeling like you’re being restricted, traction, and durability.
If you need that cushy cushioning you will have to drop some dollars on another brand. If you are looking for a seriously quick, responsive, biting-traction shoe, the HOVR Havoc Low will more than satisfy. Coming in an abundance of team colorways, the HOVR Havoc Low is a shoe that works and works well in any environment.
I was honestly like mind-blown by how good these performed on court. They just felt great especially for me. And the surprising thing is even though this isn't full-length HOVR and there's only HOVR in the heel, the overall cushion setup felt really, really nice for me. And I like that blend of impact protection and court feel and responsiveness which is really hard to come by. But the HOVR Havoc Low does it amazingly. Just everything about the shoe is really nice and you guys are going to enjoy them if you pick them up.
Overall, the UA HOVR Havoc Low is an all-rounder that does not perform exceptionally well in any areas but is a jack of all trades. Still amazed that HOVR would be first introduced to basketball shoes through a team model, but it is what it is. HOVR cushioning in basketball is still something that can be further improved on and I feel that Under Armour are making good strides after moving on from Micro-G and Charged Foam.
The Under Armour HOVR Havoc Low delivers a commendable on-court performance by bringing in the right blend of old and new technologies. Its upper features a two-tone mesh that is overlaid with TPU hot melt on the forefoot for protection against wear and tear. This breathable upper sits on an EVA midsole that contains the brand’s HOVR technology. This bouncy and light foam covers the heel up to the midfoot. Finally, the thin but solid rubber outsole features classic herringbone, which many hail as the most effective traction pattern available today.
Cushion. These Under Armour shoes feature the company’s new HOVR technology in the midsole. It is a very light and bouncy foam that aims to deliver comfort and impact protection. The foam is contained in an Energy Web compression mesh to activate its impact absorbing properties. This whole setup is then encased in an EVA midsole, which has cutouts at the rear part so that the foam inside it can expand and compress properly.
Traction. Under Armour skips the storytelling on the solid rubber outsole of the UA HOVR Havoc Low and just straightforwardly equips it with good old herringbone. This pattern supports both linear and lateral movements. The forefoot area also has shallow flex grooves to support more natural flexions in that pivotal area.
Length and Width. The shoe features a one-bootie upper, which almost always ensures a one-to-one fit. True enough, the Under Armour HOVR Havoc Low is said to be among those shoes that remain true to size. With that, you can expect that fit will not be a problem with this model.
Lockdown. These low-top basketball shoes surprise their wearers with the amount of support that they can easily deliver. Their low collar is reinforced with a TPU heel counter. It extends a little longer on the lateral side to support aggressive movements that usually put more pressure on that area. The exposed mid-part of the outsole features a TPU shank that ensures a stable and twist-free ride. To further support quick and aggressive movements, the midsole and outsole is extended on the lateral side, and this extension serves as an effective outrigger. Under Armour finishes off the shoe’s lockdown setup with a lacing system that the wearer can use to further adjust the fit.
The uppers of these low-tops are made of two-tone mesh that is covered with TPU hot melt film at the forefoot. This overlay protects this vulnerable area from abrasion.
The sock-like structure and fit of this low-top gives it a streamlined look when worn. As such, it is not difficult to pair with any piece of bottom, just as long as it combines artfully with the color of the shoe.
The Under Armour HOVR Havoc Low is available in the following colors:
- Midnight Navy/Red
- Midnight Navy/White