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WeightMen: 10.8ozWomen: 8.7oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 8mmWomen: 8mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 29mmWomen: 29mm
Forefoot heightMen: 21mmWomen: 21mm
WidthMen: Standard, Wide, Extra wideWomen: Standard
Release dateFeb 2019
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50+ miles in the Under Armour HOVR Infinite: Workhorse
I was training for a marathon and, like so many runners out there, I lean more toward the highly cushioned shoes rather than the minimal type shoes.
I was excited when I saw the description of these shoes as they were being marketed as a high mileage - cushioned trainer.
When these arrived in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised by the build quality and the obvious amount of cushioning from the first time that you take them out of the box.
Compared to the other shoes in Under Armour’s lineup, the amount of foam on the midsole is quite impressive.
When I first opened the box and took the shoes out, I was actually most shocked about the weight of the shoe.
They are quite a heavy shoe, but the weight is distributed along the top and bottom of the shoe so it is not out of balance.
If you are looking for a lightweight trainer this would not suit your needs, there are a lot of benefits to having a heavier daily trainer.
Among them is building strength through your training and that way you will less fatigue when you put your racing flats on.
Other than the weight, another thing that you will notice right away is the color. Is it pink? Is it orange? Yes. The colorway is orange through the heel and transitions to pink in the toe.
While all the colorways are different, the other versions mostly utilize a color transition through the upper.
Speaking of the upper, it is an engineered mesh with overlays and synthetic overlays throughout the upper. There is a lot of material in the upper which accounts for some of the weight of the shoe, but I did notice that the toe box area isn’t as thick as the rest of the shoe.
The great thing about the toe box is that it is wide enough to allow my toes to move around rather than getting squished together. I did think that the shoe was quite warm as I started to run more miles, but it wasn’t so bad that my feet were soaked from all of the sweat.
The upper wasn’t too narrow and there was enough length in the shoe that I had some room in my size 9 shoes (I am between and 8.5 and 9). I daresay I might have been comfortable in an 8.5 as well.
Those who are in between sizes might be ok with the lower size. There is enough padding throughout the shoe that will keep you in the shoe if it is a little big.
The ankle collar is definitely padded and I felt like I had a pillow wrapped around my ankle. It was nice and I didn’t feel like it rubbed along my Achilles at all like other shoes that are built this way.
The heel counter was stiff, and I found that the entire heel section cradled my foot and provided a lot of support and stability. Even though this is not a stability shoe, there were enough elements here that provide a lot of structure without the “stability” specific elements.
The construction of the midsole is a dense foam with a rubber outsole. As I mentioned previously, the midsole is thick! The cutouts for the Hovr portion of the shoe shows the level of technology of the shoe.
On top of that, there is a Bluetooth sensor in one of the shoes that track your mileage using the Map My Run app. This was so convenient, so I didn’t have to remember to track this shoe in my running app separately since the shoe tracks itself.
The technology integration in this shoe with the app gives it something that other shoes in the same category at a similar price point do not.
I have put more than 50 miles in this shoe (while rotating other shoes) and I found that overall, it is definitely a solid high mileage trainer that transitions well to gym workouts.
There are many reasons to like this shoe (hello durability), and there are some things that didn’t do that great for my running style and what I normally look for in a daily trainer.
The shoe fit well when I laced it up, but because of all the padding, I definitely had to tie my shoes tighter than I normally do to feel like the shoe was attached to my foot.
Even when I was able to get it feeling snug the padding in the shoe caused my foot to move around too much in the shoe when I was running.
I really felt this on longer runs when the padding in the upper wouldn’t rebound as much.
As a result, on my first 9-mile run in these, I got the worst blister on my foot. I found that trading out the stock insert for a different one (thank you Dr. Scholl’s) fixed this problem for future runs.
It is not unusual that I have to use aftermarket insoles in my running shoes as I have relatively flat feet so take that for what it’s worth.
In short, it feels good when you first lace it but it is difficult to keep the locked down feeling throughout a long run.
I was pretty excited to try out the cushioning on this shoe since it seemed like a more maximal cushioned running shoe.
It definitely wasn’t marshmallowy soft (Clifton 1) nor was it super bouncy (like an Ultra boost).
The cushioning on the shoe was very responsive but stiff. I was expecting the ride to feel different as I started to run it in more, but the cushioning never really broke in.
It is possible that the shoe is more like a diesel engine and I will need to put another 100 miles on it before it starts to feel good, but at this point, it still feels really stiff.
The good thing about the stiffness of the shoe is that I felt perfectly comfortable doing tempo runs in the shoe without the cushioning feeling sloppy.
I tend to strike on my midfoot and didn’t really feel a lot of difference in the cushioning of the heel vs. the forefoot. The midsole feels consistent throughout.
In addition, I felt like as I logged more miles and throughout each run, the cushioning on the shoe didn’t really break down. This was a nice feature since some shoes that I run into tend to have less give as the runs get longer.
The consistent cushioning is possible because the midsole is built up, which I think is a good thing to maintain form throughout your long runs.
An added bonus is that because the midsole is firm, I felt comfortable taking these shoes to the gym for my weight training days and during my HIIT classes.
They performed well in both categories and I will likely continue to use these shoes in my HIIT classes.
These are probably the most durable running shoes that I have ever owned. There was only slight wear on the outsole and the upper was a bit stretched, but nothing like other shoes that I have run in.
The midsole doesn’t appear to have broken down, the outsole still looks new and the upper isn’t creased around the toe box like my other shoes.
I could see this shoe lasting 500 miles, which is nice considering they are reasonably priced.
- The outsole is durable and provides good traction on pavement or well-groomed dirt trails
- The technology integration is seamless and is a nice addition to the shoe
- Looks great
- The price point is great for a shoe this durable
- Transitions well from a run to the gym
- Very little flex in the midsole and feels stiff
- Weight is more than I am used to in a trainer
- Difficult to get a good fit which resulted in blisters
- Not a lot of cushion or bounce in the shoe
This is a good shoe for those looking for a durable shoe that they can use for some shorter runs and the gym.
I will probably keep these for that purpose rather than on my long runs.
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As far as, like, performance goes... I do think this one is probably going to be the one [out of all the HOVR running shoes] that I like the most.
I think the shoe provides enough support and it is actually threaded longer.
I would recommend [the HOVR Infinite] for easy recovery runs for even neutral runners where you want some support underfoot, heavier runners, runners with problem fitting more rigid, lower volume, or narrow uppers, obviously "over" pronators, and beginner runners seeking a stable, protective, durable first shoe.
Notable elements of the Under Armour HOVR Infinite
- The HOVR Infinite is a new addition to Under Armour’s line of running shoes that feature the HOVR technology. But despite its novelty, the brand deems the HOVR Infinite to be the “foundation and anchor” of the HOVR running shoe line, as it intends to match with the category of runners with the most population: neutral pronators and roadrunners.
- As the name implies, the HOVR Infinite offers a strong structure and a consistent ride that enables the runner an “infinite” number of miles. This means a running shoe with maximum comfort and support, delivered by the HOVR technology, no less, coupled by a dynamic Energy Web for smooth and stable transitions.
Under Armour HOVR Infinite size and fit
The sizing scheme of the HOVR Infinite (based on the Under Armour website) runs big compared to the standard running shoe; this means runners could go a half-size smaller. However, fitting the shoe in-store is still the best option, especially for wearers who have preferences with the fit. The shoe’s moderate construction is most ideal for runners with low to medium foot volume. Nonetheless, the HOVR Infinite is offered in Medium and Extra Wide for men and Medium for women.
The outsole of the Under Armour HOVR Infinite is presented in a variety of textures and materials to deliver a powerful yet well-controlled stride. First, rows of pods compose the forefoot area; these are made from blown rubber, which is known for its soft and flexible properties. Next, the rearfoot area is constructed from sturdy and reliable carbon rubber. This design allows for quick and seamless toe-offs with matching traction, shock absorption, and wear-resistance in each footstrike.
Aiding the dual-density outsole is a group of deep flex grooves that run across the medial and lateral sides of the shoe. The grooves are inclined in a direction that follows the natural flex angles of the foot; this enables maximum mobility in the most anatomical way possible. Similar to the common running shoe design, these flex grooves are horizontal, as it is intended to follow the direction where the foot bends. These details are also meant to keep shock-absorption at a minimum. In turn, the pressure is reduced and the chances of foot pain are decreased.
Under Armour takes pride in the HOVR collection, and even more so with the HOVR Infinite, as they implement the “cage and core” system with this shoe, making the midsole soft and efficient at the same time. In this new design concept, the HOVR Infinite is comprised of a “core” component, which cradles and cushions the foot, providing a superior underfoot feel. Meanwhile, the “cage” component acts as a vessel of an additional mechanical unit to let the foot move capably.
The entirety of the HOVR midsole is made from a light and soft foam, with a core material that is similar to airplane insulators. The lightness of the foam gives the HOVR midsole the signature “zero-gravity” feel it provides the runner.
Meanwhile, the EnergyWeb feature takes the HOVR unit up a level. This compression mesh fabric wraps around the foam to strengthen its structure and, therefore, improve the responsiveness of the midsole. The EnergyWeb also helps with maintaining the shape of the HOVR foam, which contributes to a comfortable ride and reduction of foot fatigue.
The HOVR Infinite would not be complete without the Record Sensor. This digital device gives the shoe a capability to be connected via Bluetooth to a smartphone app, where it tracks and records data related to running. The data is then used to produce a coaching program to help improve the runner’s performance.
On top of all these features, the Under Armour HOVR Infinite presents a gender-specific construction. The brand has employed a dedicated biomechanics team who concluded that the women’s version of the shoe should have a double-layer sockliner to make the collar higher by 2 mm compared to the men’s version. Nonetheless, both the men’s and women’s sock liners are made from the same material. The Altra Olympus 3 is another running shoe that is equipped with a gender-specific design concept, as it adheres to the unique anatomy of the female foot.
The soft and comfortable mesh upper of the HOVR Infinite is designed to provide breathable and lightweight coverage. It employs a two-piece construction: engineered mesh in the forefoot and tight-knit weave in the heel. The result is a unit that gives a structured, locked-down sensation.
There is an internal heel counter that offers additonal support to keep the foot in place, thus allowing a problem-free run.
A gamut of reflective details surrounds the shoe in a 360-degree fashion. This helps by increasing the visibility of the runner in low-light conditions.
More information about the Under Armour HOVR Infinite
As mentioned above, the Under Armour HOVR Infinite features a gender-specific construction, which is focused at the midsole component of the shoe. But how did this design come to be created?
When researching for elements for the HOVR Infinite, Under Armour started with making comparisons between the male and female foot. While both are fundamentally the same, the creators of HOVR foam were able to discover minimum—yet significant—differences among the two.
WIth the insights they have gathered, they were able to conclude that, 1: women’s heels are shorter compared to men’s, and 2: the arches of the female foot are more sensitive. Thus, they designed the HOVR Infinite’s version for women with a different structure—a sockliner that has more height from the arch to the heel. This makes it 2-mm higher than the men’s version. The design makes the women’s ankles raised and, in turn, gives the HOVR Infinite a better fit in the collar.
In addition, the female foot has a lower volume compared to men. This, however, is common knowledge, and why most running shoes have separate sizing schemes for men and women.