|Update:||Under Armour HOVR Infinite 2|
|Weight:||Men: 10.8oz | Women: 8.7oz|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Use:||All-day wear | Jogging|
|Material:||Mesh upper, Reflective, Rubber sole|
|Features:||Breathable | Cushioned | Comfortable|
|Strike Pattern:||Midfoot strike|
|Distance:||Daily running | Long distance | Marathon|
|Heel height:||Men: 29mm | Women: 29mm|
|Forefoot height:||Men: 21mm | Women: 21mm|
|Release date:||Feb 2019|
|Type:||Heavy | Big guy|
|Width:||Normal | Normal|
|Colorways:||Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Red, White|
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Under Armour HOVR Infinite – Everyday comfort and speed to challenge the established brandsMore photos
The Under Armour HOVR Infinite is an extremely comfortable neutral road shoe.
It combines cushioning and responsiveness to deliver a versatility that makes it suitable for everything from tempo runs to long marathon training sessions.
A cushioned, breathable upper and roomy toe box makes this an enjoyable shoe to wear for any session, and I’d have no hesitation in recommending it.
High mileage runners will benefit from the fluid, cushioned ride. This shoe will also suit the majority of runners who are looking for a “one shoe fits all” solution to their running needs.
This is a serious contender within the premium shoe market.
- Versatility All-rounder
- Excellent cushioning
- Responsive ride
- Extremely comfortable
- Relatively high ride height
- Weight (305g / 11oz)
I’ve been aware of Under Armour for a fair few years; initially as a manufacturer of rugby gear, and then fitness kit.
Their tie-in with Anthony Joshua marked a sea change in their brand exposure. But, honestly, their running shoes remained below my radar.
When offered the opportunity to try a pair of HOVR Infinite shoes, I jumped at the chance. I was keen to see how they compared to my go-to “comfortable long-distance shoe”, the Brooks Ghost.
I was even more interested when I found that Runners World had labelled the HOVR Infinite as “Highly Recommended” in their list of “Best Running Shoes for Spring 2019”.
The HOVR Infinite is a plush, neutral shoe and apparently “…the shoe is called the UA HOVR Infinite because it was created for distance training, and to provide the runner with a consistent underfoot feel through an infinite number of miles.”
Throw in a built-in sensor, which would automatically monitor and report running metrics through Bluetooth, and needless to say, I was keen to give it a go.
The UA HOVR Infinite comes in a range of colours including some striking colourways which combine two colours, contrasting with the mesh surrounding the upper and midsole.
These provide some great-looking designs that can be worn just as well with a pair of jeans as a pair of running shorts.
Whilst my shoes were listed as “grey”, I opened the box to find a space-age looking shoe with a silver midsole.
In my opinion, this is a really well-designed, good looking shoe. The underside of the box lid encouraged me to download the app and “connect” my shoes, and so I did just that.
It was surprisingly easy to sync the shoes to my phone. I looked forward to exploring the accuracy of the data from the shoe sensor (more of that later). A few quick pictures and I was good to go.
There are not many images in this review of pristine, new running shoes because it wasn’t until I’d got around 100 miles on the shoes that I remembered to take some more photos for the review!
HOVR Infinite is listed at 305g (10.75oz) for a Men’s US size 9 shoe. My UK 13 (US14) was obviously heavier and came in at 377g. The women’s shoe is listed at 248g (8.75oz) for a size 7.
This means that the HOVR Infinite is not a light shoe but is comparable to premium cushioned shoes from other manufacturers.
For example, the Brooks Ghost 11 to which I would compare this shoe is listed at 309g and in which my shoe weighed 369g.
Most importantly, because of the weight distribution, this does not feel like a heavy shoe, even towards the end of a long run.
US readers, please note that despite the variation in sizing across brands, I almost always require a US 14 / EU 49. It’s quite possible that these variations are due to conversions from US to UK sizing.
The HOVR Infinite provides a really comfortable, secure fit. My UK 13 left a little room in front of the toes, and plenty of space in the toe box for my toes to move and ensure no recurrence of my occasional Morton’s Neuroma.
The cushioned tongue and ankle collar make this a really comfortable shoe to wear and run in.
As a relatively new entrant to the running shoe market, Under Armour have provided a wealth of information about their shoes, the design, materials used, as well as the manufacturing.
The construction of the upper is typical of most shoes in the market; the forefoot consists of a double layer of light engineered mesh, whilst the rear section is more rigid.
The forefoot mesh HOVR Infinite is extremely lightweight and breathable with no overlays other than a reflective “UA” logo, and a rubberised toe bumper, which also has reflective elements.
There are at least half a dozen reflective pieces incorporated into the upper of the shoe, which is really encouraging for early morning/late night running in the dark.
This feature is something which is often overlooked by other manufacturers.
The tongue is exceptionally well-cushioned, stitched in place at the bottom, and extends above the laces. It is lightweight and compresses easily to provide real comfort at the top of the foot.
This will especially help for anyone who chooses to tie laces tightly to compensate for the lack of stability around the midfoot.
Nevertheless, I didn’t find this to be a problem, and I’d assume that most runners choosing a neutral shoe will not have any issue here.
I prefer to tie my road shoes fairly loosely and found that the foot remained secure and comfortable. There was no need for a run-in period, nor any “hot spots” arising from running in these shoes.
I’d expect that these shoes could be comfortably worn without socks.
The rear of the shoe is much more structured, with tighter mesh and rubberised overlays around a moulded heel counter, and more cushioning around the heel/ankle collar.
The heel cup is higher at the back than some shoes such as the Ghost 11, but is extremely comfortable, and provides protection for the Achilles without any irritation.
Under Armour has developed HOVR™ Foam which is a light and soft foam offering excellent cushioning, but initially providing very little energy return.
Further development led them to wrap the HOVR foam into what they call EnergyWeb™. It maintains the foam's shape so that the energy absorbed by the foam as the foot lands is returned on take-off.
An outer “cage” of foam further cradles the midsole and incorporates “windows” for weight reduction and further cushioning, completing the UA HOVR Infinite’s “cage and core” system.
The HOVR foam core extends from heel to forefoot, and according to Under Armour will provide “…the ultimate solution in cushion, energy return, and smooth transition” and “…fully cradle and cushion the foot and provide a livelier underfoot feel, mile after mile.”
The midsole provides an 8mm drop from a heel height of 29mm, which is comparable to similar cushioned shoes (the Ghost 12 has the same heel stack height but with a 12mm drop)
The outsole consists of interlocking “pods” of blown rubber with textured patterning for grip.
Across the forefoot, these pods run across the foot, separated by grooves running from lateral to medial outsole to allow plenty of forefoot flexion.
Interlocking pods similarly run from mid-foot and around the heel, with the central section exposing the HOVR foam.
This formation presumably allows the foam to expand down on landing, further contributing to the cushioning.
The rubber outsole within the heel crash-pad section is separate and manufactured from high abrasion rubber for additional durability.
Overall, this is a well-designed outsole, which provides excellent traction on the road and is equally capable on light trail and sand.
To be honest, I rarely refer to the sockliner in a review unless there is an issue with it.
In the case of the HOVR Infinite, I was interested to read that the design of the sock liner was influenced by research into the varying biomechanics of men’s and women’s feet.
They found that “…women’s heels are shorter, the arches are more sensitive, and the forefoot area has less volume. This resulted in a gender-specific construction of the UA HOVR Infinite sockliner that raises her ankle up by 2mm, for a better fit in the collar. The men's sockliner is single layer, 6mm. Both sock liners use high-end open-cell foams and are moulded to cradle the foot, serving as another moderating layer from impact forces”
I can’t comment on the impact of these gender-specific sockliners but did find mine to be thicker than in many shoes. I’m confident that this contributed positively to the comfort of the shoe.
Aside from one or two “fresh out of the box” pictures, the majority of those used in this review were taken after running just over 100 miles in these shoes, mostly on roads.
The uppers still look and feel new, with no sign of wear or loss of cushioning in the tongue or around the ankle collar.
As expected with most of my road shoes, there are signs of wear on the outside of the heel and at the front of the outsole. However, this wear is fairly minimal.
I’d fully expect these shoes to last over 500 miles and possibly up to 700, which is the maximum I tend to get out of a pair of shoes.
Running shoes are highly personal. My evaluations on a shoe’s performance are based on my experience and characteristics. I’m 49, about 6’2” and at around 88kg running around 50miles pw.
I can’t speak for the front of pack runner but hope my views will be useful for both club runners and newer runners, as well as those like me who may be on the heavier side.
I’ve been fortunate to run in a variety of shoes, and like most runners have favourites for a particular type of run.
In recent years, the Brooks Ghost has been a firm favourite for easy long runs, recovery runs and whenever my feet needed a bit of TLC.
My last pair of Ghost 11’s were running out of steam having provided me with almost 700 miles of running when I had the chance to try out the UA Hovr Infinite.
I had no idea that this seemingly innocuous pair of shoes from a little-known company in the running shoe market would step up so capably to replace my expiring Ghosts.
The HOVR Infinite is an exceptionally comfortable shoe with plenty of padding around the heel/ankle collar, and more than enough space in the toe box.
Added to that, the well-cushioned tongue holds the foot comfortably. It doesn't need the laces to be drawn tightly to ensure that this level of comfort continues through to the end of the longest run.
Coming back from a recent injury, the first few runs in this shoe were fairly tentative runs at a fairly easy pace. which didn’t do much to overly tax either me or the shoe.
The HOVR Infinite has been just perfect for me as I recovered my running fitness.
The cushioning in the shoe protects the feet and the legs from repeated pounding on the roads during long runs and steady daily runs alike.
As my fitness improved, I was really impressed with the way it performed during hill sprints and faster intervals.
The encasement of the HOVR foam in the EnergyWeb performs exactly as intended to deliver a responsive shoe, which returns energy well at a faster pace.
I’m planning on running Eryri Marathon at the end of October. The UA HOVR Infinite will be my go-to shoe as I begin to build up the mileage in preparation for this race.
At this stage, I am also fairly confident that I will be wearing this shoe when I toe the start line of what is one of the UKs most challenging road marathons.
The outsole delivers sufficient traction. This provides confidence even in tight turns in wet conditions.
Moreover, its design means that this shoe also adapts well to light trail together with sand and forest paths making it an extremely versatile shoe.
In my opinion, the UA HOVR Infinite is one of those rare all-round shoes that would suit the majority of runners who are looking for a “one shoe fits all” solution to their running needs.
In the last 6 weeks since first putting on this shoe, I have used it for every training run on the road that I have done despite having several others in my current rotation that I could have slipped on.
Most runners will use a GPS watch to measure distance and other metrics during their run, and for them, the built-in sensor may be something of a gimmick.
Regardless, it's handy to know that the shoe will store the data automatically for sync later if you’ve forgotten your watch.
In a nutshell, here’s how it works:
The sensor is built into the right-hand shoe and is synced to your phone using the UA MapMyRun app. Once downloaded, it is a matter of moments to sync the phone and the shoes.
The sensor will automatically record data on each run for review afterwards or can alternatively be used in association with the app to record the run live.
The sensor uses stride and cadence to determine pace rather than GPS.
So, unless your metrics are identical to the “standard” it is recommended that you calibrate the shoes against a known run (the longer the better).
Again, this is a simple process using the app and once completed, the pace and distance data are reasonably accurate.
The personalised “coaching tips” that are provided on the back of each run are unfortunately rather generic comments on cadence and stride length.
After reading several “tips” which compared my cadence and stride length to the “recommended” metrics, I soon tired of reading them.
If I’m being honest, I really didn’t expect to like this shoe. Under Armour is a relative newcomer to the running shoe market.
And, with the built-in sensor, I was expecting a bit of a gimmicky shoe with little of the performance I’d want from a “serious” running shoe. I couldn’t have been more wrong!
This is a really impressive, versatile shoe from Under Armour. It is extremely comfortable and offers a blend of comfort and responsiveness that is provided by very few shoes in the market.
Springy take-offs follow on from comfortable landings making this shoe an easy choice for me.
I would choose it whether I’m setting off on a mid-week tempo run, or I’ve just dragged myself out of bed on an Autumnal Sunday morning for a long run in the dark.
The upper is light and breathable with plenty of space in the forefoot to allow sufficient movement.
While I can’t imagine that the HOVR Infinite will go on “infinitely”, early impressions are that it will prove to be a very durable shoe.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this shoe to a huge range of runners, and especially those looking for a “one size fits all” running shoe.
I have repeatedly made comparisons with the Brooks Ghost, which has deservedly enjoyed an unrivalled position as a go-to cushioned all-rounder for many years.
I truly believe that the Under Armour HOVR Infinite is a worthy challenger to the Ghost’s crown.
50+ miles in the Under Armour HOVR InfiniteMore photos
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.