Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Some of the users commented that the Under Armour HOVR Phantom RN provides a perfect fit.
  • Most of the reviewers said that the shoe is comfortable.
  • According to those who have tried it, the running shoe is best used for road running, outdoor training, and gym workout.
  • It is responsive, based on a review.
  • The running footwear is lightweight in structure, according to those who have bought it.
  • The Under Armour HOVR Phantom RN is supportive, noted by a purchaser.
  • It provides excellent grip on muddy, rocky and grassy surfaces, observed by some testers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One of the consumers said that the fabric mesh used in making the shoe wears out easily.
  • The shoe does not perform well when running on the treadmill.
  • Based on a  review, the insole of the shoe starts to tear quickly after several uses only.

Bottom line

 

The Under Armour HOVR Phantom RN is a neutral running shoe that is engineered to tackle different paved surfaces. With the technologies and features integrated into it, excellent fit, comfort, and responsiveness are experienced by the user. This road running shoe is crafted with materials that provide support, making an enjoyable and efficient ride possible. Besides running, this footwear is suitable for gym workout and outdoor training as well.

Facts

Rankings

A top 2% best Road running shoe
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

90 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 |

    UA HOVR Phantom RN Review

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    The Under Armour HOVR Phantom RN allows you to connect your running shoes to MapMyRun, which provides personalised coaching to better your results and reduce injury.

    It records your running performance, such as stride length, pace, and splits so that you can chart your improvements and form.

     

     

    So, I downloaded the app, and it didn't work the first time. I downloaded it again and had to sync the app a few times so it could recognise the trainers.

    After starting the run, I then had comments like "warm-up pace for 3 minutes ... looking good, and increase your stride length."

    After about a dozen of these runs, I did get "bored" of hearing the "increase your stride length" every few minutes when I was pushing as hard as I could. So, I stopped using MapMyRun. They do, however, provide regular blogs on running tips.

    Anyway, let's get back to the UA HOVR Phantom RN. The Phantom comes in four colours: red, white, black and black/white.

     

     

    The RN is built for the runner who wants to feel nothing as they're pounding the pavement. I've got the black/white version. The red is too bold and bright for me while the white will pick up stains if you just wanted them to look good for going out.

    I prefer a two-tone colour combination rather than one. The black/white version has black for the upper and white for the midsole and outsole.

     

     

    You never know when buying a pair of running shoes, whether they are true-to-fit or not—each person's feet are different.

    I'm a UK size 7.5, and the running did not feel tight or loose—just right, and the speed foam sockliner meant no sliding of the feet and the mesh upper meant breathability. This led to no blisters.

    There are four logos on the RN—a black HOVR on the white layer:

     

     

    A grey HOVR and white Phantom RN on the tongue:

     

     

    A black UA symbol on the upper:

     

     

    And a white UA on the outsole which is part of the HOVR cushion element.

     

     

    I'm not keen on having four logos, just one for me is enough—the black UA HOVR on the upper is the best one for me as it stands out

    The upper section of the RN is built into three parts: the knit at the front:

     

     

    to the tongue:

     

     

    And then to the ankle collar. I like the use of the ankle collar to put your feet in the shoe, and once the laces are done up, it does provide a tight fit.

     

     

    The second part is a more durable element that also attaches to the laces has airlets for breathability (which look like croc shoes) and attaches to the knit.

     

     

     

    The third part seems to have a harder material attached to around the ankle part of the RN, which has the black UA logo.

     

     

    Maybe this provides durability or is just aesthetic looking? The knit has two layers for the laces, which makes for a tighter fit and also adds more breathability.

     

     

    There were no problems with the laces—they did not come undone when running. The insole is non-removable and fits your feet really well.

     

     

    It has a sock-like fit and a soft, comfortable SpeedForm™ 2.0 sockliner. The soft foam in the upper and a molded 3D footbed provided shock attenuation and comfort to support the midsole of the shoe.

    The white middle section of the RN has two functions. The EVA foam which is used to propel you forward and the heel with an odd-like mesh colouring (black/white) of what looks like pebbles.

     

     

    This is the HOVR cushion element which provides a good return.

    The outsole of the RN has some dimples (shaped like snowflakes) and some white round circular inlets.

     

     

    The dimples protrude outwards so should provide a little bit more grip than the inlets. The dimples run from the middle of the outsole and then a narrow strip to the top of the toe-box whereas the circular inlets are predominantly at the front of the toe-box and the back.

    I found that there was an adequate grip on asphalt and trails in dry conditions. In wet conditions, there were some slippery moments, but these are not trail shoes.

    Running also on wet grass, my feet were more soaked than trail shoes in the past and did not keep out splashes. The HOVR seems to have compromised breathability more than dryness (or is that a contradiction?).

    There is also a UA symbol, which forms part of the HOVR cushion element and perhaps where the synching happens for MapMyRun.

     

     

    I like the thickness of the outsole (when compared to zero-drop running shoes) as this adds more cushioning which for me doesn't seem to be compromised on weight and the HOVR cushion element does provide a good energy return.

     

     

    This is enhanced by a full-length platform of the UA HOVR foam, and when combined with the dynamic mesh energy web, it creates a zero-gravity feel. The durable rubber runs the full length of the outsole, for comfort and abrasion resistance from the road.

    Overall the design/appearance I wouldn't say is stylish to look at as the rear of the RN has three protruding parts, not in line with each other: the odd-like mesh colouring; the durable element and the ankle collar.

     

    Responsiveness/cushioning

    UA has developed HOVR foam technology, which promises a "zero-gravity feel" through its energy-returning responsiveness. The Phantom is designed for easier efforts and aimed at runners who value comfort above all.

    I tried the Phantom on many runs: 25 runs in total for 5 miles (130 miles) each on different surfaces - treadmill, asphalt and on trails and also on the flat, uphill and downhill.

     

    Supinator wear after 130 miles

     

    I was most surprised by how springy it felt when I decided to work on my sprints, especially because it felt cushioned during the subsequent slow section of the run.

    I didn't feel as is if it was a "heavy" shoe to wear. On the contrary, it did feel surprisingly light since it is not a zero-drop running shoe.

    The retail price is £120 (excluding sale prices and including the use of the app), which I think with or without the app is overpriced.

    The RN performs just as well as the Brooks Ghost 12. The Ghost does not let in as much water, which I prefer when compared to the RN. But, the RN is more breathable, and the Ghost was at £100 not in a sale.

    Maybe I'm being a bit harsh on the HOVR as you can get it for £80 in a sale, which I would buy but not if I was asked to pay £120 even with the app.

    The HOVR lost 5 points for the app, which didn't benefit me (but probably would have been more beneficial if I could spend the time reading the blogs and seeing where can I improve).

    It also lost another 5 points because it didn't keep out enough of the water, especially on wet grass, and it wasn't currently raining!

  • 89 / 100 | zack2366 | | Level 1 expert

    Now, its got a thick stack and it is comfortable to walk in and it is not extra cushy either. You know it doesn't like it's cushy comfortable but it's not squishy, is the way to put it I guess.

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The Under Armour HOVR™ Phantom RN is strategically made for runners who need the perfect combination of excellent cushioning and flexibility. This footwear still follows the footsteps and design of the past Under Armour HOVR™ running shoes except that it is now more stretchable and sleeker. 
It features the UA MapMyRun app, which allows the user to analyze and track his running metrics. With the utilization of this app, the runner can monitor his performance on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. This is essential in coaching the runner with his cadence, distance, pace, and stride length. With or without the use of phones, the app can still be used.

The Under Armour HOVR™ Phantom RN is sure to provide a more secure fit. With the utilization of the knit upper, a personalized fit is delivered. The use of this material offers breathability, which creates a more comfortable and enjoyable ride.

A full rubber outsole is integrated into the Under Armour HOVR Phantom RN. It features a unique knobbed texture which aims to increase traction. This component of the shoe provides added durability as well.

Utilized in the running footwear is the UA HOVR™ technology. This feature is added to provide a zero-gravity feel. This is essential in maintaining excellent energy return, helping eliminate the impact in every stride. 
The Compression mesh Energy Web is used in crafting the shoe. This material contains and molds the UA HOVR™ foam that is significant in giving back the energy the user puts in. 
Featured in the shoe is the ultra-breathable SpeedForm® 2.0 sockliner. This material is built into the shoe along with the gender-specific contours to deliver extra protection to the foot. The sockliner also provides a softer underfoot support during the running session.

In comparison to the Asics GT 2000 7 that utilizes Jacquard mesh, the Under Armour HOVR Phantom RN has an integrated knit upper. This material is described to dry fast, making the shoe breathable. It delivers a compression-like fit that aims to provide unmatched comfort and lightweight directional strength.

Along with the knit upper is the 3D molded midfoot panel with laser perforations. This component of the running shoe is vital in increasing ventilation during the activities. 

Utilized in the shoe is the knit ankle collar. The primary purpose of this is to provide a snugger and bootie-like fit.

The external heel counter is used in making the shoe. Under Armour added this feature to create a steadier support during the running session.

In the shoe's midsole area, the chip is secured in a watertight casing to prevent it from being damaged or wet during the activity.

     
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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