Summary

We spent 8.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what training geeks think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Plenty of users say that it is their go-to choice for training: from treadmill running to HIIT and moderate weightlifting.
  • Buyers agree that it is one of the most comfortable trainers they’ve ever had.
  • The shoe offers the right amount of cushioning to support the foot for long periods of time, as stated by most wearers.
  • It ensures lateral support during aggressive side-to-side moves, based on some reviews.
  • The majority considers this model as stylish and visually appealing.
  • The outsole traction has been appreciated by more than a few reviewers.
  • Multiple testers mention that it is one of the most lightweight cross-trainers on the market.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Expert CrossFitters warn that the shoe may not offer stability for the heavier Olympic weightlifting.

Bottom line

The HOVR Rise is a well-rounded training shoe from Under Armour which comes at a reasonable price. Although not recommended for heavier lifts, it can take anything else you throw at it at the gym, including short runs.

Facts

Expert Reviews

89 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 | BarBend | | Level 5 expert

    Overall, I'm a big fan of the UA HOVR Rise! It's not the best model for stability, but it does a great job tackling multiple tasks you can throw its way.

  • 88 / 100 | As Many Reviews As Possible | | Level 5 expert

    So, if you're looking for a training shoe that airs a little bit more on the side of comfort and flexibility and you can sacrifice a little bit of stability for those traits, then I can whole-heartedly recommend the HOVR Rise.

  • 86 / 100 | Multisport Philippines | | Level 1 expert

    The HOVR Rise is great if you’re looking for a durable option for the gym, HIIT workouts, and short sprints, but it may not be ideal for running greater distances and marathons. That said, apart from long runs, it’s versatile enough to sweep through...

  • 82 / 100 | Get Sweat Go | | Level 1 expert

    The Rise is a great shoe if you're looking for a comfortable Jack-of-all-trade option for the gym and HIIT training, but if you’re focusing on more specific training, such as CrossFit, you’ll want to look elsewhere.

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The Under Armour HOVR Rise is an addition to the brand’s collection of versatile cross-trainers. It is equipped with UA’s cutting-edge HOVR cushioning which accommodates the most intensive training styles.

Grippy rubber guard. The underside of the HOVR Rise is lined with durable rubber components. They have various shapes and tread patterns to ensure traction in whatever direction the foot takes. The rubber is split by grooves in some areas. They help in making the sole unit more flexible.

The brand’s most advanced cushioning yet. The acclaimed HOVR foam is responsible for keeping the foot cushioned and supported. The brand states that this technology delivers a “zero-gravity feel” which means that the foot receives back the energy it exerts with each step. This characteristic comes especially helpful during explosive jumps and agility training. This cushioning unit can also be found in some of the brand’s top-tier trainers, like the Project Rock 2.

Shaped cushioning. The HOVR foam is wrapped by a compression mesh called the Energy Web. Its firm filaments contain and mold the foam to make sure it doesn’t lose its shape. That way, it doesn’t let the HOVR squish and helps to give back the energy more efficiently.

Light and breathable forefoot. The front portion of the upper is made of a lightweight mesh. Its pores allow fresh air to enter the foot chamber freely. The mesh material is protected by the strategically-placed 3D print. It makes the fabric more wear-resistant without hampering breathability.

Supportive rearfoot. The back part of the HOVR Rise sports a tightly-woven fabric combined with an internal padding and an external TPU heel counter. All these components help the wearer feel more stable throughout the movement. They also make up a secure brace around the heel and ankle to keep the foot locked in.

The HOVR Rise was released together with the HOVR Apex shoe. Even though both are geared towards cross-training, the Apex model makes a strong emphasis on stability. It has a sturdier heel reinforcement as compared to the Rise. 

However, the HOVR Rise has its own advantages. It weighs around 70 grams lighter than the Apex and is constructed with agility in mind. It is also good to know that it costs $40 less than its counterpart.

A CrossFit athlete James Newbury wore the UA HOVR Rise on the last day of 2019 CrossFit Games.

Author
Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick is a powerlifter who believes cardio comes in the form of more heavy ass squats. Based on over 1.5 million lifts done at competitions, his PRs place him as an elite level powerlifter. His PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Forbes, Bodybuilding.com, Elite Daily and the like. Collaborating along the way with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.

nick@runrepeat.com