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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.
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.
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.