Under Armour HOVR Sonic review

It’s a very breathable running shoe that provides just enough cushion to make running comfortable, but not so built up that you can’t feel the ground.   

Under Armour HOVR Sonic 4 profile photo

Who this shoe is (not) for

It’s great for beginners who land on their heels when running and want a highly breathable shoe (in colder months it may simply be too cold). 

Look away if you’re looking for a: 

  • More cushioned running shoe,
  • Tempo or a race shoe,
  • Midstrike or forefoot strike running shoe.

Coaching provided! 

The integrated foot pod is unique to UA running shoes and is a really cool feature to give you live coaching on your runs. 

The foot pod allows you to utilize technology to provide live coaching through their app. Perfect for those that want/need the coaching provided through the app to give you that extra kick. 

Grippy and durable

The full rubber outsole gives you plenty of traction for runs on different terrains and the durability to get the most miles out of the midsole.  

Under Armour HOVR Sonic 4 outsole

Under Armor HOVR Sonic 4 lacks structure 

The upper is very flexible and breathable but doesn’t have any structure to it to provide a little bit of stability. 

Under Armour HOVR Sonic 4 upper

Pros of this lack of structure: 

  • It allowed the shoe to wrap around my foot. 
  • No hotspots nor feeling that you have too much plastic on your feet. 

Cons: 

  • The upper overlaps the midsole a bit (but not so much so that it is uncomfortable).
  • Too much room in the toe box. 

A walking shoe for forefoot strikers 

The midsole in the heel feels less dense than the midsole in the midfoot and forefoot. While walking this sensation is very comfortable but is a little odd for someone who strikes the ground on the midfoot/forefoot while running. 

I would definitely prefer this as a walking shoe for that reason.  

Serious issues in the foot lockdown department

The tongue is really padded so the laces don’t feel like they are pushing against the top of your foot. I did struggle with the lockdown in the shoe though. 

Under Armour HOVR Sonic 4 tongue

Despite the extra padding in the heel, I couldn’t use the extra eyelet for a runner’s knot without creating a lot of pressure on my ankle bone. 

Under Armour HOVR Sonic 4 heel collar

I had to tie the laces really tight, which helped with the heel slippage but didn’t eliminate it completely. 

Not for experienced runners

I wouldn’t recommend these shoes for seasoned runners looking for a specific shoe since it doesn’t fit any one area. Here’s why: 

  • It’s not cushioned in the right places to make it a good long-distance shoe.
  • It’s a little too clunky for speed/tempo work.

For a utility shoe, it definitely fits that market.  

Sonic 4 is heavy 

The shoe didn’t feel too heavy while running, but after a couple of miles, it did start to feel clunky. I might have noticed this more due to my landing (not a heel strike). 

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Cushioned enough for short runs only

The midsole was not what you would call plush. It is reasonably cushioned without feeling spongy. 

It had sufficient cushioning and flexibility to get through my runs, but not overly comfortable for a long run or recovery runs. It did provide a good ground feel, however. 

Really breathable 

In Under Armour HOVR Sonic 4 my feet were dry even on hot days. 

Conclusion

At $110 retail, you will really get the bang for your buck with this shoe.

There are a variety of different colorways if you want to wear these as street shoes or to travel in (if you are allowed to do this at the time of reading this).   

Tip: see the best running shoes.

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Author
Edie Sequerth
Edie Sequerth

I'm a running nerd. I watch running/endurance events in my free time and spend hours reading gear reviews. I have completed over 2 dozen running and triathlons. I am solidly in the “mid-pack” group. I enjoy lacing up the shoes and getting a run in whenever I can whether on the road, trail or even the treadmill.