Verdict from 2 experts and 84 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • Some runners highly-valued the comfortable ride of the Slingride Fade.
  • The price is reasonable.
  • Several runners noted that the cushioning absorbed the impact of their runs really well.
  • The shoe runs light, according to a handful of comments.
  • The Under Armour Slingride Fade is very pleasing to the eye, based on the observations of several runners.
  • The ventilation is just amazing, as experienced by more than a few runners.
  • It can be an amazing casual shoe because of its stylish looks.
  • A small number of runners have used it for gym work.
  • 4 different color options.
  • The Slingride Fade is excellent for sockless running or workouts, as reported by several users.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The outsole durability leaves something to be desired, according to a few users.
  • A handful mentioned that the upper lacks solid support.
  • A few runners said that it runs a bit small.

Bottom line

The Slingride Fade is another shoe that epitomizes Under Armour’s ability to produce some of the knit uppers in the business. It is a shoe that is designed for daily training or for full or half marathons. The shoe brings tons of comfort, great cushioning, and the looks to turn heads on the road. Moreover, the price makes it a very solid option for those looking for a shoe that matches style and performance with ease.

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  • Under Armour uses many of its proven technologies in the Slingride Fade to enhance the performance and comfort of runners on the road. Most notable in this shoe is the knit fabric that is just very luxurious. It hugs the foot like a second skin and quite breathable to cleat.
  • The knitted upper offers support and flexibility in the right areas that Under Armour can use a completely seamless upper construction. It works with the foot for a natural running form with every stride.
  • Under Armour places the softer foam on top of the denser version for nice blend of support and cushioning. The cushioning in this shoe absorbs impact well, feels soft, but still responsive enough.
  • The shoe is rather flexible because of the numerous flex grooves in the outsole. There is also good stability as the outsole provides full contact.

The special version of the SpeedForm Slingride offers a regular fit that should delight most runners. The midfoot and the heel are adequately held in place that is not restrictive. As the shoe is designed for piling on the miles, the forefoot offers sufficient room for the toes to splay and to accommodate mid-run swelling. It runs true to size.

The Under Armour Slingride Fade uses hard rubber in the heel and other areas for enhanced durability. Giving the shoe excellent flexibility are the numerous vertical and horizontal flex grooves. The full-length rubber outsole also makes the ride a bit more stable. A decoupled heel helps with shock attenuation and cushioning.

Under Armour’s proprietary Charged Cushioning covers the entire midsole. The layout features the softer foam on top of the firmer version for the right mix of cushioning, support, and responsiveness. It also provides help when it comes to transitions through the gait cycle due to the full-length design of the midsole.

The knitted fabric of the upper in the Slingride Fade is very breathable. It relies on the SpeedForm technology to provide support and locked down fit. Under Armour uses Dyneema, an extremely strong material that is incorporated into the upper for durability. The tongue and collar have moderate padding, but made of plush materials for superior comfort.

How SpeedForm Slingride Fade compares

This shoe: 81
All shoes average: 82
57 94
This shoe: $100
All shoes average: $120
$40 $300
This shoe: 8.5oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 15.4oz
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.