Under Armour could’ve made it big on this one. It’s a great shoe overall, let down by the excessively firm, plasticky heel counter.
Everything seems to work on this shoe. The grippy outsole compound, the SpeedForm, and Threadborne upper to the incredibly comfortable dual density charged and Micro-G cushioning system, except for the plasticky heel counter.
The technology integrated into the upper seems to work pretty damn well. The Speedform cum threadborne upper is extremely breathable and offers immense structure and support.
The upper feels very thickly knit and extremely cozy right out of the box. Going sockless is out of the question though since the underfoot sockliner is stitched to the upper and the stitches tend to chafe against the foot awkwardly (sockless or triathlon runners, steer clear).
The threadborne overlay offers solid midfoot support while working following the standard lacing system. The speedform system feels quite good and helps the upper adapt to your foot.
The tongue looked reasonably different in terms of the shape, but it doesn’t affect the performance in any way. It feels pretty comfortable, looking at it, I expected it to feel weird, to be honest.
And now comes the part where Under Armour failed, the flimsy heel counter. It starts as a solid molded piece of plastic and gradually breaks in, to become slightly more accommodating and flexible, but then it tends to dig into the back of the ankle which severely restricts the shoe usage to nothing beyond casual wear.
It is advisable to try them before buying to confirm the appropriate size and whether the heel counter digs into your foot or not.
This cushioning set-up is a personal favorite. It tends to feel extremely responsive while maintaining a cushy enough feel to log the miles.
As far as the cushioning is concerned, my feet didn’t feel fatigued even after fairly long runs, the plush feeling of the Micro-G in the heel combined with the responsiveness and energy return of the full length charged foam worked wonders.
The sheer amount of energy return made the cushioning system thoroughly enjoyable to run in. Despite being so well cushioned, the shoe did not compromise on responsiveness and could be efficiently used for speedwork as well; the cushioning feels race-day ready.
The longevity of the cushion is unquestionable, and the buffer shall last you through the life of the shoe, without deforming. The underfoot sockliner is a great addition and offers decent arch support and cushioning although this is a neutral shoe.
The Blown and high abrasion rubber is extremely grippy regardless of the surface or the conditions.
There is no slipping whatsoever on almost all surfaces including the pavement, asphalt, gravel or concrete, even while the surface is wet. I managed to run on a slimy, fungi ridden trail!
The high abrasion rubber in the heel region helps reduces the impact of the heel strike while the blown rubber in the forefoot adds flexibility. The durability isn’t a concern either, and the rubber compound feels as if it might last slightly beyond the 400-mile mark.
At 280 grams, this is a great lightweight trainer to suit all your needs up to half marathon distance provided the heel counter works for you.
I’d highly recommend you guys to try the shoes on before you buy them.
You can consider going half a size up as well if the heel counter tends to hurt you. I’ve been wearing these shoes to college often, and these are comfortable enough to be worn all day.
It looks pretty good too, good enough to be rocked as a casual shoe.
At a hundred and thirty dollars this is a great buy if you’re looking for a responsive but decently cushy daily trainer for pounding the pavement up to half marathon distances.
Good to know
- Under Armour takes the SpeedForm Gemini 3 and releases an updated version featuring a graphically-designed upper involving visual elements – hence the name. Like the base shoe, this runner is built for the roads, and it is intended for wearers with moderate to high arches. This shoe also heavily relies on the previous version for its structure and features.
- The shoe employs engineered mesh in the upper, guided by the brand’s SpeedForm® construction and Threadborne™ midfoot panel. Meanwhile, the midsole and outsole are a tandem of Charged Cushioning® foam and blown rubber to equip the shoe with rebound and durability.
This Graphic version of the SpeedForm Gemini 3 has a standard length and sizing. It has a semi-curved shape that provides a snug fit, therefore catering to runners with low to medium foot volumes. The SpeedForm Gemini 3 Graphic is available in D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women.
The outsole of this shoe is a combination of two types of rubber: a blown rubber in the forefoot offers flexibility and allows an effortless toe-off, while a high-abrasion rubber at the heel brings durability to absorb impact efficiently without causing wear.
There are flex grooves at the forefoot area to help the runner move quickly, thus improving the turnover rate.
Under Armour’s Charged Cushioning® is a midsole compound created from compression-molded foam. It acts as a shock absorber and converter, capably translating impact into useful energy so that the ride is more powerful and responsive.
Accompanying the midsole foam is an integrated sock liner that is also from Charged Cushioning® foam. It works as an additional underfoot cushioning and a supportive structure that aids in delivering comfort.
The innovative SpeedForm® construction of the brand is a unique feature that acts as a mold. It effectively wraps around the foot for a precise fit – removing the need for stitches. Thus, with a seamless finish, the shoe is much more comfortable as there are fewer distractions around the foot environment.
Part of the SpeedForm® construction is an internal heel counter that gives a lightweight reinforcement to keep the foot in place. Meanwhile, on the other side is the Micro G® heel unit to increase external protection and stabilization.
A Threadborne™ midfoot panel is also present in the SpeedForm Gemini 3 Graphic. It lends the upper structural provision. It is made of high-strength fibers that are printed with visual elements to display a stylish finish.
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