Best Under Armour Running Shoes Reviewed & Tested for Performance

When looking for the perfect running shoe, there are many variables to consider. One of the most important aspects is the running surfaces you may face, another is understanding the support you need, and you need to set a goal. Are you hoping to get a better time in your next marathon, going to try out trail running, want to start out your running career, or simply need a good shoe to go to the gym? Under Armour has been making great strides in the running shoe world, and has a great shoe for all of your running goals.

Last Updated: December 1, 2017
By Tenby Lloyd:

The most recent update to this post brought together all of the top performing under Armour shoes of 2017. With the main focus on performance, the shoes were reviewed and rated based upon how well they stood up to a variety of different terrains. As Under Armour is well known brand in the athletics world, this list has selected the best of the best to bring you an idea of what best suits your personal needs.

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Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo
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  • 4.7 out of 5
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Under Armour SpeedForm Slingride TRI
  • Under Armour SpeedForm Slingride TRI
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Two-Piece Charged Cushioning
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Under Armour Dash 2
  • Under Armour Dash 2
  • 4.6 out of 5
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  • One-piece EVA midsole
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You may know Under Armour for the quality clothing lines, and the quality of the running shoes will not disappoint. Each shoe listed in this top 10 list have benefits to set you up for success for all of your running needs.

 

10 Best Under Armour Running Shoes

 

1. Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo 2

A clean design with a few options for color combinations, and a tasteful placement of the Under Armour logo make this shoe a great option. The construction of this shoe is recommended for casual running on the treadmill, all distance running, and road running. It is highly recommended you break in this shoe with a few short mileage runs before taking them over 3 miles.
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Breathability - The fabric and design of the shoe will allow for breathability. This provides a benefit for those who feel their feet get hot during running, and it will help with smells. This fabric also allows for the shoe to be lightweight, important for longer distance running.

Support - The extra cushion in the midsole will provide great support to all arch types. You may find you need a little extra support if you have particular needs, but the factory construction will allow for most arch types to feel very comfortable.

Cost and Value - You can expect to get a lot of miles out of this shoe, so you can feel confident they will provide a great value.
Pros
  • Flexible rubber outsole

  • Dual layered midsole

  • Seamless heel cup to avoid any rubbing

  • Silicone grip in the heel will allow for a locked-in, anatomical fit

Cons
  • Not true to size, order ½ size up
  • A few short runs are needed to break them in

2. Under Armour SpeedForm Slingride TRI

With over 22 color combinations, it might be difficult to pick a favorite. With a runner’s dream construction, this shoe is ideal for all distances, and will provide great comfort on hard running surfaces.
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Sprinter’s Dream - Sometimes it seems the long distance runs get all of the love when it comes to discussing shoes. This particular shoe will be a great option for sprints, stair runs, and cross training. Under Armour has introduced seamless asymmetric zonal compression that will allow you to get from heel to toe very quickly.

Construction - Between the woven and durable fabric, dual layered midsole, and padded tongue, you will find this shoe to be incredible comfortable for all of your running needs.

Cost and Value - This shoe is excellent value if you will be using them for training, and for your races. Due to the versatile construction to allow for ideal conditions in sprints, and long distances, you will find this rivals the best of all running shoes.
Pros
  • Dyneema, the world’s strongest fiber, is woven into the shoe
  • Innovative construction
  • Style options
  • Rubber sole
Cons
  • Not true to size, order one size up

3. Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini

Ideal for distances over 3 miles. This shoe is recommended for those who are training for a 10k, Half Marathon, or Marathon because the construction is built to keep your feet dry, cushioned, and durable.
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Toe Support - One of the worst things about long distance running is the beating your toes take. This particular shoe has a molded toe cap to support your toe and allow you to run pain free. Another great aspect is this will help the longevity of your shoe by avoiding any tearing where your toe tends to repeatedly rub.

Moisture Wicking - This shoe has an embedded sockliner that will keep your feet dry from sweat or water. The added feature will also help with smell and adds comfort to your run.

Cost and Value - Comparable to the top competition, this running shoe is a great value, especially for those looking to run longer distances.
Pros
  • Over 20 color options
  • Ultrasonic welded seaming with Bemis tape
  • Durable and comfortable structure
  • Under Armour’s SpeedForm technology
Cons
  • Shoe strings can seem elastic, and may not feel tight enough

4. Under Armour Toccoa

4. Under Armour Toccoa
Maybe you just need a shoe that will be beneficial in all running situations. If you need a shoe that will be able to take you on casual runs, provide support during a pick-up basketball game, and gets you around the gym, you have found your match.
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Traction - When running, you want to make sure you feel secure and this shoe will have your back. A durable and high-abrasion rubber outsole will prove to be your best friend if you run in rainy or snowy climates.

Versatility - Lightweight, built in webbing, and cushioned midsole will provide support with all of your running needs.

Cost and Value - This shoe is on the cost-sensitive side for Under Armour shoes, a fantastic value if you are looking for a jack-of-all-trades running shoe.
Pros
  • Die-cut, full-length EVA sockliner
  • High quality textiles  
  • More true to size than most Under Armour shoes
  • Less time to break-in than most Under Armour shoes
Cons
  • Doesn’t have anything reflective, so extra safety gear is needed if you run early morning or late nights

5. Under Armour Dash 2

5. Under Armour Dash 2
Not a serious runner, but you still like to hike, walk, bike, and casually run? The Under Armour Dash 2 is the ideal model for you. Great support of a running shoe, but with the durability to stand up to all types of terrain.
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24/7 User Support - The foam midsole will allow you to move comfortably all day and all night. The design allows for the shoe to be lightweight, so the last thing on your mind during a run are your shoes. The support is equally noticed if you do decide to use the shoe for hikes, physically demanding work days, or running errands.

Lifespan - The textiles, solid rubber outsole, and stitched leather all add up to a long lasting running shoe. The longevity of the Under Armour Dash 2 is a major benefit.

Cost and Value - For casual runners, this shoe is excellent value. The shoe will not need to be replaced as frequently as other running shoes, and you will be able to wear this shoe for activities besides running.
Pros
  • Mesh top allows for great breathability
  • EVA foam midsole
  • Various color combinations
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Not true to size for wide feet

6. Under Armour SF Apollo TWST

6. Under Armour SF Apollo TWST
This particular running shoe would be more ideal for distances under 10 miles, or to serve as your cross training running shoe. Run up and down stairs with ease and comfort, or sprint on turf, track, or road with great traction.
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Low Maintenance - A really cool feature on this running shoe is the ArmourVent. There is nothing worse than accidentally running through a puddle and finishing out your run with wet socks and waiting two days for your shoe to dry. The woven fabric, known as jacquard knit, will allow to shoe to dry quickly. This running shoe is also very easy to clean.

Modern Elements - Between the Bemis tape with the welded seaming, the adjustable lock down heel strap, and the slim fit tongue, this running shoe is not short of modern touches.

Cost and Value - If you are looking for a one shoe fits all, this may be on the expensive side. The construction
Pros
  • Lightweight design
  • True to size for an Under Armour shoe
  • Eye catching and neutral color combinations
  • Comfortable materials
Cons
  • Insole is not removable, so no extra or custom support can be added

7. Under Armour Charged Bandit 3

7. Under Armour Charged Bandit 3
A great mid-distance running shoe. Depending on your climate, this running shoe may also lend itself to being an ideal long distance shoe. It seems that Under Armour is constantly listening and adapting to needed changes between models, and the Charged Bandit 3 is nearly perfect.
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Cushioning - One major upgrade is the dual-layer midsole. The added layer helps with durability, responsiveness of energy, and comfort for runs of all distances.

Moisture Control - The fabric isn’t necessarily water resistant, so if you live in a dry or warmer climate this would not be an issue. However, the Antimicrobial Ortholite sock liner does lend a hand to moisture control. If you live in a warmer climate, this will help if you find your feet sweat, or if you live in a moist climate this will help keep the inside of your shoe dry.

Cost and Value - Great value for a warm or dry climate mid to long distance runner. If you live in a climate that is typically wet, it may not be a great value unless you plan to run mostly indoors.
Pros
  • Durable materials
  • Non-adjustable tongue, no slipping
  • Lightweight design
  • Firm external heel
Cons
  • Runs narrow in fit

8. Under Armour Thrill 3

8. Under Armour Thrill 3
Sleek and clean in design, this running shoe is ideal for sprints or cross training. The ankle cuts low to allow for quick and open mobility. The same technological design upgrades as other Under Armour running shoes, the Thrill 3 will get you well on you way to any running or fitness goals.
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Modern Feel - Obviously brands want the logo to be somewhere on the shoe so when you are running by, others can immediately know which brand you are wearing. Sometimes you don’t want a logo to be in your face or the main part of the outside design. If you are one of those people, this running shoe will fit your fancy as the logo is located on the heel of the shoe and is more modern and sleek than other Under Armour running shoes.

Flexibility - When purchasing running shoes, it is really important you understand your foot. You can visit any running store and talk to them about your needs, and some stores even have technology to look at your foot and tell you immediately what you need. If you need more flexibility in your running shoe, then the Under Armour Thrill 3 would be ideal for you. There are flex grooves built into the outsole to offer flexibility in all of the right places.

Cost and Value - Depending on what the use of this running shoe is, it can be of excellent value. This shoe is so versatile that you will find it can simplify your needs. If you are looking for a long distance running shoe, this may not be the best value to you, unless you strictly use it for cross training.
Pros
  • Mesh fabric, breathability and lightweight
  • True to size
  • Low maintenance design  
  • EVA sockliner
Cons
  • If you need more support, it would require additional support inserts

9. Under Armour XC Mid-Trail

9. Under Armour XC Mid-Trail
Looking for something new in the running world? Try trail running. The fresh air, scenic trails, and added obstacle of avoiding tree roots and rocks complete your run. You can try out trail running with any running shoe, but if you find that you really love it and want to continue there needs to be some added ankle support.
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High Ankle Support - With trail running, those obstacles can cause injury if you neglect to completely avoid them. The XC Mid-Trail has high ankle support to assist with injury prevention, but the fabric is flexible enough that you will not feel constricted.

Water Proof - Trails don’t always have great drainage, and can have mud or small streams you have to run through. These running shoes repel water and are easy to clean and maintain. Understand that if you are running through mud, your shoes are not likely to look brand new, but they clean easy enough to keep an attractive appearance if cleaned regularly.

Cost and Value - These shoes are only a good value if you think you will be trail running more than one or two times in a month. If you find that you will only run on trails every once in a while, then they would not be of great value and quite expensive.
Pros
  • Will keep your feet dry in all weather conditions
  • Bright colors, ideal in nature  
  • Durable fabric and construction
  • Lightweight design
Cons
  • You may need added support which may make your shoe feel a little tight until you break them in

10. Under Armour Micro G Assert 6

10. Under Armour Micro G Assert 6
A great running shoe for all distances with ideal design inside and out. You will find this running shoe will allow you to run with ease and comfort on the road, treadmill, or off-road.
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Great Grip - If you have ever experienced running on wet or icy pavement, you know that feeling of slipping and having terrible traction. This shoe has rubber traction in specifically placed locations to lend a hand to great grip in those conditions so you can run with confidence.

Durable Design - From the leather overlay to the Micro G foam insert, you will find this shoe is great quality. The upgraded designs that are featured in many Under Armour shoes, such as the EVA sockliner, are also included with this running shoe.

Cost and Value - Great value for a dynamic running shoe. You can run short, mid and long distances and use this shoe for cross training and all running conditions.
Pros
  • Great ankle and arch support
  • Quality materials
  • Large selection of colors  
  • Upgraded shoe technology
Cons
  • Runs small
  • Color isn’t always true to the picture

Think about your running goals. Are you a beginning runner who averages a few miles per week, or are you training to run a long distance race? Your goal will lead you to your ideal Under Armour running shoe. Use this guide to provide the parameters, lace up those running shoes, and enjoy your run.