February 1 2018
Under Armour has launched its newest shoe technology, UA HOVR, as part of its unveiling for two new shoes: the HOVR Phantom and HOVR Sonic.
The Tester: Alison Scholl
The 56-year-old resident of Proctorville, Ohio, looks for more supportive and structured shoes to help with over-pronation and ankles that roll inward when she runs. She laces up four times a week. Her weekday runs are between 4 and 6 miles with longer runs on the weekends. Scholl loves to race and is tackling her first 10K trail race in July. She wears a size 9.5.
Julie’s guidelines: I recommend shoes that address Alison’s over-pronation.
7.8 oz., 5mm drop
Scholl gave these a 10 out of 10 in her review! She was instantly wowed by the combination of lightweight cushion with just the right amount of supportive structure and noticed an immediate energy boost—almost like being propelled forward—in her stride. The shoes had that supportive feel she loves without seeming clunky. That combined with a ‘cook looking’ package will make this pair her go-to shoe for half marathons.
9 oz., 8mm drop
These took a couple of runs to break in, but by the third time lacing them up, Scholl appreciated the fi rm base, as it made her foot feel more stable—likely thanks to the added arch support. She likes these for shorter runs. Because she could feel the ground underneath her feet, these are helpful when Scholl wants to work on her running form.