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If you’ve ever talked to me about running, you know I’ll say it all starts with a good shoe. But recommending a good shoe is a different story because we are all built differently – needing different levels of support and fit. So when given the opportunity to test the Under Armour HOVR Sonics, I was a bit hesitant (mostly because I’m shoe-picky and had one too many toenails fall off due to poor-fitting shoes). However, when I saw they were a neutral fit, I was onboard!
Quick facts about the UA HOVR Sonic (if you’re like super interested):
- Neutral Cushioning
- Compression-like fit
- Quick-drying and breathable microthread upper
- Comes in connected and non-connected versions
- Offset: 8mm
- Stack Heights: 21mm Heel / 13mm Forefoot
- Midsole Durometer: 47C Rim / 47C Core
- Last: D Width; Speedfit + Strobel Construction
- Weight: 9.6oz
- Midsole: HOVR Cushioning, 60% Energy Return
- Outsole: Solid Rubber Forefoot; Carbon Rubber Heel
As I said before, each person needs a different type of shoe so while I absolutely loved how cushy and supportive while also being quite light, that doesn’t mean they are the right shoe for you. BUT if they are, there are some extra cool features that you’ll want to take advantage of. You may have noticed I mentioned a “connected” and “non-connected” pair. That’s because these shoes sync to MapMyRun! Providing all the data such as stride length and cadence, these shoes truly help you to become a better runner. The best part is that you don’t need the MapMyRun GPS/app opened to get the data from your run with these shoes – just sync when you get back from your run and watch the magic happen.
I ran with these shoes both on the treadmill and outside, and while I didn’t get to run outside as much as I would have wanted due to the frigid Chicago temps, I prefer these shoes in an outdoor environment rather than on the treadmill. I noticed my arch wasn’t supported quite enough with the continuous banging on the belt. I also noticed that when I was doing interval run/walks on the treadmill, rather than adding up the miles together, it split up each run interval into it’s own “workout.” This is something I hope they figure out in the next iteration of the technology. The last thing that bothered me about the shoes was they got dirty very quickly (mostly the toe area). And this is not just because they were white and that’s bound to happen but because the splash guard was not quite big enough. Another thing I hope will be fixed on the next iteration!
Overall, I think this is a great neutral shoe that is lightweight and cushy. I recommend it for drier conditions (unless you don’t mind a super-stained shoe) or for the treadmill if the arch support is enough for you. The training data is a great addition for people who really want to understand their run. This shoe is a game changer for running industry and I can’t wait to see where this technology goes!