Under Armour HOVR Sonic Shoes
Disclaimer: I received a pair of UA HOVR Sonic Shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (Ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!
After having had (and continue to have) great results with a pair of Under Armour Horizon Trail RTT shoes earlier this year (click HERE for my review on those awesome shoes), I jumped at the opportunity to test and review these Under Armour HOVR Sonic shoes.
The HOVR Sonic are neutral running shoes that are designed to provide a weightless or 'zero gravity' feel, and I must say that was exactly my very first impression upon taking them out of the box. I picked them up and they felt so light that they reminded me of racing flats, shoes that are designed to weigh less than regular running shoes and have less cushioning material, in particular around the heel area. However, the HOVR Sonic are so much more than that. They only weigh 9.6 ounces, but thanks to both the HOVR foam and blown rubber material they carry, feel like they have significantly more cushion and support than what racing flats provide.
In addition to the cushioned feel, another great aspect I noticed right away after unboxing and during my runs was how soft, flexible, and breathable the upper material on these shoes is. This is an extremely positive part of their design for me considering how hot it has been over the last month, with temperatures hovering around 100F degrees practically on a daily basis here in the Houston area.
The fit was also outstanding, with no rubbing or uncomfortable spots on my feet anywhere after six runs ranging from two to six miles. That is something quite impressive when you consider that these are shoes that I did not go try on or had fitted at a running store; after opting-in to test and review them, they were mailed to me simply going by my running shoe size. I believe this great fit is partly due to both the Ortholite® sockliner that is designed to specifically mold to the foot and provide customization to each person, as well as to that flexible upper material that provides plenty of room in the toe box and makes it quite comfortable.
I was happy to be sent the black color on these shoes, as I had been considering going with a black pair for a while now and they are actually the first ones I have ever owned and they do look great. In addition to black, they also currently come in six other colors, all of which you can see HERE. As of the date of this post (7/30/2018), they retail online at the Under Armour website for $100.00.
In conclusion, I feel that these are good, quality running shoes that provide both an extremely lightweight feel as well as balanced cushion and support and are worth a try for you to consider when making your next purchase. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about the UA HOVR Sonic shoes by adding a comment here on the blog post or through my accounts on social on Twitter and Instagram, @3dotjuan.