Thursday, January 27

Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind Review: UA’s Lightest Running Shoe Yet?

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Nothing beats the endorphin high of a good run. When the stars align during a run, you really can achieve a sense of Nirvana, or what’s called ‘the runners high’. The mental clarity, the wind in your hair, and that feeling of weightlessness; it’s any runner’s dream. Now meet the shoe that’s going to take you there. The Under Armour Flow Velociti running shoe may be jam-packed with tech, but it’s lighter than air. We slipped on a pair of Under Armour’s latest Flow running shoes to see if they’re the right running shoe for you.

No rubber outsole needed

For this ultra-comfortable, super lightweight running shoe, UA Flow disrupts the design of a traditional running shoe by completely eliminating the rubber outsole. The shoe’s all-in-one cushioning system eliminates the need for a rubber outsole and gives it lighter-than-air properties. This bold move helps to reduce the weight of the shoe by as much as 86grams, making it significantly lighter than a traditional running shoe.

UA Flow Velociti Wind

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The UA Flow Velociti Wind offers the lightest midsole technology in UA’s current running line-up, bringing unparalleled lightweight cushion and long-lasting technology to the run category as a whole. To achieve this, the foam used to make the shoe has naturally sticky traction, so traditional bulky overlays of the past aren’t needed.

Under Armour says, the lightweight performance running shoe is designed for runners who seek a neutral platform with a go-to fast feel. With the men’s size 9 weighing just 214g and a women’s size 7 weighing 227g, this shoe is a solution for runners looking for speed and support in their tempo workouts, fast-paced long runs, and longer road races.

Enjoying that runner’s high with UA

UA Flow Velociti Wind

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If you’re after that feeling of a runner’s high during a run, then this is the type of shoe that can get you there. We all crave that perfect run; where running does not hurt, no matter how great the demands of the run. You feel a clear sense of control of your movements and there are no distractions from your gear. Achieving a runner’s high during a workout is much easier when you have a shoe that moulds really well to your foot, is responsive to the ground, and is super lightweight, with no distractions.

This shoe is crafted to help runners achieve their personal best, whether they’re out on a training run or are lacing up for race day. The shoe features UA Warp, an over-achieving upper that moulds perfectly to the form of your foot to unlock performance. It features supporting tapes that act like seatbelts on the foot, placed precisely where UA’s biomechanists found them to be most helpful for a runner. The tapes are in tension when you need them and relax when you don’t — eliminating any buckling and pinch points from traditional uppers built with continuous materials.

UA Flow Velociti Wind

The UA Warp upper then moves in unison with the foot, supporting it in each step to help unlock performance by improving the efficiency of the foot to shoe interface in each stride. UA Warp locks you onto the UA Flow midsole without getting in the way of the foot’s natural movement.

The shoe features a 26mm heel, 18mm forefoot, and an 8mm offset, making them ideal for runners who land heel first, or who have issues with their Achilles tendon giving them grief during long runs. While the upper looks like a knit, it’s really a sort of TPU mesh that works to wrap around the foot perfectly. There’s also ample support in the heel collar, and the tongue is padded at the top for added comfort.

UA Flow Velociti Wind

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The shoe also boasts impressive grip and traction. Under Armour says, the UA Flow Velociti Wind is designed to help runners grip the surface better and run with confidence, with unparalleled traction. Flow’s rubberless outsole offers the added benefit of providing higher traction than traditional compounds to grip the surface better. Even without a traditional outsole, wear-testers found that UA Flow performed in any condition they faced — from wet cement to uneven gravel and variable roads.

New beginnings with UA Flow

According to Josh Rattet, Under Armour Vice President of Global Footwear, the Flow Velociti Wind model is just the beginning for the UA Flow running category. The brand says UA Flow is a leap forward in the brand’s quest to building an authentic and credible run brand over the past few years, with the UA Flow Velociti Wind being a true testament to the UA’s team’s commitment to creating solutions to make all runners better.

UA Flow Velociti Wind

But, they’re not stopping here. The Velociti Wind is merely a precursor for what’s to come from the UA Flow line-up and Rattet says this exciting model will open up the possibilities for future models and seasons.

While the Velociti Wind running shoes are by no means cheap, they will prove to be a worthwhile investment for a serious runner or anyone who is willing to pay a little bit extra for supreme comfort for a daily running shoe. The Velociti Wind is certainly a model to consider for someone who’s looking to only purchase one shoe for all of their training. It’s a very minimal, neutral shoe, so it may not be the ideal choice for someone who needs a little more support or tends to overpronate.

The UA Flow Velociti Wind is now available in South Africa at a recommended retail price of R3,499

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