UN­DER AR­MOUR THREAD BOURNE FORTIS 3

Canadian Running - - FALL SHOE GUIDE -

Men’s 267 g (9.45 oz.); Women’s 226 g (8 oz.); Drop ra­tio: 10 mm; $130

The Thread­bourne Fortis 3 is Un­der Ar­mour’s first foray into spi­ral knit­ting an up­per. The con­struc­tion is made up of over 60,000 stitches, and to­gether they make for a very crafty, el­e­gant de­sign. The pre­vi­ous sib­ling to this shoe (at least in spirit) was the Speed­form Fortis 2, which looked and felt a lot dif­fer­ent. Gone are the is­sues with fit around the an­kle from that pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion, and in its place is a clever an­kle col­lar to keep the knit up­per sta­ble around the foot.

The mid­sole is firm and fairly re­spon­sive, ideal for run­ning 5 and 10ks. The over­all fit and feel of the Thread­bourne Fortis 3 is as the shoe looks: no fuss ele­gance, with a touch of ag­gres­sion and a whole lot of well thought out de­sign. Along with the Ban­dit, Un­der Ar­mour have surged into con­tention as one of the strong­est run­ning brands on the mar­ket in just a few short years.

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