LONG-COURSE SPE­CIAL­IST

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - SWIM BIKE RUN TRANSITION -

UUNDER AR­MOUR BAN­DIT 3 NDER AR­MOUR HASN’T been in the shoe busi­ness as long as some of the other ma­jor play­ers in the game, but the com­pany’s shoe se­lec­tion is be­com­ing more and more pop­u­lar with triath­letes. That’s only go­ing to con­tinue with the launch of the new Ban­dit 3, a com­plete over­haul of the pre­vi­ous ver­sion of the shoe, but re­tains many of the fea­tures that we’ve liked from the brand in the past.

The first of those fea­tures is how flex­i­ble they tend to be. Un­der Ar­mour’s ini­tial foray into the shoe world pro­duced shoes that were su­per-light and ex­tremely flex­i­ble. That hasn’t been lost in the Ban­dit 3, but you’re get­ting that great feel with a lot more sup­port and cush­ion­ing. The av­er­age triath­lete, typ­i­cally, doesn’t need a re­ally beefed up shoe. They’re look­ing for some­thing that’s light but pro­vides enough sup­port and cush­ion­ing to get them through their train­ing and also al­lows them to run fast in a race. While sprint- and stan­dard-dis­tance spe­cial­ists can get away with a full-fledged rac­ing flat to ham­mer through a 5 or 10 km ef­fort off the bike in a race, longer-dis­tance com­peti­tors need a shoe with a bit more sub­stance to get them through a half- or full marathon on legs that have al­ready been bik­ing for 90 or 180 km. The Ban­dit 3 is likely to be very pop­u­lar with that longer-dis­tance crew – you get the best of both worlds – a fast shoe that still of­fers a de­cent amount of cush­ion­ing and sup­port.

The seam­less knit­ted up­per is very com­fort­able and breath­able. Triath­letes who love to stand out will like the fact that the Ban­dit 3 comes with two sets of laces – we went with the bright yel­low laces that re­ally catch the eye, but you can also go with the darker set if you like a more toned down look in your shoes.

This neu­tral shoe of­fers quite a bit of sup­port (much more than we’ve seen in an Un­der Ar­mour shoe in the past, mak­ing it a great choice for train­ing and longer rac­ing). Weigh­ing in at 250 g, it feels very light. Thanks to the flex­i­ble mid­sole and stack height that goes from 20 mm at the heel to 12 mm at the fore­foot, it feels even lighter as you eas­ily roll from heel to toe. There’s enough sup­port in the heel and arch to pro­vide lots of pro­tec­tion for long ef­forts, but be­cause of that fast feel­ing, you’ll love this as a long-dis­tance race op­tion, too.—km

Un­der Ar­mour Ban­dit 3 $120

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