UN­DER AR­MOUR THREAD­BORNE FOR­TIS 3 I’ve been fas­ci­nated to watch the Un­der Ar­mour line-up de­velop over the years. Most of the shoes I’ve re­viewed over the past few years have main­tained that ini­tial DNA – flex­i­ble and light, but nowa­days there’s a lot more sup­port and cush­ion­ing built in, too. The com­pany doesn’t seem to be afraid to try utiliz­ing dif­fer­ent tech­nol­ogy in its var­i­ous mod­els. A per­fect ex­am­ple of this is the Thread­borne For­tis 3. If you’re feel­ing like you’ve seen this shoe in the mag­a­zine be­fore, you are right. We in­ad­ver­tently used a pic­ture of the For­tis 3 in our de­scrip­tion of the Un­der Ar­mour Charged Bandit in our 2017 Hol­i­day Gift Guide (Vol­ume 12, Is­sue 6).

The Thread­borne For­tis 3 de­rives its name from the em­broi­dered (knit) up­per con­struc­tion. This tech­nol­ogy has been used by the com­pa­nies Un­der Ar­mour is chas­ing in the footwear mar­ket (Adi­das and Nike), but Un­der Ar­mour has man­aged to in­cor­po­rate a stylish ap­proach to this man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nique. The knit mesh up­per pro­vides an ex­tremely com­fort­able fit that of­fers lots of sup­port and re­mains breath­able. (I ac­tu­ally did part of this re­view in Thai­land in some hot, hu­mid con­di­tions, and the shoe per­formed ad­mirably.) At 268 g the shoe is very light, but there’s a sur­pris­ing amount of cush­ion­ing and sup­port. The in­ter­nal “an­kle bootie” pro­vides some wel­come heel sup­port and the cush­ioned sock­liner moulds to your fit for some added sta­bil­ity. The dual-layer Charged Cush­ion­ing mid­sole of­fers up some de­cent cush­ion­ing, but it is not a soft ride. This is a shoe that will favour those who like to be able to feel the road un­der them and en­joy a quick feel­ing ride, en­hanced thanks to the 10 mm off­set. There are special grooves on the sole that help with the heel to toe tran­si­tion, mak­ing this a fast-feel­ing shoe, no mat­ter what pace you’re run­ning.

I am not sure I’d rec­om­mend this as a shoe for your long­est run ef­forts un­less your me­chan­ics are re­ally good and you’re light on your feet (or just plain light). For shorter, tempo ori­ented ef­forts, though, the Thread­borne For­tis 3 is a great shoe that of­fers a very com­fort­able fit and a quick feel.

Un­der Ar­mour Thread­borne For­tis 3 $130

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