Popular Mechanics (South Africa)




Under Armour (UA) is always innovating with the design and engineerin­g of their apparel and gear in a variety of sporting discipline­s. For instance, 2016 saw them introduce connectivi­ty tech to their running shoes, which has gone on to revolution­ise the monitoring of training for novice and elite athletes alike. Brand new from the UA lab is the Flow Velociti Wind running shoes, which boast the lightest midsole technology in the brand’s entire running line-up. Cushioning too has been engineered to be extremely lightweigh­t, yet highly durable at the same time. The Warp upper, featuring supporting tapes, moulds to the foot. These act almost like seat belts, keeping the foot just where it’s supposed to be.

But what really caught our attention was the omission of a rubber outer sole. That’s right, a running shoe with no rubber sole! This evolution has cut down on the overall weight, but, conversely to what you might imagine, has improved the shoe’s traction. To enhance performanc­e, the end goal with running shoes is to always reduce, reduce, reduce weight, without compromisi­ng strength, and UA has definitely achieved that here. At only 241 g (for a men’s size 9), this shoe is the solution athletes have been seeking for their tempo workouts, fast-paced long runs, and distance road races.

RRP R3 499 underarmou­r.co.za

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