The Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind combines cushioning, comfort and speed in one lightweight package

Kerry McCarthy
·2-min read

From Runner's World

  • Weight 241g (M) 227g (W)

  • Heel-To-Toe-Drop: 8mm

  • Type: road/neutral

  • Price: £140

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RW summary

A good neutral everyday shoe and a very promising statement of intent from the brand.

General comments

Under Armour is a relatively recent arrival into the running-shoe space. It’s hovered around the fringes of the market for the past half dozen years without really committing itself – but now says it intends to establish itself in a big way. The Flow Velociti Wind is the first offering toward that aim and it’s an impressive effort – a neutral everyday shoe that also aspires to be suitable for faster running.

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Adaptive upper

Our testers loved the upper; it was one the features that almost everyone mentioned. The feedback was that it is light but robust, and cradled the foot nicely while stretching and moving well in key areas. This is thanks to the supporting tapes (essentially overlays) which stiffen into tension when needed and relax when not in play, instead of simply compressing the foot consistently. The knitted ‘warp’ look led to fears that a) it would be hot and b) there would be some friction, as can sometimes happen with a knitted upper shoe – but neither situation occurred and the breathability more than lived up to a shoe which has the word wind in its name.

Well-cushioned

The cushioning was also praised: it features another decent innovation: one-piece midsole and outsole that, along with a 4mm-thick sock liner, give the shoe a super-plush feel on the run. So they’re cushioned enough for easy and long runs, but the weight is impressively low thanks to the combination mid- and outsole, which has dispensed with some unnecessary weight (2-3 ounces the brand says) to bring the shoe almost into performance shoe territory. They’re also very responsive, meaning they were perfect for tempo runs and faster sessions.

Conclusion

Overall, this is an excellent option for runners who want one shoe to cover all their training bases, combining cushioning, comfort and speed in one lightweight package.

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