UA Hovr Machina 2 - Shoe Review

A responsive shoe with a high level of cushioning

Weight – 290g | Drop – 8mm | Neutral Responsive Road Shoe | £140   

First impressions   

Looks like a smart shoe, interesting and different detailing on the outer sole with a honeycomb effect.  Subtle reflective detail on the heel, the mesh looks light & breathable even though it’s black in colour.  Feels a little heavy initially in the hand, but testing will reveal all.  

Fit and width 

The width is good, my foot was held well, yet still gives plenty of room to swell & move, heel-counter felt fantastic, really secure & cushioned.  Once wearing the shoe it felt perfectly light enough.  The inner elastic, sock type attachment to secure the tongue, I found it caused a little bit of soreness / blisters on the inner arch, where the stitching is, it’s a little rough for my foot on longer runs in the warmer weather. 

Where it works best

I would say this shoe would be good from 5km to Marathon, depending on the runner and what you like to feel underfoot.   

Our thoughts 

It is 5g lighter than the previous version and has a slight change of pattern on the engineered mesh, having not run in the previous version, I can’t comment too much here. 

It has a responsive feel, thanks to the propulsion plate, whilst still offering you protection thanks to the high level of cushioning. It has the ability, through Bluetooth  to link up to UA MapMyRun, so fantastic for those who do not have or want to use a GPS Watch, you can just use your phone. Using this App you can also get to know new fresh routes, if you fancy a bit of exploring while out running. 

Any sticking points 

I'm slightly unsure about the elastic, sock type attachment between the tongue and the rest of the shoe, but it's designed to keep the foot in place. The stitching looks like it might cause irritation for me, especially as it's two different materials used. Seems a bit rough finish, but more miles will tell.
This shoe has been tested by Gilly. She has run in the shoes for a minimum of 4 weeks or about 50 miles before submitting his review. The scores she has given the shoes are based on her experience, her running style and her training type. These shoes were gifted by Under Armour for the purpose of this review, no input was made by Under Armour. The view is entirely Gilly's.

 

Hi I’m Gilly,

Running, sport, health & fitness has always been a strong passion of mine.
I've been a member of my local running club, Otley AC since 2006 and I’m qualified in Sports Massage up to level 4. I run a mixture of distances from 5km to ultra-marathons both road & trail, but trail is my favourite! I also love to run with my dog, a Parsons Russell Terrier, he loves a good Canicross! When needing to get more miles in I will often run commute into work, & when wanting something short & sweet which still makes me work, I'll run with my daughter in the buggy. The furthest distance I've run so far is setting off from Otley and running to Cambridge, finishing with the Cambridge Half Marathon!

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