Under Armour HOVR Phantom Review – An Unforgettable Sneaker

It can be a tedious task trying to find the right shoe.

Sometimes they are too big, too small, and other times they aren’t as good as the manufacturers claim.

I have been researching shoes for many months and I would like to talk about the Under Armour HOVR Phantom.

It appears look the part and has the feedback from the community to back it up.

But behind all the good is the bad and that is what I want to find out today.

So without further ado, lets get into this Under Armour HOVR Phantom review and see what we can dig up.

Under Armour Men's HOVR Phantom Se Running Shoe

An Unforgettable Sneaker
  • Quality
  • Comfort
  • Style
  • True to Size
  • Stability
  • Value for Money
4.6

Bottom Line:

Considering this shoe is $140 bucks makes it the best shoe in its price range so far.

It can be used for walking, running, going to the gym, standing all day or working a job.

However, the sizes are confusing as they run small.

Most people have to size up by 1/2, but if you have wide feet, sizing up by 1 whole size is mandatory.

Other than that, customers absolutely love them for the comfort and the performance, and I highly recommend them.

Introduction


Product name: Under Armour HOVR Phantom

Type of Shoe: Running

Best for: Running, walking, casual, standing all day, working a job, weightlifting

Bad for: Sports, crossfit

Price: $140

What is the Under Armour HOVR Phantom Sneaker?


This shoe is created for neutral runners that need flexibility, versatility and cushioning.

It features technology that allows you to see how you’re running and what you need to get better.

This shoe also features UA-HOVR technology which basically provides a zero gravity feel to maintain energy and offer low-impact running.

While UA-HOVR helps maintain energy, the compressed mesh and Energy Web gives energy back.

This also promotes air flow and a cool breeze to stop your feet from getting hot and sweaty.

Additionally, the specially designed upper compresses to your foot which offers lightweight and directional strength with “unmatched comfort”.

Basically, this shoe is built for high energy return, responsiveness, flexibility and traction.

Other features include:

  • 3D molded midfoot panel for increased ventilation
  • Knit ankle collar for a snug and plush feel
  • External heel counter for stability
  • SpeedForm 2.0 sockliner provides gender specific contours
  • Rubber outsole for elevated traction and durability
  • Secured watertight chip that can’t get damaged or wet

Finding the Right Fit


Under Armour Men's HOVR Phantom Se Running Shoe 2

These shoes tend to run half a size smaller than other brands.

There are reports that normal size feels too tight, but sizing up by 1/2 makes for a more cozy and secure fit.

There’s actually room to move and offers a more natural running experience.

So are they true to size?

No, you will need to go up by 1/2 to get the right fit.

Also keep in mind that the toe box is made for neutral feet.

Those with a wide forefoot will have to size up by 1 whole size for a comfortable fit.

This is highly important to note because those with wide feet only size up by a 1/2 and they are still too tight.

Neutral feet: 1/2 size up

Wide feet or wide forefoot: 1 size up

Do they Offer Arch Support?


I have not seen any complaints about the lack of arch support which is good to see.

It seems that they are good for low arch, neutral and even high arch thanks to the 3D molded midfoot panel which molds to the anatomical shape of your foot!

This is rare to find as most shoes have either one or the other, not both.

Good support for all arches!

Does the Shoe Perform?


Since they are strictly designed for running and people swear by them for their running activities, lets see how they actually perform.

Running

People love how comfortable they are for running. They feel like they’re on clouds.

The high-tech features like the snug-fitting upper, SpeedForm 2.0 sockliner and 3D molded midfoot panel is what gives it the utmost comfort.

The reinforced heel counter locks your Achilles in place to give it more stability when running on roads, pavements, uphill and downhill.

They also track your running via a chip that connects to your smartphone. This chip maps and analyzes the way you run and helps you improve.

These shoes are amazing for running and I have no complaints about the running abilities because the proof is in the pudding.

Walking

Some also claim that they are good for walking.

I have done the research and found out that they are definitely good for walking in.

Remember how I said they offer flexibility? Well that’s exactly what you will find in walking shoes, a bendy upper to increase range of motion.

So yes they are also good for walking.

On your feet all day

Does a walking shoe mean it can be used for standing all day, like for a job that requires someone to be on their feet?

Not always.

Others cause pain and discomfort after a few hours walking, but the Under Armour HOVR Phantom really does offer all day comfort that stays comfortable and snug throughout the day.

The gym

These shoes absolutely kill it in the gym thanks to the cushioning, support and stability.

Weightlifting, especially heavy lifts, requires a good amount of stability to keep the lifter in a position that avoids injury.

And these shoes perform in that field because of the reinforced heel counter, knit ankle collar, and improved underfoot cushioning.

I’m a weightlifter at heart and I can tell that the HOVR Phantoms are no joke, they are built to perform.

Things they should not be used for

  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Any other sports
  • Crossfit

These type of activities require immense stability for lateral movements, and unfortunately the Under Armour HOVR Phantom shoe doesn’t offer that.

Nonetheless they are some of the most versatile running shoes that I have seen so far and I don’t care that they don’t perform for these because they aren’t designed for it.

What I Like


The first thing that caught my eye was definitely the design and colorways.

I like designer shoes (or shoes that look cool in general) and these are right up my alley.

So far I can see there are 2 colors for men and 16 colors for women!

I also love that Under Armour have taken the time to reinforce problem areas like the heel counter and rubber traction.

These things are some of the first 2 die in a shoe, so with the increased durability, they are bound to last a heck of a long time.

I have used Under Armour in the past and I like their shoes a lot but nothing has impressed me as much as the HOVR Phantom.

The Bad


Of course not all things are great, and even the best products on the market have something wrong with them.

Here I will outline some of the problems and concerns of this shoe.

As mentioned already, they do run a little small so be aware of the sizing problem before diving in and purchasing.

This is a common complaint I have found. Customers buy the shoe and give it a bad review because it was too tight.

However, that really is the biggest problem I could find.

One person’s shoe turned yellow after washing them and another received one with scuff marks.

Price & Purchase Details


Under Armour sell these for about $140 but can also be found on Amazon.com which happens to be my recommended place of purchase.

They have free shipping, fast deliveries and a 30-day return policy.

This allows anyone to send their shoes back within the first 30 days, no questions asked.

See the Under Armour HOVR Phantom on Amazon

Pros and Cons


Pros

  • Unmatched comfort, feels like walking on clouds
  • Snug and compressed fit without being restrictive
  • A digital chip that actually works
  • Built to perform for many different activities
  • Built to last thanks to the durability and reinforced weak spots

Cons

  • They run 1/2 a size too small

Do I Recommend the Under Armour HOVR Phantom?


Oh man, where do I even start.

First let me start off by saying that many companies have tried implementing digital technology into their shoes and all of them (in my opinion and the opinion of buyers) have failed.

But that wasn’t the case with this sneaker.

The digital chip actually works and shows you how to improve your running form!

That is a huge deal because if you’re running incorrectly, you’re only causing pain in joints and bones which is not where you want the pain to reside.

You want the pain in the muscles because it can handle the force of the run. That is what makes your body condition and get stronger.

Also the comfort factor is incredible.

Customers absolutely love how comfortable they are how well they perform for different activities.

They are very versatile, they have the durability, they have the comfort, they have everything I describe as a perfect running shoe.

Considering I couldn’t find anything wrong with it makes it flawless in my eyes.

The HOVR Phantom’s are highly recommended!

Final Verdict


This running shoe exceeded my expectations and they are better than many other shoes in the same price range, or even higher.

I didn’t think they would be this good considering the very affordable price tag.

I know shoes that are $120 and don’t even come close to the performance of these.

I am completely unbiased and have come to the conclusion that they are well worth every penny and bound to last a long time.

Well done Under Armour, you have earned my respect 😉

Check It Out on Amazon

And that concludes my Under Armour HOVR Phantom review.

Please let me know what you thought of it in the comments below and I’ll be happy to get back to you asap.

Cheers and have a wonderful day.

-Brandon

An Unforgettable Sneaker
  • Quality
  • Comfort
  • Style
  • True to Size
  • Stability
  • Value for Money
4.6

Bottom Line:

Considering this shoe is $140 bucks makes it the best shoe in its price range so far.

It can be used for walking, running, going to the gym, standing all day or working a job.

However, the sizes are confusing as they run small.

Most people have to size up by 1/2, but if you have wide feet, sizing up by 1 whole size is mandatory.

Other than that, customers absolutely love them for the comfort and the performance, and I highly recommend them.

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