Running shoes do their rightful duty in providing an ideal condition for runners to race with ease. But can they motivate one to go the distance and maintain momentum too? Under Armour recently evolved its Phantom running shoes series into a shadow stimulator that’ll help you accomplish that.
The UA HOVR Phantom 2 received upgrades on its predecessor’s core properties—cushioning, fit and feel—and embeds Bluetooth technology within its soles to pair with UA’s training app MapMyRun.
Using technology to track fitness data such as distance, timing and cadence, wearers can monitor their progress from every workout session. In addition, the app doubles as a guidance to accomplish various training objectives. From time-based goal for certain distances, weight loss targets or a run-streak for consistency, MapMyRun spurs you on with positive guidance.
No charging is required for the Bluetooth chip inside the Phantom 2 as it is optimised to outlive the shoe and is not replaceable. The shoes' sensor is fully embedded and secured in a leak-proof casing. Thus it is not susceptible to damage from running in the rain or through puddles.
Comfort ranks high with the Phantom 2. And credit definitely goes to the UA HOVR cushioning. Its increased midsole presence generates more returned energy upon every foot strike. This results in a lightly padded step and bouncy comfort without sacrificing any speed. Even though the shoe weighs 327g, it melds seamlessly to your feet, living up to its phantom moniker.
Hugging the ankles for support is the built-in sockliner inspired by bike chamois à la the padding in bike shorts. Its collar dips lower than previous models to fit comfortably around the ankle bone, making it easier to slide on and off. This reduces physical running injuries.
Besides performing excellently on city runs, Phantom 2 is versatile to work its prowess in the gym. The breathable upper knit fabric and neutral shoe form manages well in assorted cardio activities and strength-based conditioning workouts too. Under Amour’s HOVR superb cushioning technology already made covering distances a breeze. But to ensure fruition, trust the Phantom 2 and rely on its feedback in staying on course.
UA HOVR Phantom 2 is available at all Under Armour concept stores and online.