Under Armour HOVR Infinite shoes review
Looking for an easy way to track your fitness? I put Under Armour's HOVR in-built tracker range to the test and the results are impressive.
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When Under Armour's HOVR range was first announced earlier this year, it made a statement in the running technology space. Recently, the sportswear brand launched a brand new set of colour ways and styles. We were very lucky to get our hands on a pair of Infinites, so we put them to the test. Looking for an easy way to track your fitness without an Apple Watch Series 5 or Fitbit Versa 2? This pair of kicks may be exactly what you need.
Infinite is a high-performance running shoe. From the fit and feel to the breathability, flexibility and durability, it delivers a super-smooth ride. The Bluetooth sensor installed in the shoe combined with app connectivity means that you have full control of your workout. Track and analyse your personal running metrics so you can keep getting better every single time.
- They are comfortable, flexible and supportive
- There are many styles and colours to choose from
- Connecting to the app is fast and simple
- It's very easy to track and analyse your workout stats
- Not recommended to machine wash
When I normally buy workout shoes, I opt for something plain and simple, usually black. When I received this grey and orange number, I was a little surprised and worried they would be hard to match with my activewear. But I was wrong. I received the style called "Gray", but it has fun splashes of bright orange and teal. The colour way is very wearable, with subtle accents because of the grey overlays that still make a statement.
There are reflective elements on the shoe designed to increase visibility - which is great if you tend to exercise in the early morning or late at night. I prefer to work out in a gym so I didn't get to see the reflective strips in action, but I could definitely appreciate the thoughtfulness behind it.
The silhouette definitely leans towards the bulkier side, but not in an unattractive way. It's bulky because of all the support this shoe provides you with, but it won't distract from your performance and use of the shoes.
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Why is it called the Infinite? Because it was created for distance training, providing you with support through an "infinite" number of kilometres.
The upper is lightweight and breathable, so I never felt uncomfortable or too sweaty. This is combined with a sock liner that is contoured specifically for a woman's foot. I love that it eliminates slippage, while still feeling comfortable. The super soft foam is encased in a "dynamic energy web". What does this do? It maintains a "zero gravity" feel, with the foam giving back the energy you put in, eliminating overall impact. You're provided with the necessary support and structure for an easy-to-wear fit.
If you're looking for flexibility and versatility, this is a great pick for you. The internal heel counter providers additional support, so your foot is locked in place. It's not going anywhere. The midsole provides excellent cushioning, while the deep flex grooves offer essential flexibility. Carbon rubber traction pods are strategically placed under the heel of the outsole. Along with the solid rubber outsole, all of these promise to deliver on traction and durability.
I'm really impressed with all these different performance aspects and how they all contribute to an extremely comfortable shoe. Initially, many of these features felt a little bit like marketing jargon but after wearing the shoes and exercising in them, you really can feel the difference. I finally understand what the brand means by "zero gravity" feel.Back to top
The tracker and app
Why are these shoes so special? Well, the Under Armour HOVR sneakers feature a pod embedded in the midsole of the right shoe that connects via Bluetooth to MapMyRun. The technology tracks your journey, recording all sorts of running data. You also receive virtual personalised coaching. Every time I reached another kilometre, a voice would let me know. And, it would also read me updates on my data like pace, steps, etc.
For me, the app was really easy to use. Connecting for the first time is incredibly simple and straightforward. You first need to download MapMyRun by Under Armour. Once you open the app, it will locate your shoes and give you instructions on how to connect. You'll have to do things like leave the shoe flat or move it around, just so the app can recognise the technology properly. The whole process took me under five minutes which is a win in my books.
From a single workout, this app provides you with distance, duration, average pace, average stride length, average cadence, calories and steps. That's a whole lot of data. You can log the type of workout, whether it was a run, hike or gym workout. You can even leave a comment to describe how you felt. This was one of my favourite features because I could keep track of my feelings. Did I feel really good after sweating it out? Or did I just give it a go after having a long day at work? I believe that tracking these emotions is really important on your fitness journey because it helps you maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
But that's not all, owning these shoes make you part of a wider running community. Within the app, you can create your own profile to share your workouts, make friends with other people, you can create workout plans, manage your goals and even set challengers for yourself.
There's even a section to browse through different workout routines and log your nutrition through MyFitnessPal. If you wanted to start a healthy lifestyle, this technology brings everything you need in one place. I am really impressed with all the different sectors within this app and how it helps you stay motivated and on track with your goals. Below, there are screenshots of some of the impressive aspects, but honestly, there is so much more to play around with.
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Do you actually need to be a runner to reap the benefits of this shoe? Not really. I hate running, but I love to power walk, especially on an incline. Even though I wasn't sprinting, I still enjoyed tracking my workouts and comparing them to the last. Looking at the stats encouraged me to keep going harder and faster.
This was my first time trying a smart running shoe and it's safe to say, I don't think I can go back. The technology is easy to use and understand. If you're looking for a sports shoe that provides flexibility, cushioning and versatility, you need to try Under Armour's HOVR range. From my experience, the Infinite is a stand-out style and the perfect companion for someone who walks, jogs or runs.Back to top
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