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Under Armour Shoes: Under Armour Proto Speed Trainer Review | Athletic Shoe Reviews

Posted Nov 30 2008 11:03am

Under Armour Shoes? Answer Fitness takes the Under Armour Proto Speed Trainer shoe for a run and tells you whether they’re worth the price.

Product Reviewed: Under Armour® UA Proto Speed TM   II Trainer Shoes

Style:   Image of Under Armour Proto Speed II Trainers 1200280
MSRP (Priced from Under Armour Outlet ): $89.99
Availability: Men’s, Women’s, Youth

Manufacturer: Under Armour®

Pros:  

  • Durable and well constructed
  • Good shock absorption, especially through the heel
  • Great ventilation and moisture wicking
  • Light-weight and comfortable
  • Attractive styling and design

Cons:

  • For specific types of training - not intended as an all-around “cross-trainer” shoe in the usual sense of the term. Not really a “con” — it’s just important to understand this up-front.
  • Unclear Product Differentiation: Product info on website and accompanying the shoes in retail stores not clear about the differences between the shoes and what types of training they are best suited for. But they do explain it better than Nike and Reebock do with their trainers.
  • Doesn’t run true to size.

Ratings (1-4 Scale: 1 = poor, 2= fair, 3= good, 4= excellent)

Fit: 3 (Due to issues with the shoes not running true-to-size.)
Comfort: 4
Durability: 4
Product Options: 3.5
Price: 3
Does It Do What It Claims? Yes
Would You Buy It Again? Yes

Overall Rating: 3.5

Under Armour UA Proto Speed II Trainer Shoes Review

When you think of Under Armour, you probably think of tight-fitting, high-performance athletic clothing worn under things like football pads, out for your morning run or to the gym. You probably don’t associate Under Armour with shoes or athletic footwear. But in May, Under Armour rolled out their new line of performance cross-training shoes, entering into the risky, but potentially-lucrative performance footwear market. 

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Under Armour’s high-performance ColdGear® and HeatGear® lines — especially the compression gear.  I have a drawer full of the stuff, from running shorts and pants, to ColdGear mocks and a couple seasons-worth of collected HeatGear. Once I tried Under Armour, I was hooked and can never imagine going back to cotton exercise gear again.

But I do have to admit that I was a bit skeptical when I heard about the Under Armour shoes.

After all, the performance athletic and running shoe market is already dominated by big brands with strong, existing loyalties like Nike and New Balance. So while I was curious about what Under Armour had up their compression-geared sleeves around their Proto Trainers, I wasn’t sure exactly what they were going to bring to the high-performance athletic shoe market that other manufacturers hadn’t already offered. Granted, they had already carved out a pretty significant niche in the cleats market, but could it take hold with the Proto Trainers as well?

So after a wait and see approach over the summer, last month I ended up with a pair of Under Armour Proto Speed II Image of Under Armour Proto Speed II Trainer Shoes Take From Side Trainers  in black and graphite sitting in a box on my desk from the Under Armour online store.  I’ve been training in the shoes now for about a month, so I feel like I have a pretty good sense for how the Proto Speed Trainers stack up to my previous training and running shoes, a pair of New Balance 805s.

The question, of course, is whether Under Armour has made me a convert, or whether I’ll be going back to my New Balances in the future. But before I get to that, let’s actually take a look at the Under Armour shoe line, and specifically the Under Armour Proto Speed II Trainers I’ve been putting through their paces for the last month.

Under Armour Proto Speed II Trainers: Bringing The Cross Trainer Back?

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