Product Review: Under Armour Hovr Sonic Running Shoes

Disclaimer: I received a pair of the Under Armour HOVR Sonic shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Walk through the house of any runner and you will probably think that you are at a running store.  We have no shortage of shoes… new shoes, old shoes, shoes for short runs and shoes for long runs. Then add in the recovery sandals, everyday shoes and (sometimes) dress shoes…

Yes, that’s a lot of shoes.

If you are not sure what I mean, take a walk through my house.  There are usually shoes everywhere… and 90% of them belong to 1/3 of the people that live in the house.    Yes, there are 3 of use that live here.  I will generally claim 90% of the shoes!

But I also wear out a pair of shoes faster than anyone else!

So when I had the chance to test out a pair of the Under Armour Hovr Sonic Shoes, I got excited!

What runner wouldn’t want to try out a new pair of shoes?

My first thought when I opened the box was… “ok, they are white… wonder how long they will stay clean!”  I generally don’t buy anything white, but then I realized that with the cloth on these shoes, they were probably going to wash up easily!

As soon as I put them on, I noticed how light and comfortable they were!  I wanted to get out and take them for a run right away, but since I already got that day’s run in… I had to wait.

I used these for the first time on a short 3 mile run just to get the feel for them.  The lightweight factor continued into the run!  I actually left like I was running in slippers they were so light!  BONUS!!!!

Over the next few weeks, I took these shoes through several different tests.  There were several cross training days, strength training and everything in between. There were a few mornings on the track for speedwork even!

I also grabbed these as a spare pair of shoes for a road trip our east.  They really came in handy when we were in Connecticut and decided to hike up to Heublin Tower – 1 mile to get to the the top with some steep terrain!  These shoes didn’t let me down!

I will have to say that I did find that, unfortunately these shoes did not work for me for running more than a few miles.  While they are a neutral shoe, they didn’t quite have enough enough support in the heel for me.  Yes, I usually buy neutral shoes, but I tend to sway a little more towards the stability end of the neutral scale.  Over the last 6 months, I have been dealing with some Plantar and Achilles issues so I need something with a little more heel and ankle support.  Like I said, they work for short runs and maybe a lighter track workout, but for longer runs, I need something a little more stable.  I just need to keep these shoes for runs for 4-5 miles or less.

That being said, these are the perfect shoes for me when it comes to non-running activities!  I wore them for the Titletown Bike Tour 80k the other weekend.  Normally, on any ride over about 25 miles, I end up with hot icky sweaty feet. Even though the temps started to hover over 80 degrees by the time we finished, my feet stayed nice and cool, thanks to the awesome mesh on these shoes!

Other info on these shoes from the website

  • There is an 8mm offset (I normally buy about a 10mm)
  • Weigh =  8 oz
  • These shoes are reasonably priced.  These are the unconnected version, and are priced at $100.

Like I said, for me, these are short run shoes or cross trainers.  They are comfortable and lightweight.  These will definitely be part of my shoe rotation over the next few months as I train for fall races… just not for long runs!

Want to learn more about these shoes?   You can check them out on the Under Armour website

You can also check out a few other reviews from other BibRavePro’s with the links below:


Have you tried these shoes?  Let me know what you think of them!


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