Review: Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind Running Shoes
Written By: SportsShoes
Tested for over 11,000 miles, the UA Flow Velociti Wind is the latest chapter in running innovation with a disruptive design and all-in-one cushioning system that eliminates the rubber outsole.
What is the flow state? The feeling you get when you could keep running for miles. The feeling of wanting to keep going one more mile - because you feel so good. The feeling of light, effortless speed. The feeling of the wind at your back. Every runner is searching for that flow state.
Our Sportsshoes.com Running Ambassador, Ben Mounsey, has been busy putting the UA Flow Velociti Wind running shoes to the test. Here he provides a detailed review of Under Armour’s fastest performance running shoe yet.
Weight: 241g (men’s size 9)
Length: Fits small
Stack Height: 26mm (Heel) / 18mm (Toe)
RATINGS (out of 5) - Comfort: 4 | Cushioning: 3.5 | Support: 2.5 | Grip: 3.5 | Protection: 2.5
LIGHT, FAST, SNAPPY & RESPONSIVE.
These are just a few of the words I’d use to describe the new UA Flow Velociti Wind running shoes.
Needless to say, they immediately grab your attention and look like they’ve been sent back from the future, almost alien in design. This unconventional, inventive and very innovative shoe is unlike anything I’ve previously worn before. Built from a single-foam compound, their unique design completely eliminates the rubber outsole, enabling the midsole to have direct contact with the ground. It allows the shoe to mould perfectly with the shape of your feet, makes running feel more natural and helps to improve your performance over longer distances.
Over the last few weeks and months, I’ve been using the UA Flow Velociti Wind for all of my tempo and speed sessions on the road as they’re easily the lightest pair of running shoes that I currently own. Clearly this shoe has been designed with speed in mind and just wearing them alone makes me feel like running fast.
The WARP upper material is thinly constructed and almost feels like layered sheets of recycled textured paper. But despite the lightweight feel, this material is very strong and durable. Most importantly, the uppers are extremely breathable, allowing air to flow in and out of the shoe and provide much-needed ventilation during performance. The layered yarns of WARP material are woven in two main directions which help to keep your feet locked in during heel strike and stabilise your foot on landing. As most of the weight is located in the single layer of midsole, it’s important that the upper construction is as lightweight as possible, but strong enough to give you plenty of support.
The UA Flow Velociti Wind are extremely comfortable to wear and almost feel invisible, like you’re wearing nothing at all. The shoe is super-responsive and flexes in such a way during exercise that it feels more natural to run in, striking a balance between lightweight design and high-level performance. For a minimal racing shoe, they provide the perfect combination of protection, comfort and support. In addition to this, I also really like the shape and feel of the tongue, which is padded to protect the top of your feet from the pressure of tightly-drawn laces.
For a shoe without a traditional outsole, the grip and traction is surprisingly good. With thin patterned grooves cut into the sole of the shoe, similar in design to a racing car tyre, they perform extremely well in both wet and dry conditions.
My only slight issue with the UA Flow Velociti Wind is the width and fit of the shoe. I like to make sure that all my running shoes are tied are tightly as possible, to ensure my feet are held securely in place during exercise and to help prevent unnecessary lateral movement and rolling inside the shoe. My feet are very thin and this shoe feels like it has been made for a wide fit. Because of this when I pull and tie the laces tightly together it does create a small bubble of excess material. Although this doesn’t impact on comfort levels, it does mean that they don’t fit as perfectly as I’d like them to.
In addition to the clever design of UA Flow Velociti Wind, one of the unique features of all Under Armour smart shoes is the ability to connect with MapMyRun. This allows you to track everything from pace, stride length, and cadence, plus access personalised coaching tips along the way. Check out our article which explains the benefits of using UA smart shoes with the UA MapMyRun app.
Under Armour focused on the simple idea: how could they make it feel like the wind is at your back with every stride?
The simple answer: by creating the UA Flow Velociti Wind – a shoe that is perfectly designed for fast running and racing.
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