Under Armour Charged Bandit 2 $100

Under Armour Charged Bandit 2 $100

This fall’s update to the light stability Charged Bandit has called on innovations from other Under Armour shoes. Now the upper features Speedform lasting (a UA exclusive that’s created in a brassiere factory), complete with its flexible heel clip, no-sew overlays, gusseted tongue, and a new, sleek-fitting upper.

Where some earlier Under Armour shoes were so sleek they could cramp your toes, the Charged Bandit 2’s toe box has plenty of room without being baggy. The midsole combines elements from earlier Under Armour shoes: The Charged Cushioning from last year’s shoe is combined with UA’s Micro G foam below for a soft feel against the foot and a firmer foam for contact with the ground. And it works. The outersole is firm rubber (heel) and a softer rubber (forefoot), both strategically segmented to manage traction and provide a flexible forefoot. Perhaps the best thing about the Bandit 2 is its attention to detail—especially the detail of price—which earned it our award for Best Value.

Testers: “Fit snug[ly] in the arch and heel, but with enough wiggle room for my toes. Better cushion than I expected. This is a good shoe!”

Updates the Charged Bandit

Sizes: Men 6–13,14,15; Women 5–12

Weight: 10.5 oz. (men’s 11); 8.4 oz. (women’s 8)

Shape: semi-curved

Construction: Speedform lasted, EVA Strobel board

Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to mild pronation