Under Armour HOVR Machina

The Machina is a new top of the line running shoe from Under Armour. The upper displays the use of a new engineered knit, which provides a contained stretch to the fit and a plush feel surrounding the foot, particularly in the ankle collar, but also extending to the gusseted forefoot. The midsole is the first of the HOVR shoes to shed the frame which enclosed the Engage foam in earlier shoes from the line. Instead the Engage foam is wrapped in an “Energy Mesh,” a webbing which surrounds the foam in the molding process and supports it as the midsole compresses, allowing it to spring back following impact. The ride is smooth and protective, in part thanks to a propulsion plate in the forefoot, but the foam does the bulk of the work. The outersole  is a minimal layer of textured rubber, segmented for flexibility, which offers good traction with equal durability. The performance and price have done their part to nudge the Under Armor running products to the next peg up, with a promise of continuing progress.

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Price: $150

Sizes: Men 7–16; Women 5–11,12

Weight: 12.5 oz. (men’s 11); 10.1 oz. (women’s 8)

Shape: semi-curved

Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board

Geometry: Full Contact   

Testers: “Well cushioned, with a protective, firm ride. Secure, supportive upper. Geared to big mileage, it performs well as a reliable daily trainer.”