Under Armour HOVR Sonic Shoes

I’m home from vacation now, and look what I came back to!  It was in the 50s (10s) when I left, and now look at it!  It’s the never-ending winter, I swear!

But I’m not here to gab on about how cold it is… I got to test new running shoes!  Read on…

Disclaimer: I received a free pair of Under Armour HOVR Sonic shoes as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! As always, all opinions are my own and based on my personal testing experience.

Under Armour has just released a new shoe this month, otherwise knows as the UA HOVR Sonic.  I had great fun testing these out.  Before I get into my thoughts on them, let me give you the specs which were taken directly from UA’s website:

  • DIGITALLY CONNECTED: (UA.com & Brand House Exclusive!) UA’s Record Sensor™ technology tracks, analyzes & stores virtually every running metric so you know exactly what you need to do to get better
  • UA HOVR® technology provides ‘zero gravity feel’ to maintain energy return that helps eliminate impact step after step
  • Compression mesh Energy Web contains & molds UA HOVR® foam to give back the energy you put in
  • Microthread upper dries fast & provides a breathable, compression-like fit that delivers lightweight directional strength & unmatched comfort to help you go the distance
  • Ventilated midfoot panel increases breathability
  • Unique tongue construction is attached to the footbed by stretchable support wings to maintain a snug fit throughout the foot
  • External TPU heel counter for additional support & structure
  • Removable, anti-microbial Ortholite® sockliner molds to the foot for customized comfort &  cushion
  • Blown rubber under the forefoot is lightweight yet incredibly responsive
  • High-abrasion rubber placed under the heel to help absorb ground contact
  • Offset: 8mm
  • Weight: 8oz/225g

My first thought when I put the shoes on was “super comfortable.”

As they come with a sensor in the heels, they connect to Map My Run or Map My Fitness so you can track all your running data.  For us data geeks, this is a super cool techie thing.  The shoes track your cadence, stride, miles, pace, and splits.  All this data stores in the shoe’s sensors so  you don’t have to take your phone with you on your run, and it syncs up nicely to the app when you’re done.

As a lot of you may know, I’m a fair weather runner and I do the majority of my running right now on the treadmill.  These shoes are fabulous for treadmill running.  Sometimes your watch and treadmill don’t always coincide, ever notice that? But as the shoes are tracking your stride and cadence with sensors in both heels, this seems to line up nicely.

I also give them two thumbs up for appearance.  I love the “Brilliance” color I received, and the microthread upper is unique looking and breathable.

There was only one downside to these shoes that I noticed… the traction.  They do great on dry surfaces, but I went for a run a couple of times after it had rained and/or while it was sprinkling, and I felt they were a little slippy.  However, that being said, I will have no problem running in them once the rainy season has stopped in July.

In summary, these are very comfy shoes with a very comfy price point of $100, especially for what you get.  As I prefer a more cushioned shoe, I wouldn’t run further than 10 miles in them, but I think that’s more of a personal preference as everyone is different.  These shoes are definitely staying in the rotation until they wear out!

  • So tell me… have you ever heard of shoes with sensors in the heels?  (I hadn’t)  
  • Has anyone bought any new shoes lately that you’re excited about?  If so, what’d you get?
  • As I’m so behind on my blogging, anyone got a race coming up soon?
  • Is your part of the world warming up yet????

35 thoughts on “Under Armour HOVR Sonic Shoes

  1. CJ

    Love the colour… the are in this months Womens Running mag! Did fancy the look of them!
    Don’t talk to me about winter! Fed up now and we have The Beast from the East approaching this weekend with temps plunging and mega snow forecast 🙄😣😣😣

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  2. artisticsharon

    Hey Paula, Welcome home!! Too bad you came home to the white stuff. I guess these sensor type shoes are all the rave – isn’t this your second pair? I’m gonna have to give in and give them a try but I’m partial to Mizuno – no clue if they have something like this!? It’s been unseasonably warm here in SC, in the upper 70’s most of this week! I sure hope we don’t pay for that with some winter blast :-s

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    1. Paula Post author

      Hiya Sharon! No, this is only my first pair with a sensor. I had never heard of such a thing before, so I thought it was super cool.

      Lucky you with the nice weather! Yes, let’s just hope it’s not the warm before the storm, 😉

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    1. Paula Post author

      Lol, last paragraph, 2nd sentence, in my opinion, no. For me, they’d be great for a 5k or 10k, but I couldn’t run a half in them with my sensitive toesies. However, people are different, so some might be able to. I mean… I wouldn’t run to end of the driveway with bare feet, but some people race like that, 😄. (Good example, eh? Haha)

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      1. Dorothea

        Ha ha. Because my first thought, after seeing low cushioned shoes, is whether it’s still better than running barefoot 😉
        And ha ha. Whoops. You had answered it. I guess I conveniently looked that part over, since I’m into a little more cushioning myself as well. Sigh.

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      2. Paula Post author

        LOL, it’s all good, you know me better than that! And as you like cushy shoes like I do… no… they won’t cut it for distances. But like you say, better than running barefoot… for awhile anyway, lol! 😀 Oh, BTW, because you and I both suffer PF… these are definitely treadmill or 10K shoes only. Treadmill is not an issue on distance… but roads are. Regardless, I still think they’re great short-distance shoes, 😀

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    1. Paula Post author

      Hahaha, they really are cute, and the color is too fun! But I noticed that they keep track of steps as well, and I think they’d be great for walking if someone counts their steps! 😁 But you can’t beat how pretty they are!! 😄

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      1. Chocolaterunsjudy

        Mr. Judy desperately wants to be a snowbird. He also wants dogs. I want a cat, although I’m not sure what will happen when Giz is gone. Cats are so much easier than dogs. Anyway, I just don’t see how it’s going to happen.

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  3. Once_upon_a_run

    I’m super behind on blogging too! I dropped off the face of the earth and stopped reading other people’s blogs. It made me sad. The shoes look super nice! I like the idea of the sensor for treadmill running. I was always annoyed at how it was off when I ran on the treadmill. haha Hope you had fun in Hawaii!

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thanks Mai! Hawaii was fabulous!! Can’t believe it’s already over!! Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the blogging, especially when we get super busy. You’ll get back to it when you’re ready, so don’t worry.

      But yes, the shoes! They’re fabulous on the treadmill! I kept comparing the app to the TM and it was all very close, 😊

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  4. mawil1

    Wow! Shoes that look good and have amazing technology! I confess I’m tempted to buy a pair!
    We are having another cold snap with more snow due, but it’s dry and clear so good for running just now!

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