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I’m not sure I know a runner who doesn’t love getting a new pair of shoes so you won’t be surprised that I was ecstatic when I learned I would be reviewing a pair of Under Armour HOVR Sonics. Then something very disappointing happened. My left Achilles became very tender and inflammed so I had to put myself on the shelf for a bit. While I wasn’t able to run in my HOVR Sonics I was able to run them through the Dad Gauntlet.
My two oldest children are at that age where we have started keeping them busy with activities outside of the house and my youngest usually wants to tag along. This means once I get home from work I am on duty with activity prep and we are out the door. By the time activities are done and I am home helping getting kids ready for bed I have been awake and on my feet for 12-13 hours. If not for having to wear dress shoes for work I know I would have chosen to wear my Sonics ALL DAY LONG!
All of that running around means that my dogs are barking by the time I get to bed. Having suffered from plantar fasciitis not that long ago my feet are quick to tell me they are done. That has changed quite a bit since I started wearing the HOVR Sonics. These shoes are designed with UA HOVR™ technology, which provides ‘zero gravity feel’ to maintain energy return that helps eliminate impact step after step. Even when you are not running you can feel this. The cushion and energy return is obvious even if you aren’t wearing them for long periods of time.
Even though I can only dream of running right now I am still getting lots of steps in. Being a dad of three means I am on my feet a lot. The @uarunning HOVR Sonics have amazing cushion, the outer mesh molds to your feet and they are so light that I could wear them all day, everyday. #UARunningBR #BibRavePro #BibChat
Another unique feature that I enjoyed tremendously about these was the mesh technology that is used on the outside of the shoe. It molded to my foot so I didn’t feel like it was too tight or too loose anywhere. A shoe being too tight in the toe box or in the mid-foot for me is unforgiveable. This is not a problem with this shoe. This breathable mesh was also fantastic for the North Texas heat because I could feel the air flow on my foot through the shoe. This would be a big benefit for me if I were currently training. Since I am currently resting and rehabbing I am conscious of how I am treating my feet every second of the day and how they react to whatever I am doing. I am happy to report that this concern was minimized when I was wearing these shoes. They are a neutral shoe and provided the right amount of both support and flexibility.
I was feeling good enough this past weekend to give the shoes a test outside of daily wear by walking for a half an hour on the treadmill. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but in order to take pressure off my Achilles I have been avoiding walking for any sustained amount of time so this was a big deal to me. After my walk I felt no inflammation or discomfort so I did some light resistance work as well. As if that weren’t enough of a test I decided to wear these shoes on the 5 hour drive to the beach on Saturday. Normally I’d have traded out any shoes I worked out in for a drive of that length. I decided that wasn’t necessary with these shoes since they are so lightweight and comfortable.
Since I wasn’t able to judge these on how they handle training I wanted to provide you the link to some reviews by fellow BibRave Pros who were able to give these things a run for their money.
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