Last week, Under Armour unveiled the HOVR Phantom, a running shoe for 2018 with a brand new cushioning system. Now, we’ve got a look behind the design of the sneaker, as well as detailed tech specs.
The HOVR Phantom features an interesting upper comprised of a couple different materials. The midfoot uses 3D molded and perforated chamois, a type of soft pliable leather usually made from sheepskin or lambskin that has almost no abrasive properties.
The forefoot, 5/8 height collar, and tongue are comprised of a circular knit that should provide a durable sock-like feel when paired with UA SpeedForm 2.0. Comprised of moderating interior layers of PU foam and OrthoLite X-40 foam under and around the foot, SpeedForm 2.0 should allow the foot to rest securely on top of and within the cushioning.
UA HOVR is a new cushioning platform comprised of a proprietary foam compound created in partnership with Dow Chemical. The foam should provide a super-soft durometer with energy return, support, and shock absorption. It is contained by UA’s Energy Web, a mesh that should keep the foam responsive and improve energy return.
Finally, the HOVR Phantom features an external heel counter and a durable rubber outsole that is articulated for flex and forward propulsion. The sneaker weights 10.6 oz. and has an 8mm offset.
As you can see from the design sketches, the HOVR Phantom is comprised of just four parts — the upper, chassis, cushioning, and heel counter.
It will release alongside a Record Equipped version that will track your run, pace, shoe lifespan, and more via an embedded chip that pairs with the MapMyRun app.
The Under Armour HOVR Phantom launches on February 1, 2018, for $130 ($140 if you want the Record Equipped connected version). We’ll have much more coverage so stay tuned.
You can learn more by checking out the HOVR Phantom’s lowcut sibling the HOVR Sonic.
Source: Under Armour