A Detailed Look at the Under Armour HOVR Phantom

New HOVR cushion has been implemented into the Under Armour HOVR Phantom and it’s pretty awesome.

UA has gone through its fair share of foam cushions since originally pushing Micro G, and while Charged was nice — in the running models — it wasn’t as nice as Micro G. That’s where HOVR comes into play. It’s something that blends the attributes of Charged and Micro G to give you that bounce you want without sacrificing the stability you need.

I will admit, while the UA Drive 4 tooling isn’t identical to that of the UA HOVR Phantom, it’s a bit strange seeing the overall tooling design carried over from a basketball model to a running model. It makes the shoe look chunkier and heavier than it actually is. In turn, the stability is there while allowing the new HOVR foam to do it’s thing in all it’s bouncy glory. It’s probably the closest thing to Micro G we’ve had so far.

The HOVR Phantom’s upper is awesome — which is no surprise. Materials on the HOVR Phantom feel great on-foot and the shoe looks great on top of that.

You can expect the UA HOVR Phantom to release at UA.com on February 1 while they’ll be available February 2 at Eastbay.com in multiple colorways for both men and women for $130.

Let us know your thoughts on UA’s latest runner below and stay tuned for a performance review from Duke4005.


  1. These look sick, I really want to try these on hopefully I can find a pair in my size in store. These are the type of shoes I’m into buying at this point. Map my run might outdo Nike Run so this might be appealing to a lot of people.

  2. I just ordered these to check out. After about 5 miles in free flyknit RNs, I need something a little cushier for the longer runs. We’ll see how this feels. On one note, to use the connected features beyond what’s already available from a smart watch or other apps, you’ll have to pony up another $30 for a MMR premium mvp membership. Also, if you’ve already paid $50 for an annual MFP premium membership, you still need to purchase the MVP membership separately. I thought this was a little lame on UA’s part. I don’t mind paying for premium features but it feels like a double whammy. They could have at least provided a 6 month code with purchase or something. These may be worth it…but then again, they may get returned in favor of the Epic React that Nike drops later this month. I would love to see a write up comparison of Boost vs Hovr vs React.

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