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