By far the most well rounded shoe I think I’ve ever worn… in EVERY category.
Traction – The traction is amazing. Plain and simple. Herringbone is utilized full length and it works beautifully. Only thing I can really complain about is that it might not last too long outdoors but even then… I’m a 98% indoor player so this doesn’t effect me much. The thing I love most about this setup is that its a no frill/ gimmicky type of setup. Its just really straight forward and in your face traction. Perfect for those that just want to lace up and get our there.
Cushion – Micro G… nothing more really needs to be said here… but I’ll say some more anyway. We know Micro G is my personal favorite foam. It lasts longer and is more responsive than most foams on the market. It hasn’t always been implemented perfectly though. With the Under Armour Micro G Torch, it felt too mushy. REALLY comfortable but still too mushy for certain moves and that would cause a bit of instability. This rendition has firmed up the cushion a bit so you receive greater stability without sacrificing the cushion. I love Micro G…
Material – Nothing really new or innovative here but it works and the way that it’s been used (the Fuse) is something to be appreciated. They’ve figured out how to provide you with a secure and snug fit – offering zero dead space- yet there are no hot spots. Not anywhere on the shoe will it pinch or bind, the toe when flexed will not press into the top of your toes and cause discomfort… they took something that has been done before and perfected it. Durability without pain or discomfort.
Fit – They fit true to size and lockdown is perfect. As mentioned above in the material section, no dead space… at all. An anatomically correct map of the foot both along the upper and the outsole, this makes for one of the best fitting and supportive shoes I’ve played in besides the Air Jordan XX8/ XX8 SE. Yeah… its that good.
Ventilation – The adidas Crazy Light series has been the benchmark for those that wish for their footwear to breath. Not anymore… these are just as good as any SprintWeb based sneaker and they’ve placed the most mesh right where you’d need it… at the toe. How they used so much mesh in the forefoot without sacrificing any lateral support is nothing short of amazing.
Support – There is a TPU cage along the midsole which wraps itself around the lateral end and along the bottom. This provides lightweight torsional support and some rigidity so you don’t roll over when changing directions. The rest of the support comes form the fit. Being anatomically correct – as close to it as possible at least – you are getting a shoe that fits the foot so perfectly that its literally part of the foot and not ‘a part’ on the foot.
Overall – I think this is the first model I’ve ever tested that has ranked near perfect – according to my grading system – in every single category. This shows you a couple of things.
1. Under Armour is a contender – period.
2. You can achieve a perfect blend or balance between all performance attributes without skimping out on one or the other.
3. They give you all of this for under $150… nuff said.
If you wanted to try the Under Armour Anatomix Spawn out for yourself – which I recommend – then you can grab them now at Finish Line.