After having trouble through the years to find a Curry shoe that fits my wide feet, the Under Armour gods have finally answered. Here is my performance review on the UA Curry 6.
Of the Under Armour shoes that I’ve tested out, Under Armour has always had (at least for me) kick a** traction. What I find funny is the Curry 6 is one of the few that does not use traditional herringbone. Hell, the pattern implemented doesn’t even look like it would work. Luckily, looks can be deceiving as the Curry 6 traction held its own and then some. The rounded traction played well on clean courts and, of course, the necessary habit of the occasional wipe helps when dust is present. With the traction pattern being as tightly spaced as it is, you’ll be wiping a lot more when playing on dirtier floors. If you were curious on if I’d recommend playing with these outdoors, the answer is… don’t. The soft rubber will be eaten up rather quickly.
For anyone curious, I have not had any outsole issues in terms of ripping or peeling — luckily. Overall, the traction has been pretty consistent for me and a pleasant surprise on the court.
Full-length HOVR cushioning. Say what? We finally have a Curry shoe that has cushion again!
While the HOVR foam isn’t overly soft or overly firm, it felt just right for me — even for being on the bigger side. If you’ve tried the HOVR Phantom (a personal favorite of mine) and Sonic (2nd only to the Phantom), it’s definitely not the same feeling under-foot as the foam on the Curry 6 is dense in comparison. However, it does warm up once you begin to break them in. Being a big man, I do prefer something that compresses a little bit more upon impact. On the bright side, the HOVR used here was able to provide me with moderate protection with a lot of responsiveness — something that tends to not interact well when it comes to plusher cushion setups.
Despite having HOVR, the Curry 6 is still made for those who play fast and low to the ground but UA has come a long way in terms of cushion and the Curry line.
A full knit upper is used on the Curry 6. Elastic areas on the top of the foot and fused placed on high-wear areas — pretty standard for basketball shoes in this era.
There were some areas of minor discomfort upon the first try on; the eyelet area did cause some unwanted lace pressure. Luckily, after numerous hours, I was able to adjust and find a fit that worked well for me.
I have a slightly wider foot than most but I was able to go true to size. I’ve heard that some people had been experiencing some minor heel slippage, which I did initially, but it was nothing a double-sock didn’t fix.
Lockdown started out a bit strange due to the lace pressure, but again, once I found my groove I was ready to go, locked-in if you will, every time I stepped back onto the hardwood. I will say that a separate tongue would be my preferred option as I’d be able to lace the shoe, hopefully without additional pressure on top of my foot, while being able to customize the fit a bit more than I was able to here.
Stability of the shoe is one of its best support features, and has been in a Curry since its inception. The slightly wider base of the shoe kept me grounded when I needed while the TPU speed plate helps reinforce the HOVR when I was a bit more mobile.
Overall, Under Armour really surprised me. The Curry line has had its fair share of highs and lows (I couldn’t wear the 5 at all meanwhile the 1 is still my personal favorite). However, this is easily the most well-rounded Curry we’ve had since the 1.
If you’ve been playing in the Under Armour Curry 6, let me know your thoughts and if you have your own review, I’d love to hear it.