You’re probably thinking “Another Curry Two performance review?” and you have every right to think that. Just know that we at WearTesters are here to give you information regarding our experiences from playing in these shoes so you can make an informed decision whether or not to purchase your pair.
The Under Armour Curry One was a success in my book, and it’s successor gives some further upgrades.
Traction: Traction was an absolute hit. Just as good as the Curry One setup, if not better. The pattern used for the Under Armour Curry Two was a sort of herringbone pattern, or what Under Armour calls “organic herringbone,” that gripped the hardwood incredibly well. Playing on a court that has probably not been refinished in quite some time, and also fairly dusty, almost every day for practice really told me how well these play on those types of courts: pretty well.
It’s nothing like your Kobe 9 type of traction, but Under Armour has it pretty close. You’re stuck to the floor like glue after wiping that dust away. Dust can be somewhat of an issue as it is herringbone, but the pattern is spread out fairly wide and that allows dust to not get clogged up as easily as traditional herringbone. On clean courts, you should have no problem with the traction on the Curry Two.
In terms of outdoor play, the Curry Two was actually kind of a let down. It didn’t grip the asphalt as well as I would have liked, and I was sliding around a lot of the time. The pattern itself will also grind down fairly quickly if you play in the Curry Two outdoors, so I would suggest keeping them indoors.
Cushion: Under Armour utilizes Charged Foam for the cushion setup on the Curry Two. Comparing the setup to the Curry One, the Curry Two feels a bit plusher than the Curry One. Charged Foam is meant to be activated when needed, it feels nice and plush underfoot when standing around and firms up to give a more responsive ride when running around and under stress.
Overall, it gets the job done and gives you a good amount of court feel, while still taking all of the impact upon hard landings. However… where is that Micro G Under Armour!? I hope to see it come back onto other models.
Materials: The Under Armour Curry Two is the first basketball shoe from Under Armour to feature Speedform. Speedform is a seamless mesh upper that really allows for a near-perfect one-to-one fit. The Curry Two features Speedform in the heel and partially up to the midfoot, while the forefoot and toebox area are comprised of a thin fuse layer for support and durability. While the materials aren’t exactly perfect, you do get a very nice fit from these materials, and a soft, anatomically cut ankle collar that conforms to your foot shape. A mesh tongue is placed on the Curry Two, along with a thin external heel counter for support.
Fit: Fit is really key for a shoe in my opinion. If it fits really nicely, I’ll have some good lockdown from the shoe. This is exactly what the Curry Two offers you. The Curry Two gives you an almost perfect one-to-one fit. Combined with the materials that give a snug feeling, you almost feel like your sock is attached to the outsole of the shoe itself. Speedform gives a soft and snug feeling around your foot, and the thin fuse in the forefoot conforms to your foot shape after some very minor break in time. With this snug one-to-one fit, you get added support as well. Wide footers may have to go up half a size.
My only complaint about the fit of the Curry Two was that it pinched the lateral side of my foot around my pinky toe on my right foot only. This could have been due to lacing the shoe too tight or the materials just breaking in, but it would always bother me for about the first five to ten minutes of playing in the Curry Two.
Support: Minimal materials are used on the Curry Two to give you a soft and snug fit, which ends up helping the support of the shoe. Because of the snug one-to-one fit, the lockdown is near perfect when coupled with the lacing system, which really wraps around your foot to keep you on the footbed. Under Armour aids the support department with a thin external heel counter to keep your foot in place, a midfoot shank underfoot for torsional support, and a nice flat base that just makes everyone’s day so much better. To top it all off, the Curry Two has a small outrigger to help contain those nasty ankle rolls as much as possible.
Support is topped off with the added feature of having room for an ankle brace. I would recommend trying the shoes on in store (if you can) with your ankle brace on so you know how it will fit in game when the time comes.
Overall: The Under Armour Curry Two is a very strong shoe on court and an option everyone should consider. Under Armour did a really nice job with the traction, fit, and support in my opinion, but the cushion and materials won’t be for everyone. The Charged cushion is great for guards who are light on their feet, but if you’re a big man looking for some more impact protection with bounce or spring back, the Curry Two might not be the best option.
That being said, if you are a big man who likes court feel and cushion that gets the job done, definitely make a point to add the Curry Two to your rotation. Materials are a hit and miss for some people as well; Speedform in the heel may not be restrictive enough for some people. Those who really dislike fuse might not enjoy the forefoot upper.
I would love to see Under Armour bring back Clutchfit. Maybe a Speedform overlay and Clutchfit overlay for support and containment? Anyhow, know what you want in your next hoop shoe and if the Curry Two fit your needs, they’ll easily make it into your new rotation.