Under Armour Charge RC Storm
Underarmour.com | 9.3 oz | $120
Fit | The two-part upper design of this shoe is completely novel, and the unique design results in sock-like snugness. “I loved the glove-like fit of the shoes,” praised one tester. Another said, “The extremely tight and narrow mid-foot was great at the beginning of runs but once my foot began to swell it left me with arch soreness.” A few testers felt the shoe left extra space in the forefoot.
Feel | The wrap-like fit creates an undeniable connection with the shoe. Most testers felt the sole offers superior proprioceptive “feel” for the trail and enough agility for quick maneuvering. Several testers, however, wanted more protection against trail hazards. “Cushioning is sufficient, stability is reasonable, yet the upper is not particularly supportive or protective, most notably lacking a toe bumper,” said one.
Ride | Testers describe the Charge RC Storm as a very flexible neutral cushioned shoe with a fairly smooth ride. Testers said, “The rubber composition and tread pattern are good for most trails,” but it struggled on rock. The sole has a noticeable “snap” that most found ideal for short-distance races or faster workouts like hill repeats and tempo runs. Open areas in the midsole and outsole of the shoe leave small parts of the foot unprotected.