Fit-Feel-Ride: Developing a training shoe with a more traditional design is a vast departure for Under Armour, but the innovative Charged Bandit doesn’t veer entirely from its cutting-edge ways. As with its previous neutral models, this stability trainer has a stretchy, seamless mesh upper that conforms to the foot and creates a wrap-like fit. What’s unique about this model is the dual-density midsole that blends a firmer foam material under the medial side to enhance stability. It’s a modern take on a medial post, but the genius is that, even though it provides a good amount of support, our wear-testers reported that they barely noticed it amid the smooth turnover. Our test crew loved the energy-returning responsiveness of this shoe (especially at toe-off) and considered this one of the best new shoes of this season.
This is the shoe for you if … You’re looking for a mild stability shoe with exceptional cushioning and fit.
Plus: The seamless upper creates a comfortable, secure, near-custom fit.
Minus: A few of our wear-testers found this shoe’s undercarriage to be a little too firm for their liking.
Weights: 10.3 oz. (men’s 9.0), 8.6 oz. (women’s 7.0)
Heel-Toe Offset: 10mm, 22mm (heel), 12mm (forefoot)