A versatile shoe capable of long training runs, marathon racing and even shorter, faster workouts, the SpeedForm Gemini is more cushioned and responsive than UA’s SpeedForm Apollo. Like its predecessor, it has a foot-wrapping, open-mesh upper (made in a lingerie factory) and a sewn-in foot bed that creates go-fast agility and snug connectivity to the shoe’s undercarriage. The smooth, interior of the upper and seamless heel cup add to the connectivity of the precise, performance-oriented fit. What makes this shoe special is its adaptive cushioning technology—it serves up a soft feeling when you step in and run at slower speeds but offers a slightly more firm and responsive sensation with higher forces and faster speeds. (It’s a great shoe for tempo runs and fartlek workouts.) It’s the first shoe UA has made that has potential to appeal to a wider audience of runners without deterring those who are looking for a performance-oriented shoe. “The cushioning was just right: soft enough that my foot felt protected but firm enough to run fast,” said one wear-tester. “Good responsiveness for a daily trainer: not so firm that it felt hard under my feet, but not so soft that it felt like it was sucking all the energy out of my legs,” another wear-tester summarized.
This is the shoe for you if … you’re looking for a daily training shoe with a little bit of pop for fast training and racing.
Weights: 8.0 oz. (men’s size 9), 7.0 oz. (women’s size 7)
Heel-Toe Offset: 8mm (24mm heel, 16mm forefoot)
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