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Under Armour Speedform Velociti

- published February 2017

74

2017

RATINGS

Fit
6
Comfort
5
Responsiveness
3
Ride Quality
5
Speed
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
74

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THE GOOD

  • Comfortable upper & sockliner
  • Strong outsole performance
  • Overall light weight

THE BAD

  • Midsole excessively soft
  • Shallow toe box
  • Limited ventilation

THE VERDICT

The Under Armour Speedform Velociti is built for speed with lightweight construction and a sleek profile, but our testers found the midsole performance significantly lacking in terms of energy return for fast mileage. 

FULL REVIEW

Fit
Under Armour’s Speedform construction is designed to mold to the foot for a precision fit, and an embedded sockliner adds nice additional cushioning and support.  The midfoot area cinches securely with a traditional lace system, but there are minimal overlays or reinforcements binding the laces to the midsole platform.

Comfort
The lining of the uppers is smooth and seamless, and the midsole is extremely comfortable to stand on. We found the fit very comfortable from the rearfoot through the midfoot, but too restrictive in the toe box, which is quite shallow and has minimal stretch capacity. The engineered mesh upper is very light but does not have strong breathability. 

Responsiveness
The Speedform Velociti Charged Cushioning features compressed foam designed for enhanced responsiveness and improved durability, but we found the energy return fairly soft and limited in our testing. The blown rubber outsole provides strong responsiveness, and its distribution is an excellent balance of full coverage but minimal weight. 

Ride Quality
High abrasion rubber in the heel disperses impact forces effectively, and the Speedform Velociti provides a smoother ride for heel strikers than midfoot strikers. The overall feel of the midsole is soft and too mushy for our testers’ liking, particularly at high speed. 

Speed
Although it’s intended as a speed model, the sluggish midsole responsiveness makes this shoe better suited for leisurely cruising than for hammering out fast miles. Its overall light weight and good outsole performance salvage a few points in this category.

How We Tested It

The shoes in this test covered approximately 80 miles of running in Monterey County CA, predominantly on asphalt and all-weather track surfaces, in wet and dry conditions, with about 20% of mileage on dirt roads.  Longest single run was 24 miles.  

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other lightweight road running shoe tests, road running shoe tests, trail running shoe tests, and other related running gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Donald Buraglio

Donald Buraglio

Donald is a physical therapist, ultrarunner, barefoot aficionado, and father of three with more than 20 years of experience in endurance sports. When he's not training for ultramarathons, he enjoys hiking or slacklining with his family in Monterey County, CA.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$110.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Fit
6
Comfort
5
Responsiveness
3
Ride Quality
5
Speed
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
74

Specs

  • Heel Height: 23mm
  • Forefoot Height: 15mm
  • Heel Drop: 8mm

Weight

9.2 oz

Weight

Manufacturer's Stated Weight

8.0

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