Under Armour Speedform Velociti
- Comfortable upper & sockliner
- Strong outsole performance
- Overall light weight
- Midsole excessively soft
- Shallow toe box
- Limited ventilation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- Heel Height: 23mm
- Forefoot Height: 15mm
- Heel Drop: 8mm
Manufacturer's Stated Weight8.0
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