The tech-driven and training-focused Hovr Machina will make runs a little more exciting

By Nicole Ganglani | Art by Tricia Guevara | Photo source courtesy of Under Armour 

I got a fresh pair of Under Armour’s Hovr Machina sadly a week before the general community quarantine was implemented in Luzon. Although my hopes of running with a new pair of shoes was limited, I was able to jog around my village and managed to sneak in some dance and indoor workouts.

Under Armour claims the Hovr Machina as the “perfect balance” shoe. And if by that they mean consistently keeping you balanced on your toes, then it’s spot-on. The lightweight pair is highly cushioned (about 20 percent more than the standard Under Armour cushioning), designed to improve running speed and impressively provide comfort on long-distance runs.

Tracked my training performance via Under Armour’s MapMyRun mobile app

It doesn’t stop there. There’s even a sensor attached to the midsole that sends data to the MapMyRun mobile app (my personal real-time coach!), allowing me to track and analyze my performance.

The moment I got on the treadmill to run a short 15-minute sprint, I noticed how soft and responsive it was. I also didn’t feel any burden when I jogged three rounds around my village. It’s responsive in a sense that there is some energetic bounce every time my foot strikes the ground. This isn’t a surprise since the Machina’s cushioning is surrounded by a mesh energy web that creates a zero-gravity feel and provides better energy return.

The moment I got on the treadmill to run a short 15-minute sprint, I noticed how soft and responsive it was. I also didn’t feel any burden when I jogged three rounds around my village. It’s responsive in a sense that there is some energetic bounce every time my foot strikes the ground

The Machina is also designed with a foam frame, which made my running experience smooth and stable. It’s durable in high-impact areas, has a blown rubber that supports my forefoot and adds extra power when I take off or even accelerate—thanks to its Pebax material and carbon blend. I personally liked how the shoe pushed me to run faster when I was building my speed and changing directions. It gave me some sort of snappy top-off that pushed my heel to speed up and overtake the people ahead of me. Although one concern is that there isn’t enough space in the shoe’s upper but maybe selecting a size higher or utilizing shoe pads could help improve the experience.

The lightweight pair is highly cushioned designed to improve running speed

Sadly, my experience with the MapMyRun app wasn’t as satisfying as I had hoped for. I could place the blame mostly on my unstable internet connection, which failed to load the app’s features accurately. 

In my opinion, the UA Hovr Machina would be my ideal choice if I was fond of responsive running shoes. Because it’s constructed with high cushioning (to improve running energy) and propulsion rate (to maintain my pace), you might get more out of it during training sessions. 

I recommend the Under Armour Hovr Machina for anyone looking to improve and make training more enjoyable. Even while in quarantine. 

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