Energy Return: Under Armour’s Grade School UA HOVR Sonic 3

Young runners can benefit from the latest innovation in footwear cushioning technology with Under Armour’s Grade School UA HOVR Sonic 3. These road-runners feature the highly rated UA HOVR midsole made of a proprietary foam compound for incredible cushioning and shock absorption for every foot strike.

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UA HOVR’s key component is its impressively named ‘Energy Web,’ a mesh fabric that wraps the cushioning core to deliver energy return. So the shoe is absorbing some of the impacts an athlete’s body would normally feel, aiding in comfort and keeping legs fresher.


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“The development of UA HOVR was inspired by the insight that every step a runner takes has the impact of 2-4x their body weight, holding them down. When designing UA HOVR, we set out to create the perfect combination of cushioning plus responsiveness … to essentially lift you up,” said Dave Dombrow, Under Armour’s Chief Design Officer. “The UA HOVR underfoot returns that energy and makes every stride feel light and effortless.”

Under Armour Mountain Life
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-UA HOVR™ technology provides ‘zero gravity feel’ to maintain energy return that helps eliminate impact.

-Compression mesh Energy Web contains & molds UA HOVR™ foam to give back the energy you put in.

-Microthread upper dries fast & provides a breathable, compression-like fit for lightweight strength.

-Tongue is attached to the footbed by stretchable support wings to maintain a snug fit throughout the foot.

-External heel counter for added stability.

-Anti-odor technology applied to footbed to prevent the growth of odor-causing microbes.

-Blown rubber under the forefoot is lightweight yet incredibly responsive.

-High-abrasion rubber placed under the heel to help absorb ground contact.