Robbo’s Running Reviews — Under Armour SpeedForm® Velociti Running Shoe
I was recently contacted by a representative of parkrun Australia asking if I’d be interested in testing and reviewing a pair of running shoes from Under Armour. Here’s what I came up with.
*To provide some context, I am in the VM35–39 category, weigh ~80kg, have been a runner for over 10 years (completed >200 parkruns), adopt a fairly flat, mid-forefoot landing, with a current fastest parkrun time or around 17:30. Majority of running performed in lighter, flatter shoes and occasionally barefoot.
*The shoes in this review were provided directly via Under Armour.
The pair of shoes I was sent are called ‘SpeedForm® Velociti’, and come in a stylish ‘Rhino Grey’ colour. I previously had limited knowledge of the Under Armour (UA) range of running shoes so was interested to see what they’d come up with.
A quick look at the UA range indicated the pair I’d been sent were their lighter, more minimal model, more suited to the type of shoe I usually run in, just a touch heavier and more of a Heel-Toe offset.
SpeedForm® Velociti Specs:
Weight 227g | Heel-Toe Offset 8% | Size US11.5
The shoes definitely look pretty smart with the textured, knitted upper which comes in a sophisticated ‘Rhino Grey’ colour (I love how creative running shoe companies get when describing colour ways). I actually reckon you could get away with wearing these shoes into the office or even out for dinner?!
As an occasional sock wearer, I first tried the shoes sans socks and the fit was snug but not restrictive. The only small issue I had on my first run was the outside section of the L shoe rubbing the skin just under my ankle. This problem would be later fixed by wearing a light pair of socks.
I have a wider foot and one of my pet hates is the feeling of a squashed foot and toes. The toe box on this shoe is broad enough to accomodate my foot but I wouldn’t mind even a touch more space.
The part of the shoe where the heel sits hugs the back of the foot securely without feeling too tight.
My first run in the shoes was a gentle warm up before a harder intervals session on mixed terrain (concrete, path, grass), followed by an easy warm down. The shoes felt comfortable straight away and took very little time to get used to, over speeds between 5:30/km and 3:30/km.
There was no problems using the shoes for a 5K parkrun effort closer to Marathon Pace (4:11/km), again feeling comfortable during the journey and responsive to faster paces.
An easier run of 5:00/km and 5:30/km pace saw the shoes again work pretty well. I was aware of there being a bit more weight in these shoes than others I’m used to. I’d be excited to see if future models could be even further stripped back.
To provide an example of the type of runs and terrains I tested the shoes over, here’s a selection of 3 varied Strava Activities:
At the time of writing this review I have now run ~50km in these shoes with the longest run getting out to 10km. I would have no issue running longer distances in these shoes based on how I’ve responded to them and given I am used to running in lighter, less structured shoes.
However I also think this shoe is a good option for a wider range of runners, spanning the entire finishing times at most parkrun (5K) events (from sub 20mins to >45mins). I am a fan of the shoe being lighter, and having a moderate degree of Heel-Toe offset. For the runner not wanting or needing much guidance/interference in their running shoe I think its a good option. I think it would also serve as a good transition shoe for someone wanting to try something lighter and less structured.
I think the SpeedForm® Velociti is a good option as a lighter running shoe which would suit the form and ability of a large range of runners (and parkrunners!)