Macca’s US-based shoe sponsor launches new performance range

Under Armour Charge RC 2 [photo: Colin Levitch]

Want to run like Macca?

That’s probably more genetics than footwear, but at least now age-groupers can wear the same shoes as three-time Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack (AUS) with the debut of the Under Armour Charge RC 2.

Primarily known around the world as an American sports clothing and accessories brand, Under Armour has made a mad dash into the high-performance running shoe market with its Speedform Apollo and Charge RC 2 range and thus take on many of the industry heavyweights featured in a 10-shoe road test in the May 2014 edition of Triathlon Plus, including New Balance, Brooks, Mizuno, Adidas, Scott and Newton.

After recently launching worldwide, the Charge RC 2 landed on Australian shores in February and a pair has recently made its way into our Aussie offices in Sydney. At first glance, the unique upper is articulated – having two sections hinged at a flexible joint – to mimic and enhance natural foot movements. At 240g (8oz), the Charge RC 2 is both light and nimble.

Under Armour has constructed its most technically advanced running shoe to date literally from the ground up, using science – or in this case geometry – to manufacture a shoe that works with a runner’s gait rather than against it. Coupled with its patented Micro G cushioning, Under Armour claims the Charge RC 2 is “all about speed” and provides a“smooth, stable ride.”

According to Under Armour, the sizing runs a bit big, so they recommend purchasing a half size smaller to enjoy a “Locked-in fit.” TriRadar looks forward to kicking these new trainers around town and along Bondi Beach to see how they measure up to the competition.

Stay tuned.

Under Armour Charge RC 2 [photo: Colin Levitch]