Under Armour Charge RC2 technical running shoes tested, rated and reviewed
Under Armour Charge RC2
£110 / AU$169.99
From the moment you slip into a pair of Under Armour Charge RC2 running shoes you feel the comfort. Even straight out of the box the shoes provide that ‘broken in’ feeling.
While relatively unknown to the high-performance running shoe market compared to some of its more famous rivals (reviewed in ‘Best Running Shoes 2014‘), Under Armour has been developing sports apparel and footwear for nearly a decade.
Along with the recently launched Speedform Apollo, the Charge RC2 is a positive step in the right direction. While not a triathlon-specific shoe like the ones we tested in March, or as cost effective as some of our top vote getters in our April shootout, this shoe will most certainly help you reach your PB.
This shoe is built for neutral, midfoot strikers who enjoy fast-paced runs. Unlike its predecessor, the Charge RC2 has been designed for added cushioning and flexibility, and the stretchable, breathable toe-box gives plenty of room for circulation.
At just 240 grams (UK 10), the shoes are ultra-light with a rather unique articulated upper – two sections hinged at a flexible joint – to mimic and enhance natural foot movements. Under Armour recommends purchasing a half size smaller than normal to get that “locked in” fit and we agree.
While its light weight can be seen as a plus, it can also be a minus for heavier-built runners looking for added pronation support. The high-rise heel counter could cause hotspots, but this reviewer had no such issues. However, if judging on comfort alone, the Under Armour Charge RC2 running shoes would receive a perfect score.