The Under Armour Speedform Velociti is built for speed with lightweight construction and a sleek profile, but our testers found the midsole performance significantly lacking in terms of energy return for fast mileage.
Fit Under Armour’s Speedform construction is designed to mold to the foot for a precision fit, and an embedded sockliner adds nice additional cushioning and support. The midfoot area cinches securely with a traditional lace system, but there are minimal overlays or reinforcements binding the laces to the midsole platform.
Comfort The lining of the uppers is smooth and seamless, and the midsole is extremely comfortable to stand on. We found the fit very comfortable from the rearfoot through the midfoot, but too restrictive in the toe box, which is quite shallow and has minimal stretch capacity. The engineered mesh upper is very light but does not have strong breathability.
Responsiveness The Speedform Velociti Charged Cushioning features compressed foam designed for enhanced responsiveness and improved durability, but we found the energy return fairly soft and limited in our testing. The blown rubber outsole provides strong responsiveness, and its distribution is an excellent balance of full coverage but minimal weight.
Ride Quality High abrasion rubber in the heel disperses impact forces effectively, and the Speedform Velociti provides a smoother ride for heel strikers than midfoot strikers. The overall feel of the midsole is soft and too mushy for our testers’ liking, particularly at high speed.
Speed Although it’s intended as a speed model, the sluggish midsole responsiveness makes this shoe better suited for leisurely cruising than for hammering out fast miles. Its overall light weight and good outsole performance salvage a few points in this category.