Fitness Apparel Review: Under Armour Men's Cross-Trainers ProtoSpeed III?

Wait A Couple Years Before Shelling Out $70 On Under Armour Cross-Trainers

     OK so as a personal trainer I'm a big fan of Under Armour clothing and products in general. The fact that I've purchased a lot of Under Armour products even though I'm a cheapskate means they make pretty solid products overall. I've been a big fan of Under Armour cross-trainer shoes for the past 3 years or so. Before them, I never spent more than $40 on a pair of shoes (New Balances on sale for $40 for instance), or even less for some crap shoes at Payless. Under Armour shoes are usually $60-90 depending on what model you buy, and whether you buy running shoes or cross-trainers. I needed a new pair since I went over a year with my old ones (Under Armour Proto Power, highly recommended if they even make them anymore) so I ordered some new ones online since I knew my size. I enthusiastically ordered a new pair of cross-trainers since I usually just use them for low impact cardio and weight training. Unfortunately for me, Under Armour is relatively new in the shoe market and are therefore prone to making mistakes with some of their products...

      So first off, I'm not even sure what specific model I purchased, but they are very similar to the ones above. At first, I thought these shoes were the best thing since sliced bread. I felt like I could run a 4.4 40 yard dash or an NFL Agility combine test. They felt great, tons of support and bounce, and helped take some stress off my injured right heal. I wasn't exactly thrilled that the front of the shoe has a covering of pretty much complete shiny plastic but I didn't think it was a deal breaker. Recently, I've discovered that this shiny plastic front (while great in the puddles of slush and melted snow), does not allow the front of my foot to breathe at all and it gets disgustingly sweaty. This is a completely stupid design flaw that unsuccessfully attempts to make the product look cool at the expense of functionality. Also, I've started to realize that the insoles are not connected to the shoe at all, they can come lose when you are taking them on and off. Who knows how long it will be before it starts moving around in the shoe when I'm moving. I'm not liking where this is going and I'm starting to become very unsatisfied with this purchase.

      So between the gaudy front of the shoe, the lack of ventilation in the front of the shoe, and the lose insoles, I'm going to have to say these were the worst of 4 pairs of Under Armour cross-trainers I've purchased. Gotta give em a C. If they weren't otherwise comfortable, supportive, and durable I would have rated them even lower for $70 shoes. Hopefully Under Armour will learn from mistakes such as this as it matures in the footwear department. 

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