Under Armour Hovr Machina 2 review: Some smart sneakers

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8.8 Sneaky

This kind of digitally connected shoe does seem like a futuristic wonder, but the data it gives a runner is very current. The real-time Form Coaching, which UA introduced to the app this year, gives live feedback as you run. Afterwards, the app then made suggestions on how to optimise and become more efficient to improve your running technique. That is very useful. I am definitely going to improve my performance.

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Stuff’s resident triathlete Sally Hudson puts the Under Armour’s new Machina 2 connected shoes through their paces.

Because I am a triathlete, I run a lot. Running shoes are therefore an important part of my training equipment. So what more could a sports gadget-junky, triathlete want than an intelligent running shoe?

That’s what the UA Hovr Machina 2 promises to be and, I’m happy to report back, actually does.

When it comes to running, even for elite athletes, you can always do with more assistance. The shoes have embedded sensors that you link to a smartphone and UA’s Map My Run app via Bluetooth. Pairing the shoes was simple and quick, following the instructions. It was an unusual thing to do, who has ever paired their phone with their running shoes before?

Under ArmourMy first impression of the UA Hovr is that it’s perfect for everyday running. When putting on the shoe you are immediately aware of the wonderful cushioning that envelops your foot; giving you a feeling of support and stability. The lightness of the shoe, on top of the incredible cushioning, gave me the feeling of floating and speed as I took to the road.

Sadly, the speed was in my head. But the chip embedded in the shoe’s insole, through the app, gives you great insight into your running style. My cadence needs to be faster, while it measured my foot strike, ground contact time, speed, of course, and even the foot strike angle.

This kind of digitally connected shoe does seem like a futuristic wonder, but the data it gives a runner is very current. The real-time Form Coaching, which UA introduced to the app this year, gives live feedback as you run. Afterwards, the app then makes suggestions on how to optimise and become more efficient and improve your running technique. That is very useful. I am definitely going to improve my performance.

The Hovr Machina comes in a variety of colours, including Lunar Orange, Graphite Blue, Beta and Lichen Blue. It comes in at R3,000 for a pair, and you can pick them up at any UA participating retailer.

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