5. UA Charged Ultimate 2.0
I was a little skeptical of these UAs, as they seemed to be a little too big and clunky to make for a good training shoe. Plus, the thick rubber forefoot wrap—while good for resisting abrasion and feeling solid—looked like it was destined to cook my overly sweaty feet all workout long.
But once I started to lift in them, they began to slowly win me over, rep after rep, and my feet never felt uncomfortably warm or wet. Even though they aren’t the heaviest shoe in the roundup, they look like it. But these shoes perform well, and feel surprisingly light once they were on. They also have a burrito tongue, although it could use a little more engineering—it seemed to bunch up a bit at the bottom and didn’t fit as smoothly and snugly as I would’ve liked.
One major plus: The Charged Ultimate also has a really nice inner foam sock liner that conforms to the top and sides of your feet, lending a very stable and bolted-in sensation. The midsole is just soft enough to give a bit of bounce, but not enough to sap strength away during hefty lifts. The back of the shoe features a “heel counter,” too, giving a locked-down feeling when tangling with squats. All in all, this durable, solid shoe from UA deserves a tryout.
Sizing: True to size
Drop from heel to forefoot: 10 mm
Weight: 297 grams
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