The HOVR Rise is another pair of do-it-all training shoes from Under Armour aimed at general gym-goers from the same stable as its HOVR Apex.
Like the Apex, the Rise packs in UA‚Äôs HOVR technology, which is designed to give you both joint protecting cushioning during your box jumps, but also energy return for your squats and sprints.
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Bold claims for what could be a versatile training shoe, then. Well, we‚Äôve put them through some intense workouts to see just how they stack up to all of the spiel.
Price: $100 | Weight: 301g/ 10.6oz | Type: Fitness training | Stability: Neutral | Heel to toe drop: 8mm | Alternatives: Nike Metcon 5 / Reebok Nano 9.0 / NOBULL / UA HOVR Apex
Against the HOVR Apex, the Rise doesn‚Äôt quite lean so heavily on retro appeal. While the Apex‚Äôs design was caked in 90s nostalgia, the majority of the Rise‚Äôs six colorways are considerably more understated.
The closest to the Apex‚Äôs visual flair comes from the Halo Gray variant, which has some added splash of orange against the gray finish. It‚Äôs by far our favorite.
The blue Royal Blue option we were sent is nice enough, but some of the added detailing is lost from its blue on blue finish. If you don‚Äôt want to attract attention on the gym floor, the HOVR Rise do a good job of being more inconspicuous.
Like the Apex, the Rise is chunkier than most of the current crop of functional training shoes on the market, but in fairness, it doesn‚Äôt feel heavy for its size.
So how does the Rise hold up to a varied workout? Much better than you might first think when slipping them on.
You wouldn‚Äôt be amiss to think the HOVR Rise might be a bit cumbersome due to its bulk but we tested the Rise going from the squat rack over to sled pushes and found it to hold up surprisingly well between varied movements.
The slightly elevated heel makes squats feel more comfortable, putting you in a more advantageous position for depth but the Rise‚Äôs soles don‚Äôt provide the best stability and you get some forward tilt due to the raised front.
On the side towards the heel, you‚Äôll find a rubberized triangular block that not only breaks up the design but will add some traction for exercises like rope climbs, and they provide plenty of grip - a similar concept to Nike‚Äôs Metcon range.
The soles also provide a considerable amount of grip. Something we found helpful for more obvious exercises like sled pushes, but also for movements like the bench press that benefit from added leg drive.
Like the Apex, the flat outsole isn‚Äôt great for running greater distances, but are fine for shorter HIIT sprints. The chunky design does make the Rise feel more cumbersome than sleeker and lighter training shoes like Nike‚Äôs Metcon range if you really are going for speed and intensity.
The UA HOVR Rise is a better value alternative to the ultimately similar HOVR Apex, making it our favorite of the two from a pure functionality standpoint. In the looks department, however, we prefer the Apex.
The Rise is a great shoe if you're looking for a comfortable Jack-of-all-trade option for the gym and HIIT training, but if you‚Äôre focusing on more specific training, such as CrossFit, you‚Äôll want to look elsewhere.