Under Armour Apparition II — ($95)

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jun. 28, 2010
  • Updated Jun. 29, 2010 at 2:05 PM UTC

2010 Summer Shoe Guide Homepage

As Under Armour’s protective neutral road shoe, this trainer struck our testers as having a notably foot-hugging upper, which comes as no surprise given the body-conforming apparel line that spawns the footwear. The Apparition’s update features a new midsole platform of mid and aft cushioning with minimal guidance, a ride that our testers observed as moving naturally with their feet throughout the gait cycle. There isn’t a lot of underfoot protection in the low-profile forefoot, so it isn’t recommended for those with sensitive metatarsals.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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