Under Armour Apparition II–($95)

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Dec. 8, 2010

2010 Winter Running Shoe Review

Under Armour continues to make running shoes with enveloping uppers that wrap the foot with a snug hold. These really impressed the test team. This second round of the Apparition was firm in the midsole; and although it felt like a responsive shoe, testers said the Apparition didn’t flex well with their feet. One tester was reminded of the feeling of low-cut court shoes and said that the absorption and toe push-off didn’t feel like that of a running shoe. The fit, although a little on the long side, has a high arch and is generally comfortable; and the structure guides the foot without so much motion control that it alters an efficient stride.

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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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