I was excited to be asked to review the Under Armour Spine RPM, but when I received them, I was doubtful I would like them on even if I did love the bright pink color with turquoise laces at first sight.
But the shoes looked stiff. I picked them up and flexed them with my hands. They weren’t as stiff as they appeared, but the sole was not as flexible as the pair of Brooks Adrenalines in my closet. And they also don’t have the support my Adrenalines provide to my flat-arch left foot.
But, on my first run, I realized I was worried for no reason. The UA Spines felt light and FAST! Plus, the flashy color made me feel cool.
The design of the shoe allowed me to land mid-foot comfortably and I wonder if maybe the slightly stiffer sole helps with my left big toe’s inflexible ways by not forcing it to bend farther than it wants to.
I also like the Spine RPM for riding my mountain bike on my trainer since the sole doesn’t bend around the pedal. I realize that’s not what these shoes were designed for, but it’s nice to get multiple uses out of your shoes. In addition, I spent an entire day walking around in these, and my feet didn’t hurt at the end of the day.
On another colder run, I wore the Spines, but feared my toes would be wet and cold since there a lot of puddles on my route. I was pleased that neither of those things happened, although it was not raining.
Because of my left shin and calf’s propensity for injury, I think I will save the Spine RPM for my shorter runs and stick with something with more arch support for my longer runs. Thanks to Under Armour for letting me try these! Maybe these will be my 5K shoes! I’m thinking PR this spring…who’s with me?
Cute and cool! I want to know what that shirt is though, THAT is an awesome shirt 😀
Ohmygosh! I love this shirt, too. I got it at Old Navy of all places and now I can’t find it anymore!
I’ve wondered about UA shoes. I do like their running clothes for sure though. I’ve been hooked on my Brooks Cadences. Love them! Do you think the UAs would work for a high arched footie like me?
I like their clothes. I have this shirt by them that says “See you at the finish line.” Love it! I’m not sure if these would work for high arches, although if you’re currently running in the Cadence, you might be okay. My right foot has a high arch and I never have problems on that side. I have a pair of Cadences, too. The Spine is essentially flat and the Cadence has a small amount of support. But I do feel the UA Spine allows your foot to do inside the shoe what it naturally wants to do. It doesn’t try to form your foot to anything. Does that make sense?
Yes! You make perfect sense. I’m needing a good marathon training shoe. My Cadences are perfect for racing but don’t last long during training …
I didn’t know Under Armor makes shoes! I love the color!!