Under Armour SpeedForm Europa brings a new feel towards the low-moderate stability shoe category having a uniquely minimal, customizable upper on the top of compressed rubber with traditional medial posts.
It gives you an invigorating, no-nonsense feel for both speedwork and long runs but isn’t my top option for either.
It is a great shoe for newbies and low to mid mileage runners with its drop height of 8mm. giving it an all-around “normal” feel, the steadiness apparent yet not excessive.
I really like it for workout days that combine running intervals mixed together with strength work since i have don’t need to be changing under armour shoes au forward and backward.
“Europa” pulls from Greek mythology, as well as the upper occurs to remind me of Nike Odyssey‘s wrap-around fit that is certainly shallow yet has more give it than say, Kayano 23, which I’d call “snug.”
I still labeled Odyssey 2 therefore, although the unbridled mesh of Europa’s toebox coupled with its medium width keeps me with “close-fitting with stretch from the toebox” to clarify it.
For those who have a medium-width foot and broad toes, under armour sydney would feel nice and snug (“nice,” if you love that sort of thing), much like my long, skinny peeps in Odyssey.
The shoes’ upper construction with loops for the laces permit similar customization of upper lockdown depending on runner preference.
Overall in ride and feel, Europa is strikingly just like Brooks Ravenna 8 together with the former being wider within the toe, narrower inside the heel, and slightly more stable as well as the 86dexgpky maintaining a softer yet thinner midsole.
The shoe’s fit and ride also competes well with ASICS GT-2000 and Mizuno Wave Inspire; Europa supplies a slightly more rounded tip on the shoe as well as a less structured toebox fit.
It feels most similar to GT-2000 and Ravenna 8 on account of similar drop heights from heel as a result of forefoot of 8mm, 10mm, and 10mm respectively (my “sweet spot” range), with Europa and under armour shoes online offering a much more smooth transition.
GT-2000’s higher stability is about proportional to its heavier weight, .7 oz. from Europa within my measurement of women’s 9.5, with Ravenna in between.