Under Armour SpeedForm Europa brings a fresh feel for the low-moderate stability shoe category using a uniquely minimal, customizable upper along with compressed rubber with traditional medial posts.
It gives you an invigorating, no-nonsense sense of both speedwork and long runs but isn’t my top option for either.
This can be a great shoe for newbies and low to mid mileage runners featuring its drop height of 8mm. giving it an all-around “normal” feel, the steadiness apparent yet not excessive.
I like it for workout days that combine running intervals mixed together with strength work since i have don’t need to be changing cheap under armour australia backwards and forwards.
“Europa” pulls from Greek mythology, as well as the upper occurs to remind me of Nike Odyssey‘s wrap-around fit that is shallow yet has more share with it than say, Kayano 23, which I’d call “snug.”
I still labeled Odyssey 2 as a result, however the unbridled mesh of Europa’s toebox in conjunction with its medium width keeps me with “close-fitting with stretch in the toebox” to describe it.
In case you have a medium-width foot and broad toes, under armour sydney would feel nice snug (“nice,” if you like that sort of thing), just like my long, skinny peeps in Odyssey.
The shoes’ upper construction with loops to the laces provide for similar customization of upper lockdown according to runner preference.
Overall in ride and feel, Europa is strikingly much like Brooks Ravenna 8 with all the former being wider inside the toe, narrower from 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 a little more rounded tip around the shoe plus a less structured toebox fit.
It feels most comparable to GT-2000 and Ravenna 8 due to similar drop heights from heel to forefoot of 8mm, 10mm, and 10mm respectively (my “sweet spot” range), with Europa and under armour outlet australia offering an even more smooth transition.
GT-2000’s higher stability is all about proportional to its heavier weight, .7 oz. from Europa in my measurement of women’s 9.5, with Ravenna in between.