Under Armour Highlight Delta Review Facts
The original Under Armour Highlight Delta combines supportive, comfortable engineering with a glossy, unique aesthetic. The look, feel, and function of this shoe all gained high marks from runners as a high quality distance running shoe that can stand up to tough workouts and excessive mileage. The shoe features Under Armour’s patented Charged Cushioning midsole foam. This dual injected foam provides the right type of cushioning in the right places. Likewise, the outsole also features multiple thicknesses and rubberized materials to provide runners with the right amount of support and traction in the right places without adding extra weight. The shoe has a unique high top design that is unique among the running community and is designed to protect the runner who is prone to injury and pain, especially through the ankle. This shoe offers like stability control while helping to provide runners with a flexible, adaptable shoe that is great for gym workouts and distance running. The price is more than affordable, coming in below the average running shoe on today’s market.
One of the defining characteristics of this outsole is how flexible it is. Under Armour included flex grooves through the forefoot of the shoe to keep the movement natural and comfortable to the runner. The outsole features a combination of rubber thickness, using the most in high tread areas. This helps provide added traction but also keeps the weight of the shoe low since there is no unnecessary rubber on the bottom of the shoe. Along the sides of the outsole, solid rubber panels can be found. This mostly flat outsole provides light stability for runners and creates a smooth transition from toe off to heel
The midsole of this shoe features a two piece design. The patented Charged Cushioning midsole foam comes in two pieces to provide added support and cushioning to runners. The top layer of the midsole foam is soft. This provides the runner with a plush landing pad that adapts to the unique shape of each foot. Below the first layer is a firmer, denser foam that provides support and acts as a protective barrier between the road and the runner. It absorbs the shock from each foot fall, helping to keep the runner pain and injury free.
The upper of this shoe has a design that is unlike any other. The stand out features of the Under Armour Highlight Delta is the molded ankle collar. It comes up higher than the average running shoe and works to support the ankle and reduce the chance of unwanted movement. Overall, the material of the upper is made up of a breathable, lightweight mesh that helps to keep the runners comfortable and cool. The seamless construction eliminates friction. Under Armour also included a heel counter to lock the foot in place. Internally, the material used to line the ankle
and heel is a soft foam. The lacing
system is made using larger eyelets that are deeply cut and help to promote a natural movement.
When you first look at this shoe, you can be fooled into thinking this is a heavy, solid shoe. The Highlight Delta has more material due to the ribbed ankle collar, but to counter this, Under Armour stripped the shoe of unnecessary materials and technology that were adding weight but not adding any substantial purpose. The result is a surprisingly lightweight
shoe for this level of cushioning and support. The men’s size nine comes in at 10.8 ounces, and the women’s size nine is equally as lightweight. Although this shoe doesn’t have the lightweight feel of a minimalist shoe, it is considered lightweight for how much cushioning and support it offers.
The upper of this shoe is designed with a lightweight, breathable mesh that helps to regulate the temperature inside of the shoe. This open mesh design helps to reduce the amount of excess moisture that can build up in a shoe when proper ventilation isn’t available. Additionally, the thin yet durable material dries quickly and allows for hot air to leave the shoe as new, cooler air, circulates through. This breathable upper helps to reduce odor
and bacteria and keep the foot free from blisters and irritations that can force runners to stop their workouts prematurely.
One of highest rated qualities of this shoe was the overall comfort. Under Armour knows how to make fitness clothing and accessories that are extremely comfortable, and this shoe is no exception to that rule. The upper of this shoe is designed to regulate the inside temperature of the shoe, reducing overheating and irritation. The seamless construction of the upper is designed to eliminate friction that can be caused by seams and stiches and potentially lead to blisters. The midsole foam provides the right balance between plush and supportive. The entire shoe, as a unit, works to support a natural gait cycle while reducing the risk of pain
and injury from the ankle to the arch.
This shoe is not for the athlete that likes a traditional looking running shoe. This shoe has a one of a kind aesthetic that comes in a few different color options, however the silhouette of the shoe is the real star so Under Armour limited the color options to more muted and serious hues. The shoe has the look of an old school high top due to the higher ankle support. This ribbed ankle collar provides support to the ankle while simultaneously providing the runner with a stand out style. For the fashion forward runner who isn’t afraid to take style chances, this is a great option.
There are a handful of details added to this shoe to ensure that runners get the most band for their buck. For starters, although the upper mesh is lightweight and breathable, runners commented that is extremely durable and is virtually tear proof. This helps the shoe maintain a new look for much longer than some other shoes on the market today. Additionally, the layered molding of the ankle support helps that detail to keep its shape. In terms of the outsole, solid rubber is layered along the underfoot in the highest traction areas to protect the runner from the elements.
Runners who are prone to injury will find the protection they are looking for in this shoe. The entire silhouette is designed to provide protection to the ankle and keep the foot secure and safe during workouts. The molded heel cup has been added to reduce the risk of painful chafing that can stop a run short. The Charged Cushioning midsole foam rises up to meet the arch of the foot, cradling it and protecting the runner from pain or injury. Finally, the outsole has added layers of firm rubber in the highest tread areas to protect the shoe from wear and tear and protect the runner from the elements.
The underfoot design of this shoe helps the overall responsiveness of the shoe in a few ways. For starters, layered rubber is only added in the most high tread areas, creating an overall lighter and more flexible outsole. This helps the runners feel connected to the road below them while simultaneously getting the durability they need. The outsole is also designed with unique criss-cross treads that add extra traction. This helps runners efficiently and effectively respond to changes in speed and direction.
The defining characteristic of this shoe is the amount of support it provides to runners. This shoe features a ribbed ankle collar to help keep the foot in place. This ribbed collar is lined with a plush internal foam material that is comfortable to the touch and breathable. The shoe also features a molded heel cup. This is a design element that locks the foot in place, eliminating unwanted movement and providing support to the runner.
This shoe is best suited for longer, slower runs on pavement. Runners also found this shoe to be good in the gym on the variety of cardio equipment. This shoe is not a great option for off road adventures because it lacks the traction needed to keep runners protected.
This price of this shoe makes this a good option for a runner who doesn’t want to spend a ton of money, but who also doesn’t want to sacrifice quality and durability. Since this is the first iteration of the Highlight Delta and other, newer, version exist, this shoe can be purchased at a discounted price in comparison to the newest version. As long as runners don’t mind having a shoe that isn’t the newest on the market, they will find a great bargain.
Runners gave mixed reviews when it came to the traction on these shoes. The outsole of the shoe provides different amounts of rubber in different areas. The goal is to provide runners with traction and durability in the right spots without adding on extra weight. Some runners found the traction and grip of the shoe to be lacking. Even for the runner who didn’t mind the limited traction, all could agree that this is not a good choice for uneven or very slippery surface running.
Both the upper and outsole of this shoe features flexible design elements. Starting with the upper, runners with find that the lightweight mesh moves with the foot as opposed to restricting it. The eyelets around the lacing system are also designed to support a natural gait cycle and higher level of flexibility. These eyelets are more deeply cut than the average lace eyelet which allows the show to stretch and move. The outsole is designed with deep flex grooves around the forefoot. This promotes a material gait cycles and a seamless transition from toe off to heel strike.
Although this shoe is marketed as a neutral running shoe, runners who have minimal issues with over pronation benefited from the Highlight Delta. For starters, the structural design of the shoe helps to keep the foot aligned properly and works to reduce unwanted side to side movement. This was helpful for runners who tend to role their feet inward during their gait cycle. Likewise, the outsole of the shoe is mostly flat and provides runners with a stable landing pad.
This shoe features a 10 millimeter heel drop. This is the heel drop of most running shoes on today’s market, so runners who are used to a traditional drop will have no problem with this shoe. Runners reported little to no “break in” period for this shoe. Runners liked the forward propulsion of this drop height and found that it both protected them and helped to provide more energy feedback during their long runs and workouts.
10 mm drop
-molded ankle collar for more support
-flex grooves along the forefoot for added freedom of movement
-breathable mesh upper
-molded heel counter to keep foot locked in place
-bootie like fit
-deep cut eyelets around laces for added flexibility
Overall, this shoe is one of the most adaptable running shoes on the market. Under Armour included thoughtful technology that combines support, cushioning, and comfort all in a lightweight, fashionable shoe. The midsoles and outsole uniquely both features dual materials that precisely meet the needs of the runner The patented Charged Cushioning midsole, with its two piece midsole foam blends plush cushioning and firmer, more supportive protection. The durable rubber is placed carefully in different thicknesses to add traction and durability without weighing the shoe down. The upper of the shoe is made using a lightweight, breathable mesh that has a glossy finish. This is certainly a shoe for the runner who likes to be noticed at the finish line. The price is more than reasonable, and as long as runners don’t mind having an older model, the original Highlight Delta is a great choice.