Under Armour Micro G Assert 7
Under Armour is becoming more of a commonly-seen brand out on the running circuit and in casual street shoes. The seventh version of their Micro G Assert model proves to be another great addition to their sneaker line. The Micro G Assert 7 is much like its predecessor as far as the outsole and midsole design are concerned but the upper has been pared down a little to make it more streamlined and supportive. Some of the leather overlays have been removed, making way for more support from the foam underlayment in the upper and for a more adaptable and breathable fit provided by the mesh overlay in the upper. This sneaker has been hailed as being both lightweight and comfortable as well as extremely light on the wallet. It may not be the most technologically-advanced sneaker out there but it sure is a great value for what you get.
Pros & Cons
Extremely lightweight construction Rubber outsole and firm yet responsive midsole results in great durability Versatile design good for running or casual use Tends to run about one half size small Many users complained about the shoe feeling tight in the toe box and heel
The seventh generation of this model of sneaker features an outsole that is not too different from its predecessor, the Under Armour Micro G Assert 6
. This outsole is made up of lightweight non-marking durable rubber which is placed throughout the sole of the sneaker. The rubber does not cover the outsole in its entirety, rather it looks more like a big leaf with white flex grooves running down the middle and shooting off to the side. The rubber is placed in high-abrasion areas making the sneaker durable and protective while the flex grooves allow the sneaker to bend and flex with you as you move through your gait cycle.
The cushioned midsole of the Micro G Assert 7 consists of Under Armour’s proprietary
Micro G foam which includes a technology that is 30% thinner than competitive foams and is extremely lightweight, all while delivering excellent response and a low-to-the-ground feel. This foam will result in a cushioned landing and a smooth take-off. Under Armour also added a second layer of cushioning to the midsole with its EVA sockliner. This EVA foam liner delivers extra comfort and protects your foot from too much underfoot feel. This sockliner also detracts from any negative space within the foot chamber to make the sneaker more supportive and adaptively fit.
The upper of the Under Armour Micro G Assert 7 is only slightly different from its predecessor. Like the previous version, this sneaker’s upper features a two-part upper. The inner part is made up of a supportive and cushioning foam material that will hug your foot securely. The outer portion of the upper, like its predecessor, is made up of a lightweight mesh. This mesh is both breathable and semi-flexible so it can adapt to your foot shape and hug your foot
easily. This version of the Micro G Assert features fewer leather overlays to reduce to the weight of the sneaker. However, the leather overlays that are present are mostly at the heel of the shoe so that the sneaker better maintains its structural integrity and supports your heel. The rear of the sneaker also features an additional suede-like overlay to keep your heel supported. The front of the toe box also features the leather overlays and helps prevent your toes from poking through the mesh.
Compared to its predecessor, the Under Armour Micro G Assert 7 is a step up in terms of weight. Under Armour pared down the design of this sneaker model to make it even more lightweight than before. The men's version weighs in at around 9.1 ounces while the women’s weighs around 7.6 ounces. This makes these sneakers extremely lightweight on the feet, especially considering the amount of durable rubber on the outsole.
The mesh that is placed throughout most of the upper allows the sneaker to maintain a high level of breathability. Even with the under-layer of cushioning foam material, the sneaker remains highly breathable. This foam does not extend throughout the entirety of the upper, rather, there are a number of spaces between the foam that feature only the mesh overlay which allows for great airflow. Because our feet sweat a great deal when we work out, it is important that our shoes are breathable in order to prevent discomfort and blistering. The Under Armour Micro G Assert 7 will definitely allow your feet to breath
throughout your workout.
The Micro G foam featured in this shoe’s midsole allows for cushioned comfort as soon as you step into the shoe. This foam is thinner than competing foams, but it delivers excellent comfort all the same. The EVA sock liner
within the sneaker also provides excellent underfoot comfort and will help your foot feel protected and well-cushioned while you run. The two-layered upper also delivers a great amount of comfort because the foam pads in the underlayment will cushion and support your foot, especially at the midfoot, while the mesh will flex and adapt to your foot shape and move with you as you run. However, it should be noted that several users have said that the toe box area of this particular version of the sneaker is tighter than previous versions and that the sneaker as a whole tends to run about a half size small.
The low-profile silhouette of these sneakers gives them a versatile style. The colorways offered in both the men's and women’s versions are all very attractive and are mostly pretty subtle with some offering a bit more of a pop of color. The mesh upper and molded midsole
give these sneakers an edgy look which will allow them to be worn both to the gym and out on the town easily.
The outsole of the Under Armour Micro G Assert 7 is fairly durable, especially considering the fact that these are designed to be road-running sneakers
. The thick rubber outsole placed throughout much of the outsole makes the sneaker very abrasion-resistant and will allow the shoe to have a longer life. The midsole is engineered to be lightweight, responsive, and durable. Because the outsole is so protective, it will help the midsole to maintain its shape and give it more structural integrity. The upper is also pretty durable thanks to the double-layered makeup. The foam inner portion will help the sneaker to retain its shape while the mesh will help the shoe flex and bend with your foot and keep it from being too restricting and prevent it from tearing due to too much stress.
These shoes will best protect you if you use them for which they were designed: road running. The durable rubber outsole will protect your feet from underfoot debris and will keep you from too much ground feel. The midsole is designed to absorb shock
on the heel strike and will protect your joints from unnecessary jarring. The foam pods in the upper will protect your feet against irritation while the firm heel counter will clutch your heel and protect your foot from slipping out. The EVA sockliner will not only add to the protection against shock, but it will also detract from negative space within the foot chamber to prevent blistering and sliding within the shoe.
The Micro G foam technology exhibited in the midsole of this sneaker makes it highly responsive
. Micro G foam is 30% thinner than competing foams while providing a similar bouncy ride. Because the foam is thinner than many other foams on the market, it allows your foot to be closer to the ground which will enable you to change direction quickly, thus enabling a heightened response. This midsole foam works with both the rubber outsole and the flexible mesh upper to move and bend with your foot easily, hence making the sneaker very responsive and reactive to your movements.
The Under Armour Micro G Assert 7 is a relatively supportive shoe with its solid platform consisting of a durable rubber outsole and responsive yet thin Micro G foam midsole. However, this particular shoe is engineered for the neutral runner, meaning that it does not offer adequate support for runners who tend to over-pronate or under-pronate. The support that is offered is more geared toward the neutral runner
and will allow a smooth heel to toe transition and underfoot comfort. The mesh upper and leather overlays on the heel will both hug the foot securely and keep the neutral road runner supported throughout their gait. One user also said that these shoes were great for them and supported their high arches.
The Micro G Assert 7 was engineered to be worn on the road. The durable rubber outsole does not boast an aggressive lug system so if you choose to wear them on more technical terrain, you may encounter some problems. However, the outsole works well on track, concrete, asphalt, grass, indoors, or even well-packed trails.
The design of the shoe is best for these surfaces and will perform well if worn correctly.
Currently, the Under Armour Micro Assert 7 can be purchased for the bargain price of as low as $42. Of course, depending on the size, colorway, or site that you purchase them from, this could go as high as $70 but either way, you don’t have a whole lot to lose monetarily if you want to try these sneakers out.
The traction offered through this sneaker is pretty adequate if you use them appropriately. The rubber outsole will allow you to grip the concrete, asphalt, track, or indoor underfoot conditions easily since it is relatively grippy and durable. However, if you choose to take them out into the woods for an off-road adventure, they may not perform as well due to the fact that they lack a heavy-duty lug system. Some users said they were surprised how well they gripped the ground even through wet running conditions
Flexibility is an area where the Under Armour Micro G Assert 7 excels. The outsole is equipped with a number of flex grooves which allow the sneaker to bend and flex more naturally as you run, all while providing grip and durability as well. The midsoles proprietary Micro G foam technology is thinner than many other foams on the market and is designed to be lightweight, responsive, and flexible. The EVA sockliner within the sneaker adds another layer of cushioned comfort but does not detract from the sneaker’s flexibility due to the fact that is thin and not too bulky. The upper is made up of small foam padding on the inner portion and lightweight flexible mesh on the outer portion, allowing it to bend and flex with you as you run. Overall, this sneaker is extremely flexible.
These sneakers are not marketed as “stability” running sneakers but that does not mean they do not feature any stabilizing features. The rubber outsole works with the Micro G midsole to provide a stable and solid platform on which to rest your foot so you will feel supported the minute you step in. The upper is a dual-layer design with foam pods comfortable supporting and hugging your foot and a mesh top layer that will flex around your foot shape to deliver a customized fit. The heel counter of the shoe is relatively firm and will stabilize your heel as you step down.
The drop featured in this neutral road-running sneaker is a neutral drop of 10mm. This means that from your heel to forefoot, there is a 10mm drop. This is a common drop measurement for neutral road running sneakers.
- Proprietary Micro G midsole foam technology is lightweight and supportive and delivers excellent response
- Durable rubber outsole with multiple flex grooves for adequate flexibility
- EVA foam sockliner adds more comfort, cushioning, and support
- Dual-layer upper help the sneaker mold and adapt to your foot without detracting from its breathability
- Firm heel counter will hold your heel in place and help keep you supported
The main praises of this sneaker sung by reviewers are the fact that they are comfortable and lightweight. Another great feature of this particular sneaker model is the fact that it looks great in the gym or on the street accompanying your favorite pair of jeans. The styling of the sneaker is extremely versatile and suitable for running or for everyday wear. Another great thing about these shoes is the price tag. Under Armour is edging their way into the athletic shoe market more and more and the fact that these are a surprisingly amount less than many other sneakers out there on the market just may make them worth your while to give them a shot. With all that said, the main complaints about the Under Armour Micro G Assert 7 is that it lacks the flexibility and response some runners are looking for. Although the shoe is relatively flexible and the midsole material is designed to deliver a response, some say it is not adequate enough for optimal training performance. In the end, the price tag may just be the catalyst to trying them out to see for yourself.