Under Armour Speed Swift 2 Fully Reviewed for Quality
The Under Armour Speed Swift 2 is available in a wide variety of colors, is reasonably priced, and features an attractive design. It’s a shoe that’s best suited for gym workouts or casual wear. It just doesn’t have the kind of support users would need to run training, however. If you do choose to use the Speed Swift 2 for running, it’s a better choice for shorter distance training. This neutral shoe is a good option for new runners who are unsure of whether they plan to stick with the sport in the long run.
Keep reading our in-depth Under Armour Speed Swift 2 review to find out if it is worth the investment.
- Comfortable cushioning
- Fairly lightweight
- Decent traction
- Good for wide footed users
- Lacks support
- Durability issues (outsole, cushioning)
- Not very flexible
- Short instep
The outsole on the whole, however, lacks durability. It's not a good option for long distance training and is better suited for indoor gym workouts, treadmill runs, and occasional outdoor training. The outsole does provide good traction, though, which reviewers appreciated. It also hasn't changed significantly since the original version of the Speed Swift 2.
The moderately cushioned midsole is best suited for shorter distances and less intense workout routines. Under Armour did not change the midsole construction since the first iteration of the shoe, utilizing the same foam material.
That the shoe ran small was one of the most common complaints from reviewers. The upper isn't super supportive, which some reviewers did not appreciate. It may have something to do with the fact that the shoe is built quite extensive.
Narrow-footed runners will likely run into issues with support and stability because of this. The front of the shoe also has a reasonably low instep, which makes the toe box seem smaller than it is. Some runners found the toe box so shallow that they were unable to wear the shoe at all. The short height of the forefoot area is not fixed by sizing up, either, so those with a high instep should opt for another shoe.
Compared to the original version of the shoe, the Speed Swift 2 doesn't have the same amount of overlays, which helps with breathability but reduces the amount of support the wearer receives.
Reviewers were happy with how breathable the Speed Swift 2 felt on runs and during workouts.
Wide-footed runners also liked the broader construction of the Speed Swift 2, but some users complained that the instep of the shoe was too short to accommodate their forefoot area comfortably. A few reviewers wanted more cushioning in the midsole, but otherwise, the lightweight design was well received by users. The fit issues remain the same compared to the original version of the Speed Swift 2.
It seems Under Armour did not address this issue with this update.
The design of the Speed Swift 2 is also an excellent choice for those who are looking for a versatile trainer that can be worn casually. The stylish look of the Under Armour Speed Swift 2 makes it a popular choice for wearers who want an athletic looking sneaker to wear for errands, walking the dog, or otherwise.
The cushioning in the midsole of the Speed Swift 2 also tends to squish down and compress easily, so it doesn't stay as bouncy and responsive as it feels, to begin with. The shoe is, however, quite lightweight, so some users may gravitate towards a lighter shoe and be happy with sacrificing durability.
The outsole, although not super durable, does offer decent traction, which helps keep runners for losing confidence in their footing when the ground is uneven or wet.
Still, the lightweight design, energy-return, and rebound make for a smooth ride.
Reviewers felt the shoe was better suited for walking or standing for a long period.
The lugs underfoot are suited for providing grip on indoor treadmills, or dry pavement. The shoe is capable of handling the wet ground, but otherwise, it's not built with aggressive conditions in mind.
Otherwise, it's minimal and makes the shoe a poor choice for long distance running. It's also not an excellent choice for runners or any kind who require support and stability.
- Micro G foam midsole is extremely responsive
- EVA sock liner is soft and comfortable
- Breathable mesh upper
Durability is a definite issue with the Speed Swift 2 and sizing run small, but the cushioning - although there could be more - is super responsive and comfortable. This shoe is an excellent option for high-intensity interval training, sprints, or indoor training at the gym. There's a lack of support, so runners with biomechanical issues beware.
The Under Armour Speed Swift 2 is probably best suited for average-sized full footed runners who fall into the neutral category who want an entry-level shoe for training or working out.