Under Armour SpeedForm Fortis
Under Armour was founded in 1996 in Washington D.C. It was primarily a sportswear and casual apparel company, until 2006, when they decided to develop their first line of footwear. This year, Under Armour, celebrates their 20th anniversary as a company and their 10th year of making incredible shoes. It is the perfect time to try the Fortis. With Under Armour’s SpeedForm technology, you will instantly feel the perfectly molded heel cup wrap your foot for speed.
By consulting the unlikely resource – a bra maker – for the design and fit for this shoe, Under Armour obliterated the rules of current footwear construction. Under Armour got the idea from the space program that consulted a bra maker in order to understand precision fit and movement, so they could make the spacesuits that originally took our astronauts to the moon. Now, no running footwear company understands the combination of fit and movement like Under Armour. Under Armour is running in the right direction with the SpeedForm Fortis.
- Features a 4D Foam reactive layer in the sockliner that conforms to the natural shape of the foot, making the fit more precise
Adjustable strap on heel adds stability by locking the heel right where it belongs
Charged Cushioning System in the midsole absorbs impact energy
Features an embedded sockliner with moisture wicking capabilities
The midsole is constructed of MircoG Foam, which conforms to the foot for more customized comfort
- Has AmourVent® mesh to make the shoe light and trap less heat.
- Some runners felt that their foot slid forward easily in the shoe.
- A few runners reported blistering around the ankle area.
- Runners with wider feet may need a larger toebox.
Have you ever heard the salesman’s pitch, “Spend money on what comes between you and the ground”? Well, with the greater durability of the SpeedForm Fortis, you are likely to replace your shoe less often, saving more time and money. The solid rubber outsole not only offers coverage of high impact zones with greater durability, the SpeedForm Fortis offers this with less weight than traditional running shoes.
You know you are getting the Charged foam Cushioning when you see the custom logo and bolt-inspired midsole graphic. Below, the Charged Cushioning midsole is a second layer of foam, called Micro G®. The lightweight Micro G® makes your landing so wonderfully cushioned and shock absorbing then turn it into an explosive toe-off. This type of cushioning is important, not only for comfort but also to reduce strain on the body, as well as to protect knees and ankles.
When manufacturers want to keep a sewn garment watertight, Bemis Seam Tape will cover up the needle holes. Without it, even the most waterproof fabrics will leak through. Many runners appear to appreciate the next-to-skin support of the upper and feel this enhances the comfort of the run. The upper also features 360º reflectivity. This 360º reflectivity allows you to remain visible in low-light conditions.
There are no seams on this shoe... just one continuous piece of feather-light material that hugs your feet. The SpeedForm Fortis provides runners with a lightweight design with a powerful running experience. It is especially great for consistent runners with a natural gait, for runners obtaining lower mileage, or for trainers who need a shoe that can handle the gym.
Traditional mesh jerseys use layers of uniformed holes to wick away moisture and provide ventilation. These holes must be relatively small and do not really disperse much heat. On the other hand, ArmourVent™ utilizes a pattern of variable sized holes on a single-ply sheet of polyester. This allows for the use of larger-sized holes, making it lighter and trapping less heat.
These also have a portion of silicone rubber that has been added around the ankle part of the heel cup, which helps a lot to keep the feet locked in place where they belong. These have such adequate flexibility they really don't seem to need much effort when breaking them in. It also helps that the additional cushioning in the heel and well-placed flex grooves under the forefoot allow you to maintain your natural stride. However, if you’re using custom insoles or need a shoe with extra support, the Fortis might not be the right one for you.
The Fortis is a full ounce lighter than the Gemini. In addition, they feel like they have a design that is a bit leaner than the Gemini, although both of them have a drop of 8mm. The Fortis has set the pace for a few other performance designs from Under Armour, including the Fortis 2, TXTR, the Fortis Twist, Fortis Vent, Fortis Atom, Fortis Night, Fortis Pixel, Fortis Graphic, and also the Fortis Burst.
The durable rubber found around the high wear areas of the Speed-Form Fortis protects the shoe from wear and abrasion. It also protects your pocketbook from a high rate of shoe replacement.
The heel cup is designed to provide shock absorption for people with heel pain, especially heel pain related to the heel-strike phase. (Note* Heel pain is the most common type of foot pain and may be a symptom of heel spurs or plantar fasciitis. Consult a physician for further information.) In addition to the seamless heel cup, the 4D Foam molds to the natural shape of your foot.
•Cushioned and responsive Charged Cushioning System in the midsole.
•MicroG foam for shock absorption
•360º reflectivity allows you to remain visible in low-light conditions.
•The heel cup Has added silicone, which provides a more secure heel fit, allowing more control
•lightweight, and breathable ArmourVent™ mesh
•Under Armour's SpeedForm design offers less distraction during the run
•Ultrasonic welded seams give a next-to-skin irritation comfort and support
•Adjustable heel strap locks the foot down for a more secure fit
"After all, this is what fast feels like!™"