Under Armour SpeedForm Fortis Vent
Seeking to deliver a lightweight trainer that provides protection and a secure fit, Under Armour’s SpeedFoam Fortis Vent delivers in performance and durability so runners can keep going mile after mile without fear of slippage or wear and tear. Featuring an adjustable lockdown strap that keeps the back of the foot firmly in place and a next-to-skin design that fits like a sock around the foot without irritation, the Fortis Vent is snug but never suffocating. Perhaps this is due to the upper’s mesh material that’s both highly breathable and lightweight, which provides excellent ventilation to keep the foot cool and dry throughout a run.
The Fortis Vent’s midsole utilizes a dual-layer foam from heel to toe, which works two-fold: the top layer absorbs the force of impact while the bottom layer provides cushioning and gives each lift-off an extra boost. In addition, its sock liner also provides extra cushioning so the runner experiences a comfortable (but not too plush) ride. Its outsole has a durable rubber coating in the areas of highest wear and tear to lessen the impact and to extend the lifespan of the outsole, while flex grooves allow for more natural movement through the gait cycle.
With a sleek, stylish aesthetic that will appeal to fashion-conscious runners who enjoy their trainers to have a little flash, the Fortis Vent is a smartly designed running shoe that was made with durability and security in mind. While there are a few restrictions with this line–mainly that it’s meant for neutral runners only and the fit may be a little tighter than some are used to–if security and comfort are a priority when considering a new pair of trainers, the Fortis Vent may just be the shoe that fits. Providing a comfortable running experience in a lightweight trainer that also allows for natural, unrestricted movement, after miles on the road runners will appreciate this shoe’s highly breathable, secure, and well-padded design.
- ArmourVent™ mesh upper is breathable, flexible, and next-to-skin comfortable
- A great-looking shoe with a minimalist aesthetic
- Flex grooves on the forefoot of the outsole boost toe-off
- Lightweight despite the great amount of tech included in its design
- Some reviewers have noted that the shoe feels too tight
- Its heel grip has irritated the heel of some runners
- Dual-layer midsole provides both comfort and responsiveness
- Flex grooves on the outsole encourage a natural stride
- Breathable upper mesh keeps the foot cool and dry
- Very lightweight for all a shoe with so much tech included
Although the price may be slightly higher than some runners would desire, it’s the many benefits of the Fortis Vent that drive its cost up: after all, a lightweight shoe with these many features isn’t going to come in a budget trainer. For the runner needing a little extra--or wanting a deluxe lightweight trainer that encourages a natural stride--the Under Armour SpeedForm Fortis Vent is a great fit.