Under Armour SpeedForm XC

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Under Armour SpeedForm XC Review Facts

The Under Armour SpeedForm XC is a lightweight neutral trail-running shoe. The single-piece synthetic upper utilizes UA Storm technology to repel water and improve durability while maintaining breathability and keeping the weight light. The UA SpeedForm technology cuts the sole’s weight in half compared to other trail running shoes, making the SpeedForm XC an ideal choice for speed. The seamless heel cup, molded foam foot, and ultrasonic seal upper give the perfect fit that provides stability and comfort while eliminating the risk of sliding. Looking for a shoe for your next race?  How about a daily road run or a jog down a path? The Under Armour SpeedForm XC could be the shoe for you!

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Good traction 
  • UA Storm technology 
  • Seamless heel cup 
  • Foam footbed 
  • Perforated upper
  • Lightweight shoe
Cons
  • No wide sizes
  • Lack of support
  • Not supportive of over-pronators
  • Lack of durability when going over rough terrain
What are buyers saying?

We have spent 4 hours analyzing a total of 700 reviews.

These reviews are then categoried into "Positive" and "Negative" feedback.

Below you will read a summary of them:

Positive
  • These shoes are very versatile in training style and super comfortable They are the shoes I wear for competitions. They hug nice to the back of my heel and I am able to sport them with anything.
  • In love with these shoes. These work for my runs and in the gym. I feel like they are good for everything and they are really comfortable.
  • This is a comfortable and forgiving shoe. I am able to use these all day and take them to the gym. I am so pleased with my purchase, just a great shoe.
  • I didn’t have to break these in at all. They gave me no problem on the little rugged terrain I like to run on in the trails by my house. These shoes are great!
  • I love these shoes a lot. This is my third pair and I can wear them in any weather. They are thin and they wear a bit faster than I would like but they are so comfortable and great I buy them anyway. They are so light and cushy.
  • These shoes are so light but they are also sturdy and hold up to the trails here in CO. I do not feel the rocks under my feet when I am running.
  • These shoes held up so good in the Tough Mudder. 11 miles of garbage and debris with not one sprain, slip or slow down. They did not gather any dirt either. I was able to wear them right out of the box. I am very happy with these shoes. I even bought my husband a pair and he loves them too.
  • These are flexible and have a great design to them. I use these for my cardio workouts and they are so very comfortable and supportive. The shoe has a great response and is not stiff at any point of wearing them.
  • I love UA products. These were a bit less than I was expecting: thin, less support than other models, lacking padding. However, for a simple shoe to wear rond they are great. I do like the shoe, really, just not as great as the others, like I said.
  • I have bought these in every color available, I love them. They are really great with crossfit and laterals. They fit perfect and to ie with no break in time. I also wear these for lifting and they never give me any insecurities.
  • These are my everyday, everything shoes: the gym, walking, work, Etc.. You name it I am wearing these babies. They are so comfortable and light. I do not really feel like I have shoes on. My feet are quite large for a woman too and these keep me feeling like I have clown feet. They have a nice profile and look great on.
  • I love wearing these as a casual shoe although I do take them to the gym. They just look great. They are a thin shoe and lack padding for any serious running. The tongue and lacing system do not work well together either and the logo is an ron on I think. But the rest of the shoe is dynamite.I plan on buying some other coors of these.
  • These shoes are the shoe when it comes to shoes. Wether your running a tough mudder or just casually wearing them. The "traction of these shoes are incredible. You can feel them grab the ground as you walk. Incredibly lightweight. I got the his vis yellow and get compliments and questions on them all the time. These are pretty much my daily driver shoes. Whether I'm mountain biking (these shoes become one ,literally, with bike pedals due to the tread on them which makes me feel a lot more secure and more in control.), hiking, or working in them they feel awesome on my feet.
  • I am training for a race and these have surprisingly been holding up. After reading reviews about the thickness and cushioning I was worried. They are thin and light but have not been painful or fallen apart. Looks can be deceiving. I am very happy with these and would recommend for a light trainer.
  • I own a lot of pairs of these, all different colors. They fit like they are supposed too and have been wonderful for my warm up running and gym training. I do weights and intervals and they are wonderful and just the right amount of support.
  • These are a lighter trailer. They are good for mild mountain bike trails that I have around my house and have proven to work great for cross training. I got these a half size smaller and they fit so good. These are a bit more stretchy on the heel than I like and might be a bit unstable in mud and wetness. I will definitely buy them again they are so comfortable.
  • These are so light and have a good performance response to them. They are comfortable all over ad work amazing for crossfit. I jump around alot and d burpees and man are these stable. They really snug your feet and the toe box is just wide enough without being overly swimmy.
  • I was not expecting much from these because they seemed so light and thin but they have really held up and for what they are, the grip is great. These are my hiking shoes and they really offer tons of support and grip well. Id say some of the best shoes I have ever used.
  • Typical thin UA style shoe. However, they stepped their game up and somehow kept the same material, just stronger. They have a great grip to them and have soft soles that allow you to feel the ground but with control. Super comfortable and just a really great shoe.
  • These shoes broke in like a dream. I underestimated them, these things are beasts. They are roomy and airy and stable. But they are light and the material is thin yet takes a beating. They clean up really nice and easy too, which is a plus. I cannot recommend these shoes enough.
  • I love the color and design. These have to be the lightest trail shoes I have ever had. They are so comfortable I forget that they are on my feet. Best trail shoes out there.
  • cI like that I can take these in the woods and also on the street. They are very versatile and look great. They are very comfortable. I wouldn’t use these as a runner though, they seem a bit to thin for that.
Negative
  • I only wore these a few times and they started separating at the sole. I am not happy with this. I need a shoe that will last a bit.
  • I have only had these shoes for months and they are ripping apart, specifically at the sole beds. Super disappointed.
  • These shoes lack some serious durability. The toes busted out after a little over a month. Not good!
  • These shoes are great shoes, really. The just need to learn how to make this shoe with more durable fabric and better stitching and gluing. It is coming apart rather quickly and with only a couple months of use. The toes are busting out and the soles are separating.
  • These suck in wet and cold weather. I mean they are comfortable but not made for any outside environmental issues. I mean, as soon as I took them out in a little mist, my feet were soaked. I feel that this shoe absorbs water more than keeps it at bay. I do not like this a bit.
  • These shoes looked stressed out after only a few miles. I got a couple good sprints in and they started to disintegrate and separate at the sole. They drained goo and looked good after a wash but this isn’t good that they only last about 20 miles.
  • I got some of the worst blisters I have ever had with these shoes. These are a bit narrow with a wide to box and they rubbed my arches raw. Hamburger arches, which are so painful, it takes you out of running for a bit.
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Of the 700 reviews we found in total, 20% were negative, and 80% were positive.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole is made of rubber with lugs designed to give grip on a flat or uneven terrain. The design uses two colors in an aggressive trail tread pattern that provides durability and stability. It provides enough flexibility to go over hills or uneven terrain. The lugs allow runners to tackle light trails or fly downhill without slipping or losing control. The outsole is anatomical, giving a natural fit and superior performance. Its landings are quiet, providing virtually no feedback.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole is made of a Molded 4D Foam Footbed and full-length Micro G foam. The firm yet flexible footbed eliminates slippage by conforming to the foot's exact shape, creating a personalized fit. The soft Micro G foam cushions the landings, absorbs the impact and returns that energy to create explosive takeoffs. The outsole's traction lugs extend to the midsole, improving off-road grip and stability. There is a neutral amount of arch support. The UA SpeedForm technology cuts the weight of the sole in half compared to similar shoes, resulting in a lightweight, no-distraction racing shoe.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper is made of perforated mesh and micro-perforated synthetic material. The UA Storm technology makes the shoe durable and water-repellent: it takes about five miles of steady rain to soak the shoe. The perforated mesh isn't as breathable as open mesh, but it still provides decent ventilation. The SpeedForm XC has a seamless silicone heel cup for a locked-in fit and a TPU heel counter for stability. There is a good amount of room in the toe box. The SpeedForm XC also uses Bemis tape with ultrasonic welded seaming for a comfortably close fit. Its laces help hold the foot in place, although the lack of overlays make it challenging to obtain a snug fit. The collar is padded for comfort.
Weight
Weight

Weight

One of the most attractive features of the SpeedForm XC is its weight. The men's shoe weighs 8.5 oz and the women's shoe weighs just 6.9 oz. Under Armour uses SpeedForm technology to make the shoe lighter, resulting in a sole that weighs half as much as similar shoes. Even the upper, although water resistant, is designed in such a way as to not compromise its weight. The low weight makes the shoe a popular choice for racing and fast workouts, and the shoes are so light that they don't get in the way when going over hills or trails.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The perforated mesh material in the upper provides superior breathability. Although not quite as breathable as open mesh, multiple reviewers stated that the shoe breathes well. The UA Storm technology repels water without sacrificing breathability. The micro-perforated upper uses an ultrasonic seal for breathability. These features make it possible to run in adverse weather conditions and also reduce the risk of hot spots, sweating, overheating, or blisters.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The SpeedForm XC delivers comfort in two ways: a personalized fit and a decent amount of cushioning. The upper has a padded collar and a seamless heel cup and uses an ultrasonic seal, ultrasonic seaming, and Bemis tape so that the shoe fits perfectly and without irritation or hot spots. The toe box has a good amount of room for movement. In the midsole, the Molded 4D Foam footbed fits the foot's exact shape and the Micro G foam cushions landings while absorbing shock and converting the energy into explosive takeoffs. The anatomical outsole also gives a natural fit. Many users noted how comfortable the shoe is, giving it either the maximum comfort rating or the one just below it.
Style
Style

Style

The Under Armour SpeedForm XC shoe comes in bright, vibrant colors that are popular with younger runners. Many young runners used the SpeedForm XC for racing, daily running, or on roads and paths. Men can choose between aluminum/blue jet/white, yellow/white/charcoal, black/grey/camo, and greenhead/hyper green/white. Women can pick from pink shock/twilight purple/strobe, snorkel/faded ink/Caribbean blue, lead/dark grey, and neo pulse/bright pink. Unfortunately, the shoe is either sold out or discontinued in many retailers, so not all colors and sizes are available at this time.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The shoe's durability is provided by the outsole and the upper. The outsole's trail tread lug pattern gives a durable ground grip. The upper's water repellent UA Storm Technology makes the shoe water and abrasion resistant and better able to withstand the elements. The SpeedForm XC received mixed reviews on durability. Some users reported going 150+ miles without any sign of wear or deterioration, while others started to experience loosening and deterioration in the upper after just three or four runs. The biggest problems seemed to be when users would go over technical terrain; the users who ran on roads or paths did not seem to have these issues.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The SpeedForm XC protects runners in a variety of ways. The UA Storm Technology makes the shoe water-repellent and protects the shoe against the elements. The heel cup with its silicone grip keeps the heel in place and protects the ankle from rolling. The covered seams protect against irritation and hot spots. The Molded 4D Foam footbed eliminates slippage by conforming to the foot's shape. The Micro G foam cushions and absorbs shock in order to protect joints. Although most reviewers complimented the level of protection, some of them reported a lack of stability and shock absorption when going over technical terrain.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

In a running shoe, responsiveness is important because runners need to be able to move quickly and easily, whether they are out for their daily run or competing in a race. The SpeedForm XC is like a minimalist shoe because of its light weight that allows the shoe to be carried more easily and the runner to maintain his or her energy over a longer period of time. The main technology that gives the shoe responsiveness is the full-length Micro G foam in the footbed. It cushions landings, absorbs the shock and returns that energy in the form of an explosive takeoff.
Support
Support

Support

The Under Armour SpeedForm XC gives a good amount of support for neutral runners. The TPU heel counter stabilizes the foot and the seamless heel cup locks it in place. The midsole provides a neutral level of arch support, ideal for runners who have high or medium-high arches and do not normally require additional arch support. Runners who require additional support will need to use arch supports or add an insole. The micro-perforated upper with ultrasonic seal provides some lateral support, but it is flexible and not structured enough to securely hold a foot on unstable footing. This is why going over rough trails and technical terrain is not recommended, and over-pronators might want to consider another shoe.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The ideal terrain for this shoe is paved roads, dirt roads, or groomed footpaths. The lugs provide a decent amount of bite for going on uneven surfaces, but not so much bite that running on a flat surface is a chore. The shoe is flexible enough to go uphill and has enough traction to quickly and safely go downhill. Problems arose from lack of durability, lack of stability, and lack of shock absorption when runners tried going over technical terrain, which is why only flat or slightly irregular surfaces are recommended. It also does not have the necessary spikes for slippery or icy terrain. The shoe could be used for a daily run and is light enough to use for racing or speed training. It is also comfortable enough to use on a treadmill.
Price
Price

Price

The price is about average for a running shoe. It is light enough to be great for speed, has enough grip to go over some uneven terrain, but is lacking in durability and stability to go over technical terrain, so an average price seems fair. The shoe was initially released in 2014, so some sizes and colors are discounted, but most stores that still have the shoe in stock are charging full price due to lack of availability because the shoe has been discontinued.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The SpeedForm XC's traction is provided by the outsole's lugs. It gives a decent amount of bite for going on roads and light trails, and allows the user to quickly and easily run downhill. However, because the lugs are closely spaced, they do not grip dirt well during lateral moves. The terrains it could be used on are paved or dirt roads, groomed footpaths, light trails, or treadmills. It does not have the necessary traction spikes to work well on snowy, icy, or slippery terrain.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

While the Under Armour SpeedForm XC's outsole and midsole are flexible enough to move with the foot over uneven terrain, its main flexibility features come from the upper. The upper is made from a micro-perforated synthetic material that is both flexible and lightweight. It does not use overlays, which improves flexibility due to lack of structure. Some reviewers really liked the flexibility of this shoe because it does not restrict movement, while others thought it was too flexible, lacking stability and fitting too loosely after the first few runs.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The SpeedForm XC has a few features that stabilize neutral runners. The traction lugs in the outsole and midsole are engineered to stabilize the foot on off-road surfaces. The TPU heel counter keeps the heel in place. The Molded 4D Foam footbed eliminates slippage by conforming to the foot's shape. The upper does not use overlays, which helps with flexibility but does not offer stability. Although the shoe's support is listed as “stability,” the SpeedForm XC really only provides enough stability for neutral runners over roads or light trails and is not sturdy enough for over-pronators or going over any kind of technical terrain.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The heel height is 18 mm and the forefoot height is 10 mm, giving the SpeedFormXC a drop of 8 mm. A standard drop is around 12 mm. Lower drops allow the shoe to be more evenly padded as well as keep the foot closer to a natural/barefoot level where runners use the forefoot more. Some runners reported feeling less pain with smaller drops, noting sore muscles and knee pain for larger drops. Runners who normally run on the forefoot do not seem to be affected by different drop levels.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

  • UA Storm technology repels water while maintaining breathability

  • UA SpeedForm technology gives distraction-free running

  • Seamless Heel Cup has Silicone Grip to lock in the foot

  • TPU heel counter adds stability

  • Micro-perforated upper with ultrasonic seal makes the shoe breathable yet durable

  • Ultrasonic Welded Seaming makes the shoe fit next to the skin

  • Molded 4D Foam footbed creates a perfect fit and eliminates slippage

  • Micro G foam cushions landings and creates explosive takeoffs

  • Traction lugs on the outsole and midsole give off-road grip and stability
  • Bottom Line
    Bottom Line

    Bottom Line

    Under Armour SpeedForm XC is true to its name. Its light weight allows for speed and maneuverability, and the midsole and upper use technologies to really conform to the shape of the foot. Its upper repels water and the color choices make it a popular shoe for younger runners. Areas for improvement are durability and stability; Under Armour advertises the SpeedForm XC as a trail shoe, yet it cannot be used over any kind of technical terrain for more than a few runs. Overall, the SpeedForm XC is a great shoe for racing, speed training, running on roads and paths, or quick daily workouts.