Under Armour Spine Clutch

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Under Armour Spine Clutch Review Facts

The Under Armour Spine Clutch was designed to be a fast shoe. This shoe is lightweight and has optimal amounts of flexibility, allowing it to bend and move with your foot’s natural movements. The Under Armour Spine Clutch features the UA Spine™ Chassis technology, a unique outsole/midsole cage system. The Under Armour Spine also utilizes a 4D foam footbed and a breathable mesh upper made out of Under Armour’s ClutchFit material. This shoe is responsive, lightweight and comfortable.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • UA Spine™ Chassis technology
  • 4D foam footbed
  • ClutchFit mesh upper
  • Flexibility
  • Comfort
  • Reasonable price
Cons
  • Does not perform well on wet surfaces
  • Durability
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Under Armour Spine Clutch has an outsole made out of solid rubber. This shoe has a low profile and the outsole provides optimal ground contact. The UA Spine™ Chassis System can be described as a cage that fits around the midsole and outsole of the shoe. This foam system allows this shoe to be flexible. The outsole of the Under Armour Spine Clutch is also flexible and responsive to both your feet and the ground. This shoe has a moderate amount of traction. Some reviewers stated that the Under Armour Spine Clutch did not perform well in wet conditions. Also, some reviewers felt that the outsole of this shoe showed signs of wear after the first few runs. However, the outsole of the shoe is responsive, flexible and comfortable.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Under Armour Spine Clutch is made out of Under Armour’s Micro G foam. This foam is designed to absorb energy while you run and to then release it, creating a solid energy rebound. This design minimizes impact and distributes energy enhancement throughout your foot when running. The Micro G foam midsole is supposed to reduce stress and fatigue and is responsive while running. Another feature of the Under Armour Spine Clutch is the 4D foam insole. This insole is a basically a contoured foam footbed that is able to create a customized fit for your foot. This insole adds support and comfort to the Under Armour Spine Clutch. The Under Armour Spine Clutch has an impressive midsole that is comfortable, responsive, and supportive.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Under Armour Spine Clutch’s upper is made out of a breathable mesh material. This material, is known as ClutchFit. The ClutchFit material is similar to Under Armour’s popular compression shirts; it stretches to fit without feeling restrictive. This material is very comfortable. The Under Armour Spine Clutch has a second layer of underlays that provide structure and support to the shoe. The underlays create a mid foot lock down, designed to keep your mid foot in place while running. The heel also has distinctive support. The Under Armour Spine Clutch has a snug fit; the ClutchFit material hugs your foot and expands and contracts with movement. Despite this sock-like fit, the Under Armour Spine Clutch features a roomy toe box. Overall, the Under Armour Spine Clutch has a comfortable and supportive upper that is also breathable.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Under Armour Spine Clutch is considered to be a lightweight shoe. The men’s version weighs in around 9.9 ounces and the women’s version weighs in around 8.3 ounces. The Micro G foam midsole and the UA Spine™ Chassis technology both contribute to the lightweight quality of the shoe. Many reviewers find the Under Armour Spine Clutch to be a fast shoe. The low profile design and lightweight qualities make this shoe ideal for training and fast runs. The energy returning midsole also helps to keep this shoe light and fast. While the Under Armour Spine Clutch is not the lightest shoe on the market, it performs well and is also comfortable and supportive.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Under Armour Spine Clutch’s upper is made out of Under Armour’s ClutchFit mesh material. Similar to Under Armour’s popular compression shirts, this material has a sock-like fit. This material is breathable and offers moderate amounts of ventilation. Some reviewers found that this material is not as breathable as they would have imagined it to be but others found it to be adequate.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Under Armour Spine Clutch offers various elements of comfort. The midsole features both the Micro G foam midsole and the 4D foam insole. The Micro G foam is responsive and comfortable. This foam is designed to absorb impact while running, offering less stress and more comfort for your feet. The 4D foam insole contours itself to the natural shape of your foot, providing a comfortable and personalized fit. Another contributor to the Under Armour Spine Clutch’s amount of comfort is the upper portion of this shoe. The upper portion is made out of ClutchFit mesh. This mesh material stretches to fit around your foot, but does not leave it feeling restricted. Instead, the ClutchFit material stretches and contracts to the movement of your foot. This shoe has a sock-like feel that is comfortable and supportive.
Style
Style

Style

The Under Armour Spine Clutch is a stylish running shoe. The upper features what can be described as an almost “checkered” pattern. The pattern is created by offset colors and gives the appearance of an eye-catching woven design. The midsole and outsole have the appearance of being encapsulated due to the UA Spine™ Chassis technology. Many reviewers appreciate the shoe’s appearance and also the level of versatility and comfort that it offers.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Due to the UA Spine™ technology and the rubber outsole, the Under Armour Spine Clutch offers moderate amounts of durability. This shoe performs well on roads and pavements; however, some reviewers stated that the shoe shows signs of wear and tear prematurely. Some runners report using the shoe on light trails, but because of the durability issues many runners seem to encounter, its best to stick to the roads in order to prevent premature wear.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The Under Armour Spine Clutch provides a good amount of protection, if kept to the surface it was designed for. The upper portion has a wide toe box providing comfort and protection while running. The synthetic underlays give the upper unit structure and help to keep the ClutchFit material in place, protecting your feet from the elements. The moderate level of breathability also helps to keep your feet cool and dry. The Under Armour Spine Clutch’s midsole helps to protect your feet from stress and fatigue. The Micro G foam midsole absorbs shock from impact and redistributes it, protecting your joints from the harsh impact of the road and pavement. The outsole is covered in a thick rubber, and it provides moderate amounts of traction, enabling safety while running. Overall, when used on roads, pavements, and indoors, the Under Armour Spine Clutch is able to provide moderate levels of protection.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The outsole, midsole, and upper units of the Under Armour Spine Clutch add to this shoe’s level of responsiveness. The outsole is both flexible and light. This shoe offers support and comfort, while maintaining a certain degree of ground responsiveness. The midsole portion of the Under Armour Spine Clutch makes full use of the Micro G foam and its ability to be responsive to your foot’s natural movements. The upper portion of the Under Armour Spine Clutch literally stretches and contracts in response to your foot. This shoe is extremely comfortable and the amount of responsiveness makes it a versatile option for light runs, training, and indoor use.
Support
Support

Support

The Under Armour Spine Clutch is supportive and light weight. Sometimes these two elements are not easy to combine, but the Under Armour Spine Clutch does a good job of providing both comfort and support. To help add support to the upper ClutchFit mesh, synthetic underlays were strategically placed. These underlays provide support and structure. The underlays create a mid foot lock down which ensure that the Under Armour Spine Clutch stays in place while running. The midsole’s 4D foam foot bed adds a personalized support to your foot. The 4D foam foot bed contours itself to your foot’s natural shape.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Under Armour Spine Clutch is designed to be used on roads, pavements, and indoors. This shoe performs well on light runs, speed training, and as a basic trainer. This shoe is not designed for off road running. The traction does well on roads, but is not designed to withstand the rigorous trials of trails.
Price
Price

Price

Versatile and reasonably priced running shoes are not always easy to come by. The Under Armour Spine Clutch happens to be both. The original price of the Under Armour Spine Clutch was $100. However, since it has been discontinued, you can find it for even less. However, availability may be limited.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Under Armour Spine Clutch offers moderate amounts of traction. Many reviewers found the traction capabilities to perform well on roads, pavements, and indoor facilities. This shoe's outsole is made out of a thick rubber that spans across the whole length of the shoe. Some reviewers noted that this shoe does not handle wet conditions well, so keep in mind that this shoe performs best in dry conditions.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Under Armour Spine Clutch is a flexible shoe. The full rubber outsole that covers the entire length of the shoe is flexible, allowing full ground contact. The Micro G foam midsole is also flexible. This midsole is designed to bend and move with your foot, and also to disperse impact while running. The upper is made out of a breathable ClutchFit mesh material that bends with your foot and provides a secure fit. Overall, the Under Armour Spine Clutch has adequate flexibility.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Under Armour Spine Clutch was not designed to be a stability shoe. However, it does provide moderate amounts of stability. The Micro G foam midsole and 4D foam insole work together to create stability throughout the midsole. The upper portion of the Under Armour Spine Clutch utilizes synthetic underlays that also add support and stability to this shoe.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Under Armour Spine Clutch features a 9mm drop. This drop is a close to a standard drop for a running shoe. Many runners who are used to running with a traditional drop will find the Under Armour Spine Clutch to be comfortable and supportive. A traditional drop is thought to help minimize impact while running, especially in the heel.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• 4D foam foot bed
• ClutchFit mesh upper
• Micro G foam midsole
• UA Spine™ Chassis technology
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Under Armour Spine Clutch is a lightweight road running shoe with a modern design. This shoe is flexible, well-cushioned, and has moderate amounts of traction. The Under Armour Spine Clutch is most notable for the UA Spine™ Chassis technology, the Micro G foam midsole, the 4D foam foot bed, and the ClutchFit mesh uppers. Some reviewer found this shoe to lack the traction for wet surfaces. The Under Armour Spine Clutch was designed to be a light weight running shoe, but unfortunately, durability is lacking. This shoe is not durable enough for rigorous runs. When used for light runs, basic training, and indoor use, the Under Armour Spine Clutch performs well.