Under Armour SpeedForm Europa brings a whole new feel to the low-moderate stability shoe category having a uniquely minimal, customizable upper on top of compressed rubber with traditional medial posts.
It includes an invigorating, no-nonsense feel for both speedwork and long runs but isn’t my top choice for either.
This can be a great shoe for starters and low to mid mileage runners having its drop height of 8mm. giving it an all-around “normal” feel, the steadiness apparent yet not excessive.
I really like it for workout days that combine running intervals mixed together with strength work since I don’t wish to be changing under armour shoes sydney backwards and forwards.
“Europa” pulls from Greek mythology, as well as the upper occurs to remind me of Nike Odyssey‘s wrap-around fit that may be shallow yet has more give it than say, Kayano 23, which I’d call “snug.”
I still labeled Odyssey 2 as a result, however the unbridled mesh of Europa’s toebox in addition to its medium width keeps me with “close-fitting with stretch inside the toebox” to describe it.
If you have a medium-width foot and broad toes, under armour sydney would feel nice snug (“nice,” if you appreciate that sort of thing), similar to my long, skinny peeps in Odyssey.
The shoes’ upper construction with loops for that laces provide for similar customization of upper lockdown based on runner preference.
Overall in ride and feel, Europa is strikingly comparable to Brooks Ravenna 8 with the former being wider inside the toe, narrower from the heel, and a little more stable and also the 86dexgpky maintaining a softer yet thinner midsole.
The shoe’s fit and ride also competes well with ASICS GT-2000 and Mizuno Wave Inspire; Europa supplies a a little more rounded tip around the shoe plus a less structured toebox fit.
It feels most comparable to GT-2000 and Ravenna 8 as a result of similar drop heights from heel right down to forefoot of 8mm, 10mm, and 10mm respectively (my “sweet spot” range), with Europa and under armour shoes online offering a more smooth transition.
GT-2000’s higher stability is about proportional to the heavier weight, .7 oz. from Europa in my measurement of women’s 9.5, with Ravenna in between.