Under Armour SpeedForm Europa brings a brand new feel towards the low-moderate stability shoe category with a uniquely minimal, customizable upper on the top of compressed rubber with traditional medial posts.
It gives you an invigorating, no-nonsense feel for both speedwork and long runs but isn’t my top choice for either.
This is a great shoe for novices and low to mid mileage runners using its drop height of 8mm. passing it on an all-around “normal” feel, the stability apparent but not excessive.
I enjoy it for workout days that combine running intervals mixed together with strength work since i have don’t need to be changing under armour shoes au to and fro.
“Europa” pulls from Greek mythology, as well as the upper happens to remind me of Nike Odyssey‘s wrap-around fit that is certainly shallow yet has more give it than say, Kayano 23, which I’d call “snug.”
I still labeled Odyssey 2 as such, nevertheless the unbridled mesh of Europa’s toebox along with its medium width keeps me with “close-fitting with stretch from the toebox” to describe it.
For those who have a medium-width foot and broad toes, under armour sydney would feel nice and snug (“nice,” if you want that sort of thing), comparable to my long, skinny peeps in Odyssey.
The shoes’ upper construction with loops for that laces enable similar customization of upper lockdown depending on runner preference.
Overall in ride and feel, Europa is strikingly much like Brooks Ravenna 8 using the former being wider in the toe, narrower within 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 provides a slightly more rounded tip about the shoe plus a less structured toebox fit.
It feels most similar to GT-2000 and Ravenna 8 because of similar drop heights from heel as a result of forefoot of 8mm, 10mm, and 10mm respectively (my “sweet spot” range), with Europa and under armour shoes australia offering an even more smooth transition.
GT-2000’s higher stability is around proportional to the heavier weight, .7 oz. from Europa inside my measurement of women’s 9.5, with Ravenna directly in between.