Under Armour SpeedForm Europa brings a fresh feel towards the low-moderate stability shoe category with a uniquely minimal, customizable upper along with compressed rubber with traditional medial posts.
It provides an invigorating, no-nonsense feel for both speedwork and long runs but isn’t my top choice for either.
This really is a great shoe for starters and low to mid mileage runners with its drop height of 8mm. creating an all-around “normal” feel, the steadiness apparent yet not excessive.
I love it for workout days that combine running intervals mixed in with strength work since I don’t wish to be changing under armour shoes au to and fro.
“Europa” pulls from Greek mythology, and also the upper occurs to remind me of Nike Odyssey‘s wrap-around fit which is shallow yet has more share with it than say, Kayano 23, which I’d call “snug.”
I still labeled Odyssey 2 therefore, although the unbridled mesh of Europa’s toebox in conjunction with its medium width keeps me with “close-fitting with stretch within the toebox” to clarify it.
In case you have a medium-width foot and broad toes, australia under armour would feel nice and snug (“nice,” if you love that kind of thing), similar to my long, skinny peeps in Odyssey.
The shoes’ upper construction with loops for the laces permit similar customization of upper lockdown depending on runner preference.
Overall in ride and feel, Europa is strikingly comparable to Brooks Ravenna 8 with the former being wider in the toe, narrower within the heel, and slightly more stable and 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 on the shoe as well as a less structured toebox fit.
It feels most just like GT-2000 and Ravenna 8 due to similar drop heights from heel down to forefoot of 8mm, 10mm, and 10mm respectively (my “sweet spot” range), with Europa and under armour outlet australia offering a much more smooth transition.
GT-2000’s higher stability is around proportional to its heavier weight, .7 oz. from Europa in my measurement of women’s 9.5, with Ravenna directly in between.