Under Armour Bandit 4. Photo by Cam Mitchell

Under Armour first jumped onto the running and triathlon scene with Chris McCormack, the three-time IRONMAN world champion. To most triathletes, the popular fitness shoe brand isn’t considered to be one of the go-to trainers of choice. However, the Bandit 4 is a shoe you’ll want to try this fall. Priced at $100.00 Canadian, this shoe offers lots of value for its price.

Under Armour’s Charged Bandit 4, is a neutral shoe that is made for triathletes looking for flexibility and cushioning. While out for my runs a reoccurring thought entered my head, “Is this really Under Armour?”

Before running in the Bandit 4’s, I always thought of Under Armour as your typical gym or field sports shoe, not a runner. Needless to say, I was impressed with its cushioning and lightweight features. Overall, the Bandit 4’s are a versatile shoe that you can feel comfortable wearing walking down the street or off to the track.

The Charged Cushioning midsole delivers cushioning and durability. Yet you’ll notice it’s responsiveness and energy return while you’re on the track. This isn’t a shoe I would log the long runs on. I found on my long runs the cushioning and durability of the shoe to wear out at around 15K (this was my experience). By the end of my longer runs, I would have aches around the arches and landing points of my feet (I’m more of a forefoot runner). This is a shoe you’re better off using for weekly track and tempo workouts or a 10K road race.

The Charged Bandit 4 comes in a variety of colours. Pictured here is the white/black model. Other colours are; black/red, black/graphite, black/black and steel/white. Based on its listed price, this lightweight (9 ounces or 255 grams) shoe is a cost-effective workout shoe.

You can find the Under Armour Charged Bandit 4 online or at your local running store.

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