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I’m looking at these Under Armour TriBase Reign 4 Pro Amp training shoes. I was drawn not only to Under Armour’s choice to use quite an interesting colour scheme, maybe an acquired taste for some, but this would be my first time trying out shoes made by Under Armour, so this is new territory for me…
What are they like to wear, how did they perform and overall, do I think they are worth spending your money on?
Let’s Take a Closer Look at the TriBase Reigns
I’ve never actually owned a pair of Under Armour shoes before, ever. I actually think a lot of people would say the same thing.
In the UK where I’m from, Under Armour haven’t really reached anywhere near the same levels of popularity that Nike and Adidas have, but they are low-key respected.
These shoes are clearly competing with the Nike Metcons and maybe even the Reebok Nanos which are two very popular shoes in this area that you have probably already considered.
I have reviewed them both
The first thing that struck me about these shoes is of course the colour.
These shoes are available in more toned down colours. The black ones do look very nice but I thought these multi coloured ones looked more interesting.
The way these shoes look on the website is really eye-catching, the colours pop and they really grabbed my attention, but when they arrived and I first opened the box I was actually really disappointed.
The colours just don’t pop like they do on the website and the shoe to me looks a lot different.
It’s almost like the shoe they’ve used on the website image is a different shoe or the image on the website has been photoshopped or something.
The dimensions don’t look the same, the sole looks a little thicker on the real life shoe and the material and design on the shoe just doesn’t look like the same design on the website image.
I don’t know why that is, but I had a look at the reviews after I bought these and there are a lot of people actually saying the same thing. It’s kind of weird.
I would assume that Under Armour did a lot of work in photoshop to make this shoe look better on the website and I understand shoe companies editing images to make their products look more attractive or to clean up things, it’s common practice with product photography, but I think they overdid it a bit.
If I could go back I would definitely go for a different colour or maybe not at all if there’s a risk the shoe doesn’t look like the website image.
How Do They Perform?
As usual I did a range of activities in them to test their comfort levels and performance. (See video)
The performance of the TriBase Reigns was pretty good. They felt flat which is what I expected and they performed well in running and plyometric box jumping moves.
Squats and deadlifts felt good, the sole is pretty hard and flat, just what you need.
There are soft sections in the sole which do provide a little bit of cushioning, but these are by no means a soft and squidgy shoe.
These have a 2mm heel to toe drop, so your foot is well and truly flat. These aren’t barefoot shoes but you do feel a really good connection to the ground due to that really low drop. It’s a little lower than the Metcon 8 which has a 4mm heel to toe drop.
This probably won’t be a big deal for most people.
In terms of comfort for me the Metcons did feel a little more softer. But the difference in comfort isn’t massive.
Running in them felt OK. Not much to complain about. In my opinion, not good enough to replace a pair of running shoes, after 2k they did get very uncomfortable, so I wouldn’t recommend them for long distance running.
I just didn’t feel these had enough support in the front of the shoe for running longer distances, but for shorter distances they were adequately comfortable. I think most gym goers who buy these are more likely to be using them in the weight room rather than running long distances. But it’s just something to bear in mind.
Under Armour TriBase Reign 4 Pro Amp – My Rating
Under Armour TriBase Reign 4 Pro Amp – My Verdict
A decent fitness shoe, very comfortable to wear and a worthy competitor to the very popular Nike Metcon, however, I was disappointed at how bad they looked in the flesh. Maybe consider some of the other colours available.
“I think the TriBase Reign are a good pick, just have a look at the full range of colors before you buy!”