The original Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind had impressed us. Living up to the hype of a do-it-all better single-piece lattice-structured midsole that doubles as an outsole, we loved how the neutral trainer didn’t just support well, but grips just as well as any dedicated rubber outsole – both in forward and lateral movements.
Nearly half a year on, the American performance sportswear company has built on that success with an update – the Flow Velociti SE. And in this White and Orange colourway, streaked like the tail of fireball, the new Velociti SE is as stunning as its older sibling.
Key differences between UA’s new Flow Velociti SE and the Flow Velocity Wind lie in the upper.
While the Warp mesh upper in the Velociti Wind offered excellent ventilation and support, the SE features a flat knit upper for greater flexibility and breathability, yet structured to wrap over the foot’s metatarsal for support, and a sense of security in the knowledge that your feel are protected.
As a whole, the Velociti SE’s look is sharper, sleeker and very premium with infused woven TPU yarn over the midfoot and heel for a snug, secure feel that is noticeable once the shoe is broken in after a handful of runs. In particular, that ‘new shoe’ looseness disappeared over time, evolving into a nice cossetting wrap that made it second nature to reach for the Velociti SE whenever it’s time to head out and run.
Elsewhere, a full knit tongue and plump cushioning around the collar and heel ensure that every run is as comfortable as possible. At 235g for a standard US 9-sized shoe, the Velociti SE even manages to be 6g lighter than the 241g Velociti Wind.
On The Run
A clean look and softer wear-in feel aside, the Velociti SE is as impressive to run in as the Velociti Wind.
It’s light yet well cushioned, sharp around corners and versatile enough for all manner of active pursuits. Just as we noticed (and loved) in the Velociti Wind, the shoe has a knack of being telepathically connected to you.
Be it in giving you the necessary feedback from the ground, the responsiveness to pick up the pace, the confidence in its grip or the psychological nudge to run that little bit faster, the Velociti SE makes it easy to find your rhythm and get the best out of every run.
Runners keen on improving their performance will love that the UA Flow Velociti Wind also connects to UA’s Map My Run app so each effort can be tracked with personalised tips for improvement.
Durability of the Flow midsole continues to impress. Having clocked just under 80km of road running in the writing of this review, our test shoe shoes little signs of excessive wear and continues to impress.
While we’re impartial to mesh or knit uppers as long as they serve their purpose well, the UA Flow Velociti SE will probably edge it for runners looking for a focused lightweight runner that fits nice and snug with great breathability.
The UA Flow Velociti Wind is priced at $199 and available at Under Armour boutiques or online at www.underarmour.sg