There is a New Running Shoe in Town: Women’s UA Charge RC Running Shoe

I admit it; I had a prejudice - a prejudice against running shoes. I only wore Nike. I had previously tried all other brands: Adidas, New Balance, Saucony - you name it, I had owned it at one point. For the longest time, Nike was the most comfortable and best choice for my super sweaty “grandma” feet (no offense against grandmas – I love grandmas).

Then it all changed. Under Armour (UA) lured me in with their bitchin’ fluorescent colors and ambitious claims: “EVERYTHING UA DOES RIGHT WITH APPAREL, BUILT INTO THE NEXT GREAT EVOLUTION OF THE RUNNING SHOE.”

I love UA apparel so I gave the shoes a try figuring that if they weren’t functional I could at least wear them casually. I can unequivocally and without hesitation tell you the shoes are amazing and I absolutely LOVE running in them. Lately there has been talk about how running barefoot is actually better than with shoes on. Apparently, our feet are meant to absorb much of the shock and impact of running. By wearing shoes, we are actually causing more problems for our knees and joints. I do not plan on running barefoot anytime soon but do believe the latest UA running shoe, the Women’s Charge RC Running Shoe, is the next best option.

The shoe is very lightweight and conforms to my foot very well; it almost feels like I am wearing a thick dry-fit sock. They also have a “springy” quality that makes me want to take off running. My feet sweat an abnormal amount and even after miles of running my feet feel dry. The shoe soaks up the sweat very well; wet shoe equals dry foot. So toss you’re your prejudices aside and try something new. 

The UA website describes the shoe best (and is accurate in my humble opinion):

“WHAT’S IT DO? The UA Charge RC packs seven game-changing innovations into fast running shoes that weigh in at less than 10 ounces. A two-piece upper encourages your foot to flex like it does naturally. Snug, UA compression wraps your forefoot muscles in a squeeze that maximizes their strength and slows fatigue. UA HeatGear® fabric wicks away sweat to keep your feet dry, cool, and ultra-comfortable. Micro G® foam and a carbon fiber spring plate add a bounce to each step, converting downward heel-strike energy into forward energy. Inside, our 4D Foam™ sockliner literally molds to your foot for a slip-free fit. We added more of it around the collar, so you won't even feel this shoe around your ankle. Be light on your feet. And be quick about it. With the fast, innovation-packed UA Charge RC.”


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Comment by Sheena Green on February 16, 2012 at 11:09am

This is awesome, thanks so much. I'll for sure have some photos for ya.

Comment by Karen Bartuch on February 16, 2012 at 11:05am

Thank you guys for participating and take pics in your new gear and POST HERE PLS!

Comment by Karen Bartuch on February 15, 2012 at 4:59pm

You are all winners! Thanks for playing! UA coupon coming your way...

Comment by Tiffany Chapin on February 12, 2012 at 9:59pm

The UA Tactical Boots for men have received amazing reviews ... any idea when they will be making them for women?  

Any suggestions on Tactical Boots for women, mine are about worn out? 

Comment by Tiffany Chapin on February 12, 2012 at 9:43pm

I have a pair of the the UA Assert Running Shoes and they feel amazing.  They are lightweight and breathable.  I live in Florida and it gets pretty hot & humid in the summer.  

As for my favorite UA Gear .... I would have to say my UA sweatshirts are my favorite!!!  I have about 4 of the UA Fleece Logo Hoodies!!

Comment by RAS on February 8, 2012 at 12:14pm

I've only been running (or at least what I call running) for a couple years. I wear Asics GT-2150 a solid running shoe recommending by the fine folks at Fleet Feet Shoes. However, for my next pair, I plan to use the Runner's World Magazine's "Shoe Finder" Online App to help pick the type of shoes which is best for my running style, build, etc. It is pretty cool. Check it out at

Comment by Sheena Green on February 8, 2012 at 9:15am

I haven't tried a pair of UA shoes... yet. But these look awesome!

I'm currrently training in a pair of Colombia Outpost Hybrid to wear during the Tough Mudder this May. The Outpost Hybrids are designed to bail water quickly and are very lightweight. I've worn them to my Crossfit type bootcamp and work for me but I bought them to get dirty and take me through all types of outdoor terrain.

The Charge RC looks like it would make a great second pair for indoor training.

Comment by Kimberly R Eversole on February 7, 2012 at 11:38am
I own 4 pairs of UA athletic shoes, and tons of their gear (people comment that I must have stock in it...) anyway, I have flat feet and cannot run in Nikes I wore my 1st pair of UAs 4 years ago to train and compete in an indoor triathlon and loved them ever since. I'm shopping for a new pair currently wasn't thrilled at the the UA outlet store had but their website usually has the latest versions as well as free shipping. If for some reason they don't work for you to run in they still look great with jeans and and sweatshirt on a day off :)
Comment by Sabrina Karels on February 7, 2012 at 9:53am

I really like my Asics Gel Nimbus; however, those look very awesome, so I would love to give them a whirl.  I also love that UA supports Wounded Warrior Project, so I always feel good about buying from them.  Anyone have any details about the arch support and stability?  So, I'd really like that coupon to try these!  :)


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