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(The Gear Loop) - Where most running shoes we feature have a laser focus on improving running gait and helping users beat personal bests, the latest UA Hovr Phantom 3 from Under Armour is here to support those with more general training needs.

Although perfectly adept at pounding the pavement, this neutral, responsive running shoe has been designed with some of Under Armour’s professional athletes in mind - especially those looking to put in the hard miles between seasons.

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According to UA, the footwear design team analysed the demands of the sport-driven athlete who is hitting the pavement through short runs and intervals as part of a comprehensive training regimen.

This means the shoe will happily transition between the treadmill, strength work in the gym and fast sessions in the wild, where perhaps improving a 5K time is priority number one.

In order to create a shoe that can handle the rigours of running, but also perform in the weights room, Under Armour increased breathability and improved fit when compared to its predecessor.

On top of this, the implementation of the latest evolution of HOVR midsole technology now runs the full length of the midsole in the Phantom 3, meaning a plush feeling underfoot without compromising on propulsion.

The heel fit has also been revised, so it is now more snug for a locked-in fit and feel. Finally, moulded detailing in the midfoot and lower contour around the ankle not only improve fit, but offer stability and ease of entry benefits.

In terms of offset, there’s a hefty 8mm from heel to forefoot, in order to aid the perfect running gait, while a men’s UK size 8 tips the scales at just 311g, making it extremely light and effective.

The Under Armour Hovr Phantom 3 retails at £120 and is available to buy now.

Writing by Leon Poultney.