The Under Armour Flow Velociti Elite is a shoe that clearly looks and feels built for speed, but doesn’t have that same wow factor that you do get from other top tier carbon racing shoes.
Lovely looking, light-fitting upper
Stable feel on runs
Feels like a good daily trainer option
Feels a touch firm on longer runs
Feels more like a speedy daily trainer
Lacks the pop of other racing shoes
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Under Armour Velociti Elite: One minute review
The Under Armour Flow Velociti Elite is another running shoe that wants to be on your feet when you want to run your fastest. Unfortunately, it's a little bit too expensive and not high-performance enough to merit inclusion on our list of the best running shoes.
Like Nike’s Vaporfly 3 or the Asics Metaspeed Sky+, the Elite aims to give you that speedy feeling over longer distances, grabbing features from UA’s own impressive Flow Velociti Wind 2 along with on-trend race shoe features like a carbon plate, a more race-friendly midsole wrapped up in a light design to make it ideal for speedier runs.
Like fellow top-tier racing shoes, the Elite does not come cheap. It’s coming to play with the big boys, but does it manage to give Nike, Adidas, Asics and company a run for their money? Well, perhaps not quite.
Under Armour Flow Velociti Elite: Specifications
|Component||Under Armour Velociti Elite|
|Price||$250 / £220 / AU$300|
|Weight:||220g (Men's UK size 8)|
|Midsole||Flow cushioning technology|
Under Armour Flow Velociti Elite: Price and availability
- $250 in the US
- £220 in the UK
- AU$300 in Australia
The Under Armour Flow Velociti Elite launched in April 2023 with a hefty £220/$250 price tag, putting it firmly up against carbon racing shoes like the Nike Vaporfly 3, Adidas Adio Pro 3, Asics Metaspeed Sky+ and the Endorphin Pro 3.
Surprisingly, they're slightly better value in Australia, at only AU$300 on the Under Armour store at time of writing. However, it's still a lot of money to drop on a speed shoe, especially when there are better out there.
- Value score: 3/5
Under Armour Flow Velociti Elite: Design
- Mesh upper
- Flow midsole and outsole in one
- Dual-density midsole
For the Elite, Under Armour has clearly taken a lot of design cues from its Velociti Wind and then made things considerably lighter to make it better suited for longer, quicker runs.
You’re dealing with an 8mm heel-to-drop matching the drop on Nike’s Vaporfly 3. It’s 36mm at the heel and 28mm at the toes, so it actually comes in lower than Nike’s latest super shoe.
There’s a mesh Warp upper, which is thin and has a cross hatch-style look that lets you see into the shoes in sections and is supremely breathable, while the lockdown it delivers from the laces, tongue feels good for speedier sessions.
Below that is a lot of new and slightly new things from Under Armour. Like the Wind, it uses Under Armour’s latest Flow midsole with that foam forming the outsole of the shoe to reduce the overall weight of the shoe.
Along with a full-length carbon plate is a new version of its Flow foam and a Pebax foam that provide the bread to this midsole sandwich. That midsole makeup aims to deliver the kind of explosive, propulsive and excitable ride while delivering high energy returns to make it well suited for longer distances. There’s also a TPE sock liner included to add to that promised bouncy ride while that foam runs into the outsole promising to offer a strong grip and make it a shoe that can handle a lot of use.
All in all, it’s a shoe that looks fit for running fast, feels great to wear and Under Armour has pulled out some big features to help it match up to the competition. So in the design department, it’s got a lot of things right here.
- Design score: 5/5
Under Armour Flow Velociti Elite: Performance
- A stable carbon plate racing shoe
- Outsole grip is great and feels durable
- Felt slightly firmer on longer runs, lacks some pop
The first good thing to report about the Elite is that it gets a hell of lot right with the fit. I had mine in a UK size 8 and weight-wise it dropped in at 220g. That puts it at the heavier end of the carbon racing shoe clan, but it does still feel like a pleasingly light shoe to go quick in. The room up front at the toes was ideal, the midfoot hold was good and there was no sort of slipping at the heel.
Having run in the Velociti Wind, I had some expectations of what the Elite’s Flow midsole would feel like and hoped it would be more of the same but better. What you notice first is that this is a shoe that feels very stable to run in and that’s a good thing. That’s not the case for most racing shoes in this price range, so it was good to see that even when you ease off or run a mixture of speeds, the Elite can handle it.
When I picked things up on the pace front, the Elite felt pretty smooth, agile, but when I was searching for the same kind of energetic, propulsive ride I’ve experienced with early testing of Nike’s Vaporfly 3 and longer term testing of the Asics Metaspeed Sky+ and Saucony Endorphin Pro 3, I just didn’t get the same feeling here.
There’s no great rocker feeling you get with some of those other shoes mentioned, where you can feel like you’re rolling through at speed with assistance. That doesn’t feel like the same story on the Elite. I also felt the firmer side of that midsole on longer runs, particularly near the toes.
On shorter, sharper runs or intervals, the Elite felt at its best, but if you’re not a fan of a slightly firmer feeling shoe, you might have problems getting on board with what the Elite feels to run in.
The outsole remains a highlight move by UA on its latest shoes and it feels nice and grippy on the Elite. When you hit that ground you feel nicely connected to it and there’s been no terrible signs of wear after hitting 50 km running in it, so it feels like it’s well built for a generous amount of training and race time.
There’s clearly a good shoe in the Elite, but whether it matches the similarly priced competition is up for debate. To me, it felt more like a speedy daily trainer as opposed to a shoe I’d want to turn to for a long-distance race day chasing down a PB, but there are plenty of those for better value. I just didn’t see enough in those longer runs that convinced me that I’d grab it over a super shoe from Nike, Asics or Saucony where you just get a more energetic and propulsive feeling overall.
There are definitely some things UA has got right here. It looks like a great racing shoe and fits like one too, and trying to introduce something to its own Flow shoe tech was a positive move. Ultimately though, it doesn’t quite pay off with a racing shoe that costs big money and didn’t blow us away on every run.
- Performance score: 3.5/5
Under Armour Flow Velociti Elite: Should I buy?
|Value||Better value in AU, but still very expensive, especially compared to performance||3/5|
|Design||Excellent, from the upper to the combination of Flow and Pebax foam.||5/5|
|Performance||Missing that rocker feeling and other factors that would help you grab it over a competing super-shoe||3.5/5|
|Total||Some great design choices are marred by a few frustrating performance niggles.||3.5/5|
Buy it if...
You want a great-looking racing shoe
Under Armour has nailed the look here on the Elite and is pretty much all you could want in a racing shoe in terms of fit and lockdown too.
You like a firmer feeling shoe
The dual-density midsole isn’t quite as plush as some other super shoes, but if you prefer a firmer feeling midsole that’s more responsive than highly cushioned, then the Elite will appeal.
You want something to use for racing and training
The Elite feels durable enough to use for a mixture of racing and training, which isn’t something you can say about a lot of other top tier racing shoes.
Don't buy it if...
You want the best shoe for faster days
While the Elite is a step in the right direction for Under Armour and taking on the best racing shoes in the business, it doesn’t deliver the same propulsive feeling.
You want a Nike Vaporfly alternative
While the aim would’ve been to be uttered in the same breath as something like the Vaporfly, the shoes feel like they are in different categories.
You just want something to train in
If you’re looking for a shoe that you can use for your speed training, then there are plenty of cheaper options that can do the job instead that can even double up as great race day shoes as well.
First reviewed: June 2023
Michael is a freelance journalist who has covered consumer technology for over a decade and specializes in wearable and fitness tech. Previously editor of Wareable, he also co-ran the features and reviews sections of T3, and has a long list of bylines in the world of consumer tech sites.
With a focus on fitness trackers, headphones, running wearables, phones, and tablet, he has written for numerous publications including Wired UK, GQ, Men's Fitness, BBC Science Focus, Metro and Stuff, and has appeared on the BBC Travel Show. Michael is a keen swimmer, a runner with a number of marathons under his belt, and is also the co-founder of YouTube channel The Run Testers.