I received my shoes this evening. Out of the box, the SpeedForm Geminis are very light and has a thicker wedge than other Under Armour shoes I’ve seen. The upper material is like a neoprene sock material and it feels like it can be worn with or without socks (I’ll be running with socks on). The top of the shoe is vented and seems breathable. The colors are bright and hopefully will reflect light during my night/early morning runs. I see only two reflective spots on the shoe, on the top of the shoe and at the back of the heel. The laces are spongy and thick.
I am a user on MapMyRun and through them, Under Armour contacted me and told me that they were impressed with my training mileage. As a reward they gave me a pair of SpeedForm Geminis to test out for free! Under Armour has expanded their SpeedForm family and created the Gemini and are advertising its precision fit, superior impact protection, and adaptive support for every runner. These shoes will be out sometime in January, but you can get more information about them here. I am very excited to be one of the first runners to try them!
After slipping the shoe on, the first thing I notice is that the SpeedForm Geminis run big. I asked for a size 6, and I have about an inch of extra space in the toe box. The toe box has a good width for my average feet and I can wiggle my toes.
There is some contact around my lower ankle due to the Gemini’s high ankle height. I’m hoping that I won’t have any problems during my first outing with these shoes. There are anti-slip rubber pads that run along the inside of the collar and makes me think that Under Armour intended runners to wear these shoes without socks. The inside sole is not as cushioned around the heel, like a pair of Asics or Brooks, but it feels supportive. I feel some kind of support right under the balls of my feet even though these shoes run big. The tongue is sewn in and does not move. It’s actually in the perfect position my my foot. The midsole is thick, yet pliable. The forefoot flexes nicely. However, I notice that the outer sole is thinner than my current Brooks Ghost 6s, and those have 280+ miles on them.
I am VERY excited to run in these shoes, and I’m VERY thankful to Under Armour for providing me a pair to try out. Stay tuned to my blog to hear how the first run goes!
What are YOUR favorite shoes to run in? Lemme know below and happy running!
January 9, 2015 Update – I will be using my new Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini’s on my WDW Marathon 2-miler recovery run! Stay tuned for the review!