What Run Oregon is Wearing: Under Armour Horizon RTT Trail Running Shoes

I’ve been a pretty serious runner for over 10 years and Under Armour shoes weren’t on my radar and they weren’t really a brand I heard about in the running industry. That is all changing, as Under Armour is really stepping up their game in the world of running and now they are introducing some pretty awesome shoes not only for the street but for the trails.

Company: Under Armour

Shoe: UA Horizon RTT Trail Running Shoes (womens) $109.99

Specs (from Under Armour:

  • Durable PU & textile upper for breathability & reliable protection
  • Reinforced welded synthetic material in critical areas for increased durability
  • Mesh heel with dual protective welds
  • Reinforced welded synthetic material in critical areas for increased durability
  • Molded collar foam package for added comfort
  • Charged Cushioning® foam puck placed under the heel for responsive comfort
  • Lightweight, full-length EVA midsole for optimal cushioning
  • High traction rubber lug outsole for dependable traction on a variety of conditions
  • Drop: 7mm
  • Weight: 9.2 oz.
  • Imported

Full disclosure: As you might have guessed from my comments above, I had never worn UnderArmour running shoes before I put these on my feet, let alone this brand in trail shoes. Another confession – I find that I do more street running than trail running due to where I live and how much time I have to run, so I haven’t owned a lot of different trail shoes over the years. However, I really enjoy trail running and I thought trying out the Women’s UnderArmour Horizon RTT Trail Running Shoes would be a great way to make it happen more frequently.

Initial Impressions: The first time I put them on, they felt a little narrow, but not constrictive. I feel like this is possibly to prevent debris getting into them too easily, and it’s just something I just needed to get used to since I’m more accustomed to “regular” running shoes not meant for the trails. No matter, because once they were on, they felt comfortable.

The look of a running shoe doesn’t matter to me as much as the feel, but I liked the aesthetic design of these, and I received some compliments from my runner friends too. The treads looked like they were meant for some serious business, so I was eager to see how they were going to perform in the rocky dirt and slippery mud.

Performance Impressions: I took these shoes on the trails at Tryon Creek as well as on a rainy, muddy day around Marshall Park and I was not disappointed. There were areas of the trails that were slick from rain and there were down trees I had to maneuver around, and the shoes accomplished these neogotiations beautifully. I also climbed and descended many good-sized hills on the trails and I never felt like I was going to slip or twist an ankle, as the shoes had a really good grip on the ground. The fact that I didn’t worry about falling is really saying something considering I don’t have as much experience on trails as many other “serious” trail runners.  They also felt lightweight on my feet while also very durable and never unstable. The trails in Oregon after the sort of weather we’ve had this winter demand a good “grippy” shoe to run with, especially on hilly terrain, and these shoes performed better there than any other trail shoes I’ve worn in the past. I was also impressed with how dry my feet stayed, even when I couldn’t avoid running through the puddles. Additionally, I found these shoes to breath well, as my feet never got hot in them.

I didn’t find any cons to these shoes since the concern over the narrow fit disappeared almost immediately and I never felt any pain or discomfort while running. I ordered my pair a half size larger than my typical every day shoes, and I would recommend the same for anyone else. The shoes are on the snug side, so it is worth noting when you are considering buying a pair for yourself. However, I personally tend to order up a half size with all running shoes due to the long miles causing a bit of foot swell and worry over the possibility of black toenails, so it might just be a personal preference.

I would recommend these shoes to casual trail runners as well as the tried and true trail runners, as I think they would do well for anyone looking to get off the main roads and into the mud and woodsy terrain.

Thank you to UnderArmour for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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