Under Armour Fat Tire GTX Review Facts
If you are looking for a shoe that provides extreme levels of grip as well as versatility in the weather conditions that it can be worn in, look no further than the Under Armour Fat Tire GTX. The shoe functions extremely well as a trail shoe due to the extremely unorthodox use of Michelin rubber on the outsole of the shoe; this material allows the shoe to grip at trails and various other terrains like it’s nobody’s business. Aside from this, the design of the shoe is one that enables the shoe to provide the wearer with a decent level of protection, which is necessary for harsh weather conditions.
A unique feature of this shoe is the amazing level of grip that the outsole of the shoe provides to the wearer; it’s nicknamed “Wild Gripper” for a reason. The outsole of the shoe is designed from the rubber compound that is used in the design of Micheline tires; this is the main reason why the shoe provides the wearer of the shoe with such a high level of grip on a variety of terrain
. The patterning on the outsole of the shoe is also one that is multi-directional and somewhat resembles the tread that we all see on tires on a regular basis; this also adds to the level of grip that the wearer of the shoe experiences while the shoe is on-foot.
The midsole of the shoe is designed primarily from UA’s charged foam material. This foam allows the shoe to be extremely impact resistant
and shock absorbing, taking in a decent amount of energy and redirecting it back out to the wearer of the shoe. This results in a comfortable feel for the wearer and a decent level of transition while the shoe is on foot. To be a trail shoe, the foam in the midsole of the shoe provides the wearer of the shoe with a decent level of support and cushioning while in use.
The upper of the shoe is full of wonderful surprises that are there to give the wearer an amazing overall experience. The Fat Tire features an upper with a Gore-Tex material that allows the wearer of the shoe to retain a decent level of “dryness”
for the duration of the shoes use. On top of this, the shoe has a sock-liner that works to back up the Gore-Tex and provide the wearer with a sense of cushioning. The upper is also breathable enough to provide the wearer of the shoe with a decent level of air circulation during use. The upper also features UA’s BOA closure system which allows the wearer with a snug overall grip during their time in use.
There’s no getting around it, the Fat Tire is a big shoe. The materials that are used throughout the shoe’s design are placed in such a way as to promote the shoe’s durability; this means that the shoe is somewhat bulky and designed to be able to handle a high level of stress being placed on it
. With that being said, the Fat tire weighs a whopping 18oz. Compared to various other “bulky” trail shoes this isn’t necessarily bad, but it is something that should be considered in any purchasing decision. The weight of the shoe means that wearer would have to deal with a bit more in the way of drag while running that’s all; the way that the sole unit of the shoe is designed, the shoe can provide the wearer with a decent transition.
The material that makes up the upper of the shoe is placed in such a way as to allow the shoe to provide a fair level of air circulation during use
. The material is very well knit and is mostly meant to prevent the wearer’s foot from taking on any damage from the outside trail terrains. Another thing to note is that since the shoe doubles as a boot meaning that it will need to lock in heat as well a provide a surface that can release it during a run; the shoe does this and more. The upper of the shoe is designed from primarily Gore-Tex material which also makes it relatively waterproof; another necessary feature for those shoes that are worn on various terrains, some of which may be damp.
The make of the shoe is one that simply screams, “Wear me, I’m comfortable!”
. The upper of the shoe is designed primarily from a mesh material that enables the shoe to provide the wearer with a decent level of breathability during use. The mesh make of the upper and the feel that is provided is only enhanced by the so liner that is placed in the same area; the sock liner gives the shoe a cushioned feel and is anti-bacterial meaning that it will prevent the wearer of the shoe from having to deal with a wide variety of issues that can stem from the growth of bacteria in a shoe. The materials that make up the sole unit of the shoe provide the wearer with a decent level of cushioning while on the trail terrain, further improving upon the level of comfort that was already provided by the shoe.
The Fat tire is not attractive at all
, but at least UA did their best. For starters, it’s imperative that the intended use of the shoe is mentioned; the Fat tire is supposed to double as a boot that wearers could use during the more strenuous seasons. This is why the shoe is so bulky and has all of the materials placed on both the upper and the sole unit of its design. The shoe doesn’t have much variety, especially seeing how it’s designed to primarily be a unisex shoe; this simply means that women and men will both be seen in the same cut and probably color of the shoe from time to time.
This is one bulky, heavy duty shoe
. The Fat tire is full of technology that enhances the life-span of the overall shoe. The sole unit of the shoe is designed from Michelin tire rubber which enables the shoe to have a decent level of durability during use; the rubber of the outsole is extremely thick and resistant to the effects of a variety of terrains, much like the material that is used for tires. The upper of the shoe is designed from a mesh material and is close-knit enough to provide the wearer with a decent amount of longevity during use; this is primarily because of the materials close-knit design and ability to handle a wide variety of obstacles that may come its way.
The Fat Tire is designed to provide the wearer of the shoe with a high level of protection during use. The upper of the shoe is relatively thick
and is able to handle a wide variety of things that may inflict damage upon the wearer’s feet; the thickness of the upper also aids in the wearer’s ability to handle certain weather conditions. The sole unit of the shoe has a certain level of thickness as well that allows the shoe to provide the wearer with a decent level of protection from the effects of the harsh trail terrains; while the shoe is worn the wearer is protected from being feeling the trail terrains.
The midsole of the shoe and the design of the outsole enables the Fat tire to have a fairly high level of responsiveness during use. The midsole of the shoe has a decent level of cushioning that enables the shoe to take in a decent amount of the impact
that the shoe deals with while the shoe is being used for it’s intended purpose. This results in energy being redirected to the wearer that also enables the shoe to have fairly smooth transitions during use. The sole unit of the shoe is somewhat rockered, which also works to improve the shoe’s ability to provide the wearer of the shoe with a decent level of transitions during use.
The shoe has fair levels of cushioning placed throughout which also enables the shoe to provide the wearer with a decent level of cushioning throughout its design. The sole unit of the shoe has dual layers of cushioning placed throughout; the midsole of the shoe is relatively hick and the outsole and it’s Michelin rubber is relatively thick. This dual-layered system enables the shoe to have a high level of comfort during its time in use; it also results in a high level of cushioning to be provided for the wearer’s heel and arch; this results in support for those areas of the foot as well.
The entirety of the shoe is one that is designed for wear on the more strenuous terrains such as trails. UA designed the shoe with an extremely thick sole unit that enables the shoe to be worn on various terrains
with little to no issues being given to the wearer of the shoe. The upper of the shoe also works to give the wearer of the shoe a decent level of cushioning during their time in wear. The design of the outsole of the shoe enables it to achieve a decent level of grip on various terrains due to its multidirectional lugs. The upper of the shoe is also waterproof which enables the shoe to have a decent level of protection from the elements on the damp terrains.
One thing to mention about this shoe it is somewhat on the more expensive side. The entirety of the shoe is one that simply has a plethora of technologies placed throughout, enabling the shoe to provide for the various needs that the wearer may have. Of these technologies are the mesh in the upper of the shoe and the material in the sole unit of the shoe; both have various things about them that enhance the shoe’s overall features. With that being said, the price of the shoe is somewhat justified by the technologies that are placed throughout the design of the shoe.
The Michelin rubber on the outsole of the shoe ensures that the wearer receives extraordinarily high levels of grip on the more strenuous trail terrain. The sole unit of the shoe has various lugs placed throughout in a multi-directional pattern that enables the shoe to provide for the wearer of the shoe in terms of grip on various surfaces.; the multidirectional pattern coupled with the rockered surface allows the shoe to grab at the surface that the shoe is worn on with little to no effort. This is especially important for the damp or otherwise “unsafe” terrains due to the shoe’s ability to handle those terrains with little to no issue at all.
The Fat Tire is sturdy enough to provide the wearer of the shoe with a decent level of security in their movements. The thickness of both the upper and the sole unit of the shoe allow for a decent level of stability to be incorporated into the shoe’s design. The sole unit of the shoe has a somewhat curved design that also aids the shoe in the area of stability and balances out the movements made in the shoe.
The drop on the Fat Tire is about 10mm. This is relatively insignificant in the making of a decision solely because of the fact that the sole unit of the shoe is rockered; the use of the rockered outsole and the various technologies used throughout allows the shoe to provide decent overall transitions and result in comfortable smooth rides for the wearer of the shoe.
• Charged cushioning
• Wild gripper outsole
• Gore Tex upper
• BOA closure system
• Cupron liner
Overall, the Fat Tire is a shoe that holds various surprises. The design of the shoe enhances the stability and provides a high level of support to the wearer of the shoe. The entirety of the shoe is one that enables the shoe to have provided for the various needs that the wearer may have on and off of the trail terrain that the shoe was designed for use on. The only “possible” downsides to the shoe are that it’s a bit on the heavier side and that it is a bit expensive; two things that can be justified by the intended use of the shoe and the functionality provided.