While we’re waiting for the Curry 4 to hit shelves, Under Armour blessed us with the improved version of the Curry 3. Now, it’s the same scenario as with the Curry 2 and Curry 2.5 upgraded version, so it’s not the first time that we see brand doing that.
If you didn’t have a chance to see images of the upcoming Curry 4 model, check out my IG – basketball_diagnostics).
So the UA Curry 3 was a good performer with plenty of room for upgrades – cushion & traction is probably the main areas that kept this shoe from being a top tear model. Hopefully, they fixed all of these issues in the Curry 3ZERO.
That’s been said, welcome to my Under Armour Curry 3 ZERO Performance Review! Let’s get it!
TECH: MICROG, CHARGED
TYPE: MID TOP
FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
RETAIL PRICE: $120
BD RATING: 7.6/10
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The Curry 3ZERO features completely different setup – Mesh and Fuse backing for additional durability. If we take a quick look at the Curry 3, there was a Threadborne and AnaFoam setup which really felt nice on foot. So, I have no idea why Under Armour decided to downgrade the upper with these simple materials.
However, it really doesn’t feel cheap or uncomfortable by any means. Yes, the upper on the regular Curry 3 has that premium look and originality. But performance & comfort vise this “budget” setup didn’t let me down.
This time the upper offers more supportive structure while still keeping softness and comfort on a medium level. That being the case, if you’re that type of player which prefers more containment and stiffer surface then this is what you want.
Personally, I’d prefer Threadborne and Anafoam combo over Mesh & Fuse only because it’s more flexible and softer.
I was super pumped when I first heard that Under Armour has finally introduced the MicroG technology in Steph Curry’s signature line. Unfortunately, my happiness didn’t last long…
What we have is a dual-density MicroG midsole with a Charged crash pad in the heel for more bounce and better impact protection.
To be honest with you, I completely didn’t notice any changes in terms of how performance goes – the same stiff setup with almost no impact protection & zero bounce. That’s disappointing since I truly thought that this would be a third best cushioning in the market. Sadly, this isn’t the same MicroG that I was familiar of.
One thing I understand as a consumer, Under Armour is creating shoes specific for Stephen Curry’s play style and requirements. So I really can’t blame them just because I didn’t like some of their stuff.
Still, I’m not saying that this shoe is bad or not suitable for anybody out there, it’s not like that. Pretty sure that lighter players or guards will enjoy this setup quite a bit since it offers superb court feel and responsiveness.
STILL HAS ONE PROBLEM
No changes in this department – same Herringbone traction pattern which performs BEASTLY on clean courts but comes short on dusty courts.
I as mentioned, on clean surfaces I didn’t receive any slippage problems at all, outsole performs on elite level. However, this “ELITE” level quickly disappears when you step on a dusty court. The outsole attracts dust like a magnet, so consistent whipping is required to maintain that nice grip.
Even so, outdoor player can easily throw them outdoors since the rubber compound is on a firmer side.
PRETTY MUCH THE SAME
While the new materials took a place in the Curry 3ZERO, overall fit doesn’t change that much. In fact, the only differences are improved support, foot containment and reduced flexibility. It might sound a lot, but in reality you barley can feel it.
The Mesh is quite soft & breathable, so you’re getting pretty nice comfort while still having that supportive one-to-one fit.
One thing I didn’t like was that huge Fuse overlay in front, covering almost half of the toe area. That’s why you lose just a little bit of flexibility there. Not a deal breaker but they could have leave as it was on the Curry 3.
IMPROVED HEEL SUPPORT
Instead of real carbon wings on lateral sides and a huge external heel counter, there’s now the ankle strap which is appears to be cheaper & better alternative.
This strap is actually connected with the lace system, therefore when you lace these bad boys that strap locks your heel in tightly. So the overall heel lockdown is improved quite a bit.
Other than that, there’s nothing new – same support features & same performance.
Although the Curry 3ZERO didn’t bring anything new to the table, it’s still a good performer with a few tweaks and misses here or there.
They’re already on sale at FINISH for $100 bucks. At this price range I can’t see any reasons why not to buy them – comfortable & supportive upper, great traction (if you keep it clean), solid support & lockdown and responsive traction with tons of court feel.
As I said, if you’re that type of player whose top priorities on court are quickness and responsiveness, then this is a perfect option for you.
Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on the UNDER ARMOUR CURRY 3ZERO. Which version is your favourite?
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