So the Clutch Fit Drive family has gone quite a long road already. This is the 4th generation sneaker, but this time without Clutch fit upper which was featured in all past models. That‘s why they‘re not featuring „CLUTCH FIT“in the name.
To be completely honest with you, I‘m now always get pumped for all upcoming UA basketball models because of that consistency this brand offers every single time. And this is a really huge reason why I’m lately catching myself throwing Under Urmour hoop shoes in my go to rotation.
So without further ado, let‘s dive into the UNDER ARMOUR DRIVE 4 review!
Weight: 377 g. / 13.29 oz
Type: HIGH TOP
Fit: TRUE TO SIZE
Retail Price: $115
BD Rating: 8.6/10
CHEAPER BUT SAME GOOD PERFORMANCE
So the UA Drive 4 doesn’t feature ClutchFit upper and that’s a little bit of a bummer because it performed perfectly on past models.
Now they’re using that well known, budget like material combo – textile mesh & neoprene. What can I say? Maybe it’s a cheaper setup, maybe it does look cheap, but damn, it feels good; and I’m totally not mad at Under Armour making this decision.
The soft Mesh material covers the toe & external forefoot areas, while the inner side of the forefoot and that ankle collar are rocking Neoprene. Also, as usual, there’s a huge Fuse overlay for additional durability which has 3M hits to look gorgeous when the light hits.
Neoprene is awesome as well. It really gets the job done by providing comfort for your ankles and letting your forefoot move freely, and obtain that enjoyable transition.
THINGS GETTING VERY EXCITED
The MicroG is back again, but this time not as a weak ass layer which was hard to feel on the UA Clutch Fit Drive 3. Now the whole heel area is featuring MicroG, so you already know that this is going to be a perfect cushion setup for bigger players.
Of course, we’re all waiting for that full-length MicoG finally making a comeback. But I understand what Under Armour is trying to make and that’s a well-balanced setup to accommodate any type of player. And they just did that.
The heel department has really nice impact protection for enjoyable landings as well as quite a bit of bounciness. It’s not going to feel like BOOST or full-length ZOOM Air, but it’s pretty solid nevertheless and I really enjoyed that.
Now, the Phylon forefoot acts a completely different role. It’s made for guards and more explosive players, so expect super responsive, low to the ground midsole – no lag, just striking first step ability. An ideal setup for pretty much everyone.
IF AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT
Under Armour is doing a phenomenal job by utilizing that perfect Herringbone traction pattern as much as possible – Nike should take some notes from them. You don’t need to invent a bike again, just keep it simple as UA did.
Obviously, the traction performed BEASTLY. It doesn’t matter what court conditions are, they will keep your ass steady & confidently. The outsole nicely copes with dust, so you might need to wipe them once or twice.
On top of that, this is a perfect pick for outdoor players since the grooves are firm & deep enough to last long for you.
A BIG FAN OF IT
The UA Drive 4 features a two-layer booty construction and with those soft materials create a really snug one-to-one fit after a fairly short break-in time.
There’s a very interesting looking toe wrap that improves forefoot flexibility and makes an even snugger fit due to the connected lacing system.
As I mentioned before, the ankle collar felt comfy as well – no pinching, no jamming. It’s awesome.
Now as far as the actual fit goes, I recommend going true to size no matter what type of foot you have, just go true to size and they will fit you perfectly.
SECOND BEST DEPARTMENT
This is another department where the Drive 4 really shines and gets the job done perfectly.
We have a simple but well-performing support setup: a huge external plastic heel counter which locks your heel immediately after putting them on and keeps it that way all game long. Also, a higher midsole will keep your foot from rolling over the footbed while performing quick moves or stops.
Finally, we have a pretty wide, flat base and the forefoot outrigger which adds even more stability to an already stable base.
Under Armour did it again! If you’re still sleeping on this brand then I don’t know what the hell are you doing son.
I mean, the whole Clutch Fit Drive family is phenomenal, but this model is like a cherry on top. Kudos to UA, you guys really know how to do it successfully.
The UA Drive 4 has it all – killer traction which will last outdoors, beastly support for amazing lockdown in all areas, a well-balanced cushion setup for any type of player or playing style, a super lightweight construction and, of course, simple but awesome upper for that lovely comfort & softness.
I almost forget to mention, they retail for $115… It’s a steal out of the box. And if 115$ is too much for you to spend for a basketball sneaker, but you want them badly, then just wait a month or so and they will hit the outlets for around $70.
Hope you enjoyed my Performance Review on the UNDER ARMOUR DRIVE 4. Will you be picking them up? Let me know!
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment down below!