- Breathable, flexible upper
- Perfect amount of cushioning
- Good lockdown
- Moderate price point
- Wing-Fit Tongue can cause some discomfort on the sides of your feet
- Lacing system could be improved
Under Armour Charged Bandit 3 are awesome running shoes, but they aren’t exactly perfect. Still, great shoes for the average runner.
Under Armour Bandit 3 Review – Design
UA has completely changed the makeup of the Charged Bandits, opting for a more low profile design this go-around. The Bandit 3s have an 8mm drop, as opposed to the 10mm drop of the Bandit 2s. We can’t notice a major difference with the 8mm drop vs the 10mm drop, however from a side profile they do look more sleek and stealthy now. Additionally, the 3s have a completely new upper that is still comfortable, flexible and breathable, but also now more durable than that of the Bandit 2s. In other words, the upper is better and it has basically no downsides. Besides that, UA kept the Wing-Fit Tongue, which we do not like since it causes some pressure points on the inside and outside of your foot when you lace them up tightly. It’s not so bad that you should avoid the shoes, but I sincerely wish UA would get away from this Wing Fit Tongue.
In terms of specs, the Bandit 3s are about 9 ounces flat, which is pretty light for running shoes. At no point did we feel bogged down by the Bandits. In fact, these are about the sweet spot if you ask us for running shoes for the average person. Some people like super lightweight running shoes with little padding. Others prefer cushiony shoes such as the Hoka One One Clifton 4s. The Bandit 3s are right in between…and we really like them. Additionally, the Bandits do fit 1/2 size small. It’s really hard to get sizing right with Under Armour footwear, but these definitely fit small, which is curious since the UA Speedform Gemini 3 fit mostly true to size.
SEE ALSO: RIZKNOWS Running Shoes & Footwear Deals
Also, as previously mentioned, the upper on the Bandit 3s is really good. It feels more robust and durable, but it doesn’t overheat your feet and it’s comfortable. It reminds us a lot of the upper on the adidas ULTRA Boost, only a little less flexible, which is probably a good thing.
In terms of the outsole, UA uses its proprietary Charged Cushioning, which we really like. We’ve said good things about it in darn near all of our Under Armour reviews. It’s responsive, cushiony, springy, and does a great job of absorbing impacts. A lot of people don’t think of Under Armour when they think of running shoes, but they are definitely making better and better shoes. Overall, we think the Bandits are pretty dang good. The lacing system could have a few more laces and travel farther down the shoe. UA could do away with the Wing Fit Tongue, but other than that, for $99, these aren’t a bad pickup.