- Great cushioning system
- Breathable upper
- Record-Equipped technology is really neat
- Good looking
- Heel cup doesn’t lock you in place like prior UA shoes
The UA Speedform Gemini 3 a really good neutral road running shoes with interesting Record-Equipped technology
Under Armour made some notable improvements to the Gemini 3s over past generations. The first obvious change over the Gemini 2s is just the improvement in terms of looks. In my opinion, they look much nicer and have better color options. The 3s also got an upgrade when it comes to breathability.
The Gemini 3s are super comfortable and have a better tongue than other Under Armour SpeedForm shoes. They have great bounce back – big shoutout to the Charged Cushioning – and can handle short, medium and long distance runs. The tread is best suited for road running – not recommended for trail running or other types of surfaces. The 3s also have a reflective strip on the back heel of the shoe which is a nice safety feature for runners.
On the downside, I wish the heel provided a little more support. Under Armour embedded the arch form inside the heel this year as opposed to having it on the outside as it did with the Gemini 2s. Unfortunately, the insoles are non-removable so there’s no way to add correction or additional arch support. The toe box is also a little big for my taste but for some people it may be just fine.
Now perhaps the biggest feature of the Gemini 3s is that Under Armour offers a Record-Equipped version, although sadly the MSRP is a whopping $160. This version has a chip inside the shoe that automatically recognizes when you start running and will estimate distance, duration, split times and average pace. The nice thing is you don’t have to bring your phone with you while you run – simply pair the shoes with the MapMyRun or MapMyFitness app when you get back and the metrics will be available for viewing. Also new to the Record-Equipped version this year is the ‘Jump Test’ which measures air time of a sequence of your jumps as an indicator of muscle fatigue. Basically, it will help guide your recovery and provide guidance on whether to alter the intensity of a workout. I’m not really sold on this feature though – most people already know when they are tired or fatigued.
Overall, we really like the Gemini 3s and would recommend spending a little extra to get the Record-Equipped version. We think the Record-Equipped version is a nice value proposition for consumers given all the data it can provide. Don’t be surprised to find the Gemini 3s on the list for Best Running Shoes 2017.