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Under Armour Charged Controller Review

Under Armour Charged Controller
Under Armour Charged Controller
Under Armour Charged Controller
7.6
Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$99.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
2/2017
Traction
6.8
Cushion
8.4
Materials
8.3
Support
6.8
Fit
7.5
Outdoor
50%
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Colorways of Under Armour Charged Controller:

Blue / Red
Blue / Red
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Black
Black
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Grey
Grey
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Midnight Navy / Metallic Gold
Midnight Navy / Metallic Gold
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Summary of 5 Expert Reviews:

Pros:

Very affordable
Good materials

CONS:

Very inconsistent traction
Roomy toe box

Performance of the Under Armour Charged Controller:

The Under Armour Charged Controller is a very affordable low-cut basketball shoe designed for quick guards. Unfortunately, the traction is very inconsistent. Especially on dusty courts, you will need to wipe constantly. For a very slim and light shoe, the fit is not as good as one would expect. A lot of reviewers mention the very roomy (and heavily glued) toe box. Cushioning is decent and support features are minimal but sufficient. Overall, the Charged Controller is a solid shoe, but there are better basketball shoes, even at the low retail price of $100.
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Reviews of the Under Armour Charged Controller:

The 7.6 average overall rating ranks #116 of 123 shoes overall
6.1
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
Even at a $100 bucks, we don't recommend this shoe. There are many other shoes out there that provide far better value.
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7.5
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
Overall, a solid shoe. Nothing super spectacular, but also no deal breakers. I wasn't happy with the traction and the cushioning wore out pretty quickly.
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7.8
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
When you take price out of the equation and put the Charged Controller up against some of the top-tier performers on the market today, it doesn’t quite belong in that group. But right below it? Absolutely. Oh, and did we mentioned that the shoe is only $100?
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8.2
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The Under Armour Charged Controller is a fantastic shoe. It rides low, is responsive, locks you in and keeps you stable to do battle on the hardwood.
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8.2
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The Charged Controller is quick, low-riding, well-cushioned but not super soft, with a locked-in fit just stable enough to make me feel bulletproof.

Traction of the Under Armour Charged Controller:

The 6.8 average traction rating ranks #117 of 123 shoes overall
7.0
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
Dust sticks like crazy and you have to wipe a lot.
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6.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
The traction is very inconsistent. Even on mildly dusty courts, it's a slip and slide fest.
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7.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The Charged Controller’s outsole is going to find dust, and when it does, wiping is going to become an absolute necessity.
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7.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Traction on these bad boys was hit or miss, good on clean courts but on dusty courts, you need to wipe a lot.
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7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Dusty courts eat these alive.

Cushion of the Under Armour Charged Controller:

The 8.4 average cushion rating ranks #72 of 123 shoes overall
7.0
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
Impact protection is okay, but it's not bouncy at all.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
Good impact protection and very responsive feel.
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9.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The full-length Micro G midsole carriage provides the perfect balance between plush comfort and firm responsiveness.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The cushioning was on the firmer side to compliment the low ride for great court feel.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Impact protection stands up to anything thrown at it - I felt no pain in the knees.

Materials of the Under Armour Charged Controller:

The 8.3 average materials rating ranks #71 of 123 shoes overall
6.5
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
The materials are heavily glued and very stiff, especially in the front.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
Super lightweight, very breathable and soft Threadborne upper.
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9.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
For only $100, the materials are a pretty good bargain that any hooper should be happy with
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
This is where the shoe shines. An all woven upper, some fuse on high-wear areas, and an external heel counter — plus solid rubber traction for $100.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Honestly, this is one of the most comfortable basketball shoes this season.

Support of the Under Armour Charged Controller:

The 6.8 average support rating ranks #121 of 123 shoes overall
5.0
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
Strong materials and outrigger provide decent support, the lockdown wasn't very good because the fit just wasn't there.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
Support and Lockdown was a strong point on these.
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7.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The Charged Controller has just enough support features to be reliable but not enough to be amazing.
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7.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The materials, external heel counter, lacing setup, and herringbone traction offer everything that you need, and nothing you don’t.
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7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
If you need some serious upright stability help, look elsewhere. If you enjoy shoes that feel like they aren’t there, sit down and take a look.

Fit of the Under Armour Charged Controller:

The 7.5 average fit rating ranks #111 of 123 shoes overall
5.0
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
There was too much room in the toebox. This shoe is for a fat-footer.
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7.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The fit toward the front of the Charged Controller is a bit roomy.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
A minor break-in period with the woven, but after a couple of games, the materials contour to your feet nicely.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The lacing system allows for some serious adjustments so even wide footers should be happy.

Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 50% average outdoor rating ranks #52 of 123 shoes overall
fair
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
Solid rubber should be okay outdoors.
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fair
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
Held up fairly well on outdoor courts.
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fair
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Outdoor use of this shoe would be good, but it won’t last you very long.
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fair
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Outdoors, you should be good for a couple of months because the rubber is thick and decently stiff.

Width of the Under Armour Charged Controller:

slightly wide
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
If you have wide feet you might like these.
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slightly wide
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The front of the Charged Controller is a bit roomy
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slightly wide
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
I do have a slightly wide foot, and even with that, the shoe fit like a glove.
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Size of the Under Armour Charged Controller:

true to size
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
Go true to size.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
Fits true to size.
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½ size large
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
If you don’t have a wide foot I would highly recommend going down half a size
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true to size
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Spot on.
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true to size
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Lengthwise, the Charged Controller gives me a true to size fit.