Under Armour Drive 4 Review

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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$114.99
Type:
High Top
Release Date:
8/2017
Outdoor Rating:
90%
# of Reviews:
6
Traction
9.5
Cushion
7.3
Material
7.7
Support
8.7
Fit
7.5
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Fair price
  • Amazing traction

CONS:

  • Cushioning is very firm
  • Heel cup lacks padding

Summary of 6 Expert Reviews:

The strongest point of the Under Armour Drive 4 is clearly its traction. The thick and aggressive herringbone pattern works on every surface - even outdoors. The Micro-G cushioning in the heel is nice, but the forefoot feels pretty much dead. The materials are very low-key and some reviewers mentioned a slightly painful break-in period. Overall, this is a solid shoe that outperforms its budget pricing and will work for every style of player - especially if you have wide feet!
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Expert Reviews of the Under Armour Drive 4:

8.8
The Sole Brothers
A budget model that performs like a top-tier model. Traction is amazing, the cushion is okay, materials are really nice and they fit me very well. I think this is one of the best-performing Under Armour shoes out right now!
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8.5
AnotherPair [Youtube]
Overall, this is a great shoe that will work for every type of player. Good job Under Armour!
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8.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Overall, the Drive 4 is a decent, serviceable shoe — nothing except traction really stands out, yet the shoe is good for players at all positions.
8.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
This shoe is for the every day, every position player and it is a solid performer. If you require more cushion like myself, then you may have to look elsewhere.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The Under Armour Drive 4 is a solid hoops shoe for a low-budget price. I like them more than the Steph Curry 3 Zero. They feel lighter, are more flexible and the traction is on point. The cushioning is not a strong point but is still fairly good.
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7.8
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
The Drive 4 has some things going for it (traction) and then there are some things that need work (fit and materials). If you’re someone who plays low to the ground, prefers a stable ride and has a wide foot, these are going to be great for you.
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Traction of the Under Armour Drive 4:

10.0
The Sole Brothers
The traction is really, really nice.
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9.0
AnotherPair [Youtube]
Herringbone traction held up on every surface I played on.
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10.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The traction is going to bite and not let go.
10.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The traction on the UA Drive 4 is bonkers.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The traction grips really, really well and is one of the strong points of these shoes.
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9.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
The rubber compound could’ve been a little tackier but that didn’t keep these from working on virtually every floor condition you can think of.
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Cushion of the Under Armour Drive 4:

8.0
The Sole Brothers
The cushioning is super stiff and very responsive. Impact protection is solid, but not made for big and heavy guys.
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8.0
AnotherPair [Youtube]
The cushion setup wasn't mind-blowing but it sure as hell got the job done. A perfect combination of impact protection and responsiveness.
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7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Micro G in the heel feels nice, but the cushioning in the forefoot feels dead.
7.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
For my game, I needed a little bit more protection.
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7.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The cushioning is pretty thin and not very responsive. I wouldn't recommend these for highflyers or bigger players.
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7.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
Under Armour could’ve and should’ve used full-length MicroG, but instead it only used it in the heel.
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Materials of the Under Armour Drive 4:

9.0
The Sole Brothers
Materials feel a little plasticky but are very comfortable.
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8.0
AnotherPair [Youtube]
Not much to say about the materials - I can't complain.
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7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Overall, not much new for the Drive 4, but all the material blend together for an interesting shoe.
7.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The materials don’t exactly conform to your foot so it makes the fit semi-sloppy.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Materials are really nice and soft, only the ankle collar was a little too stiff and restrictive in the beginning.
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7.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
The materials aren’t terrible but they aren’t amazing either.
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Support of the Under Armour Drive 4:

8.0
The Sole Brothers
Good ankle support and lockdown.
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9.0
AnotherPair [Youtube]
The bootie-style upper and internal heel counter keep your feet locked down. Overall, the support is great and almost as good as the traction!
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Support is really good and makes the shoe safe for any position.
9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The shoe does a pretty decent job in terms of handling itself on-court.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Support and lockdown are pretty solid, containment is good.
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9.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
Drive 4 does a solid job keeping you on your feet thanks to its wide base and low to the ground cushioning.
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Fit of the Under Armour Drive 4:

9.0
The Sole Brothers
I really enjoyed the fit.
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7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Nothing that makes the shoe unplayable. There are just better options if fit is your number one priority.
7.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The shoe fits decent, even for a wide-footer like myself, but I just didn’t feel as secure as I’d have liked — even when laced super tight.
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7.0
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
There was a ton of dead space towards the front of the shoe and I just couldn’t get the materials to snap to the front of my foot the way I wanted them to.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

good
The Sole Brothers
The traction is pretty hard and thick and should last outdoors.
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fair
AnotherPair [Youtube]
This shoe will hold up fairly well outdoors.
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good
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
And the bonus: it is hard enough and thick enough that it should last outdoors.
good
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I hooped outdoor in them and had no problems.
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good
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
The traction is thick and deep and should last even outdoors.
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Width of the Under Armour Drive 4:

regularly wide
The Sole Brothers
The width of the shoe was perfect for me.
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slightly wide
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The wide forefoot had me sliding across the footbed on every cut and defensive slide.
very wide
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
Wide-footers listen up, you should seriously consider putting these on your radar because a wide fit like this doesn’t come around very often.
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Size of the Under Armour Drive 4:

true to size
The Sole Brothers
Fits true to size.
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true to size
AnotherPair [Youtube]
Go true to size.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
In the beginning, the fit is really snug. But the materials stretch out after breaking them in.
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true to size
Jarron Ramos [weartesters.com]
The length and overall fit of the Drive 4 are true to size.
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