SOLID AS A ROCK

When you need optimal performance at the gym, you don’t settle for second best gear.

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When you need optimal performance at the gym, you don’t settle for second best gear. Under Armour’s latest training shoe, TriBase TM Reign, is designed to help you reach the next level.

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TRIBASE TM REIGN

If you train wearing regular sneakers or running shoes, chances are you’re not getting the best stability and grip you can when you’re working out in the gym. The UA TriBase TM Reign is designed for anyone seeking more minimal training footwear, with a variety of features geared towards optimal performance, such as a 2mm heel to toe drop so you can really feel the ground and move optimally. We find out if these shoes can really help you reign supreme.

AESTHETICS

If you ever wondered if the UA TriBase TM was hardcore, its aggressive, all-black aesthetic and contrasting gum outsole defi nitely shows you’re here for business, not pleasure. Don’t expect any fancy or complex designs on its simple exterior; the fairly minimalist look is all about functionality.

CONSTRUCTION & FIT

The shoe is made with a tough ripstop material and durable mesh for lightweight support and all-around abrasion resistance. This means that you won’t be weighed down during your most tiring workouts. Pair that with a sturdy outsole with UA TriBase TM technology, plus, a full-length Micro G ® foam midsole, and you get a solid piece of footwear that is responsive and stable.

PERFORMANCE

Working out in the UA TriBase TM Reign makes you realise that shoes do matter when it comes to hoisting up some serious iron, or moving around and getting your heart pumping. The ventilation holes and ridged exterior, combined with its sturdy yet flexible base, help to ensure that your feet feel comfortable while also retaining natural mobility.

And as its name implies, the base is where it shines. The full-rubber outsole is firm, grippy, and doesn’t compromise when it comes to providing you with stability. Performing movements like the squat and deadlift feel good, as you won’t have to worry about being wobbly. No foot slips here to mess up your next PR.

Unsurprisingly, it performs exceptionally for more dynamic, CrossFit-style movements. You can transition from doing power cleans and burpees to sprints and running drills with no problem. Running longer distances may not feel as comfortable due to the short heel to toe drop, but then again, this probably isn’t the right shoe for you if you’re a long-distance runner.

Having the right footwear for your training can really make a difference, and the UA TriBase TM can be a game changer for you if the gym is your second home. If you’re looking for a shoe with robust rigidity and good power transfer for your intense workouts, save a space on your shoe rack for this.

$179, available online and at all Under Armour brand houses.

"THE SHOE IS MADE WITH A TOUGH RIPSTOP MATERIAL AND DURABLE MESH FOR LIGHTWEIGHT SUPPORT AND ALL-AROUND ABRASION RESISTANCE. "