Trying out the UA HOVR Sonic Shoes

Disclaimer: I received a discount on the UA HOVR Sonic Running Shoes delivery service as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I recently had the opportunity to test out the UA HOVR Sonic Running Shoes as a BibRave Pro. I’ve tested out some other UA running shoes in the past and really liked them.

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The first thing I noticed about these shoes was the lightweight mesh upper. I love shoes with mesh uppers. They are so breathable and they hug your foot like a glove. These felt so good when I put them on. They just molded right to my foot. They are really flexible and responsive. Running in Louisiana in the summer months means your shoes get soaking wet with sweat. These shoes dry out quickly with the airy mesh uppers. This is a huge bonus on back-to-back run days. No-one likes running in wet shoes.19378-DEFAULT-l.jpg

These are a neutral shoe with a good amount of cushion. I liked how responsive they were on the road. I did several short runs (3 to 4 miles) and a couple of longer runs (10 miles or more) to test how they performed. I loved these for the shorter runs. They felt really good. I could feel some foot fatigue on these for the longer runs but nothing terrible. I think they would just require a little more build-up running to get my feet and legs used to them.

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Here are the specs on the shoe from UA:

  • UA HOVR™ technology provides ‘zero gravity feel’ to maintain energy return that helps eliminate impact step after step
  • Compression mesh Energy Web contains & molds UA HOVR™ foam to give back the energy you put in
  • NEUTRAL: For runners who need a balance of flexibility & cushioning
  • Soft knit upper dries fast & provides a breathable, compression-like fit that delivers lightweight directional strength & unmatched comfort to help you go the distance
  • Ventilated midfoot panel increases breathability
  • Unique tongue construction is attached to the footbed by stretchable support wings to maintain a snug fit throughout the foot
  • External TPU heel counter for additional support & structure
  • Removable, anti-microbial Ortholite® sockliner molds to the foot for customized comfort & cushion
  • Blown rubber under the forefoot is lightweight yet incredibly responsive
  • High-abrasion rubber placed under the heel to help absorb ground contact
  • Offset: 8mm
  • Weight: 8oz/225g

I’ve enjoyed running in them and wearing them around town for errands. I’m looking forward to running in these more. They not only feel good, they are really cute and stylish.

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Going the Extra Mile with Mercury Mile

Disclaimer: I received a discount on the Mercury Mile delivery service as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Being a runner who works from home a lot I tend to live in running clothes. I wear running clothes when I wake up, go for a run, shower, and then change into more running clothes to work. I love shopping for new running clothes. A new shirt or new pair of Capri tights somehow motivate me to go running.  I recently had the opportunity to try out the Mercury Mile delivery service for workout/running clothes. Before I hear you all groan, this is not a subscription service. I repeat, THIS IS NOT A SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE. You only sign up for a box when you want a box. You only get a box when you request one. AND you can receive more than one box a month is you want.

So, here’s how it works.

  1. You create an account and fill out a runner profile describing your running style, size, and you can even input notes in for your stylist for things you like and dislike. For example, I put in my notes that I do not like sleeves. I prefer tanks to t-shirts. And I like bright colors. This part is free.
  2. Whenever you’re ready select a delivery date to receive a box. There is a stylist fee of $20 charged up front.
  3. Get your box and try everything on in the comfort of your home. I LOVED this part. I could try it on and move around the house to see how it performed. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked something at the store to only find out it fits weird after I get moving, bunches up, etc.
  4. Keep what you want. Send what you want back in the pre-paid postage envelope. This was SO easy. I just put the pieces I didn’t like back in the bag they sent and put it in my mailbox for pick-up. Within three days I had an email verifying they’d received it.
  5. They charge what you keep against your stored credit card minus the $20 stylist fee. If you keep nothing then you’re out the $20.

I ordered two different boxes this last month to see what all I would receive. Both had a good mix of shirts, shorts, and tights. I ended up keeping about 2 to 3 pieces out of every box. Size exchanges were super easy. I simply emailed my stylist and asked for a different size in one tank I really liked. She dropped it in the mail immediately and it was at my door in 2 to 3 days.

I would recommend following them on Instagram. They periodically have a huge sale where everything in your box is 50% off the normal price. I scored some really cute pieces that way!

I really enjoyed the Mercury Mile service. I received a few pieces that I would have never chosen for myself in the store but then ended up keeping them after trying them on. It made me venture outside my normal running clothes bubble and try out some new brands and new styles.

If you’re interested in trying out Mercury Mile you can use the code BIBRAVE10 to save $10 off your stylist fee.