Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 review TL;DR: the TriBase Reign 2 is not a workout shoe, it's a workhorse. The shoes are comfortable, flexible and supportive, albeit a bit bland-looking, at least the colour versions available in the UK.
Under Armour is perceived in an odd way in the UK. On one hand, the brand is somewhat more known for its cheaper products which I guess helps brand recognition as more affordable products will reach a wider audience.
But Under Armour is also an innovative company that manufactures some truly top-tier products, such as the UA HOVR Machina running shoes, one of the best running shoes that’s actually available to buy, and the Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 workout shoes, the subject of this review.
The TriBase Reign 2 is a workout shoe, and a good one at that. It has reams of excellent features that will make it appeal to both CrossFitters and regular gym folks alike. What are these features? Let’s discover.
Under Armour TriBase Reign 2: price and availability
The Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 is available now for a recommended retail price of £ / $ The shoes come in a variety of colourways and these might differ from one country to another. The Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 can be purchased directly from Under Armour US / Under Armour UK and selected third party retailers such as SportsShoes.com.
The main features of the Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 include durable mesh upper made of tough ripstop material, TriBase technology for improved traction, external heel counter for added stability at the rear, responsive Micro G foam midsole, and ‘low to ground’ construction for better stability.
Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 review: Design and ergonomics
The Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 is a comfortable workout shoe. The upper is durable and made of tough ripstop material, but it’s also comfortable and spacious, especially in the toebox area. Having wide feet, I’m prone to suffer from narrow shoe design but I didn’t have any issue wearing the TriBase Reign 2.
At the rear of the shoes, the external heel counter and close-fitting collar provides a lot of stability. This area feels supportive but not restrictive: the padding around the ankles is subtle but effective. The Micro G foam midsole does a good job in reducing impact force and the TriBase tech on the outsole provides all the traction in the world too. The shoes are even flexible, ready for twist and turns you might have to do in them.
Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 review: Aesthetics
The Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 is like a workhorse. It will get the job done beautifully but no one will have a second look at it. In the UK, it comes in three uninspiring colourways of which two are ‘black’ and ‘slightly less black’, And it’s not even the exciting kind of black but more like the boring variety. However, in the US, you get to choose from some exciting colours at least that lend a bit of personality to the shoes. No idea why the good people of the UK ended up with the drab colours.
Because there are no highlights whatsoever, the black version of TriBase Reign 2 (the one that was tested) reminds me of tennis or squash shoes, but maybe a bit more hardcore than those. You can definitely tell it’s for indoor training but nothing really helps you identify the sport. Good for people who want shoes to work out in and don’t much care about looking fancy in the gym.
Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 review: Working out in the Under Armour TriBase Reign 2
I was genuinely surprised how agile the Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 is. It looks a bit chunky – definitely chunkier than the Nike Metcon 6 – but moving around in the shoes is effortless. This is probably thanks to the combination of the sock like upper, the responsive foam and the grippy outsole.
Wearing the TriBase Reign 2, you won’t slip doing box jumps or barbell snatches. You also don’t have to worry about your feet slipping when doing planks or mountain climbers in the TriBase Reign 2 either. The shoes are flexible which will come in handy in a variety of workout situations (not when doing bench press, though). Given the spacious toebox, even if your feet get hot, there will be plenty of space to expand into.
There is only one downside of the upper: it takes a bit more effort to get in and out of the shoes. While other workout shoes might be easy to jump into and get out of, the same maneuver with the TriBase Reign 2 will require undoing the laces and using both hands to put on/remove the shoes. A small price to pay for enhanced comfort while wearing them.
Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 review: verdict
The Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 truly reigns over its competition. It’s comfortable to wear, provides plenty of traction and gets the job done pretty much perfectly. I wish the shoes had a little bit more personality to them but it’s also true that not everyone needs flashy shoes for their workouts. Not to mention, this issue seems to be localised too (in the UK).
Being the perfect workhorse it is, the TriBase Reign 2 will support you during workouts without ever taking centre stage. Let people admire your performance in the shoes, not the shoes themselves. And you will be able to perform well in the Under Armour TriBase Reign 2, that’s for sure.
The Nike Metcon series is one of the most popular workout shoe franchises, but its latest iteration, the Nike Metcon 6, can only be considered a small update from the otherwise brilliant Metcon 5. The main difference between the Metcon 5 and the Metcon 6 is the upper being imperceptibly more breathable, otherwise they are practically the same. Still a good buy if you find one for less than the RRP.
Reebok is not only the sponsor of the CrossFit games, the American company is also a proactive manufacturer of CrossFit related workout apparel and shoes. The Reebok Nano X is the latest iteration of the Nano series (the 10th) and by now, these shoes are super-refined and tailored to the needs of CrossFit athletes. Better still, you can customise them by adding a max. 9-letter word on each shoe.
Under Armour TriBase Reign 2
UnderArmour TriBase Reign 2 review
The Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 is a workout shoe fundamentally designed to be a jack of all trades in the gym. While marketed toward CrossFit athletes, the features and utility of this shoe make it a perfect gym companion for anyone looking to diversify their training or train in multiple settings. From squats to box jumps and sprints, the UnderArmour TriBase Reign 2 has got you covered.
Who should buy it
The Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 is suitable for anyone who is looking to diversify their workout and incorporate several different exercises.
Who should NOT buy it
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The UnderArmour Tribase Reign 2 has a snug fit. You may want to order ½ a size up if you don’t want your toes touching the front end of the shoe.
The Reign 2 is spacious and comfy
The UnderArmour Tribase Reign is spacious and very comfortable. The shoe provides excellent room in the toebox. This, in combination with the sock-like upper, makes for a very comfortable fit.
Squats, box jumps, and sprints, you name it!
The UnderArmour Tribase Reign 2 allows for dynamic training. Again, this shoe was designed with CrossFit training in mind. That said, if your workouts incorporate a variety of exercises, then this is the shoe you’re looking for.
The added stability of the shoe allows for squatting exercises. The added traction helps with sprints and box jumps. Even the midsole allows for a light run before your feet start feeling the impact (sub 4 miles).
I recommend this shoe for anyone who is a fan of high-intensity interval training, but generally speaking, if you want to do it, the Reign 2 has you covered.
The UnderArmour Tribase Reign 2 is very stable
This is primarily due to an extra-large, external heel counter. There is also padding at the back of the shoe, around the ankle, which adds to the security and stability of the shoe. According to UnderArmour, the collar height has also been increased compared to the original UnderArmour Tribase Reign which adds to the stability. It is subtle but very effective.
The outsole is composed of a signature TriBase construction. Essentially it is a rubber material that promotes stability at 3 points of contact around the base of the toes and heel. This promotes ground contact and offers a lower, more stable base. You essentially feel “one with the earth.” At any moment in my workout, I felt like I could just sprint off in any direction. It feels like the shoe was designed with quick, jerky movements in mind.
Adding to this is the flexibility and traction in the forefoot. This allows for nice mobility and adds even more grip and traction. The bottom line here: The outsole of the shoe was built to allow for maximum stability while encouraging and enhancing your lateral movements. The shoe feels EXPLOSIVE.
Solid midsole in the TriBase Reign 2
So, this is going to be what makes or breaks the shoe for a lot of people. The midsole is fine. Not great, not bad… just fine. However, I’m primarily a distance runner. That said, what I look for in a midsole is added cushion and energy return. That is the optimal midsole construction for anyone who is running anything over a 5K.
The UnderArmour Tribase Reign 2 utilizes a full-length Micro G foam in its midsole. And it’s great if you’re looking for something responsive that accentuates the ground feel. The shoe is even marketed as having “low to the ground” construction which allows for greater feel and power transfer. Probably because that’s exactly what this shoe was designed for!
So, if that’s your preference, then you’ll love the shoe. If you’re looking for something to run in, or log heavy miles in, this is not the shoe for you.
The upper is durable, very durable
Having used the shoe for multiple workouts over the course of a few months, there are no signs of wear and tear. Usually, an upper this sturdy comes at the expense of breathability. That’s not the case here.
Naturally, this is a point of contention. Beauty is subjective. However, I cannot deny that I disliked the look of this shoe. And I can’t really decide if I attribute that to my specific colorway or the design of the shoe itself.
The shoe looks minimalistic. There is nothing special about the shape. And the Pepto-Bismol meets blue playdough colorway is more an eyesore than an eyecatcher.
The UA TriBase Reign 2 is priced well
At $, it is priced more than most cross-training shoes (the average price is $94). It comes relatively the same price range as Reebok and Nike competitors.
At the end of the day, only you know if you’re looking for a shoe that fits this specific purpose. This shoe was designed with CrossFit athletes and CrossFit exercises in mind. However, I think that this would excel as a training shoe for athletes of any sport.
Tip: see the best crossfit training shoes.
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Lets look at Under Armours newest cross training shoe the Under Armour Tribase Reign 2 cross training shoe.
This is the 2nd version of Under Armours versatile training shoe that will work great for the CrossFit WOD.
The original TriBase Reign is a great shoe so were looking forward to seeing how UA has improved upon it with this new version.
The Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 is now available and our hands-on review is underway.
Under Armour is entering a crowded space how does the TriBase Reign fare against the Nike Metcon 5 shoe line or the Reebok Nano line?
Read on for our thoughts on how this new shoe stacks up against the Nike Metcon 5 and Reebok Nano 9.
Heres the shoes we are going to review.
Lets take a look at the performance features of this great CrossFit style training shoe
UA TriBase Reign 2 What Makes it a Great Training Shoe?
First, lets take a tour of what makes the TriBase Reign 2 special.
How is this different than your average running shoe?
It will has a very firm and stable heel for lifting heavy weights.
Shoes for CrossFit training must be much more versatile than running shoes.
We need stability for lifting weights, flexibility for box jumps and jumping rope, and just enough cushion to run when we have to run.
One of these things that makes this a possibility is having a low drop shoe.
That means there isnt a gigantic heel raise on these unlike you have on many running shoes (or in weightlifting shoes).
The TriBase Reign 2 has a 2 mm heel to toe drop (or "offset") which is the same as the original version of the shoe.
(For comparisons sake the Nike Metcon 5 and Reebok Nano 9 have a drop of 4mm.)
We also need a high traction sole.
But, Under Armour takes things farther with the TriBase Reign.
Its right in the name their TriBase technology : maximizes ground contact where your foot needs it the most, allows for superior upwards flexibility to promote natural motion, downwards flexibility to grip the ground during lifts.
Heres another feature is back in this new version.
In the original TriBase Reign there are cloth straps inside the shoe that integrate with the laces.
This is much like Nikes FlyWire system, but using different materials.
The result is that when you tighten the laces, the whole structure of the shoe tightens around your foot providing for a great locked-in feel.
By looking at the side profile of the shoe, we can see those same straps.
UA TriBase Reign 2 versus the original UA TriBase Reign
How does the new version stack up against the original version of the shoe?
There are a lot of similarities but theyve kept all the great features of the original shoe too.
The most obvious difference is the upper thats the part that covers your foot.
It is now a mesh upper with reinforced areas where high wear is encountered.
Its a lighter, more comfortable feel as compared to the original which used a very thick upper with minute perforations for breathability.
And of course the triangular base is back.
Its largely unchanged from the original and thats a good thing.
Both versions of the shoe seem to use the same rubber compound for the outsole.
Its grippy and durable.
The heel counter is much larger in the new version of the shoe.
Its made from TPU which is a thick plastic that provides structure and support for your heel.
This is a crucial feature in a weightlifting shoe and were glad to see it is bigger.
The new version of the TriBase Reign feels a tiny bit narrower than the original shoe. I wear a size 11 Mens in both.
Its possible my older shoe has stretched out a bit over time.
At the moment, Im recommending you order these in your normal shoe size.
If you like the original UA TriBase Reign, youll like the new version too.
The original quickly became one of my favorite shoes, and I expect this version will too.
UA TriBase Reign 2 vs Nike Metcon 5
Nike has a huge presence in the market for cross training shoes.
And while they cant call them CrossFit shoes thats what they are.
The Nike Metcon 5 is an excellent shoe and it excels as a stable platform for lifting heavy weights.
And it is VERY popular in the CrossFit crowd.
Is the UA TriBase Reign a Nike Metcon killer?
In the battle of Nike versus Under Armour, Im glad to say the TriBase Reign does well.
So far, they have proven to be great shoes for lifting weights, and other WOD activities as well.
The TriBase Reign 2 does not have the same dynamic cushioned feeling that the Nike Metcon 5 does.
Thats because the Nike Metcon 5 uses a dual density midsole that is literally two different pieces of foam the forefoot is soft and cushioned, and the heel is significantly firmer.
The UA TriBase Reign 2 is lighter than the Nike Metcon 5.
A Mens Size 11 weighs about ounces compared to ounces for a Mens Size Nike Metcon 5.
Neither are as light weight as a running shoe, but thats typical with training shoes.
The new version of the TriBase Reign does appear to be about .5 ounces heavier than the original.
UA TriBase Reign 2 vs Nike React Metcon
Nike also released a version of the Metcon shoes that uses their React foam cushioning system.
React foam is an advanced foam cushion that gives you energy rebound with every step.
If youve ever used any of Nikes React running shoes you know they have a very light-weight and bouncy feel.
Unfortunately, none of that carries over to the Metcon series. Cross trainers have to be tougher than a tank so they arent lightweight and there isnt much react foam actually in use.
I also dont care for the lack of traditional laces.
Personally, I prefer the UA TriBase Reign 2 over the Nike React Metcon shoes.
The React Metcon uses a Forged Flyknit upper.
It is thick and heavy (and tough) not at all like the Flyknit on the running shoes.
The soft flexible mesh upper on the UA TriBase Reign 2 is superior for comfort and breathability, in my opinion.
Lastly, the UA TriBase Reign 2 is significantly cheaper than the Nike React Metcon, about $$40 cheaper at the time of this writing.
UA TriBase Reign 2 vs Reebok Nano 9
The other popular cross training shoe in the market for is the Reebok Nano 9.
Reebok has a contract with CrossFit so they are branded with the CrossFit trademark.
Well see how these two shoes compare soon.
The Reebok Nano 9 weighs around ounces (Mens size 11) whereas the UA TriBase Reign 2 weights ounces.
TriBase Reign 2 vs New Balance Minimus Prevail
The Minimus Prevail is a new CrossFit shoe from New Balance.
It is very lightweight a mens size 11 comes in at only ounces.
Its lighter than the TriBase Reign ( ounces) but has a nice feel to it just like the Minimus Prevail does.
Therefore if you are looking for the lightest trainer possible, your best bet is probably still the New Balance Minimus Prevail.
Having said that, I believe the UA TriBase Reign 2 will have a more durable upper but only time will tell.
TriBase Reign 2 A lightweight CrossFit Shoe?
The original Tribase Reign weights in at ounces for a single Mens size 11 shoe.
This alone doesnt tell you much but that is nearly 2 ounces lighter than the Nike Metcon 5 or Reebok Nano 9 (which both weight in at ounces for the same size.)
The UA TriBase Reign 2 is ounces (Mens Size 11).
Thats possibly due to the larger TPU heel counter.
The lightest CrossFit shoe weve found in ? So far it is the New Balance Minimus Prevail.
UA TriBase Reign 2- In Summary
The UA TriBase Reign 2 will be available for order in mid-January
We will have full hands-on review results soon.
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