Under Armour isn’t known for their ball shoes because they mainly make these “underdog” budget options. And some of them are actually REALLY good. So why not try one of the more talked about ones, like these? Here’s my detailed Under Armour Torch Fade review. You’ll find out if this budget model is worth your money and attention.
I’ll talk about the shoe’s tech specs, the fit, performance, the upper and decide it it’s worth the price. Let’s start the Under Armour Torch Fade review!
WEIGHT: 368 g. / 12.98 oz
TYPE: MID TOP
RETAIL PRICE: $100
FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
MY RATING: 8/10
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Just like most UA’s recent models, we got the usual full-length Charged cushioning. A responsive, low to the ground setup that is mainly targeted towards low profile guards.
$100 WORTHY FOR SURE
The shoe took me some time to get used to and break in because of pretty firm materials but once that period went away, I started liking the Torch Fade’s fit. I’m a wide footer and lots of shoes end up feeling the wrong way no matter how much time you dedicate breaking them in.
This one didn’t – it felt fine. Normal/narrow footed players should also go true to size. So regarding the fit itself, no complaints.
As for overall comfort, nothing special. It’s not Primeknit or anything like that. It’s a stiffer material combo that’s not really soft but not that stiff either. I didn’t feel restricted at all and the shoe is really light, almost Curry 2-like light. Basically, it’s a very solid, simple fit that you don’t really have complaints, nor boast about.
If you played either in the Curry 2/3 or Clutchfit Drive 2/3, this is very similar, if not the same. You already know what I’m about to say. All that bullsh*t about responsiveness and court feel.
Yeah, so it’s a low profile guard’s shoe with minimal bounce/impact protection while providing awesome responsiveness, court feel, and stability. Want to feel bouncy while playing? Don’t get this shoe. Get something like the Crazy Explosive instead.
We have the Clutchfit Drive 2’s outsole here or at least a very similar one, so the traction performs almost identically. Really good traction, plenty of stopping power. I definitely trusted this shoe’s outsole while playing, so I wasn’t careful or doubtful while playing.
However, just like most of the UA’s budget lineup, that annoying dust issue. It’s not really a thing if you’re playing on a premium court but it becomes one, big, f**king thing on a regular/more dusty court. Slipping comes into play and I had to wipe my shoes often like a slight retard. So if you can live with that, the shoe does have great traction, I’ll give ’em that.
The rubber compound is pretty durable, so you can take these outdoors. Nice!
Nothing crazy awesome in the support department but it obviously depends on how you play. I prefer kick-ass support over mobility to some degree and this was kinda in-between those two. Not a bad thing for more calm, stop and pop type of players. Also, for lower profile guards who don’t do crazy athletic stuff, this is also good.
For those who play with a bit more aggression, jumping and driving around a lot, these aren’t that great. I wasn’t mad at these for not holding me properly but would’ve like a bit more.
Still, you do get plenty of mobility, the Torch Fade doesn’t feel bulky at all and this is a great fit more a lot of guards.
MESH & FOAM WITH SOME LEATHER SPICE
I can definitely give props to a $100 shoe that has quite premium materials. They don’t really feel that premium but they play quite nicely. So the front and back areas area mesh with a foam layer on top, while the medial area is a synthetic leather piece. Not too bad, right?
I didn’t pick any major issues or complaints. Played pretty nicely, except for that pretty lengthy break-in period. Ventilation is fine, not that you care about ventilation.
What I really like about the UA Torch Fade is the durability aspect. The upper looks really strong and combine that with a durable outsole and you got yourself a nice outdoor shoe.
WORTH THE PRICE?
A SOLID DEAL AMONGST FEARSOME COMPETITION
A hundred bucks is considered cheap in today’s hoop shoe market and the UA Torch Fade seems like a good deal to me. Nothing crazy but you do get full-length Charged, a nice upper, outdoor capabilities and solid performance.
Of course, you can get even better options for as little as $5-$20 more but since there are so many options, the same thing could be said for most budget shoes nowadays. I’d say this is pretty worth your cash if you’re looking to spend it wisely.
Convinced? You can pick up the Torch Fade on Amazon!
BEST FOR MOST QUICK, MOBILE GUARDS
This is one of those shoes that should definitely start changing your mind about Under Armour’s stuff or any other less mainstream brand’s shoes. The Torch Fade is a pretty cool shoe to play in indoors or outdoors. They got you covered.
+ RESPONSIVE CHARGED CUSHIONING
+ GREAT TRACTION, FINE FOR OUTDOORS TOO
+ ALL-AROUND DURABLE
– NOT TOO ATTRACTIVE ON STRONG SUPPORT
– GETS QUITE SENSITIVE TO FLOOR DUST
WHERE DO I GET IT?
I currently see the biggest variety, sizes and best prices on Amazon. I always order from Amazon and made a cool little summary why. Check this out, if you’re not familiar.
WHY YOU SHOULD BY ON AMAZON
- Extremely fast shipping (1-3 days)
- Free shipping most of the time
- You can return the shoes to get your money back
- Very fast & easy buying process
- Lots of sales and discounts
Okay, that’s it for the review! I hope you found it useful!
I suggest you check out my list of the Best Under Armour shoes, you’ll find even better UA performers there!