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Review: Under Armour Anatomix Spawn

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Under Armour crashed the basketball shoe party, then stumbled. Hard. Can the Anatomix Spawn get us back on our feet?

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The Under Armour Black Ice. Still one of my favorite shoes ever, and I have been playing ball longer than most of my readers have been breathing. Under Armour brought a product that reflected the athlete while still maintaining an everyday appeal. Micro G was a revelation and revolution – a foam cushioning that was low profile, bouncy, and dense? Yes, please. Give me two – one for each foot. Followed by the Lite, Supreme, and others that could hang or beat the big boys in performance, UA was on their way. The next year, two classics – Bloodline and Juke. The Bloodline continued the premium materials line for Brandon Jennings and the Juke was the next level of tech – CompFit and super light. Only problem was, no one could find them. Mainstream stores were notoriously absent of product. So something had to be done. Enter 2012, and the Charge BB. From one end to the other, this was the most scrutinized shoe in probably forever. Super high ski-boot technology designed with ankle freedom. Can you say oxymoron? Under Armour was hit where it hurt – sales were bad and, according to some reviewers, performance was worse, which for a relatively new company to the basketball shoe genre could have been the kiss of death.

But then, we get this – the Anatomix Spawn. I will get this out of the way from the start – best shoe Under Armour has ever, EVER, put out. This shoe is that good. No more history, no more description, just… let’s go…

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OMG, Duke, everytime I read one of your reviews I feel the urge to go out and burn money! :)

The outsole looks ridiculously-good, and I cannot wait for a low-cut version to hit the UA website!

Question though; as fit is extremely important for this shoe, do you think it’s good for wide-footers like yours truly?

Also, how’s the sizing on these? I’ve found that UA products are TTS for me (US9.5), would you recommend going TTS, or going up 0.5 due to the close fit? Thanks! :)

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Syd – I would say extremely wide – no. The fuse just does not give much. The shoe is cut a bit wide – wider than the Hyper series – but not extremely. The length could go down a half size, but the extra length is not a bad thing. If I went down it would have thrown off the midfoot fit. Stay true and lace up tight.

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Duke – man, my feet is EE, so it might qualify as extremely wide. Damn…this is one of those shoes that I guess I really have to go with the instincts. Thanks!

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Anything compared with the supernatural creator is an awesome performer in my book

good job UA..

bryan – you mean to tell me, that the fit on these are way better than the crazyquicks? O_O

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I can’t wait to try these. 8-)

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Urriah – I liked the ankle and heel fit of these better. Seemed to just mold around my movement. The thing on these is fit and court feel are excellent, and then add in the cushioning? Normally all three are the exception, not the rule, but these (and the SNC and Jordan XX8) are the three examples I can think if that rock all three. The CQ has crazy fit, but I would compare the two very closely.

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Great review. In the review, you said you prefer this outsole compared to the new Puremotion, care to explain why?

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Really good stuff to read. By the time I burn through my rotation of current performance shoes, I gotta put these (in black/black or black/white cw) on the to get list. Hopefully by then, they’ll be down a few bucks. Yes, I am a cheapo.

I dig the details your review gives us as well. Someone like NW gives us sort of a general feel and overview, but what I dig about your review (along with K1X review) was those extra details that had me feeling like I am wearing the shoes. Good work and I can’t wait to see your work on future shoes (like Peak’s TP9, which I feel might be the most underrated performer of the year)

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Sam – main reason is new PM is more of a front to back motion – forward moving. It is good side to side but shines in motion. Anatomix covers all movement – much like the original PM. The outsole spreads with your foot instead of guiding your foot. And the cushioning is better while still riding low.

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Tom – thanks for that. NW kicks my butt on hits and comments and gets his out quick – he buys a lot of his stuff so he gets it earlier than me waiting on PR people but he is about to find that out. I try to take mental notes while playing and not just give tech info like black lotus. I try to be like Professor K, the original and still best at this.

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Interesting!!! Agree with Urriah and Duke4005 anything compared to SNCs is a winner hahaha

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Great review bryan! I’m supposed to be grabbing mine from my connect within these next few days, have had to take the week off to focus on school and regaining health but i’m excited to check these out on the court ASAP. Compared to the fit of CrazyQuicks are they a bit wider at the arch? Love the CQ but arch fit is too narrow for me. Once again great review, always a pleasure reading your stuff!

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Dneou20 – they are wider at the arch and forefoot. Should be great and I know you will like them. Good to hear you are back on the courts.

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most definitely sir, got them in, and grabbed my rose 4, which I will have to hold off for a little while until I can go try on sizing (have my regular 10 but roses I generally go 9.5 and they didn’t have that to try). my UA connect has been playing in his anatomix and love them but told me there’s been complaints about one of the heel traction pods peeling off esp in the Elite24 colorways, have you had that problem yet? email me at [email protected], I dropped my facebook so I could focus on school and coaching this season but it’d be great to keep in touch.

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Hey Duke I’m running into the same problem as a previous writer you looking at a EE haha in your opinion though if I read right it would still be ok to go up .5? I’m not sure they have wide sizes yet im a 10.5 wide so should an 11 do the trick? in your opinion of course

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Harv – you could go up .5 size and be okay. The laces do allow the shoe to loosen up pretty wide. The toe box is long from the first laces to the end of the shoe so they fit a little long as is. What are you wearing now?

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Dneou – no durability issues yet but I am only wearing them once every two weeks or so. Rotating them with Kobe VI ( so much better than the 8 IMO), the Rose 4, the peak tp9, and the Jordan xx8. If I do they will go back.

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Duke – I’m trying to decide on some new bball shoes and have sorta narrowed it down to these or the Super.Fly 2s. For reference, I wear Rose 3s right now, and my legs could use some better cushioning…any input?

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Forgot to add…the XX8 SEs (if I can find em) are an option as well…

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Daniel – XX8 SE if available. The XX8 is easily the most innovative and high performing shoe this year. I have heard of some problems with the forefoot Zoom popping but mine is still great. Between the other two – fit and court feel are better in the Spawn while still having enough cushioning. SF2 Zoom in very bouncy and feels great, plus traction is better. You honestly can’t go wrong either way.

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Thanks for the reply! Yeah…availability is def an issue…and I’d prefer a solid color over camo.

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Great review duke. I think you and I may love UA more than most. Great shoe. WIsh the extra length wasn’t so much in the toe box. I had to go down half size to 10.5 although I liked the width of the 11. UA’s sizing is very weird and inconsistent for me at least.

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Hey I’m a humungous fan on performance technology in basketball shoes. I always have problems in the fit area and how the shoe holds me down with aggressive movement and direction changing(the feel of lack of stability and FULL protection, plus my feet would slide into the walls of the shoe)… I have wide feet so alot of shoes pinch different areas of my feet and breakin them in is a pain (which is my I stopped purchasing all hyper series). The Jordan XX8 had no pinches and feel good no break in needed… What are your rating on these shoes for those problem areas I mentioned? ?

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The Spawn are okay for wide footers but if you are extremely wide you definitely need to try them on. Nothing as far as pinching or rough spots. And if you left the HYperdunk because of narrowness – try the 2013. Very accommodating and comfortable.

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These shoes are pretty comfortable. With plenty if arch support and enough room to wiggle your toes, I give this shoe a 9/10 on comfort. On looks, they aren’t the most attractive shoe on the market so I give it a 7/10. These shoes don’t last as long as a Nike typically would, but you get what you pay for and these have a good value for your money. One great thing about the shoe is I haven’t got a single blister and breaking them in isn’t too tough. The shoe does lack ankle support but that can be fixed with a brace. Buy the shoes if interested.

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duke, question regarding allowance, i wear size 13 on all my hoop shoes and i have atleast 1/2 inch allowance or slightly more on most. would it be a good idea to have that kind allowance on the anatomix or should go half size down?

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L – that is about how I leave all my shoes. If you are comfortable with that length the fit on the toe box height is good. I know some like no extra room on the length and for that feel I would say half size down. What are some of your current shoes you wear this way now so I can compare?

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duke, thanks for the response. current rotations are rose 1.5, rose 3, spine bionic and charge bb low.

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The Spawn fit very similar to the Rose 3. I would get the same size if you liked the way those fit.

Good call on the Charge BB low. That was how that shoe should have been in the first place.

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Very interesting post! How would you compare the Charge BB Low to the Anatomix Spawn? I’m really between the two…

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Joey – sorry – just saw this. I like the spawns better – lockdown is better for me in heel and forefoot and if my foot isn’t locked I am out. Cushioning and traction are almost identical.

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Hey Duke!
Sorry I’m quite new to this site:
I usually wear a kobe 8 system size 9.
I bought the anatomix size 9 this week and wore them once – I came off the court with a couple of blisters. Do you think once I break them in I’ll avoid these blisters/pain? Or should I go half a size up?
Thanks!

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Connor – I actually wear an 11 in the Kobe 8 and a 10.5 in these. Where were the blisters? And what socks did you wear? If they were toes then the socks are moving. If the blisters are arch it could just need stretching or breaking down a little. Heel would be slippage – lace them up or wear higher socks. Personally I never had any blisters but I have heard some with arch irritation – it is a little narrow there.

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Hey duke thanks for getting back to me! The blisters were on both sides of my right heel. Now that I think about it – I was wearing really tight low cut socks. I’ll try some thicker ones and lace them up tighter. Hopefully that’ll do the trick.

Thanks!

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