Under Armour Clutchfit Drive 3 Performance Review
Beyond the Curry 2, Under Armour’s basketball shoes do not get much press. The first Clutchfit Drive was a very good shoe, sort of a sleeper since it wasn’t very popular. The Clutchfit Drive 2 had a little more hype behind it, but the Sole Brothers were disappointed in it. Now the third iteration of the Clutchfit Drive lineup has dropped, can it reclaim the performance excellence of the first model and redeem the 2? Today the Sole Brothers will break down the Under Armour Clutchfit Drive 3.
The Clutchfit Drive 3’s traction was decent. The outsole’s grooves are very shallow and flat, which is not a good sign. On a clean court, the traction is good, but not great. If dust is present you will need to wipe every 3-4 plays. If you go for a hard cut and the court is dusty you will slide out which is pretty dangerous for your ankles, Achilles, and knees. The rubber should be fairly durable if you play outdoors, but Don seems to think it won’t perform well on asphalt at all. The Clutchfit Drive 3 is an adequate traction, it does not have as much bite as the elite shoes and it attracts dust easily. The Sole Brothers give the Clutchfit Drive 3 a rating of 7/10 for traction.
Under Armour changed up the cushion for the new Clutchfit Drive 3. Rather than a Charged midsole with a Micro G insole like the Clutchfit Drive 2, this year’s model features a full-length Micro G midsole with Charged foam in the heel and an OrthoLite sock liner. The cushion sort of feels like that in the Curry 2, meaning that you do not feel very much at all. The Curry 2 may feel nicer since it does not have an insole and your foot makes direct contact with the midsole so you can actually feel what there is to feel. The Clutchfit Drive 3 uses a plush sock liner, or insole, that provides amazing step-in comfort, but does not allow you to really experience the midsole. The cushion is very responsive and provides good impact protection. This setup is best suited for a guard who is looking for a cushion that will feel responsive and minimal. The Under Armour Clutchfit Drive 3 earns a rating of 7/10 for its cushion.
The upper is made entirely out of Under Armour’s Clutchfit material which is very nice. The materials are a little too hard for Don’s liking in the toe area, but it is not a major problem. The shoe features a textile mesh underneath the Clutchfit material, which feels puffy and soft. Overall, the Sole Brothers are not mad at the materials at all, giving it a rating of 8/10.
Fit: The fit is extremely good. The shoe runs a little tight, but that seems to be due to the thick OrthoLite sock liner raising you up a bit so that the shoe does feel tighter than it looks, so try this on before buying it to make sure you get the correct size. The guys recommend going true to size.
Support: The Clutchfit Drive 3 is a high top shoe, but it only provides adequate ankle support. The Clutchfit material is not the strongest stuff in the world which makes it a tad less supportive than other materials, but if you wear an ankle brace with it then it feels quite nice.
Lockdown: Neither of the guys experienced any problems with lockdown, so the shoe provides very good lockdown. The Clutchfit Drive 3 earns an overall rating of 9/10 for fit/support/lockdown.
Ventilation, Durability, and Aesthetics
Ventilation: This shoe felt pretty hot for Don, and merely ok for Sammy, earning a rating of 7/10 for ventilation.
Durability: The materials seem to be fraying a bit on Sammy’s pair, but overall it should be pretty durable. The guys gave it a rating of 8/10 for durability.
Aesthetics: This is one of those shoes that looks dope when you rock it on the court, but you should put it back in your bag immediately after you are done playing. Do not rock this shoe casually, it does not look good in that setting. The Clutchfit Drive 3 is still a pretty good looking shoe, (other than the horrendous colorways) earning a rating of 8/10 for aesthetics.
Don and Sammy decided to make their discussion of the Clutchfit Drive 3’s weight more interesting. The guys both guessed what they thought Sammy’s size 7.5 pair would weigh, and the loser would be shocked. Sammy guessed 13.7 ounces and Don guessed 12.8 ounces.
Sammy guessed incorrectly so he got zapped! Don accurately predicted the weight of the shoe, the Clutchfit Drive 3 weighs 12.8 ounces. The shoe feels pretty light and responsive, which is what you want out of a shoe that doesn’t weigh very much.
The Clutchfit Drive 3 retails at $125, which is not a bad price. There is one problem, the Curry 2 is a better shoe and only costs $5 more, so you should just get the Curry 2. The Clutchfit Drive 3 is a decent shoe, there is nothing outstanding about it, but the sum of all its parts make it a pretty good shoe. Stay tuned for the upcoming Clutchfit Drive 3 Low Performance Review! If you want to cop the shoe, you can purchase the Clutchfit Drive 3 here. Let us know what you think about this shoe in the comments, check out the scoring breakdown, and watch Don and Sammy discuss the Clutchfit Drive 3 below.