Under Armour is back at it again with the Curry 2.5 – arguably a transition model between the Curry Two and the upcoming Curry Three. I say this because there are a few aspects UA kept the same, but there are several game-changing differences between the 2.5 and the Curry Two.
Under Armour maintained the identical pattern that was used in the Curry Two. Using a wide-based rubber outsole featuring an organic herringbone pattern, which stretches out in several different directions. This allows for multiple traction angles, increasing traction no matter what direction or speed the user chooses to go. The layout of the outsole is split in two and anchored in the middle with a TPU midfoot shank. As was the case with the Curry Two, the Curry 2.5 performed very well on both clean and dusty surfaces.
The Curry 2.5 also stuck with the Charged cushioning that was used in the previous model. Charged was designed to provide firm cushioning, allowing for better responsiveness and court feel. With all the similarities, you may be wondering why you should bother with the 2.5’s over the Two’s but here is where things start to get very different. UA has completely redesigned the upper which has added extra cushioning in the collar that wraps around the ankle. The extra protection makes sense, considering the signature athlete this shoe was made for has a history of ankle issues. This new feature was a very clever way to add extra cushioning to protect a body part that’s commonly injured on the basketball court.
UPPER MATERIALS & FIT
The upper design in the 2.5 shows no similarity between that and the Curry Two. The one piece upper is entirely made of mesh and wrapped in a polyurethane overlay. This new upper was added for more structural support and durability, and it did an excellent job containing the foot during our weartests. In perhaps the biggest difference between the 2.5 and the Two, the tongue of the 2.5’s wrap around the ankle, serving as its own mini ankle brace, Under Armour really showed their innovation and vision by adding this new feature. The wrappable tongue provided a much better fit than its predecessor, though it does sacrifice symmetry. One weakness in the Curry signature series has been ventilation. The mesh upper was designed to alleviate this issue, however due to the density of the upper the shoes still retained a lot of heat.
The Curry 2.5 runs true to size.
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SUPPORT & STABILITY
As touched upon when discussing the upper materials, the mesh/polyurethane combination provides great support and proved to be very stable during tests. The polyurethane in particular offers structural support that has yet to be seen in the Curry line. The Curry 2.5’s scored higher on stability than the previous model because it still has the TPU unit and a wide platform to anchor the shoe, but they’ve added the wraparound tongue complete with padded ankle support and a thicker heel counter to reduce slippage no matter how fast the lateral movement.
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Under Armour is on the right track with the design features added to the Curry 2.5. The padded ankle support and wraparound tongue, show that they are very much in touch with the challenges that ankle injuries present to basketball players. They were able to keep what made the Curry Two good and add logical features that improved it, while maintaining a reasonable price point. If you are a player who is constantly moving and looking for that support, or are a player who has a history of ankle injuries than this may be the shoe for you.