How Under Armour’s Charged Foam Holds Down the Best Shooter in the NBA

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By now, it’s pretty much been established that Stephen Curry is the best shooter in the NBA. Sure, the likes of Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, and even Curry’s own Golden State Warriors teammate, Klay Thompson, can give him a run for his money in the scoring column on any given night. But from top to bottom, Curry boasts the purest stroke the NBA has ever witnessed; not just this season, but perhaps in the league’s entire history.

In just his fifth year, Curry has taken the NBA by storm. And his impressive numbers on the court have translated into success off the hardwood, particularly in the form of endorsements. He’s been featured in countless State Farm and SportsCenter commercials. And, after signing on to be the face of Under Armour Basketball in 2013, he’s the newest recipient of a signature sneaker—the true mark of a ballplayer who’s “made it.”

After playing in the ClutchFit Drive last year, UA made the easy decision to give Steph his own namesake shoe line for 2015, with the flagship model being the freshly introduced Curry One. For his first shoe, UA kept a similar outsole—a grippy, multi-directional herringbone pattern—to that of the ClutchFit Drive and beefed it up from the midsole up.

The shoe’s upper is wrapped in anaFoam—a lightweight, compression-molded shell that provides the proper support and fit required to ball out. There’s nothing that makes it stand out all that much, it just gets the job done. However, the most significant upgrade comes in the form of the Charged Foam cushioning system, which has been stacked atop the preexisting Micro G midsole to give players—specifically Curry—more dynamic footing.

The Charged cushioning is responsive, meaning its beneficial for smaller, quicker players who like to make a lot of lateral cuts and run up and down the floor, as well as larger, more physical players who prefer to hold it down in the paint. For a player like Curry, who commands the high-flying, high-tempo Warriors offense, it has the potential to translate into an even more confident burst and improved mobility. Given that Curry is already one of the quickest players in the game, that is a scary thought for defenders.

The Curry One performs equally as well on the blacktop as it does on the hardwood. While it’s designed specifically to complement the two-time NBA All-Star’s skill set, that’s not to say that players of all types can’t reap the benefits of the shoe as well. In fact, if you’re on the hunt for a new pair of kicks to hoop in on the daily, the UA Curry One is certainly worth a consideration.