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#CrunchTest: Could This Be The Perfect Training Shoe For You?

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Some fitness enthusiasts would agree that having the proper apparel is important while some would say that having the right shoe is more important.


In this Crunch Test, we’ll be focusing on a particular training footwear instead. It all goes down to the fit, durability and weight of the shoe that makes a whole lot of difference when working out.


With the emerging trend of many boutique gyms and flexible membership plans, having a versatile sport shoe is pretty much essential if you’re going to be working out at these places - all to help accommodate to the different types of classes from HIIT to Zumba classes one would be attending.

We had 2 fitness enthusiasts, Kristen and Eric to try out the Under Armour TriBase™ Reign for about week during their workouts.


Just a little bit of background, the TriBase Reign is designed for those who seek more than just a regular training footwear. With it’s technology, it aims to allow you to workout more seamlessly with better foot flexibility and support.


Here’s their overall rating on our Crunch O’ Meter!

A whopping 4.5/5!

What Kristen Thinks:


Kristen regularly attends studio classes and heads to the gym.



1. What do you think of the fit and material?

The fit is perfect and the material is so lightweight but you know for a fact that it was built for intense performance. I also like the fact that it made me feel so light on my toes when I was working out! My feet felt grounded and I could do the reps without accidentally falling or missing a step because it helped to maximize ground control – imagine: light, comfortable and fits your feet like a glove.


2. After wearing it during your workouts for a week, did you feel any difference in performance?

I felt like my feet were not as strained as they were when I was working out with my other shoes. The TriBase Reign hugs my feet with nothing but TLC as I made it through one workout after another because I attend for several classes. I really liked the fact that I wasn’t being weighed down – literally, especially with bulky and heavier shoes.


3. What do you like about the TriBase Reign?




What took me off-guard and gave me a good surprise was the padded flap just below the shoelace. That was a nice surprise because when I was doing some intense movements during my workout, that padding was the one that kept the top of my feet from being sore. And also, the fact that the insoles are non-removable.


4. What improvements would you like to see in this product?

I think the only downside I faced with this shoe was when it gave me a blister. It was horrible but I think it’s just my sensitive skin; now looking back. Perhaps, if there’s one thing I’d change, it would be to make the part of the heel more padded, especially where blisters are more common to happen.


5. For the price of RM549, would you recommend the TriBase Reign to others looking for training footwear?

In all honesty, as much as people love to swear by the fact that they are able to score better options for a cheaper price, I live by one thing: Good things are not cheap. Cheap things are no good. Especially when it comes to training footwear that lasts and withstands the intensity of your workouts. This is definitely something I’d tell my friends to invest in!


6. Overall rating of the product.


4/5– I loved almost everything about it. It’s look, feel, performance, features – except for the fact that it gave me blisters.

















What Eric Thinks:


Eric often goes to the gym, does martial arts and parkour.




1. What do you think of the fit and material?

The fit was close to perfect for my active and motion-filled lifestyle, overall nicely captured the shape of my feet and comfortable. The material was quite breathable and thin, felt satisfyingly airy.


2. After wearing it during your workouts for a week, did you feel any difference in performance?

Shoes play a big role in my confidence and overall ‘feel’ when it comes to workouts and parkour, it’s like an ‘ego booster’ kinda thing. The feel of the shoe did boost my grip and confidence on lower body exercises.


It also gave me more confidence when I land harsh jumps when doing parkour.




3. What do you like most about the TriBase Reign?

I’ve always had difficulty in finding the perfect ‘training’ shoes that are versatile yet very functional. I frankly feel this pair actually could do the trick, I’ll have to use it for a few more months to really give a concrete answer, but for now it satisfies all my needs in workouts.


4. What improvements would you like to see in this product?



I feel it could be slightly more comfortable on the inside, I did get a little bit of a blister once also. It made me feel like I wanna train, but not really wear it out to walk. If it could do both, it would be amazing.


5. For the price of RM549, would you recommend the TriBase Reign to others looking for training footwear?

Yes I would, especially if someone is looking for a versatile shoe & if you’re looking for parkour shoes too - I feel it really does the trick.


6. Overall rating of the product.

4.75. Love the fact that it’s almost a perfect pair of parkour shoes!



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