The Under Armour Project Rock BSR is brand new to the training shoe market and it’s already starting to gain some attention. Under Armour rolled out this model to provide Project Rock fans with more variety and a budget-friendly training shoe option.
Compared to the UA Project Rock 3 that has a price tag of $140.00 USD, the Project Rock BSR comes in at $100 USD. Normally, a decrease in price by that much can cause some hesitation in buyers, “Did the quality go down?” Also, with the release of the UA Project Rock 4, it’s even more important to consider your buying options.
To answer the most asked questions about this training shoe, I’ve been putting the UA Project Rock BSR to the test across multiple fronts.
UA Project Rock BSR Table of Contents
- Reasons to Buy the UA Project Rock BSR
- UA Project Rock BSR Pros
- UA Project Rock BSR Cons
- UA Project Rock BSR Performance
- Sizing and Fit
- Construction Details
As always, I’ve filmed a complementary video to this review. Also, check out the TF2 cross-training shoe calculator to find your perfect pair of trainers!
Reasons to Buy the UA Project Rock BSR
If you asked me to give you three reasons why the UA Project Rock BSR is worth it, then I would say the following. Do note, I recommend reading over the performance section above to see if the below aligns with your training, too.
- If you love the Project Rock line and are on a budget or just want to save money.
- If you’re a recreational lifter/athlete who also wants a shoe you can wear on a day-to-day basis.
- If you like training shoes that have simplistic construction and decent durability.
As always, if you have any questions on this model — please don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally.
UA Project Rock BSR
- Cost Efficiency
- Recreational Lifting
- Casual Agility Workouts
- Day-to-Day Wear
- For Longer Runs
- For Heavy Lifting (475+ lbs)
UA Project Rock BSR Pros
Personally, I think the UA Project Rock BSR has multiple things going for it especially when compared to the UA Project Rock 3.
- Affordable Price
- Better Sizing
- Decent Construction
The first aspect that I love about this model is the price. At a price point of $100 USD, you can’t fault this model’s price especially when you compare it to the UA PR3. In my opinion, this is a solid budget-friendly trainer for recreational workouts and day-to-day wear.
Another aspect that the Project Rock BSR has going for it is the sizing. The UA PR3 had an additional heel material that made the shoe run really small. The BSR does not have this and it fits much more true-to-size. This makes buying this model a bit easier because there’s no added stress of spending money on a shoe that won’t fit whatsoever.
The last aspect that I like is the overall construction. Despite being $40 less than the PR3, I don’t think Under Armour skimped on any aspects of this model. The Charged Cushioning midsole provides decent support and reactivity, the TriBase outsole is great for grounding the foot, and the upper mesh construction has been solid for durability.
Suggested Read: Check out my Under Armour TriBase Reign 3 Review!
UA Project Rock BSR Cons
While I do like this model and its price, there are a couple of potential cons I think lifters and athletes should be conscious of before buying.
- Not the Most Stable
- May Be Tight for Wide Feet
The first potential con I could see others having with this model is the midsole construction. If you want a truly stable cross-trainer, then this option may be the best bet. With an 8mm heel-to-toe offset and a thicker Charged Cushioning midsole, this model does okay with stability, but it’s certainly not the best.
Overall, I like the sizing in this model. However, others with wide feet have reported that this shoe runs and feels a tad small for them. If you have a wider or flatter foot, then sizing up a half to full size might be a good bet to hedge the potential of this shoe running small.
MUST-READ: UA Project Rock 3 Vs UA Project Rock 4
UA Project Rock BSR Performance
Across the board, I thought the UA Project Rock BSR did an “okay” job in all of my tests. It didn’t excel in any one specific niche, but for the price, I think it’s a solid choice for a recreational versatile cross-training shoe.
When it comes to lifting, the Project Rock BSR will get the job done, but it’s not going to be my first pick for maxing out. The heel-to-toe offset sits at 8mm which is higher than most popular cross-training shoes. The Charged Cushioning midsole is thick and to test it, I lifted up to 455 lbs in this model.
Overall, the shoes were okay, but I definitely noticed some compression when working with this weight. I think for most recreational lifters you’ll be safe in this model as long as you’re not maxing out with 500+ lbs.
Agility and Plyometrics
As for agility and plyometric work, I didn’t hate this model. It wasn’t my favorite, however, I think it works due to its subtle responsive nature. For the recreational HIIT enthusiast or agility-loving lifter, I think this model will do a fair job. The TriBase outsole is great for multi-directional activity and the only real drawback is the longer break-in period.
Day-to-Day and Shorter Runs
On a day-to-day wear basis, the UA Project Rock BSR is fairly comfortable. You can wear it for long durations and it doesn’t feel super uncomfortable over time. I will say, if you have wider feet, then I could see long-duration wear causing some discomfort, but for most, I think you’ll enjoy this model for day-to-day wear.
With shorter runs, this model does okay just like all of the other activities. The Charged Cushioning midsole is fairly responsive and the ride is more accommodating than other super stable cross-trainers on the market. For runs that are around 3-miles or less, I think you should be safe in this model.
Sizing and Fit
Compared to the UA Project Rock 3 training shoes, the sizing and fit in the BSR is much more true. I have some recommendations below based on my personal feedback and what others have mentioned about this model on the product page review.
- Narrower Feet: Go True-to-Size
- Wider/Flatter Feet: Go Up a Half to Full Size
I think most should be safe going true-to-size. This model did feel a tad snug, but it wasn’t incredibly uncomfortable nor cramping my toes by any means.
As stated above, you can expect to pay around $100 USD for the UA Project Rock BSR training shoes. I think this is a fair price for what this model offers. Plus, it’s a considerable amount less than the UA Project Rock 3s.
If you’re interested in the construction specs for this model, I’m going to provide them below. These specs are from Under Armour’s product page.
If you’re interested in real-time construction thoughts and my thoughts, then check out the video linked in this article and skip to 6:55.
- Breathable mesh upper with anatomical bootie construction for a snug, comfortable fit
- 3D molded midfoot panel provides added structure & support
- External heel counter for a locked-in fit & feel
- Charged Cushioning® midsole absorbs impact & converts it into a responsive burst
- UA TriBase™ maximizes ground contact, promotes natural motion & provides flexibility to grip during lifts
- Full rubber outsole for elevated traction & durability
This model has a few carryover characteristics from the PR3, but for the most part, it’s a fairly different model for being in the Project Rock line.
UA Project Rock BSR FAQs
Yes, however, this model is typically best for shorter runs. If you plan to run more than three miles, then you may want to look for a dedicated running shoe. For shorter runs, the Charged Cushioning midsole does a fairly good job at providing a comfortable and responsive ride.
To an extent! This model has an 8mm heel-to-toe offset and a thicker midsole, so it’s not going to be the most stable under super heavy loads. However, this shoe does an adequate job at resisting compression and I’ve worked up to over 400 lbs in this model with relative ease.
At a price point of $40 USD less, there’s no denying the budget-friendly edge the Project Rock BSR has over the PR3. The PR3 does have some unique construction features, however, for the budget-friendly shopper I’d recommend going with the BSR as it performed well across the board and similarly to the PR3.
Yes and no. If you have a more narrow fit, then I think this model will fit fairly true-to-size. If you have a wider or flatter foot, then you may want to size up a half to full size. Many with wider feet have referenced this model feeling tight on their foot.