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Under Armour Reign Lifter Review (2024 Update)

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I feel like I can speak for most lifters and strength athletes when I say, “Under Armour, it’s about time you built a weightlifting shoe”. After years of producing training shoes, the Reign Lifter is Under Armour’s first official weightlifting shoe.

As a fan of Under Armour training shoes like the TriBase Reign 5, I was super excited to buy a Reign Lifter and start putting them to the test. In all of my tests, the UA Reign Lifter has held its own for heavier squats and clean & jerks.

It took a minute for this model to grow on me, but once it did, I came to appreciate them a little bit more and I’ll elaborate on this below. The UA Reign Lifter is slowly clawing its way into my weightlifting shoe rotation.

UA Reign Lifter Summary

The UA Reign Lifter has been surprisingly solid for a first pass at a weightlifting shoe. Look, I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical of this shoe when it hit the markets, especially since Under Armour has never truly expressed interest in weightlifting shoes.

However, since using this shoe for countless squat and weightlifting sessions, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. The Reign Lifter’s TPU midsole provides good stability, and its midfoot strap ensures on-point upper security.

I see the Reign Lifter as being a good pick for both recreational lifters and experienced users who are tired of narrow-fitting Nike Romaleos and bulky Reebok Legacy Lifters.

Construction Specs to Know

  • Effective Heel Height: 19.7mm/.77 inches (heel: 23.7mm/forefoot: 4mm)
  • Weight: 17.65 (men’s size 10)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Width: Regular/Medium
  • Sizing: True to size for most
  • My Max Squat Weight In This Shoe: 415 lbs

UA Reign Lifter

$200

4.6
Stability
4.7
Versatility
4.6
Durability
4.7

Best For

  • Squats
  • Weightlifting
  • TriBase Reign Fans
  • Narrow/Neutral-Width Feet

Falls Short

  • For Breathability
  • For Wider Feet

Performance Assessment, How I’ve Tested These

To break down the performance of the UA Reign Lifter, I’ll cover how this performs across a few key performance categories. I’ll discuss their performance for squats, recreational lifting, and weightlifting.

Whether you’re a beginner or a weathered strength athlete, hopefully, the section below can clarify this shoe’s performance in certain verticals. If you have additional performance questions, always feel free to reach out.

UA Reign Lifter Performance Breakdown

Testing the UA Reign Lifter for Squats and Recreational Lifting

For squats, the UA Reign Lifter has been a really strong-performing shoe. The TPU midsole and heel are plenty stable for heavy sessions and this shoe feels balanced when squatting.

When front squatting over 315 lbs I liked how this shoe felt and I didn’t notice any rocking like some models can be prone to have, especially in instances where you lose balance and shift forward a bit as fatigue sets in.

Testing the UA Reign Lifter for squats

I also liked how grippy the outsole is in this shoe and I don’t think you’ll experience slip issues at all in this model. Whether you’re squatting on wooden platforms or rubber gym floors or plan to buy these for powerlifting, you should be fine regarding traction.

For accessory exercises like leg presses, hack squats, and quad-biased work, the UA Reign Lifter performs well after they’ve been broken in. The outsole grips machine platforms well and the toe box gets progressively more flexible as you wear them more.

Testing the UA Reign Lifter for squat day

My only knock against this model for accessories is that I find them to run even warmer in these contexts because you’re typically wearing them longer for these workouts or doing higher rep sets. I’d expect sweaty feet in these training contexts.

Testing the UA Reign Lifter for Weightlifting

When it comes to weightlifting, the UA Reign Lifter has been a pretty strong shoe. Do note, I program a lot of clean & jerks into my current training blocks, I don’t snatch heavy at the moment (only light when programmed in WODs), so my feedback is limited for that lift at heavier intensities — full disclosure.

Testing the UA Reign Lifter for weightlifting

For clean & jerks, there have been three standout things to enjoy with the UA Reign Lifter. This first is the feedback that you get from this shoe’s midsole and outsole when catching weight and when jerking.

When catching jerks, I really enjoyed the snappy this shoe has when planting and dropping under your jerk. I also like that the outsole grips well but it’s not so tacky that it takes away from making micro-adjustments in catches.

Testing the UA Reign Lifter for clean and jerks

The second thing to like about this shoe is the upper and the medial/lateral TPU layers that help prevent spillover. I don’t think most lifters will have an issue with spilling over in this model even as the upper gets more worn in.

The third and last thing to like is the midfoot security and toe box once this shoe is broken in. After about two weeks of consistent use, I noticed that this model’s toe box got a lot more lively and flexible which I have really enjoyed.

UA Reign Lifter Pros

Over the course of my training and testing of the UA Reign Lifter, I found a few pros and things to really enjoy with this model.

  1. Consistent Performance for Squats and Weightlifting
  2. TPU Heel and Midsole Are Stable and Responsive
  3. Heavier Upper Feels Durable and Prevents Spillover

The first thing to like about the UA Reign Lifter is their performance for squats and weightlifting. Thus far, this shoe has been consistent for all of my training sessions, and I haven’t noticed anything off regarding their performance.

When working up to heavier cleans at 285 lbs, this shoe has felt stable and locked down, and I’ve enjoyed their stability for my heavier front squats. On top of this, the midfoot security has been pretty strong as well.

Testing the UA Reign Lifter for front squats

It took about a week for this shoe to break in and I was actually a little weary of their initial midfoot security, but once they broke in, the strap and lacing system felt a lot better in the context of locking down the feet when going into ankle plantarflexion and dorsiflexion.

Another thing that I’ve enjoyed with this model’s performance is its full rubber outsole. The rubber used on this shoe’s outsole feels grippy, but it’s not so tacky that I felt like I couldn’t adjust my feet during my catches or when jerking.

Testing the UA Reign Lifter for jerks

The second thing to like about the UA Reign Lifter, which I briefly touched on above, is its TPU midsole and heel. In my experience, this model feels responsive and provides you with a nice level of feedback when catching weight.

Stability shouldn’t be an issue in this model whatsoever and I think they’ll work for lifters and athletes from all strength backgrounds. I also like that the TPU wraps up a bit on the lateral and medial sides of the shoe to help prevent spillover.

UA Reign Lifter

The final aspect to like about this shoe is its heavier upper construction, which I find to be both a good and bad thing. The good with this model’s heavier upper is that it should last a while and not break down too easily.

Under Armour also mentioned that they went with this upper because it proved to be more durable than the other 3D renders that have been floating around online.

UA Reign Lifter Upper Construction

The upper on this shoe somewhat reminds me of a blend of the Reebok Legacy Lifter 3 and ANTA 2. I also think this upper helps with spillover issues as it has a thicker construction to lock down the feet.

UA Reign Lifter Cons

The Reign Lifter is a pretty good first pass for Under Armour’s debut weightlifting shoe. However, there are a few cons to note about this model. 

  1. Toe Box Runs a Bit Narrow
  2. Expect a Break-In Period
  3. Upper Construction Isn’t Breathable

The first drawback to note about the UA Reign Lifter is that it’s not the widest weightlifting shoe on the market. If you constantly feel restricted in your weightlifting shoes, then you may want to pass on this model.

UA Reign Lifter Outsole

In the context of this shoe’s width, it’s similar to the UA TriBase Reign 4 if we’re talking other Under Armour shoes, and if we’re talking weightlifting shoes, it’s pretty similar to the Adidas Adipower 3’s width.

The second drawback to note about the UA Reign Lifter is that similar to other weightlifting shoes, I’d expect a break-in period with this model. When initially wearing this shoe I actually didn’t like the way this shoe felt.

UA Reign Lifter Midfoot Strap

I think this was because the strap sits a bit lower on the midfoot so I was having my heel slip a bit in my first two sessions. However, as the toe box broke in more, this issue subsided, so it should be a non-issue for most in the long run, but I did want to share my experience.

The final drawback that I could see bothering others with the UA Reign Lifter is the lack of ventilation. With the leather upper in this model, I’d expect your feet to run pretty warmly in this shoe.

UA Reign Lifter Insole

To be honest, I was kind of bummed when I saw the other 3D renders of this model because the ventilation looked better in that iteration. Granted, if you’re getting more durable in place of breathability, then I guess it’s a net positive for your investment.

UA Reign Lifter Sizing

For the UA Reign Lifter, I think most lifters and athletes should be safe going true to size with this shoe. Their length fits true and they have a narrow-to-neutral width.

I think if you wear Under Armour shoes now, and more specifically the TriBase Reign shoes, and enjoy their fit, then you should resonate with the fit of the Reign Lifter, as the last feels pretty similar.

Testing the UA Reign Lifter sizing and fit

For narrow and neutral-width feet, I don’t think you’ll have an issue with this model’s fit. If you have wide feet, then you may want to tread lightly when investing in this shoe.

The toe box of this model isn’t the widest, and with its heavier upper construction, I don’t think it’s going to stretch out a ton over time. I’d also be hesitant with sizing up because the strap sits a little lower on the midfoot, which could be problematic for heel slip.

  • UA Reign Lifter: True to size for most. Wide feet may want to pass.

UA Reign Lifter Sizing and Fit Assessment

If you have additional questions about the sizing and fit of the UA Reign Lifter, drop a comment below and I can help you out accordingly.

Price Breakdown

For the UA Reign Lifter, you can expect to pay around $200 USD. This price point is similar to other premium weightlifting shoes offered by bigger shoe companies.

That being said, if we look at the price increase trend from Reebok and Adidas with their Legacy Lifter 3 and Adipower 3, then the UA Reign Lifter is actually a little more cost-efficient, relatively speaking.

UA Reign Lifter Price

I think the big question here is if this model is work $200 USD when there are solid options on the market that cost a little less. In my opinion, for Under Armour and TriBase Reign fans, I think this shoe is worth it.

It delivers a well-rounded performance and it feels durable so it should last a while if you’re taking good care of them during your weekly training sessions.

For wide feet and anyone that wants to spend less, then I think you’ll want to explore other options. If you want to spend around $100 USD, then I’d suggest looking into shoes like the Reebok Lifter PR II.

Who Should Invest In the UA Reign Lifter?

The UA Reign Lifter will be best for strength athletes and lifters that want a consistent weightlifting shoe for squats, snatches, and clean & jerks. The Reign Lifter has a heavier construction with a nice level of stability.

For serious athletes and lifters, I think you’ll enjoy the level of ground/platform feedback that you get from this shoe. Once they break in, I found the TPU-injected midsole to provide a nice “snappiness” when catching clean and hitting jerks.

Who Should invest in the UA Reign Lifter

I also like the stability that you get with this shoe’s midsole. For heavier squats and cleans, this model felt grounded and the rubber outsole provided a good level of traction on different surfaces.

If you’re new to weightlifting shoes, I could see the Reign Lifter also being a good introduction to this style of footwear. Since this shoe has a thicker upper construction, they should last a while for your investment if take good care of them.

Trying on the UA Reign Lifter for Review

Lastly, this model has a slightly narrower fit, so for narrow and neutral-width feet, I think this shoe will fit well per your anatomical needs. To add to this, I think if you enjoy the UA TriBase Reign shoes and their fit, then you’ll like the Reign Lifter’s fit.

If you need consistent weightlifting shoes that are good for beginner and experienced lifters then the UA Reign Lifter can work well. This shoe’s TPU midsole is stable for heavy squats and its upper security is exceptionally strong.

Who Shouldn’t Invest In the UA Reign Lifter?

While I’ve enjoyed the UA Reign Lifter, there are a few a couple on contexts where I can see this model falling short. For starters, the heavier upper construction can run pretty hot at times.

This model’s upper is built with leather, textile, and synthetic materials, and without additional breathability through the forefoot and midfoot I found my feet getting pretty hot in this model. If you have issues with your feet running hot, you’ll want to consider this.

UA Reign Lifter Toe Box Width

Another context in which I could see this shoe falling short is for wide feet. In my opinion, this model has a similar fit to the UA TriBase Reign cross-training shoe line which has been known for not having the most width in the toe box.

I think if you’re worried about toe box width, then you may want to pass on this model and look into wider options like the TYR L-1 Lifter. For context, I have a neutral-width foot and find the toe box a little snug for longer sessions.

Construction Details

The construction of the UA Reign Lifter feels pretty well-built out, especially for a first weightlifting shoe pass. Below are the key construction details to note about this shoe.

  • Effective Heel Height: 19.7mm/.77 inches (heel: 23.7mm/forefoot: 4mm)
  • Weight: 17.65 (men’s size 10)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Upper: 40% Leather, 30% Textile, 30% Synthetic Materials
  • Full Rubber Outsole
  • Midfoot Strap (metal anchor)
  • TPU Midsole and Heel
  • External Heel Tab
  • Lightweight Mesh Tongue
  • 5 Core Eyelets With a 6th for Lace-Lock

If you have additional questions about the UA Reign Lifter’s construction, drop them below and I can help clarify anything you have.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q:
Do the UA Reign Lifter fit true to size?

A:
The UA Reign Lifter should fit true to size for most athletes and lifters. This shoe's length runs true and they have a neutral width and fit similar to the UA TriBase Reign training shoes.

Q:
Are the UA Reign Lifter good for squats?

A:
The UA Reign Lifter's TPU-injected heel and midsole are stable for heavy squats and the sole of this shoe feels balanced. The rubber outsole also does a good job of promoting traction.

Takeaway Thoughts

It took a couple of weeks, but the UA Reign Lifter has steadily grown on me and I enjoy its performance in the gym. For my heavy squats and weightlifting sessions, this shoe has been consistent and well-rounded.

For Under Armour fans and those who love the TriBase Reign cross-training shoe line, I see the Reign lifter as a nice continuation and add to your workout shoe line-up.

There are a couple of things with this shoe that I feel hold it back a little like its sizing inclusivity for wide feet and its lack of breathability, but for the most part, this has been a pretty solid shoe.

If you have additional questions about the UA Reign Lifter, drop a comment below or reach out to me personally via Instagram (@jake_boly or @that_fit_friend).

Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of That Fit Friend. He's often regarded to as a go-to resource in various performance shoe communities. He’s been formally reviewing shoes and training gear for over 7 years and has hand-tested over 400 pairs of shoes. Jake is known on the internet and YouTube for blending his review process with his educational, strength sports, and personal training background.

Jake has a Masters in Sports Science, a Bachelors in Exercise Science, a CSCS, and he's been personal training for over 10 years helping hundreds of clients get stronger, lose weight, and accomplish their goals. He uses his exercise science brain and personal training background to make curated and thoughtful review content on the fitness gear he's testing.

2 thoughts on “Under Armour Reign Lifter Review (2024 Update)”

  1. Excellent review Jake! Quick question about the fit of this model: how does the fit compare to the fit of the Reebok Legacy lifter 2? How does it compare to the fit of the Ultrarange Exo? Thank you for any and all help.

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