It is now 2020 and despite the fact that the Curry 7 is out for a while now, I have to bring the Under Armour Curry 6 review first.
Yes, that’s correct – I must show this to the ballers out there who are looking to get themselves a quality pair of basketball shoes to play in for a good price and to enjoy every bit of it.
You’ll soon find out why!
I’ll be talking about the shoe’s comfort & performance aspects, its overall build quality, and check what kind of players will love these the most.
Let’s hop right in!
Model: Under Armour Curry 6 (Team)
Weight: 12.3 oz / 341 g. (Size 10)
Retail Price: $130
Cushion: Full-length HOVR
Best Offer On: Amazon
I. COMFORT & FIT
Pretty much just like most of Curry’s shoes, comfort is something that’s usually not lacking.
The Curry 6 is not an exception here – I found the kicks to be very comfortable pretty much at all times, no matter the movement.
Thanks to the full-on knit upper, some nice internal padding, and a quality fit, I’d say these are literally one of the most comfortable Curry or any UA athletic shoes ever. Period.
I should point out that I’m a wide footer but I went true to size and found the shoe to be as comfortable as it can get just over 40-60 minutes.
That’s what knit and a good implementation of it does – takes all the bulls**t break-in time away and makes sure you experience the full 100% of what the designers intended almost right away.
Absolutely a killer job in this department. Let’s move on!
The saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” definitely applies to basketball shoe technology and innovations, and it seems Under Armour did not look back once while making the 6th Curry iteration.
No classic herringbone traction pattern here – though that’s fortunately not a bad thing in this case. I’ve found the traction to be solid most of the time, minus a few minimal slips here and there during the times I was zoned into the game and didn’t bother wiping the outsoles for a longer period of time.
Yeah, I’d say be prepared to do some wiping to preserve maximum traction, though by far not as much as it can get.
This also depends on the court condition, I was mostly playing either on a medium-condition wood court or outside on a synthetic rubber surface.
I’ve had zero problems inside. Outdoors though – it was still fine, just needed to wipe from time to time to make sure I’m not sliding out where I don’t need to.
So, I’ve definitely experienced better traction before but if I said the Curry 6 is problematic here – I’d be lying.
And you can take these outdoors too! This is for sure not an outdoor model specifically as the rubber might start deteriorating pretty soon, judging from the shallowness of it, but, again, not the most terrible variant I’ve seen.
The 6th model introduced the brand new HOVR cushion and it’s implemented in a full-length fashion here – the whole midsole you’re sitting on offers some really solid cushioning.
Comparing this setup to other well-known full-length cushion setups such as Nike’s Zoom Air or Adidas’s BOOST, this one won’t be as overly bouncy or “fun” to play in.
But, once again, that’s absolutely not a bad thing, especially comparing it to the previous Curry models. Most of them were too stiff to a lot of people’s preference as they were targeting lower profile guards like Curry himself, obviously.
This time though, things are changed, rebuilt, and optimized for just about any build or player.
I’m a very explosive player, and I love playing aggressively when I can, and these didn’t fail me at all. The way HOVR is implemented here is definitely stable, impact absorption is not lacking and my step transitions were smooth as butter, thanks to the full-length midsole, plus the new speed plate.
I would’ve liked a bit more forefoot cushion but this is totally understandable, as fast, multi-directional players such as the splash brother Curry himself need maximum mobility along with strong court feel.
In a nutshell, don’t overthink about the Curry 6’s cushioning – it will work for pretty much everyone. Just don’t expect you’ll be walking on clouds.
Support and foot containment is something the Curry models never fail in.
The Curry 6 is once again at the top of its game in terms of this.
We’ve got a very nicely built flat and wide base of the shoe to promote a stable foundation, to begin with.
Next, we have a nicely shaped outsole with cut out grooves in areas where it accommodates certain movements, and the sides of the sneaker are widened out, so it’s basically an outrigger, responsible for lateral support.
Lastly, there’s also the external heel counter and a TPU speed plate implemented right under your foot, which also enhances torsional protection.
The knit upper won’t add to extra support here but don’t worry – don’t forget about the shoe’s great fit that’s contained properly.
These pretty much check every box in terms of support technology and feature, and in a way that’s not promoting poor comfort.
You can leave your ankle braces at home, the Curry 6 will handle the load for you.
V. BUILD & MATERIALS
The upper is pretty much 100% knit with some synthetic overlays added on top throughout certain key areas to ensure durability.
I love soft knit uppers and this one is not an exception. We all know pure knit/woven is generally less durable but I see these ones are built very nicely. Pair that with the fuse overlays, and the fact that they’ll be used mostly outdoors, and it turns out it won’t be as weak as it’s so commonly perceived.
I’d say this is a fantastic offer for $130 – you generally won’t see premium knit setups like this one for that price tag.
The UA Curry 6 is no slouch for sure – every single category is well-done I can clearly tell Curry & company did not overlook any single detail or scenario when making these.
Despite the versatility of the shoe’s nature, I’d still say quicker, lighter guards who play mostly below the rim and love to stop and pop will love these the most.
However, if you don’t fall into that category of players, these will still work for sure!
Why Amazon? Click to find out!
I’ve been ordering a solid 70%-80% of my hoop shoes from Amazon and can confidently say it’s almost always the most trustworthy and convenient option to buy your shoes.
Yes, it’s great to find the shoe you’re looking for on an original retailer such as Nike or Adidas but the reality is a bit different – a lot of times, especially for shoes older than 1-2 years, it’s a very small chance you’ll find the shoe or better yet find it in your size & color.
You’ll mostly find the latest releases directly from the brand’s store but the period is usually pretty short until they’re out of stock.
This is where Amazon comes in.
Amazon is not strictly one retailer giving you the products, it’s a whole chain of thousands of different sellers, all supplying different products, including basketball shoes. You will mostly find more color and size options on Amazon for your desired shoe than on an original retailer or even a general sporting goods store.
Sure, there will be exceptions where Amazon won’t have a particular shoe but that’s on the rare side.
And the best part is the pricing – you can find older shoes and at times new shoes priced under retail, sometimes at crazy low prices, which is something you’ll never see on Nike.com, adidas.com, and other retailers (except during discounts/sales of course).
To sum things up and give you a generalized idea of why Amazon beats other stores more often than not, I’ve compiled a shortlist of the most notable advantages the massive store chain has over its competitors.
- Usually, higher stock, size & color/edition availability compared to other stores
- Blazing fast shipping times (sometimes delivered the SAME DAY if you’re close to the seller’s stock)
- A good chance to find shoes priced under retail
- Extremely convenient return/refund policies
Still not sure? I’ve made a comprehensive guide and compiled some general tips on where to buy basketball shoes online. Check it HERE!
Comfort Rating: 9.5
Performance Rating: 8
Value for the Price Rating: 9
Suitability for Outdoors: Fair
Recommended for: Guards, shooters
Overall Rating: 9
Alright, that’s it for the UA Curry 6 review! I truly hope you’ve enjoyed it and found it useful!
Do you have any questions? Perhaps you’ve got ’em yourself and want to share your thoughts? Just want to chat?