Under Armour’s Charged BANDIT 3 – My Initial Impression

Under Armour has recently released the newest iteration of their Charged Bandit running shoe line – Bandit 3 and it surely is set to steal a runner’s heart away!

Designed to be “street ready”, it not only boasts of its ability to satisfy a runner’s need for a great performance shoe, it is also stylish enough to be an everyday shoe. 

Thanks to the people of Under Armour Philippines, I got the chance to get first dibs on a pair of Bandit 3!

I also have the first two generations of the Bandit shoes and I believe that this third iteration is the best Bandit shoe so far!

From left to right: Charged Bandit 1, Bandit 3 and Bandit 2.

Here are my initial impressions:

  • its upper material is knitted, makes it more lightweight (lighter than Bandit 2) and breathable 
  • it fits well and is comfortable to wear – for someone with a narrow feet like mine, i love how the shoe hugs my feet
  • there is enough cushioning on the heel, making the back of my feet fit securely in place – oh and I love that the heel counter has this small cushion that is like a pillow that wraps around my heel. so comfy!
  • For minimalists, it is good to note that this shoe has lessened the heel-toe drop from 10mm to 8mm. 
  • The charged cushioning feature of the Bandit 2 is still present in this iteration – great news for “neutral runners” who wants not only a lightweight shoe but one with responsive feedback as well.
  • IT IS A LOOKER! I have only worn it a few number of times but I have been getting gazes and glances on my feet whenever I have it on. 🙂

Want more? Check out the Bandit 3 Factsheet HERE.

I love my Bandit 3 pair! Thanks Under Armour!

The Under Armour has definitely redefined the word “bandit” in a positive way. I enjoyed using the Bandit 3 – whether from running a short 5km or just simply walking. And I am truly excited to find out what more this pair can deliver for me, as I continue using it.

For runners who would like a running shoe that is worth their every peso, the Bandit 3 will not disappoint. After all, it was “designed to do it all,  ready to log miles on miles – all while looking, feeling, and fitting great.”

PRESS RELEASE:

Under Armour’s Bandit 3 running shoes
are ready to help you take on the street

Under Armour (NYSEA: UA, UAA) has taken the running scene by storm, and their newest asset is no exception. Bandit 3 is the newest addition to the brand’s renewed running offering which this year has included: the most recent evolution of Gemini with its 3rd iteration, the new UA Velocity ultralightweight running shoe and UA Europa, the first-ever running “control” shoe from the Baltimore based brand.

The Bandit 3 is the third instalment of their Bandit series, and it is a shoe designed to be “street ready”. It provides a versatile, lightweight style that accompanies its Charged Cushioning technology, which absorbs impact and returns explosive energy, giving the runner a comfortable run.

The new Bandit 3, a shoe for great design and even better performance, has a seamless heel cup that moulds the foot for a perfect fit, eliminating all distraction and making the shoe feel like an extension of your feet.Its knit upper feels perfect and flexes as you move, which makes it a great shoe for long-distance runs.

In addition to satisfying the runner’s needs for a great performance shoe, Bandit 3 is also a stylish option for everyday use. Doing justice to its name, the Bandit series has once again stolen the show.

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Two Cebuano Cagers in Stephen Curry Asia Tour

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University of Cebu’s John Bryl Cuyos and Virlou Orquez earned a trip to Seoul for the Stephen Curry Asia Tour after winning the Under Armour 3×3 Under-18 Philippines title recently. Cuyos and Orquez got the chance to see the top Under Armour ambassador in person in Seoul last month for the final stop of his Asia tour. The two were members of the victorious UC squad that captured the Under Armour 3×3 Southeast Asia Cebu crown and the Under Armour 3×3 Southeast Asia Philippines title in Manila.The two cagers travelled and met Curry at the Jungchang Gymnasium in Seoul. The trip, the expenses of which were all paid by Under Armour Southeast Asia, gave them a chance to interact and play with the NBA champion.

The UC squad overcame tough odds against teams from various parts of the Philippines to capture the two titles that will not be possible without the support of coach Joever Samonte and Atty. Estenso. Cuyos and Orquez also showed they have what it takes to be among the best players in the country.

The 17-year-old Cuyos has an impressive resume that includes being a two-time Cesafi All-Star, a two-time Cesafi runner-up, and a two-time runner-up in the Cebu City Olympics. He is also a Mandaue City Olympics Cebu Inter-High School, Cordua 1st Mayors’ Cup, and WJC 1st Cup champion.

Orquez, 18, was a former member of the Holy Trinity High School in Alberta, Canada where he was an Edmonton Journal All-Star. In the Philippines, he helped UC win the Mandaue City Olympics Cebu Inter-High School champion.UC defeated University of Visayas, 15-14, in the heartstopping final in the Cebu tournament before flying in to Manila to also make a big impression as the Webmasters beat Bounty A also in pulsating fashion, 21-20, in the final.Curry’s visit in Asia comes with the launch of Curry3Zero, the latest Under Armour shoeline for the NBA superstar.

In the Philippines, the Curry3Zero was also launched with the who’s who of sports and entertainment industry that included Alaska Aces point guard Chris Banchero, Barangay Ginebra forward Jervy Cruz, San Beda standout Robert Bolick, actor JC De Verea, Letran star Rey Nambatac, Ms. Earth 2015 Angelica Gabrena Ong, coach Christian Luanzon, and UA’s newest ambassador Kali Huff.

As part of the festivities, Under Armour also treated the media with a unique basketball experience of playing 3×3 basketball, and competing in a three-point shootout.

For more exciting events and promotions, follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter as well as Facebook at www.facebook.com/underarmoursea.

One month to go until “The Mercenary” AJ Matthews’ return to the Bellator 181 cage!

It’s a little over one month before Fil-American AJ ‘The Mercenary’ Matthews is set for action as part of Bellator 181 fight line-up this July. 

One of the up-and-coming international fighters, Matthews has been preparing hard for his next fight which is set to happen on the 14th of July at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. He has been seen devoting most of his waking hours into training and building relationships with his fellow Filipino Fighters both local and international.

The role of Matthews as professional striking coach of ONE Championship heavyweight champion Brandon Vera and several other UFC champions have also helped him in his preparation for his fight.

Matthews fight records include impressive victories such as a first-round technical knockout over Kyle Bolt at Bellator 131 in 2014, and a knockout win over Charlie Rader at Bellator 70 in 2012.

The 29-year-old has also been a pride of his fellow Filipino fighters as he has recently based himself now in Philippines with his team MMA Alliance. Matthews, whose mother traces her roots in Tacloban, has been embraced by his Filipino fans with open arms with his humility and charm.

Matthews recently appeared in the Test of Will Challenge and the National Test of Will Finals in the Philippines. During the event that was participated in by several athletes and celebrities, Matthews and ONE Championship fighter Mark Striegl competed against each other to test their abilities.

Aj Matthews fight will be against Andre Fialho under the welterweight division. 

University of Cebu is Under Armour 3×3 Champion!

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The very first Under Armour 3×3 competition in the Philippines is now dusted and settled with the University of Cebu emerging as the Champion of the tournament.

The Cebuano team, showing skills and determination, beat the Manila-based team Bounty A, 21-20, in the championship game of the Under Armour Under-18 3×3 Southeast Asia Philippines finals at the Titan Love Court, Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City.

UC’s Jone Bryl Cuyos, Allen Pelegrino, John Bautista, and Virlou Orquez overcame the Bounty A team of Rhayyan Amsali, Harvey Pagsanjan, Winderlich Coyoca, and Russel Bagauisan in the finals to gain a chance at securing a slot in the Philippine team for the FIBA Asia U18 3×3 Championship in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

The second runner-up honors went to Bounty B, a team composed of Ernest John Felicida, Michael Malonzo, Andrew Velasco, and Alex Visser, while the third runner-up went to Escuela de Sophia of Neil Joshua Moralejo, Earl Zymon Yu, Adrian James de Jesus, and Marvin Reforsado.

During the same weekend, Under Armour also held the Manila leg of the 3×3 event in which Bounty B team of Felicida, Malonzo, Velasco, and Visser winning the title over Bounty A of Amsali, Pagsanjan, Coyoca, and Bagauisan.

The Bounty B team is composed of players from National University and Ateneo de Cebu as they took home the Manila leg of the competition.

The Manila leg second runner-up honors went to Escuela de Sophia where the team of Moralejo, Yu, De Jesus, and Reforsado also putting on a respectable showing.

Cheers to the Under Armour Test of Will 2017 Philippines Winners!

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Over 200 athletes and enthusiasts showed up at the Glorietta Activity Center on the last weekend of March for the Philippine leg of Under Armour’s Test of Will 2017. From these amazing turn-out, three pairs of men and women came out on top with the Top 1 Male and Female winners – Raje Fama and Joyce Reboton, respectively, earning the coveted slot of representing the Philippines in the Under Armour Test of Will 2017 regional finals which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 6, 2017.

The competition offered athletes the chance to compete in a simple 4-minute circuit consisting of Burpees, One Arm Thruster, TRX Rows and Sandbag Throw where everyone was scored based on the maximum number of repetitions they can achieve within 60 seconds. 

A total score of 150 for Raje and Joyce’s 126 during the national heats was enough for them to land on the top spot despite fierce competition from the other participants. The pair will see action in Kuala Lumpur for a chance to become the UA Test of Will overall regional champions, a feat also being targetted by representatives from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei.

This year’s overall champion of the regional finals will walk away with S$2,500 cash prize, or around Php 88,000.00, winners will also get free head-to- toe gear and special discounts.

Here’s wishing Raje and Joyce the best of luck! Make the Philippines proud!

Philippine National Heats top winners’ results:

Series of Under Armour Circuit Challenges Held!

Under Armour, in preparation and as a fitting preview to the upcoming UA Test of Will National Heats, held two consecutive Circuit Challenge events recently. The first one was held at the Robinson’s Magnolia and the second one at the Greenbelt in Ayala Center.

Special hosts and guests for these events were UA Ambassadors and coaches Kat Garcia and AJ Matthews who is most popularly known as a Bellator MMA athlete and coach. UA Ambassador Elle Adda also graced the Greenbelt event and even did the challenge with AJ Mattews.

Check out the video and photos below plus the official presser for more details.

Meanwhile, see you all at the UA Test of Will National Heats on March 25-16 at the Glorietta Activity Center. Registration is still on-going for those who want to join!

PRESS RELEASE:

PART TWO OF UA CIRCUIT CHALLENGE HELD LAST MARCH 4
PARTICIPANTS GET SET FOR UA TEST OF WILL SET TO TAKE PLACE ON MARCH 25 & 26

The UA Circuit Challenge was held last weekend at Greenbelt 3, and was part of a two-part event which served as a preliminary event to help prepare the participants of the regional fitness challenge UA ‘Test of Will’.

Under Armour athlete Elle Adda hosted the event, along with Bellator fighter AJ Matthews and Celebrity trainer Mama Kat. Elle is a French-Filipino tri-athlete, fitness expert , model and an international performing artist. Hosts all wore the latest Threadborne line of Under Armour.

One of the highlights of the event was the on-the-spot challenge that the crowd requested between fighter AJ Matthews and Elle Ada. In said challenge, Matthews and Ada also competed over a round of ball slams, squat, ball rock and roll-ups, press and burpees. Matthews won with a 1-second margin over Ada. Fighter AJ Matthews also showed some self-defense techniques.

Winners of the UA Circuit Challenge event for this leg were Edwin Lobelia (1:47),Ted Waikin (1:56), Jayson Ang (1:57), Jona Constantino (1:53), Marianne Roulade (1:54) and Ericka Mesia (2:00).

The UA Circuit Challenge sets the stage for the much awaited UA ‘Test of Will’ set to take place on March 25 & 26 at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City. It is on its second year and will be held in 6 countries, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines.

Participants in ‘Test of Will’, will compete in a four-minute circuit consisting of Burpees, One Arm Thruster, TRX Rows and Sandbag Throw. Each competitor will be scored based on the maximum number of repetitions they can achieve within 60 seconds. The highest scoring man and woman of the national heats from each respective country will win an all-expense paid trip to compete in the regional finals, happening in Kuala Lumpur on 6 May 2017.

This year’s overall champion of the regional finals will walk away with S$2,500 cash prize, or around Php 88,000.00.

For more information on how to register for ‘Test of Will’, please visit: http://www.testofwill.com.

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Countdown starts now for Under Armour’s Test of Will 2017!

Let the countdown begin as the stage is set for the Philippine qualifier of the much-awaited second edition of Under Armour’s signature annual urban fitness challenge, Test of Will 2017!

Happening across Southeast Asia, the TOW 2017 Philippine heats is set to happen on March 25 and 26 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Ayala Center, Makati. The male and female winners of this challenge will earn the right to represent the Philippines in the Test of Will 2017 Regional Finals which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 6.

Registration is now on-going for those interested to take on the challenge. If you think you have what it takes, read the below official presser for the details!

See you in Glorietta!

PRESS RELEASE:

UNDER ARMOUR REGIONAL FITNESS CHALLENGE RETURNS

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Registration is now open for the Test of Will Philippines National Heats on March 25 & 26

The annual urban fitness challenge, Test of Will returns for its second edition on March 25 & 26 atGlorietta Activity Center in Makati City, Philippines. Organized by high performance sportswear label Under Armour, the event sets out to celebrate human performance through intense functional training challenges for the most determined athletes, goal-getters and fitness aspirants.

With the addition of Indonesia and Brunei this year, the regional fitness competition that also takes place in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines is expected to be more intense than the year before. Participants will compete in a four-minute circuit consisting of Burpees, One Arm Thruster, TRX Rows and Sandbag Throw.

Each competitor will be scored based on the maximum number of repetitions they can achieve within 60 seconds. The highest scoring man and woman of the national heats from each respective country will win an all-expense paid trip to compete in the regional finals, happening in Kuala Lumpur on 6 May 2017.

This year’s overall champion of the regional finals will walk away with S$2,500 cash prize, or around Php 88,000.00.

“The Test of Will is for everyone and anyone with the determination and discipline to train and compete,” said Mr. Michael Binger, CEO of Triple Pte Ltd, exclusive distributor of Under Armour in Southeast Asia. “Last year, we witnessed champions crowned from the most unexpected individuals. The event epitomizes the might of the determined and the spirit of the underdogs, something which Under Armour stands for.”

Under Armour has also recently launched its latest apparel and footwear collections engineered with the Threadborne™ technology leading up to the national heats; to equip participants with the gear to train and compete at the highest level. The Threadborne™ Siro and Seamless collections are made from fabric that is light, breathable, anti-cling, quick-drying and provides a high-level of stretch and recovery.

“Under Armour took the ultra-durable yarns within paracords, and rebuilt them into apparel material that can withstand the rigors of intensive use,” said Binger. “The result is a next generation fabric that gives athletes an edge to perform better through enhanced comfort and durability.”

Overall male and female winners of the Test of Will 2016, Jet Ng and Zoe Pond-McPherson shared the following tips for this year’s challenges.

“When you feel good, you will perform better. So, train hard, eat well, get enough rest, and make sure you feel as comfortable as you can be on that day.” said Ng.

“You will be pitted against many other athletes who have trained hard for their goals. Your ability to focus on that day will be as important as your fitness level.” said Pond-McPherson.

The Test of Will 2017 Philippines National Heats is now open for registration. Simply log on to testfofwill.com to indicate your preferred date and time, no registration fee is required. Participants must be 21 years old and above, and must be a Philippine Citizen or Permanent Resident to qualify for the regional finals.

Participants are encouraged to study the training guide for specific movement standards and tips to maximise their performance. They can also sign up for Armour@TheFort, a series of free training events organized by Under Armour to prepare for the challenges ahead. For more information and details on the Armour@TheFort series, visit http://www.tripleready.com/events.