I will directly compare the Curry One to the Clutchfit Drive throughout this review.
Here is the Curry one low review
I also compared the shoe to other rising star sig shoes
Rising stars sig shoe shootout
King of the Court Shootout
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these since I love the Clutchfit Drive so much. With the addition of Charged cushioning, an adaptive cushioning that firms up when you move as UA puts it, I really couldn’t wait.
Same pattern, same rubber , same results as the Clutchfit Drive; one of the best traction set ups I have used in the past 15 years. Not as sticky as the Kobe IX but works on every type of condition extremely well.
Full length Micro G with a layer of Charged foam on top . Now you’d think that with an extra layer of cushioning you’d get a more plush ride but actually the opposite occurred as the Curry One is significantly firmer than the Clutchfit. The Charged foam seems to mute the feel of the bounce that I loved with just Micro G and I definitely don’t feel any difference in the cushioning whether I’m standing still or moving. SMH at myself for falling for UA marketing tricks. Overall the cushion is still great but I like feeling that response. If I had never worn the Clutchfit Drive, I probably would have liked the Charged foam more but I can’t go back in time so…Please don’t pull a Nike and take away the bounce UA.
Btw, the shoes ride at the same height despite the extra Charged Foam layer. My guess is they took away a little bit of the Micro G to make up for the extra layer.
Went with my normal size 11 and it was perfect just like the Clutchfit. Perfectly locked down in the heel and no side to side movement just like the Clutchfit .I noticed that the construction inside the heel collar is slightly different.
Below: Curry One
Below: Clutchfit Drive
The Curry One has more pronounced “dog bone”‘padding in the heel than the Clutchfit Drive. If only UA had put these in the collar of the Lows then you’d have a truly perfect lowtop rather than a near perfect shoe.
Anafoam has a fabric/polyester like feel while Clutchit is more rubbery. Obviously the Anafoam breathes much better but I have never experienced any discomfort in the Clutchfit upper either. Both uppers conform very well to the foot. Btw, the Curry One smells like paint when you first open the box. I’m guessing it’s the Anafoam since the Clutchfit didn’t smell like that. The smell does go away in a few days.
Support comes from the external heel counter and extra layering of Anafoam while the Clutchify has a more flexible heel counter as well as footstays at the forefoot. Both shoes feature an outrigger at the forefoot as well .
Neither shoe is as supportiveness protective as the Rose 5 but they aren’t supposed to be; they are made to be flexible first, supportive second. I have not sprained or hurt my ankle in the Cluthfit so I expected more of the same from the Curry One and it did not dissappoint.
The areas of the Curry that has holes in them are extra layers of Anafoam for support in high stress areas namely the ankle and lateral side of the midfoot. Surprisingly, despite the lower cut, the Curry feels a more restrictive at the ankle since the Anafoam is stiffer around the ankle. You especially notice the additional stiffness when you bend your knees and your ankles flex. It isn’t a huge difference per se but just something I noticed. During a game you won’t notice it though and if you do, go bench yourself because your head isn’t in the game and you aren’t moving hard enough.
I had some concern with the containment since they took away the footstay at the forefoot and replaced it with another layer of Anafoam but my concerns were layed to rest once I played I them . My foot stayed in the footbed even when I tried to bust them out of the shoe on hard cuts and thanks to smart engineering by UA.
Below: nice long extended heel counter and foot stay on the Clutchfit Drive
Extra layers of Anafoam replaced the extended heel counter and footstay
Same last, same outsole pattern, equals same great stability.
Both shoes pass my heel test with flying colors and I have no fear of turning my ankle bc I missed a landing by a few millimeters. I’ve had severe ankle sprains in the Lebron X and Kobe IX due to instability at the heel so I’m very cautious with shoes that are prone to tipping. Very underrated but most important aspects of a shoe imo.
The Curry One retails for $120 while the Clutchfit retails for $125 which is honestly the first time I’ve ever seen a sig shoe retails for less than a general release team shoe. Out of the new wave of sig shoes (sub $120 Lillard, Hyperchase PE, jwall, Kyrie ) is the only new sig shoe I’d actually recommend. It does everything well at a great price point : Perfect fit, great traction, cushioning, while being supportive and stable.
Good job. Which one do you like more from your personal preference?
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I prefer the clutchfits as of today due to softer bouncier cushioning. Both are fun to play in though .
how much your under armour?????
I paid retail
You know what i think i just may have to get me a pair of currys. I wanna try what all the hype is about. If i can get the lows awesome, i hope you can too. Only reason why i havent yet is because the rubber under armour uses for the herringbone sucks up dust like crazy even with wiping
The hype for curry is bc they are currys. Not much different than playing in Clutchfits . Good luck !
Thanks i really hope i can get the panther ones cause those are fire! But if i cant ill just get another kd8 because i love them on and off court a lot of people have been sleeping on them.
Hey, So far is the cushion and responsiveness on the Clutchfit drive holding up pretty close to when you first got them??? I’m pretty close to getting a pair
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They have held up very well surprisingly. They don’t feel exactly the same as brand new since it compresses over time but still has the bounce but denser feel. All foams will do that. Boost does a good job retaining bounce, Lunarlon does not .
Hey nice reviews. Deciding between curry one, clutchfit, xx9, soldier 9, Kobe x elite. I usually play sg. I rolled my ankle bad in the zoom the ones so looking for a little more ankle support than those. Are the curry ones worth waiting until they are back in stock? Help!
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I don’t know if they are going to get restocked. They may actually be gone. I found the xx9 unsupportive all your other choices are very stable. Not sure if you read my other reviews. My personal favorites/rotation are Clutchfits (I like the cushioning better than Curry one) and Rose 5.
This should help you. What’s your rotation or goto shoe ? Can help point you in right direction
Hi, was looking for a perfect article to post this and decided to do it here. Between curry 1 and clutchfit, i would say that the clutchfit was the better shoes for me because of the full length micro g that’s why i decided to pull the trigger on the UA micro g torch 4 (available in the ph) (http://www.underarmour.com.ph/en-ph/mens-ua-micro-g-torch-basketball-shoes/1259013.html?cgid=mens-footwear-basketball&dwvar_1259013_color=002). Will you be coping this one also?
I’m not sure . UA top end stuff isn’t much more expensive than their middle and low end . However I did like the original Juke which is what the torch came from . If I do I’ll let you know !
what kind of insole does the curry 1 have
Mids Micro g .. lows have Ortholite
Thx alot, does this apply to the new icon curry 1 also?
Not sure haven’t gotten mine yet