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KNOW YOUR TECH breaks down the scientific technology used in your favorite sneakers and activewear. Let’s demystify your next purchase: today’s technology is Under Armour's Spine technology. Also known as the Spine Cage chassis, this UA platform is designed to provide many of the brand's performance shoe with a supportive structure. The platform is both performance driven and visually engaging, and is used on running, training, basketball, football, and baseball sneakers.

What is it? A foam-based structure which is designed to be lightweight and efficient, only providing support in the areas where athletes need it most. The cored-out construction allows for natural flexibility while maintaining a rigid and supportive shape.

How does it work? Used in unison with Micro G cushioning, Under Armour's Spine technology adds a long-lasting structure to the brand's sneakers. As the user runs, Under Armour Spine provides support when needed.

Notable products: Under Armour Spine Nitro TR, Under Armour Spine Gameday TR, Under Armour Spine Highlight ST

Bottom line: Don't be fooled by Under Armour Spine's chunky aesthetics, the supportive platform is lightweight and flexible.

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