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A well-cushioned shoe that, for something so light, is surprisingly supportive. For a good price, you can plenty of Nike technology. For racers looking for something equally light and supportive, give the Asics DS Trainer 21 a look.
For something so soft looking, does it really provide support? You can’t help but ask that as it’s a shoe not that far removed from looking like a pair of comfortable loafers. Certainly it says get these on and run fast, but what you’ll really want to know is just how comfortable and supportive that experience will be.
The Lunarlon sole certainly provides some great cushioning and is light in weight so good news there. The LunarGlide has had some minor upgrades here and there which in fact our test team report means it’s not quite as cushioned as previous versions. The plus side is the denser outsole foam adapts to each individual’s running style and the width of the sole means runners are operating from a massively stable platform. The 10mm heel to toe drop is perfect and the shoe offers plenty of confidence thanks to a good grip.
Nike have got fit down to a fine art and the Flymesh and flywire keeps foot locked in really well.
The fully engineered mesh upper is very breathable
Elsewhere, the external plastic heel counter seen in previous models has gone although not at the expense of stability. This is still a shoe that works well for pronators.
Nice looking, always a bonus, the Lunarlon outsole has a good, responsive feel to it. One or two of our testing team felt it was a little harder than previous shoes but that didn’t mean it isn’t up to racing a 10km, or more likely getting you through a Sunday morning 10-miler with some mates with nothing untoward to report. For such a good looking shoe, it’s surprisingly down to earth in what it delivers – stability, cushioning and speed.
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Lunarlon cushioning system uses a soft, durable foam core held inside of a supportive foam carrier to give lightweight, responsive cushioning. The updated core foam is now softer to deliver a smoother, more plush ride.
Dynamic Support layers the Lunarlon foam core with the Phylon carrier to produce a denser medial midsole to help reduce over pronation.
Crash pad at the bottom of the heel is a decoupled, gender-specific unit that reduces impact shock and corrects over pronation.
Laser Siped forefoot and heel pods provides a smooth transition with increased traction.
One piece upper uses a jacquard construction, providing lightweight breathability and seamless support.
Lofted Flywire hugs the entire length of the foot offering lightweight support with long-lasting comfort.
External TPU Heel Counter wraps the rearfoot and keeps the heel stable in the shoe.