OverviewOut in July: A striking running shoe from Nike that combines soft to bouncy cushioning with a very light weight. The ride is very smooth and soft. This is combined with a really nice supple upper that is very breathable. The shoe may not offer as much support and guidance and some may want and probably isn't for heavier runners but makes a very well cushioned and yet light shoe.
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I got used to them after about a month of regular use. I train 5 times a week - I'm a half-marathoner, with hopes of finishing my first marathon next year. So, I guess I average about 50-60 km a week. These shoes have been able to provide surprisingly good results over the past 6 months. I started using them for intervals and then tried them out on longer runs. Until I decided to do a half-marathon in them. My best result, so far.
Although I did end up with a pretty awful blister on the right toe, the shoes were great. Great speed and kick. One thing that really gets me to liking these shoes is that they are very constant; they don't "fall apart" mid-race or "give in" like other shoes. They keep firm and responsive.
I reckon NIke have really got a nice product on their hands. I for one will continue purchasing the Lunar Trainers and maybe even try out the Lunar Racer for my next half.
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Very unique, comfortable shoe
As a bit of background, I'm a high mileage runner, used to minimalist shoes. I run most of my miles in the Nike Streak XC and Streak Racer - both under 200g in my size UK11. My running is split between road and light trail / grass.
In my first 3 days of ownership, I've covered over 60 miles in this shoe which has included a long run, long road intervals and a few recovery runs. First impressions were great. It's like nothing I've ever run in before. The cushioning is far superior to the racers I usually wear - and also much better than the Pegasus lurking in the depths of my wardrobe. Running feels almost impact free; akin to running on a flattened out stress ball. The closest shoe I would compare it to is the Skylon, but it feels significantly lighter - only marginally heavier than my ultra lightweight racers.
When the surface moved from hard towpath to light trail, the shoes gripped well. Only gripe is that the foam spreads wider than the upper which can make them feel a little clumsy on uneven surfaces.
On the tempo intervals the lunars also felt great and I felt they were protecting my legs from the impact very well. Whilst the stress ball comparison may not sound suitable belongs on a fast shoe, it seems bouncy and responsive - well suited to faster running.
So why not a score 9 or 10?
The high heel collars have dug into the skin around my Achilles tendons, up to the point of drawing blood. I've never experienced this on any other type of running shoe before and unfortunately it’s bad enough to prevent me wearing them for several days whilst the skin heals up – watch out for this on your test run.
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