Gear Review: Nike LunarGlide+

I have been really happy with my LunarTrainer+ shoes from Nike, so decided to stay within the same series now that I wanted to buy a new pair of running shoes. These shoes, in the Black/Metallic Silver-Dark grey-Medium Grey, are the very definition of understated, much like my running ability. On the website, some of the other, flashier versions beckoned, but in person these were the most attractive to me.

First run this morning, on the treadmill, and it went really well. Threw caution to the wind and opted not to do an easy run to break in the shoes. Ran too fast, slowed down, ran too fast again, was happy to finish (it’s my birthday, I had to push it!). The shoes were great! The only strange thing (and a positive one for me) is that these shoes are really wide for Nikes; in the past, I’ve shied away from Nikes because they were so narrow. These however, are so wide that I had to stop my run and tighten the laces – awesome!

Compared to the LunarTrainer+, these definitely feel more firm/supportive and will be my daily and long distance runners. I think I’ll keep the LunarTrainer+ for speedwork – they’ll last longer as well. Heard a rumor that the LunarTrainer+ is not long for this world, might buy an extra pair or two to have around. In either case, I recommend either and both these shoes. I also tried on the LunarSwift+ and did not like them at all, felt really clunky, narrow, and short (my size 13s were not amused).

From the website (http://store.nike.com/index.jsp?country=US&lang_locale=en_US):

At last, a lightweight shoe that doesn’t sacrifice stability or cushioning. Behold the Nike LunarGlide+ Men’s Running Shoe, a daily distance trainer that combines lightweight performance with top-tier cushioning and as-needed support. It’s best for underpronators through moderate overpronators.

The DYNAMIC SUPPORT system responds to a runner’s changing needs, constantly adapting to your stride to deliver just the right amount of comfort and support. LunarLite cushioning provides excellent shock absorption and responsiveness for a bouncy ride. A wedge of firm foam on the back side of the midsole offers pronation support for those who need it. And the LunarGlide boasts gender-specific features for outstanding fit and performance.

Named “Best Debut” by Runner’s World magazine: Flywire for ultra-lightweight support, comfort and a snug, secure midfoot fit; Seamless upper for long-distance comfort; Reflective elements for enhanced visibility in low-light conditions; Men’s-specific heel pocket for comfort, fit and support; Design that allows your feet to move naturally; Deep, men’s-specific flex grooves to encourage an efficient stride; Rubber outsole beneath the heel for durability; Green rubber, Waffle pattern outsole for durability and traction on various surfaces; Nike+ ready.

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