Nike LunarFly+ 3 – Our Take

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Nike LunarFly+ 3 Women's Running Shoe

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The Nike LunarFly 3 is a daily trainer with big cushion and big style. A good choice for runners needing just a touch of pronation control.
(View Men’s LunarFly 3 and Women’s LunarFly 3.)

Runners Say

“I don’t regularly run in Nike shoes, but these fit very comfortably. The upper moves well with my foot and they have a smooth transition from first impact to toe-off. The shoe feels a little thin in the forefoot in terms of cushioning, but that could be because the heel of the midsole is so padded.” – Joanna

“I ran comfortably in these, despite the sensation when I first put the shoe on that the arch spanned the width of the shoe, which was a bit awkward. The Grey/Lime colorway is very bright – you almost wouldn’t need reflectivity on a night run!” – Matt

“It’s got old school 70’s styling, 80’s colors and modern tech. The upper was comfortable but I found the contour of the footbed to be a bit off at first, but this went away when running. Bouncy, bouncy is how the shoe felt. Too bouncy for my tastes, but I know some runners love this type of feel.” – Jonathan

Big Updates

  • Lowered Stack Height: The height of the midsole drops by 4mm in the heel and 3mm in the forefoot to get the runner closer to the ground. But don’t worry, the shoe is still plenty cushioned.
  • A Little Heavier: By our measurements, version 3 of the LunarFly bulked up a bit compared to version 2. Likely, the added weight is from more durable materials used in the upper construction. Still, the shoe comes in pretty light, at 9.6 oz (Men’s 9) and 8.3 oz (Women’s 8).

Road Test

The LunarFly+ 3 is one of those shoes that feels heavier in your hand than it does on your foot. That’s largely due to the fact that the Lunarlon cushioning technology gives the shoe such a bouncy, light step. Joanna mentioned, “it feels light, especially for how squishy it is.” A few testers noted that the heel-to-toe transition seemed awkward when walking in the shoe, but felt good at a running pace.

Though we certainly wouldn’t consider the LunarFly+ 3 to be a narrow or snug shoe, it has a slightly more streamlined fit than some other Nike running models, especially in the mid- to forefoot. The heel was just a bit wide for most of our testers, but the overall fit got widespread thumbs up.

Another feature worth pointing your thumb skyward is the price point. This shoe offers a lot of features for its $85.00 MSRP, including the aforementioned Lunarlon midsole, Dynamic Support for stability, and a well-built upper. And can you really put a pricetag on retro style?

With the LunarFly+ 3, Nike did a nice job of releasing a daily trainer with comfort, cushion, and go-fast capability.

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