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Nike Fall 2010 Footwear – To the Moon Alice, to the Moon!

December 23rd, 2009

As we’ve mentioned previously, Nike is all about their Lunar Technology going forward so much so that the bulk of their new running specialty product offerings from Fall ’10 (late Summer introductions) are Lunar based.  The former Bowerman line, generally considered more traditional running footwear, is whittled down to color updates on the four primary models within the Bowerman line, the Vomero+5, the Equalon+4, the Structure Triax+ 13 and the Air Pegasus+ 27.  The rest of the shoes earmarked for the running specialty industry are Lunar.

Nike LunarEclipse+ for Men.  Note incorrect mesh.  Forefoot mesh will be similar to LunarGlide+ 2

Nike LunarEclipse+ for Men. Note incorrect mesh. Forefoot mesh will be similar to the LunarGlide+ 2

This is actually a smart business move in many respects if one looks at the production cost associated with making shoes.  The Dynamic Support technology the Lunar product is based on provides varying levels of support allowing many different types of pronation control to be addressed by a single model.  Theoretically then, you can cut down on the number of models you need to produce to accommodate different runners.  Gone is the need for a neutral and a separate support line of shoes, all you have to produce is a single lineup.  Additionally, the Lunar concept itself is based on 2 pieces of foam, a softer core inside a firmer shell which is much less expensive to produce versus the production costs associated with the more traditional construction technique of gluing a separate cushioning technology into the heel and forefoot within a midsole.  If the Lunar shoes perform as well or better than traditional product, Nike’s shareholders will be smiling ear to ear.

The top of the food chain for Lunar product and the brand is called the Nike LunarEclipse+, a $130 model that offers the most amount of Dynamic Support currently available to accommodate under-pronators up through moderate over-pronators.  The target Nike set for themselves with the LunarEclipse was to provide greater cushioning than the Asics Nimbus and greater support than the Asics Kayano.  The first thing you notice about the shoe when you pick it up is how light it is.  At 11.5 oz for a men’s 9.0, the shoe is just above weight threshold for lightweight trainers of 11.0 oz.  I suspect it’s actually lighter than the listed 11.5 oz weight, we’ll check out the weight along with feedback on the cushioning and support claims once production shows up next summer.

Erik took a pair for a spin and was impressed by their support.  Erik generally trains in lighter weight, moderate support models such as the adizero Tempo and he found the LunarEclipse to be more supportive than his normal trainers which he hasn’t found with any Lunar product to date.  The LunarEclipse+ fit well, offers good support, is light and if production meets the sample we saw, Nike looks to have a winner on their hands.

Nike Womens LunarGlide+ 2

Nike Women's LunarGlide+ 2

The Nike LunarGlide+2 provides better fitting upper than the orginal LunarGlide brought to the table.  The current version is a bit puffy in the forefoot and isn’t as snug as some would like.  Nike tightened up the forefoot so fit is improved, the midsole/outsole tooling remains unchanged which should make many happy.

Nike LunarSwift+ for Women

Nike LunarSwift+ for Women

The LunarSwift+ looks to fill the spot the Air Pegasus fills in the Bowerman line, namely a $85 neutral cushioning shoe that entry level runners and high school athletes can use to train and race in.  A seamless upper and 10.2 light weight should be a nice option for many.

Nike LunarFly+ for Men

Nike LunarFly+ for Men

The Nike LunarFly+ ($80 MSRP) takes the retro, Pre-inspired upper from the 2008 Zoom Hayward and places it on top of a Lunar platform to create an inexpensive, stylish and completely runnable shoe.  Not sure how many will see a significant number of miles run in them, but I can certainly see a lot of runners sporting them as casual kicks you can use for a run if you forget your normal trainers at the house.

The Nike Zoom Victory XC

The Nike Zoom Victory XC

The other area that receives updates are the racing shoes, namely the cross country flats and spikes.  The big news is that the Zoom Victory becomes a cross country spike named strangely enough the Zoom Victory XC.  This model has the same Flywire upper and midsole as the track version, but adds a 3/4 carbon plate and a waffled outsole treatment. With the introduction of this new model, you can pretty much write the obit on the Zoom Forever.  The Forever appears without changes in fall ’10, a sure sign it’s days are numbered.  Bummer for me since I take credit for providing the story around which the shoe was named way back in the mid ’90′s.  I think John Truax and Todd Lewis will back me up on that claim.  Probably the subject of a different blog post down the road.

The $45 Nike Zoom Waffle Racer VII

The $45 Nike Zoom Waffle Racer VII

In keeping with other brands in the industry that are offering outstanding updates and values, the cross country shoes from Nike for fall ’10 are over the top.  I honestly have never seen the shear number of absolutely super cross flats and spikes being brought out at the same time as they are the coming Fall from the top brands.  Nike is right in there as always with super treatments and to the delight of many,  lower prices.  That’s right, similar minimal upper treatments as the Streak XC 2, one piece super breathable upper with welded overlays and not a stitch to be seen or felt, plus the price on the Zoom Waffle Racer VII, Jana Star Waffle IV, Zoom Waffle XC VIII and Jana Star XC IV,  drop to $45 for the non-spiked and $55 for the spiked versions respectively.  Nice job.

Nike is betting the house on Lunar.  From the progress seen on the LunarEclipse+ from the initial offerings it appears the Swoosh can pull it off if they keep tweaking the formula to dial the ride qualities and support into what runners in each major category expect.  This will be the challenge because the ride quality currently is very soft and springy, a foreign feeling for those of us used to running on traditional molded EVA all these years.  The support currently is not quite where it needs to be.  The LunarEclipse+ makes great strides to remedy these.  If Nike can conquer the ride/support challenge in front of them with subsequent models as they seem to have with the Lunar Eclipse+, the lighter weight, seamless fit and looks that cause all the kids in the building to pull you aside and exclaim “That shoe looks awesome” will make this lineup a winner.

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  • chuchofreeman

    Do you think the LunarEclipse will offer similar support to accomodate a moderate over pronator?

  • http://www.runningwarehouse.com Joe

    It’s designed to offer more support than the Kayano, so yes, it should work for a moderate over-pronator. But until we actually test it we won;t know for sure. Check the site once we receive it and look at the pronation control graph to see how it tests out.

    Joe

  • Peter

    Do you know why the Victory XC has the 3/4 carbon fiber plate? Is it for added protection on the XC courses? Typically you only see sprint spikes with the integrated carbon fiber because of the extra rigidity that allows them to be more efficient in sprinting, but i would think that it would be very inflexible and not the best idea for distance running.

  • http://www.runningwarehouse.com Joe

    This is the word from Tom Redding who heads Track and Field footwear at Nike.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Joe

    We have a carbon fiber shank on the Zoom Mamba, the same one that is now on the Victory XC. It is not full length, and it adds a bit of rigidity in the mid foot it is not near as stiff as a sprint spike. Most XC shoes have a shank, it’s either TPU, or Pebax, which are both heavier than the carbon fiber we used.

    Tom Redding
    Track & Field Footwear

  • Peter

    @Joe
    Okay, that makes sense now.
    Thanks,
    Peter

  • Vic

    Joe,
    The best running shoe I’ve had is the Lunar Trainers.

    Did Nike discontinue that? What’s the replacement for it? The Lunar Glides?
    Thanks.

  • http://www.runningwarehouse.com Joe

    The closest model currently available would be the LunarGlide+.

    Joe

  • Evan

    Do you happen to know the weight of the Zoom Victory XC? And how does the heel rigidity compare to a spike like the adidas cadence? I know the victorys and mutumbas basically don’t have any heel stability.

  • http://www.runningwarehouse.com Joe

    We won’t know the actual weight of the shoe until we receive it and are able to weigh it. We’ll post it on the site when they are available for sale. As far as heel stability, are you referring to the heel counter? If so, there is no heel counter just like the other high end Nike spikes.

    Joe

  • Matt

    Are they going to make a spikeless Zoom Victory XC for us Californians?

  • http://www.runningwarehouse.com Joe

    Only available as a spike. Bummer.

    Joe

  • Peter

    When will the Victory XC Spike be available with you guys?

  • http://www.runningwarehouse.com Joe

    Actually, we should have them available on the site next week.

    Joe

  • Peter

    @Joe
    Oh, okay, cool! Those should be some amazing XC spikes!

  • brent robinson

    When will the lunar eclipse be in stock?

  • http://www.runningwarehouse.com Joe

    Looks like mid October at this point.

    Joe

  • Emily Powell

    Any ideas about color options on lunar eclipse?

  • http://www.runningwarehouse.com Joe

    Looks like Grey/White and Stealth/Chrome will be out Mid November. Black/White/Volt, Black/White and White/Grey/Black are available after the first of the year.

    Joe

  • Stevie

    Any news on a lunar elite 2 or lunar racer 3? Or similar replacements?