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Nike Lunar Line Spring 2010 – Outta This World

July 8th, 2009

Spring 2010 brings new additions to the Nike Lunar family: the LunarElite+ and LunarSwift+. The Nike Lunar concept originated with the LunarLite Racer and LunarLite Trainer in Fall 2008 and introduced a new foam along with a carrier/inlay midsole construction method. The Lunar concept hinges on the super-light space-age Lunar foam (it’s true, this is where the foam originated) Nike originated in this line.  The bounce is the result of the Lunar’s innovative midsole construction in which the super shock absorbing space-age foam is encased within a lightweight but slightly stiffer foam that provides a trampoline effect.  It’s a unique, cushioned feel that provides impressive energy return.

The LunarGlide+ (available August 2009) uses the carrier/inlay method of the previous Lunar shoes, but the midsole is built with an asymmetrical design known as Dynamic Support. This system, with a TPU medial reinforcement, allows the shoe to deliver support for moderate over-pronation, while still being effective for a neutral gait. Another distinction for the LunarGlide+ is that it uses Phylon and Cushlon foams versus Phylon and LunarLite foams.  Cushlon provides a firmer road feel which most runners prefer in a support trainer.  The LunarGlide+ is light given the moderate support trainers it competes against are 2-3 oz heavier.  The LunarGlide+ comes in at an estimated 10.7 oz. and provides the most pronation control within the Lunar family.

Nike LunarGlide+

Nike LunarGlide+

The LunarElite+ takes the Dynamic Support asymmetrical design method from the LunarGlide+ but sheds the TPU piece and also has a reduced midsole height. Flywire Technology in the midfoot enhances fit while reducing weight.  The result is a lightweight trainer designed to work for mild over-pronation, but is just as good for neutral and supinated gates. The LunarElite+ is based on the heritage of the Zoom Elite even down to the original Nike Waffle outsole design, but improves on the most recent editions of the Elite which lost it’s way in recent editions by putting on too much weight to be classified a lightweight trainer.  The LunarElite+ rectifies this problem by shedding weight (now 9.7 oz) and reestablishes itself as true lightweight performance trainer/racer.

Nike LunarElite+

Nike LunarElite+

The LunarSwift+ is new to the lineup of Lunar products and is essentially a LunarElite+ with more midsole that increases weight slightly to 10.2 oz  for added life and protection. If the LunarElite+ is a Nissan 370Z, then the LunarSwift+ is a Nissan Altima Coupe. It may not be the fastest shoe around, but it sure won’t get in the way of you picking up the tempo.

Nike Mens LunarSwift+

Nike Men's LunarSwift+

The Nike LunarRacer+ 2 retains many of the key attributes that made the original LunarLite Racer one of the most popular racing flats in 2008. The outsole design and midsole tooling remain largely unchanged.  The upper of the LunarRacer+ 2 is based on the same last as the previous version and features Flywire technology.  The key changes to the upper is the addition of a slightly molded arch as well as moving the overlays from the inside of the upper to the outside of the Flywire upper to allow for a smoother fit.   The heel counter now has a T-shaped design, while the outsole offers BRS Rubber in the toe off area for added durability.

Nike LunarRacer+ 2 for Women

Nike LunarRacer+ 2 for Women

Nike being a highly successful publicly held company based on innovation and marketing must consistently introduce technology that swings for the fences and makes a statement in doing so to obtain the next sales home-run for their shareholders.  Sometimes this works well while other times it fails horribly and alientates people along the way.  The Lunar concept is a technology that works.  Very light, cushioned and responsive, exactly the properties runners are looking for in footwear.  Add to that a perfect vehicle to introduce Out of the Box styling along with bold colorways and you have a compelling package that is available nowhere else in the industry.  The expansion of this lineup of shoes is certain to draw attention and sales through a nice blend of technology that performs and modern styling.  A great example of Nike doing what Nike does best.

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  • Geoff

    What’s the release date on the 2010 LunaRacers? The modifications look great. The first batch were awesome. I’m anxious to try the new ones.

  • http://www.runningwarehouse.com Joe

    Looks like they are scheduled to arrive the middle of January 2010.

    Joe

  • Jon

    Does the new LunaRacer have an achilles notch missing from the original? Some of us were badly blistered there. I could not wear them for more than a 5K race.

  • http://www.runningwarehouse.com Joe

    Wasn’t the achilles notch issue from the LunarTrainer? Even if not, there is no change to that area of the LunarRacer 2. The 3 main changes are an extra area of BRS rubber in high wear areas. The internal overlays have been move to the exterior and the arch is more contoured.

    Joe

  • JoeA

    @Jon
    I just started to get a blister on my achilles from the lunarRacer. I ran over 100 miles and 8 or so races including a marathon. Then after a progressive long run I got a blister and it’s happened everytime since. I just did some trimming so I hope it’s fixed.

  • Jon

    @JoeA

    The lack of notch was with both, but worse for the Racer, at least for me. I trained in the LunarTrainer with no problem – maybe better padded, or the back of the shoe is higher so it doesn’t cut into the achilles area.

    I ran a 5K in the LunarRacer with no problem. Then ran a 10K and had bloody, torn blisters. These healed and sort of callused and I ran another 10K without further damage. But calluses must have softened because I had really bad open sores after a half marathon three months later.

    One month later, I ran the Twin Cities Marathon and had to wear my trainers. I saw one finisher wearing the Racers with blood all over his socks. But also lots of racers happily wearing LunarRacers, so this is obviously a person-specific thing that depends on the shape of your foot/tendon area.

    I am going to try also to modify the heel area. If not for the blistering, these would be my favorite racing shoes.

    I am hoping the upcoming Lunar series shoes will not have this problem for me.

  • Bob

    Do you know when you guys will get the Lunar Elites?
    Thanks.

  • http://www.runningwarehouse.com Joe

    Looks like early January.

    Joe

  • Manuel

    Does the LunarElite use lunarlite foam?

    I really prefer the lunarlite foam to the other foams that Nike uses.

  • http://www.runningwarehouse.com Jonathan

    The Lunar Elite will not be using LunarLite foam. For Spring 2010 the only Nike shoe with LunarLite foam will be the Lunar Racer 2. The Lunar Elite will use a firmer combination of foams than the Lunar Glide.

  • Manuel

    Nike really needs to work lunarlite foam into at least one other lightweight trainer…somewhere in the 9oz range.

    The Lunar Racer on a treadmill…is quite fantastic.

    The LunarGlide is a bit of a disappointment. It’s too sloppy…and the energy return that you see from the Lunar Racer is simply not there.

  • Joe

    @Jon
    After trimming the heel area on the right shoe (racer) I wore them in another marathon without any problems. It’s wierd that I was having problems with just one shoe. I still love the shoes.

  • Dallas

    Will the women’s version be available in anything besides bright pink? Sorry but that color is pretty atrocious. I may be a girl and run like girl, but I don’t have any inclination to go running around in screaming pink shoes.

  • http://www.runningwarehouse.com Joe

    The Dynamic Support is designed to provide varying levels of support based on your needs, so theoretically, the Lunar Elites should work fine for you. Until we get some to test, we can’t say for sure.

    Joe

  • Jon

    Some other stores are selling the LunarElites now- any update on when you will have them? I l want to stay loyal to RW!

  • http://www.runningwarehouse.com Joe

    They’re scheduled to be in next week. Hope you can hold out a few days until we receive them.

    Joe

  • Jon

    @Joe
    Will do. I’ll check the website often.

    One store says they run 1/2 size small – do you know anything about that?

  • http://www.runningwarehouse.com Joe

    We won’t know on the actual sizing until they show up and we try them on. This is what we do with all shoes and once we have the fit figured out we post it as part of the description. Once we make them visible on the site, the sizing info should be there as well.

    Joe

  • Blake

    Jonathan :The Lunar Elite will not be using LunarLite foam. For Spring 2010 the only Nike shoe with LunarLite foam will be the Lunar Racer 2. The Lunar Elite will use a firmer combination of foams than the Lunar Glide.

    is this true? I can clearly see that is uses it in the pics. it looks like a top shoe for athletics training (tempo work). I’m looking to buy the lunar elite to replace the discontinued lunar trainers.

  • Blake

    @Jonathan

    what do you mean it won’t be using LunarLite foam? It clealry has lunarlite written on the side of the shoe…? pls explain.

  • Dave

    I’ve been racing in the same pair of Katana Star’s for the past two years, 5k thru 25k. I’ve really liked the shoe but can’t find anything similar. I bought a pair of Katana Racer 3′s last week but there isn’t much of a heal and I need a little more in the arch. The fit doesn’t feel right. Can you recommmend anything in the Lunar Racing Series that might be a suitable replacement for the Star’s? I’m just looking for an all purpose flat, with a little more substance to it, to use on race day.

  • http://www.runningwarehouse.com Joe

    The only Racing Flats in the Lunar line are the Lunar Racer and Lunar Racer 2, neither of which has the snug fit of the Katana Star. The current model that’s likely to fit closest to the Katana Star would be the Streak 3. Doesn’t have the propulsion plate or duo-type outsole, but the Streak 3 should provide a snugger arch and slightly higher feel you’re searching for.

    http://www.runningwarehouse.com/descpageMRS-NKSTRK3.html

    Joe

  • http://schnelllaufen.blogspot.com Matt

    First: I am very disappointed that Nike is discontinuing the Lunar Trainer. I think for weight, it is one of the best shoes out there. I have ran in both the Lunar Glide and the Lunar Elite and returned both and got the last pair of Lunar Trainers to keep on hand.

    Second: The Lunar Elite is using Lunarlite foam, but it is very dense and with the rubber on the bottom is extremely firm. I wear a size 11 and the Lunar Elite is almost 1.5oz heavier than the Lunar Trainer.

    Fortunately I am transitioning to the Vibram Five Fingers, for training. The Lunaracer 2 is a great update. I had just purchased my a new pair of the Lunaracer about a month before the Racer 2 came out. I tried them on and put the Lunaracer in the closet and love the Racer 2. Great improvements.

    Feel free to check out my comparison between the Lunaracer and Lunaracer 2 at schnelllaufen.blogspot.com.

  • Manuel

    Matt, The Lunar Elite is not using the same (original) Lunarlite foam that the Lunar Trainer and Lunar Racer 1 and 2 use.

    Nike sorta cheated and created a Lunarlite system which is a variation of the encased foam concept that you see in the original Lunar Trainer and racer but they’re using Phylon foam…not the original Lunar foam. There is a huge difference.

    To me, the Lunar Elites are really too hard…and stiff. Back to back comparisons between the Lunar Elite and the Lunar Racer are like night and day. The Lunar Elites are clunkers. Yuck.

    Nike should release a new version of the Lunar Trainer to complement the Lunar Racer 2.

  • casey

    I have been a fan of the frees, i have both 5.0 and 7.0. For my next shoe i’m leaning towards either the lunar elite or the lunar swift. How do these compare to the frees, and which are better for longer runs (15-20 mile run)?