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Nike LunaRacer+ 3 Sneak Peek

August 31st, 2012

Nike LunaRacer 3 Men's Shoe

To make changes to the LunaRacer is to make a bold move. The last time Nike messed with the shoe and introduced the LunaRacer 2, runners got grumpy and the Swoosh reverted back to the cult favorite’s original design. But even with all the love it gets, the original LunaRacer, first released way back in 2008, is not necessarily a “perfect” shoe. The slim upper design made for a claustrophobic fit for some runners, and we’ve heard a few reports of overheating due to the material used in the upper.

Nike addresses these concerns in their second attempt to update the shoe. A completely redesigned upper replaces the plastic-y thin mesh material with a more pliable and breathable open mesh, while the absence of overlays should make for a more accommodating fit. We expect the LunaRacer 3 to appeal to a much wider range of runners, while retaining its original fanbase.

What to Watch For

  • New Upper Design: A new mesh upper features both Engineered Mesh, eliminating the need for overlays, as well as Dynamic Flywire, allowing for a fit that changes along with the shape of the foot during the gait cycle.
  • Carryover Platform: Lunarlon cushioning provides a soft yet responsive ride without adding much weight to the shoe, and carbon rubber in key areas provides traction and durability.
  • Reduced Weight: Nike claims a weight of 6.2 oz for the updated model, a slight decrease over the 6.6 oz weight we measured for the current LunaRacer.

MSRP
$110.00

Launch Date
January 2013

Men’s Color
Volt/Black/Teal LunaRacer+ 3
Blue/Black/Crimson LunaRacer+ 3

Women’s Color
Pink/Grey/Fuchsia LunaRacer+ 3
Turquoise/Anthracite/Crimson LunaRacer+ 3

Nike LunaRacer 3 Men's Shoe Medial View

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New Balance RC 1400 – First Look

February 9th, 2011

New Balance Men's and Women's RC 1400 Racing flat

After years of hit and miss in the racing flat arena, New Balance finally nails it with the RC 1400. Fresh looks, a no-sew seamless upper and a rev-lite midsole firmly place the 14oo in the “must be considered” category of neutral racing shoes that, based on the runner’s ability, can span distances from 5K to Marathon. At a reported 7.1 oz for a men’s 9.5 (5.7 oz for a women’s 7.0), the 1400 comes in lighter than The Asics Hyper Speed 4, adidas Adios and Mizuno Ronin 3. The Nike LunaRacer is still lighter, but the 1400 is clearly on target to take on the big guns in the elite marathon world. With the upcoming lightweight 890 and Minimus line set for release in February and March, respectively, and now the 1400 coming in July, New Balance appears to be in the middle of a revolution and the right guys are winning. The 1400 has a list price of $100 and will have men’s and women’s specific fits.

Men's only color of the RC 1400

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