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Nike LunarEclipse+ 2 – Our Take

April 10th, 2012

Nike LunarEclipse+ 2 Men's Shoe (Exhaust Flame Not Included)

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Think a support shoe has to feel stiff? Nope. Nike LunarEclipse 2 is proof that you can have a soft ride and a good dose of pronation control.
(View Men’s LunarEclipse 2 and Women’s LunarEclipse 2)

Big Updates

  • Lighter Weight: About a half ounce lighter in both Men’s and Women’s versions, the LunarEclipse’s weight reduction comes from a lighter upper.
  • Dynamic Fit Upper: Supportive bands wrap the midfoot and can be adjusted through tightening of the laces to provide a custom fit and increased arch support.

Road Test

A total lunar eclipse happens when the moon hides completely in the earth’s shadow. A Nike LunarEclipse happens when the major athletics company tailors its Lunarlon platform for runners needing moderate pronation control. See the connection? Yeah, neither do we. But it’s a cool name.

The LunarEclipse 2 occupies the same portion of the shoe universe as its predecessor. That means it’s still a max feature, moderate support ride. The special design of the Lunarlon material is meant to keep your foot from cratering inward, and from our testers’ experience, the shoe performs as advertised. In our opinion, it’s the most stable feeling Lunar shoe. The firmer Lunarlon foam is somewhat noticeable in the midfoot, but the shoe maintains a nicely cushioned feel in the forefoot as well.

A new and widely appreciated feature of the LunarEclipse 2 is the Dynamic Fit system, which replaces the Flywire from the original model. Our testers liked how well the system worked to customize the fit and keep them anchored in the shoe without an overly tight fit. The heel is on the narrow side and the toebox is on the shallow side, so with the laces cinched down the upper of the latest LunarEclipse offers a very race-oriented feel.

Though it uses Lunar technology, the LunarEclipse 2 is a star performer in Nike’s support shoe lineup (sorry, we couldn’t resist throwing in one more pun).

Runners Say

“Another Nike shoe that really benefits from the upgrade to Dynamic Fit technology. The upper is very adjustable and moves with your foot throughout your gait.” – Matt

“Substantial cushioned feel in the heel. Pretty amazing fit in the upper, though I found the LunarEclipse’s mesh in the toebox to be a bit crinkly.” – Lauren

“Tough transition in this shoe for me. The landing is soft, the midfoot is firm, but then you go back to a soft forefoot. I’d like more responsiveness on toe-off.” – Daniel

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