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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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Nike Structure Triax+ 14 Early Report

March 26th, 2010
Nike Structure Triax+ 14 Mens Running Shoes

Nike Structure Triax+ 14 Men's Running Shoes

Coming out December 2010, the Nike Structure Triax 14+ continues along the path of its predecessors. Using the same tooling as the Structure Triax+ 13, which means the midsole has not changed (still uses Zoom Air for added cushioning), the latest version makes minor tweaks to the upper. Since the ride quality of the 13 is well liked, maintaining the midsole/outsole configuration on the new version is a good thing. This continuity allows past users a greater chance for success with the update.

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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+

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