Nike Lunar Tempo 2 $110

Nike Lunar Tempo 2 $110

The Lunar Tempo was a descendant of the Lunar Elite and Luna Racer, and Round 2 continues that genetic link to performance. The upper is a tighly woven Flyknit with no-sew overlays lending their touch of support, shaping the toe for a more effective fit than Round 1.

Adjustments have been made to the Flywire, reducing the number from five to four, with a reshaped eyestay which gives a little more material to snug the top of the foot. The conforming upper has little structure, so your foot can settle in as is its wont, the lightness and performance of round one untouched here. The midsole is a tough and resilient shell with a softer cushioning layer inside. Though the midsole appears almost fragile, it most certainly is not, with a durability belying its appearance. The outersole is just a few squares of rubber in the highest-wear portions—three in the heel, six in the toe, three on the lateral forefoot—with toughened foam making up the remainder. The combination of these components in a shoe that’s almost racer-light, but with the toughness to handle faster training earned the Lunar Tempo 2 our award for Best Performance Shoe.

Testers: “Good fit overall. Started out as my speed day shoe, but with plenty of cushion, and good traction, it ended up handling more of my training than that.”

Updates the Lunar Tempo

Sizes: Men 6–13,14,15; Women 5–12

Weight: Men 7.9 oz. (size 11); Women 6.3 oz. (size 8)

Shape: semi-curved

Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board

Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics