Nike LunarEpic Flyknit $175

Nike LunarEpic Flyknit $175

 

    Have we seen the future of running shoes? We have. However, to be fair, it is the future of Nike running shoes. While there is much innovative technology in the LunarEpic, innovative technology is spreading broadly across the running footwear industry.

The LunarEpic is a showpiece of technological footwear innovation, and an advancement in Nike's Lunar line. The upper is new to running, but is actually repurposed - it is a variation of the upper from Nike’s top-end soccer cleat, the Magista. Stretchy knitted mesh that extends up above the ankle snugs the foot, it features laces but the fit of the boot-like upper diminishes the role of the laces to that of a familiar snugness in the midfoot. The fit is smooth, breathable, and with a supportive stretch to it, but it can’t conform to every foot in the same way, so for some sockless may be the way to go, for others they may want a sock to fill the gaps. Two insoles are included for a measure of fit/cushioning options. The midsole is a next generation for Lunarlon, which for eight years has meant a Phylon shell for support, with NBR rubber offering great cushioning. This iteration has two injected foam layers, the outersole and carrier are of injected urethane, with a softer interior foam providing an even smoother ride than previous versions, each layer fused together by the heat involved in the molding process. Automation is apparent in the knitted upper, but also in the midsole/outersole as siping has been laser-cut into the sidewall of the shoe to better flex with the foot, and telescoping sipes have been cut into the pods of the sole to improve traction and shock attenuation, and the sole is both nicely flexible, as well as cloud-like cushioned. The bottom line is this: the Lunar Epic Flyknit  breaks in quite quickly, looks futuristic, and performs by  managing the roads with comfort and protection.

Testers: The reactions from sampling split. “Great feeling upper, as if the foot, leg and shoe were one unit, over a responsive and light sole unit.” and, “The fit was quite good on the foot, but chafed my ankle despite the close fit, though the ride was really light, well cushioned, and should be pretty much perfect if they come out with a low cut version.” 

Sizes: Men 6–13,14,15 D,2E; Women 5–12 B,D
Weight: Men 9.1 oz. (size 11); Women 7.3 oz. (size 8)
Shape: semi-curved
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics

Testers: "Good snug fit in the heel with room for my toes. Nicely cushioned but not too soft, pretty bouncy. Felt light enough on the foot, but substantial - great longer mileage shoe."

Updates the Vomero 9
Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15 B,D,EE,4E; Women 5–12 A,B,D
Weight: Men 11.4 oz. (size 11); Women 9.2 oz. (size 8)
Shape: semi-curved
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to very mild overpronation - See more at: http://runningproductreviews.com/index.php/shoes/training/2015-summer-training/724-nike-vomero-10-140#sthash.4NmLCyFO.dpuf
Testers: "Good snug fit in the heel with room for my toes. Nicely cushioned but not too soft, pretty bouncy. Felt light enough on the foot, but substantial - great longer mileage shoe."

Updates the Vomero 9
Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15 B,D,EE,4E; Women 5–12 A,B,D
Weight: Men 11.4 oz. (size 11); Women 9.2 oz. (size 8)
Shape: semi-curved
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to very mild overpronation - See more at: http://runningproductreviews.com/index.php/shoes/training/2015-summer-training/724-nike-vomero-10-140#sthash.4NmLCyFO.dpuf
Testers: "Good snug fit in the heel with room for my toes. Nicely cushioned but not too soft, pretty bouncy. Felt light enough on the foot, but substantial - great longer mileage shoe."

Updates the Vomero 9
Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15 B,D,EE,4E; Women 5–12 A,B,D
Weight: Men 11.4 oz. (size 11); Women 9.2 oz. (size 8)
Shape: semi-curved
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics to very mild overpronation - See more at: http://runningproductreviews.com/index.php/shoes/training/2015-summer-training/724-nike-vomero-10-140#sthash.4NmLCyFO.dpuf

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