Nike LunarGlide 6
Nike seem to unveil a new shoe every week or so at the moment, but with their new LunarGlide 6 providing something better for long distance runners with added style, I suppose we can’t blame them. Now out in stores, the Nike LunarGlide 6 appears to take their futuristically named Lunarlon foam cushioning a step further and create a far more comfortable shoe for those urban marathon runners who want something responsive, light and well cushioned for extended runs on hard surfaces.
Once again, Nike have taken their previously popular long distance cushioned runner and upped the ante somewhat. The Nike LunarGlide 6 utilises the incredibly soft and spongy material in the sole of the shoe, by having two densities at an angle, which work together to improve stability and limit pronation earlier in the foot strike. We’ve seen this before in the previous version, but with the Lunarlon being further refined by Nike, it is now up to 30% lighter. As we all know, a lighter shoe means you can get the very best out of your training and performance.
Whilst the Lunarlon is only a slight update for the Nike LunarGlide 6 over the previous line, a real change is found on the sole of the show. We have mentioned before how the strike pattern of your running trainer can make a real difference, and the mapping that was done for the Nike Flyknit Lunar2 has been brought over and slightly altered according to Nike’s released images. We really thought that this was a great addition, so hopefully the same can be said for the LunarGlide 6 too.
The upper of the shoe has had the same treatment that the Lunarlon cushioning underwent, and has been stripped back and updated in order to get it as light as possible whilst still striving to look good. As can be seen in the picture, The Nike LunarGlide 6 has a breathable mesh upper and tongue, although it is hard to tell if the tongue has been sewn into the upper like the Flyknit Lunar2. As you might expect, the Nike flywire is integrated into the trainers. Most noticeably, however, is the heel clip.
One criticism we had for the Nike Free range was that for some runners, there was a distinct lack of support for the heel. This looks like almost the reverse, with this brash heel locker on the LunarGlide 6. We hope this will make all the difference, and think it actually makes the trainers look amazing – in profile it looks almost like a set of wings on the heel. Add to that the rather organic looking web across the upper and they make quite a stylish looking pair of running shoes. We say “running shoes”, although we know full well that so many people, including us actually, will wear these out and about for every day purposes. We’d quite happily be seen sporting a pair of these!
We think they look pretty good, and hopefully they run even better. We aim to let you know as soon as possible with a full review. They’re available on the Nike store now, and are you can also spend a few hours customising your own pair in the Nike iD studio.