Review: Nike Flyknit Lunar 2

Less than a week back, I received the Nike Flyknit Lunar 2 for review. Needless to say, the first thing that strikes you about this shoe is its looks. I fell in love as soon as I opened the box. The color combination of the shoe is stunning – bright, bold and pleasing.  This shoe will be available in select stores across India effective 5th Feb 2014.

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Last year saw the release of the Flyknit Lunar 1 and this has been my favorite training shoe until now. Version 1.0 had bought to us runners, a lightweight shoe  which combined the responsive cushioning of the Lunarlon sole and the newly introduced Flyknit upper. The Flyknit technology gave us a practically seamless upper, knitted together in one cohesive piece. The Flyknit design diminishes possible points of irritation to the foot and reduces weight. In addition to Flyknit, the Nike Lunar 1+ running shoe also sported Dyamic Flywire technology. Flywire uses carefully positioned nylon fibers to lend adaptive support to the foot that loosens and tightens with the natural motion of the foot, providing a glove like fit to the upper.

flywire

For those that are not aware, the lunarlon cushioning was developed by researchers at Nike by observing astronauts bounding on the moon. This was coupled with researching key impact points on the foot in-stride. So, after research, they came up with a cushioning system which was 30% lighter than the standard Phylon foam and which distributed the impact evenly across the foot while providing ample cushioning and improving stability and comfort.

sole

For those of us who like a cushioned training shoe, Version 2.0 has gone a length further to fine tune this shoe and provide what I feel is the best training shoe so far. This shoe is for a runner with a neutral stride. The slightly upturned towards the toe and extremely flexible sole promotes a mid-foot strike and helps the runner adopt a more natural stride. When you look at the outsole, you can  actually see the pressure map the foot follows in running stride. This research has been applied to the outsole and midsole, to provide a more fluid, and stable running experience which evenly distributing the impact across the foot. Lunar 1 had extreme cushioning in the heel, Lunar 2 has done us runners a favor by reducing that cushion which leads to a more natural ride. In comparison to the Lunar 1, this sole provides a firmer and more comfortable experience to the runner while providing mid-level cushioning.

outsole

Staying true to the flyknit technology, the upper provides the runner with an extremely breathable and well ventilated ride. In comparison to the Lunar 1, the Lunar 2.0 has more stretch which provides the runner with a more snug and comfortable fit. The mesh is denser in parts of the foot which requires greater support and which take on higher impact during a run while more breathable in areas of lower impact. So, a tighter and denser weave at the perimeter stabilizes the forefoot and the heel while a stretchable top enables enhanced breathability.  The tongue which had a tendency to slide to the side in the Lunar 1, has now been attached and to the shoe to keep it in place during the run. The dynamic flywire provides additional support to the foot while in stride to promote natural movement  of the foot and provide a more stable ride.

This shoe is available at Rs.12,995 for women and Rs. 13,995 for men. What this price includes is performance, technology, durability, comfort and off course funky looks. This is a shoe which aims at  promoting in the runner a stable and natural stride. This shoe can be used for all of the training runs, be it the shorter intervals, mid-distance tempo or the longer endurance runs. It gives the runner a fluid ride while reducing impact on the fragile bones of the foot. This is am extremely lightweight neutral shoe built for runners from beginner to elite. Overall, another superb product, an excellent shoe and a successful delivery from Nike yet again.

About TimTim

I am a fitness enthusiast, runner, wannabe triathlete, voracious reader, amateur photographer…… Basically, I am interested in everything fun, exciting and adventurous. But mostly I am energy….just like you….I am a soul inhabiting a human vessel. When I’ve fulfilled it’s purpose, I’ll dissipate back into energy. Until then, I aim to spread love and positivity I’m doing my best to become the best version of myself…and I seek to help people however I can, whenever I can, in whatever way I can.
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12 Responses to Review: Nike Flyknit Lunar 2

  1. Great informative review! Thanks. Every aspect covered down to intricate details. Does fly-knit series provide that freedom & barefoot feeling that comes with 5.0 & 3.0? I am high arch.

    • TimTim says:

      like I mentioned, Flyknit is the technology used for the shoe upper. So the Flyknit Lunar 2 model which provides you with a lunarlon cushioned sole is not the model you would use for a barefoot feel. However, there is the Free Flyknit series as well which is essentially the Flyknit upper combined with the Free sole. The first one of the series was released in Late 2013 and I believe that there will be the 4.0 and 3.0 versions of this shoe releasing in the near future.

  2. Thank you so much. That seals it all. Completely assuring, hopeful. Presently, I run in Free Run 5.0. It understands my foot so well. Daydreaming about the Free Flyknits. Such a revolution! :)

  3. Fion Tan says:

    Hi, I am 18 and I hope you will see this and answer me ‘cuz I’ve been searching everywhere in Google for answer. I am a mini sized lady (about 150cm or so) and my mum owns a Free Run 5.0 I think (considered my shoes), I am going to take part a marathon competition in November with my friend but my only time in taking part in these kind of competitions was last year when I was form five, just to give myself a chance and give it a try for 800m and I feel that if I trained more I can be better (I got number three but probably because not much strong competitors but I never train, the only time was 2 days before it for like 10 or 20 mins I forgot, oh ya I took part in 4 x 400m too), I am explaining all these to let you know my situation better and I can conclude that I am a beginner so can u please explain what is the exact difference between Nike Lunar 1+ (Remember, not 1) and Lunar 2 and Racer. Please be a simple comparison, LOL, make it easier to understand for a beginner like me thanks!:D

    ***Lunar 1+ Blue colour is the main point I like it so much I think, and the design, OMG, we can wear it casually I guess, the design is so fashion and the blue colours are the best among all flyknit shoes, the light blue and the darker blue were designed together perfectly; Lunar 2 is a better version I know but the colour may lose to 1+ in my opinion, but has better and improved technology right? But I saw reviews in Nike official website, it hurts the back of our foot but really helps more than 1+ in running, right?; Racer is designed for marathon right? If not mistaken I saw this as description in Nike official website too, but the colour and design really worse than 1+ and 2, LOL. Hope to get professional advice from you as soon as possible despite all my useless opinions.:/ [I really need help and I can't find any video of reviews between the comparison of 1+ and 2, from Nike official, both the technology seems to be more or less the same but maybe lunar 2 helps more in running and is lighter.]

    • TimTim says:

      Lunar 1+ is a training shoe specifically for endurance training, Flyknit Lunar 2 is a improvised version 2.0 of the 1+. The improvements are huge though. You can train and race in them for all distances. It fits better, supports the runner better and is definitely lighter. Racer is a racing flat ( race day only shoe for a neutral stride)

  4. Fion Tan says:

    And oh, there is a difference between Free Run and Flyknit Free? Probably mine is the normal Nike Free Run 5.0 :D

    • TimTim says:

      yes – these are two different shoes. Simply put, Free Run is about minimalistic running and promoting a natural style of running while the Flyknit free (FFK) combines the sole of the Free Run with the Flyknit upper.

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  6. thuanbui87 says:

    Great review Timtim. I also had a Flyknit Lunar2 and I love every details of it

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