I am always on the hunt for the perfect running shoe for my individual needs and being a big fan of the Nike brand I am always looking out for their latest release from the Stable Ride silo.
I have had at least one of every model of the Lunarglide series although if I’m being honest I have only ever run in the 5 and now the 6 has released I was intrigued to see what the boffins in Nike’s Running Footwear Team had come up with.
Up until I started using the Nike Zoom Fly (SKU 630915-706) I was very happy with the performance of the Lunarglide 5, the only thing that I wanted was a softer forefoot with perhaps a zoom air unit to give the ball of my foot a little more protection for my 80kg frame, I only really felt a little uncomfortable on my longer runs of 15kms or longer so overall I couldn’t really fault it, but as usual Nike do not rest on their laurels and are always looking to provide athletes with the best product, if your an Olympian or the recreational runner you should still have the right to the best products.
Weight: 80kgs (still)
Gait : Over Pronator
For the first time in the Lunarglide series Nike have done away with the traditional flex grooves found in most of their shoes (pic 1) I suppose these flex grooves are a very simple way of showing how the foot flexes in a linear motion but the foot works in a three dimensional way so do the basic groves actually provide a natural range of motion?
Looking at the above picture you will see a number of volt( more of a dirty yellow now) grooves, these are the flex groves to allow the outsole and ultimately your foot move in as natural way as possible. You will see one groove running from heel to toe and 4 grooves running across width of your foot, the forefoot is where you need good flexibility otherwise you would find your foot fighting against the shoe. Now this has been replaced by Pressure Paths, these paths have been created by using pressure mapping. Pressure mapping is created by using sensors underfoot to see exactly where the foot creates the most pressure, over many many hours of research Nike have created pressure pathed(Pic 2) outsole to create the most naturally moving outsole to date for a support shoe.
For me the midsole is where all the juicy techy, geeky stuff is housed, be it the cushioning or the support device it’s all in the midsole. Although Nike have kept the popular Dynamic Support system they have tweaked it in a way that you still get the support as and when needed but you now have a softer forefoot. In the Lunarglide 5 the firmer foam actually ran the full length of the shoe which in turn possibly created a shoe that was stiff where you didn’t want or need it to be. So the new tooling features a 2 piece dual density midsole has been tweaked to create a softer and more responsive ride. As per pervious models phylon(firmer)(Pic 3, Black) is featured on the medial side of the shoe where the support and stability is needed during foot strike, and the biggest change is the cloud like Lunarlon foam(softer)(Pic 4, white) which is located on the lateral side and the forefoot which not only creates a softer forefoot with resilient responsive cushioning through transition.
The upper is possibly the simplest part of a running shoe but it still serves an important function, other than holding the foot in place on the midsole ( now matter how good the shoe is if your foot isn’t held in place on the midsole the features are pretty much redundant)
For the LG6 the upper features engineered foam with perforations for added support and ventilation, you also have the Dynamic Fit technology which features flywire cables which are linked though the laces in order to get a glove like fit. Inside the upper you also have a bootie which creates a seamless fit in order to cut out any areas of irritation caused by stitching. The heel clip has also been updated to provide added support
On this particular SP version you also have a 3M swoosh and tongue label for visibility in low light conditions. I haven’t seem regular versions yet so unsure whether they have the same 3M features. Although not performance related it’s a Nike plus (pun intended) that the shoe looks good, well it is if I’m with you!!
Having seen leaked pictures of the Lunarglide 6 possibly 3 or 4 months ago I couldn’t wait until they were released and I had the chance to use them. Please note that these are my views and in no way suggesting that they will be suitable for everyone.
So the UPS delivery driver arrived and I ran upstairs sidestepping the dog and hurdling the cats like a child who had just got the latest computer game only what I had just received meant me spending time outdoors over hours in a bedroom.
Initially thoughts they were nice and light which is always a bonus and I’m sure Nike Co-Founder Bill Bowerman would agree. Having been in the process of recovering from a injury I took them on a 5k run around Brockwell Park. Once on foot I found the fit to be spot on for my feet, this is always a worry when I buy a shoe online when I haven’t tried them on before, but wearing Nike for as long as I have I was fairly sure they would be fine. Once the run started I noticed the softer forefoot and smoother heel to toe transition straight away and was certainly happy with this. I do get a little bit of soreness under the ball of my right foot every now and again and the softer forefoot did help this. The upper with the dynamic fit and updated heel clip held my foot in place on the midsole perfectly.
I have also done a 10k run in them and benefited from the softer forefoot, so if I am comparing them to the LG5 they are a good improvement in the areas where you would want the improvements the most. I do think that I will have a greater opinion once I have run a bit longer in them as I’m having get used to using a shoe with a higher profile midsole compared to the Zoom Fly, a shoe I have run 3 half marathons in since the 30th March.
Finally if your still awake here are some pictures of the shoes in question to show you that I have used them and not just writing the above from a tech sheet!
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Bye for now and Happy Running!
PS the SKU for these 2 Colourway are,