Nike LunarEpic Review: Price, specifications and everything you need to know
LunarEpic Flyknit from Nike was in works for the past 18 months. Nike finally launched the LunarEpic on March 3, 2016. LunarEpic Flyknit takes its inspiration from football. It is inspired from Nike’s Magista football boot. Combining the best technologies from the two different worlds, expect a truly epic ride from Nike’s LunarEpic.
— Nike+ Run Club (@NikeRunning) March 3, 2016
Heel height: 28mm
Toe height: 18mm
Heel-to-toe drop: 10mm
LunarEpic’s fit is supreme. It adapts to your feet effortlessly right out-of-the-box. A size 9 men’s shoe weighs around 222g and falls in the lightweight category. This neutral running shoe offers moderate pronation control. With a 10mm heel-to-toe drop, expect good amounts of ground feel with this running shoe. LunarEpic Flyknit is a premium running shoe that is ideal for road running.
Regarding the styling, Nike did an amazing job with the design. There are nine colorways available for both men and women. All these shoes look marvelous. These colorways include more sober colors such as black and includes much more electric colors such as red, yellow, and volt. The midsole and the outsole of the shoe are in white color. We see a bold Nike swoosh on the side of this top-class running shoe.
The one-piece knitted upper is very comfortable. Not only that, it is overlay-free; expect a sock-like fit with this shoe. Flyknit is extremely breathable too. Expect great ventilation. We see Dynamic Flywire cables in the midfoot area, which provide added support. We also see an improved fit. These Dynamic Flywire cables also reduce the overall weight of the shoe. Nike also introduced a mid-height collar. This is similar to that of the Dynamic Fit Collar from Nike’s Magista football boot. Lockdown is unparalleled with the LunarEpic.
In the midsole, we see the Lunarlon foam. We see this same material in Nike’s LunarGlide 7. This material is a combination of a softer Phylon core and a firmer cladding that offer a very responsive ride. For better flexibility, Nike laser siped the sides of the midsole. Everyone’s feet are different. Therefore, this shoe comes in with two sock-liner options (talk about consumer choice).
We get a rubber-free outsole with the LunarEpic. This shoe has a laser-cut pressure-mapped outsole. The outsole has several pistons/pods. Each piston/pod on the outsole moves independently and offers better flexibility and traction. Gait cycle efficiency is improved.
Overall, with all the technologies that Nike introduced into the LunarEpic, so little can go wrong with this running shoe. The fit is great, the midsole is very soft and very responsive. This shoe is great for jogs and walks. Along with that, LunarEpic is ideal for distance and progressive runs. If this running shoe falls within your budget, go for it with any second thoughts.
Nike’s LunarEpic Flyknit retails at $175 i.e., around 12,000INR. Availability in India is TBA.
Bottom-line: An effortless ride.