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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$110
Weight
Men: 6.4oz
Women: 5.5oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Many runners were impressed with the look and style of the Nike Lunaracer 3; they stated that it was eye-catching.
  • Most runners wrote that their experience with this shoe was comfortable.
  • According to reviews, it had a lightweight nature that’s unrestrictive.
  • Several users were able to use this running shoe for a variety of activities, including training and casual walking; they said that they didn’t come across any problems while doing so.
  • The underfoot cushioning was dutifully responsive, commented a number of runners.
  • The upper fabrics were able to conform nicely to the shape of the foot, reported a consumer.
  • The Flywire cables received appreciation because of their ability to make the upper snug and secure.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The outsole rubber materials have started to peel off after a few months, according to several consumers.
  • The underfoot cushioning didn’t work well for a runner who needed a bit more cushioning; they wrote that it was a bit thin.

Bottom line

A lot of runners appreciated the Nike Lunaracer 3 because, according to them, was able to deliver great performance to those with neutral running gaits. Its overall design and quality received praise; it looked and felt comfortable for those who have tried it. But a few didn’t acclimate well to this road shoe. They had concerns with its durability and efficacy.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 12 ratings

5 star
75%
4 star
17%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
8%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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89 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 82 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Ruggero Loda • Level 5 expert

    Its most interesting characteristic is the very low weigth for a shoe that is soft and supportive.

  • 100 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Michael Mason-D'Croz • Level 4 expert

    This shoe tries to combine many of Nike’s most popular offerings in one shoe, using the Lunarlon cushioning and Flywire lacing system, and it does so in a very complimentary way.

  • 84 / 100 by Heavy • Kate Halse • Level 4 expert

    Don’t let its lightweight construction fool you, as this shoe offers plenty of cushioning and easily absorbs shock on impact.

  • 92 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Daniel • Level 2 expert

    A soft ride that never feels too mushy. I think the cushioning is dialed for longer distances – I’d consider this shoe for marathon duty.

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Updates to Nike Lunaracer 3

  • Nike impressively responds to breathability issues of the past edition by coming up with a new mesh upper in the Lunaracer 3. With larger holes in the mesh, particularly in the forefoot, runners should be able to enjoy sweat-free runs.
  • The Dynamic Flywire gets a reboot as well. Now made of tough nylon, these cables are now built outside the shoe and works directly hand in hand with the laces and upper for a truly form-fitting and secure fit.
  • A reflective strip at the back of the heel serves as a handy feature for those who run in low-visibility areas.

Nike Lunaracer 3 size and fit

The fit of the 3rd edition of the Lunaracer is very similar to the prior model. It remains to be average with a very nice option of getting a glove-like fit courtesy of the adaptive mesh and the Flywire technology. The heel and the arch are a bit snug while before it slightly widens in the toe room. Runners with medium-sized to narrow feet can comfortably run for miles or race in this shoe. D and B for the men’s and women’s versions are available.

Outsole

The rubber configuration in the outsole is almost identical to the older version. In this model the rubber pods are a bit larger for a little more cushioning. Nike’s Lunarlon midsole also makes up a good part of the outsole. The black portions of the outsole indicate Nike’s durable BRS 1000 carbon rubber to improve outsole durability.

Midsole

Running along the length of the shoe is the Lunarlon foam, which is quite impressive in giving a very cushioned ride. For such a lightweight shoe, the cushioning can almost be described as cloud-like. Because it spans the entire shoe, there is an enhanced transition from landing to take off in the Lunarlon 3.

Upper

Pretty much the biggest update in the shoe is the revamped upper to directly address breathability issues of the prior model. This new mesh is soft and adapts very well to the runner’s foot. The iconic Flywire technology is located outside and is completely separate from the upper. With the Flywire cables directly connected to the laces, a single pull will clearly help runners get their most desired fit and feel. A single strip of reflective light in the heel provides a little safety measure in low-light conditions.