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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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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: 6.1oz
Women: 6.1oz
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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 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Comfort ranks high in the Lunaracer 4’s assets, based on a large number of reviews.
  • It is lighter than the earlier model at only 173 grams.
  • Several runners use the 4th version of the Lunaracer for high-mileage runs or quick workouts.
  • A few remarked that the spring in the cushioning is very noticeable.
  • It has a reasonable price that is within range of most lightweight trainers.
  • The breathability is awesome, according to a handful of reviews.
  • The latest version of the Lunaracer looks more refined than the past model.
  • The cushioning is quite responsive, as noted by some users.
  • It is a really well-cushioned shoe without compromising weight.
  • Heel, midfoot, and forefoot strikers all welcomed the cushioning in the 4th iteration of the Lunaracer.

6 reasons not to buy

  • The outsole durability is not what others expected from a shoe designed to work also as a daily trainer.
  • Overall support isn’t as good as before, as observed by a small number of runners.
  • Several of the comments mentioned that it is ½ smaller than the prior version.
  • The toe box is no longer as roomy as before, claimed a few runners.
  • Several users wanted other width options.
  • Complete absence of any reflective details.

Bottom line

The Nike Lunaracer 4 is a unisex shoe in men’s sizing that can handle both training and competition. It has more than average arch support, solid comfort, good traction, and unbelievable ventilation. So long as the runner gets the right fit, the shoe should be able to hold up its end of the bargain as a lightweight and versatile shoe.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 13 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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3 star
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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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77 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by RunRepeat • Avery Smith • Level 4 expert

    The Nike Lunaracer 4 is a versatile, lightweight performance running shoe.

  • 65 / 100 by RunRepeat • Andrew Dillow • Level 3 expert

    While I did get the cushioning that I was hoping for, the support of the LR 4 was lacking in comparison to the LR 3. On top of this, my feet always felt like they were at the end of the shoe.

  • 82 / 100 by RunRepeat • William Sanderson • Level 1 expert

    The Nike Lunaracer 4 is a comfortable racing shoe that looked great, felt great and ran great.

  • 80 / 100 by Mason Nicol • Mason Nicol • Level 1 expert

    Nike reduced the weight without the Flywire without compromising support.

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Updates to Nike Lunaracer 4

  • Nike goes back to old school in the 4th incarnation of the Lunaracer. In this version, Nike removed the external overlays to create a more sophisticated and refined look. There are also more synthetic overlays to provide security and support as the cords have been removed.
  • The new engineered mesh is more breathable with just enough structure to hold the foot really well with still enough give for better comfort.
  • The midsole features a new dual-density Lunarlon foam for better support and cushioning. As it is now made of two densities, there is a nice blend of firmness and softness for shock-absorption and responsiveness.
  • The interior of the shoe offers also a new arch band for enhanced medial support and structure. For a lightweight shoe that is also designed for training, the new design helps, particularly as the miles pile up or when the runner gets fatigued.

Nike Lunaracer 4 size and fit

The Nike Lunaracer 4 continues to offer a racing shoe kind of fit, which is quite snug in the heel to the forefoot. There is excellent heel and midfoot hold for support and security. Runners who require more room in the toe box may need to go half a size up. The sizing of the shoe is generally standard.


Outsole

The underfoot is a typical combination of Waffle outsole with square patterns for traction on different surfaces. Nike covers the heel and other high-impact areas of the 4th ride of the Lunaracer with very durable BRS 1000 carbon rubber.


Midsole

The midsole is a full-length and dual-density Lunarlon foam. Nike encases the soft density with some firmness to deliver the right mix of cushioning, support, and responsiveness. As the foam spans the entire midsole, there is improved transitions through the gait cycle as well.


Upper

A large portion of the upper is a simple combination of Flymesh and synthetic overlays. It has optimal breathability with enough support and security without the use of the Flywire cables. A molded EVA sockliner helps with the cushioning and step-in feel of the Lunaracer 4. Nike uses the common lace-up closure to get the right fit.