Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • 6 different color options make it appealing to runners.
  • Nike uses reflective material in the LunarEclipse 5 for better visibility in low-light areas.
  • With the Flywire technology as a new enhancement, most testers noted that the shoe’s customizable fit has improved a lot.
  • Comfort is a prime asset in this shoe based on a large number of reviews.
  • Several runners took particular notice of the incredible cushioning, particularly in the heel.
  • It is surprisingly flexible, according to a few testers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The 5th version of the LunarEclipse is slightly expensive.
  • A handful of runners observed that it wasn’t able to grip well on wet surfaces.

Bottom line

The LunarEclipse 5 brings unbelievable cushioning, comfort, and enough stability to get optimum performance. Nike goes old school in this shoe when it comes to the stack height and heel offset. However, it neither feels heavy nor does it feel unwieldy on the road.

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A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated Nike running shoe
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this June

Expert Reviews

81 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 81 / 100 | baze187 | Level 1 expert

    They are really light and has got decent grip.

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  • Nike takes it easy regarding changes in the LunarEclipse 5. Fans of the line will immediately notice the new seamless Flyknit upper that offers more stretch the previous version. As the upper is a little more forgiving and less restrictive, runners should be able to enjoy a more form-fitting fit that hugs the foot in comfort and security.
  • A new FitSole sockliner is more plush and delivers better step-in comfort and locked in feel. Rounding out the changes is the presence of new reflective materials that will make running in low-light areas safer.

Nike continues to provide the trademark fit and sizing of the LunarEclipse series in the 5th edition. A standard fit running from the heel to the forefoot adapts to the feet of most runners. The standard widths of D for men and B for women are the available widths while sizes are from 6 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


The outsole shows average-sized bladed lugs that offer both a little cushioning and flexibility. Covering the heel and other areas suffering the brunt of wear and tear is the durable BRS 1000 carbon rubber. The Swoosh-exclusive Environmentally Friendly Rubber, which has been used in some Nike running shoes, offers traction on a variety of surfaces on the road.


Nike’s soft and responsive Lunarlon foam covers the midsole. A gender-specific crash pad is located in the heel to disperse shock and help with the cushioning. A high-density foam in the midfoot called the Dynamic Support keep mild overpronation at bay.


The engineered mesh of the Flyknit upper in the LunarEclipse 5 has more stretch for improved adaptability to all sorts of foot shape. It is extremely breathable and really wraps the foot like a second skin. A few synthetic overlays work with the Flywire cables through the laces to provide security, support, and a little stability. Nike uses a little structure in the heel through the Heel Clip. It extends from the sole to cradle the foot and limit heel slippage. Finally, the newly-incorporated reflective materials make runners more visible when running in low-visibility areas.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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