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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.

  • Use

    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
    $135
  • Weight
    Men: 10.8oz
    Women: 8.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 11mm
    Women: 11mm

    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.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Engineered Mesh upper provides a breathable and well-supported coverage.
  • The Dynamic Flywire system was appreciated by many testers because it was able to keep the coverage feeling snug and secure.
  • Pronation support is afforded by the Dynamic Support system, which includes a wedge of firm foam in the rear area.
  • The Lunarlon mid-sole is able to cushion the foot well, while also giving a better and enabled lift to each toe-off.
  • Durable rubber covers critical areas of the external sole unit and shields them from wear and tear.
  • The platform of the Nike LunarEclipse 4 is flexible as it’s able to adapt to the movement and running style of the wearer.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt a lump in the inner part of the shoe, which dug into their feet while they wore it.

Bottom line

The Nike LunarEclipse 4 is a running that’s great for many types of runners who want to get responsible cushioning, support and coverage. It’s a durable shoe that features high quality materials and components to keep the performance as comfortable and efficient as possible.

Rankings

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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88 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 82 / 100 | Aravind Memana

    Nike LunarEclipse3

    Nike has been my first choice for sports shoes for a decade. The brand named after the Greek goddess of victory and famous for its "swoosh" symbol has indeed provided me innumerable moments of victory and comfort.

    Extremely popular amongst my friends, popularized by the genius marketing strategy of the brand and the official partners of Indian cricket team for the season, owning a Nike shoe, had a prestige added to it.

    My Nike journey comprises of 3 shoes: from basic running shoes, structure triax and the LunarEclipse3 (See LunarEclipse 5 for current model.)

    I’m a well built 6 foot tall flat footer so I prefer stability shoes.

    The transition from the basic running shoes was lacking the support and possessed the hard cushion. The Structure triax provided support but lacked the cushioning. I then narrowed down on the Airmax and the LunarEclipse3. (See LunarEclipse 5 for current model.)

    The flagship model Airmax was my first trial, but when it lacked the the stability of structure triax I yearned for even at a hefty price tag. After a thorough research, I purchased my first pair of LunarEclipse3, solely owing to the support offered.

    A perfect package of stability and comfort, the shoe had been my daily wear rigorously over the last four years, till its demise.

    The review focuses on four main aspects of the shoes: Aesthetic appeal, Comfort, Stability, Endurance .

    Aesthetic Appeal

    Figure 1. Top view of the shoes

    Out of the three color choices, I chose the cool grey/volt-atomic teal with reflective silver lining. The grey color is bland in sports shoes, synonymous with vibrant colors but the choice was easy to maintain. Ideal for rugged use. The fluorescent green tail and the reflective “swoosh” is an added advantage under the low light. The swoosh and the tail provides enhanced visibility for long runs under dim light. The shoe is reasonably bulky and takes up space for storage. Black and fluorescent green would have been a good combination.

    Comfort

    Figure 2. Side view of the shoes (Lunarlon Foam)

    Pitched as the elite model of the lunar series of Nike, the shoe is the most comfiest pair I have ever used. The “Lunarlon” foam manufactured from multi layers of natural rubber, the mid layer of foam padding is the best in the market. Wide toe box, knitted breathable upper sole is the cherry on the icing. The side “swoosh” is a visual appeal, that isn't required. The space could have been utilized for more breathable mesh.

    The removable inner sole is a good option for people like me, who sweats quite often. Smelly shoes is unbearable and this is a good feature. The microfiber pattern aids in adding comfort and aids in cleaning. The aqua green color is light for an insole, a darker color would have been better.

    Figure 3. Insole

    The fluorescent green elastic inserts ensures firm grip of the laces and aids in securing the shoes to feet. The plastic tip at the tail of the shoe,is padded and provides aid to wear the shoe.

    Figure 4. Laces Grip

    Support

    The “Dynamic Support” technology of Nike is unparalleled. The best is stability I have ever used. I did compare with the Rebook Reezig of my friend. The Reezig offered only 50% of the support and cushion offered by the Dynamic Support. The technology is simple and is incorporated withing the sole. A depression is blended to the the Lunarlon foam at the ankle. Brilliant indigenous tech. I have had issues twisting my ankle quite frequently owing to the bad conditions of the pavements. Switching to this pair, has prevented such incidents.

    Endurance

    Four years is a good time frame to test a shoes. I have tried different terrains with this pair. Treks on uneven terrain, 10k runs on tarmac, concrete, unpaved terrain, this shoes has survived the rigorous testing. My tests were carried out to the extent of damaging the entire sole. The color combination of green, black and yellow is a treat for the eye. The varied tread pattern ensures firm grip. The sole wear was quicker than I expected. Could have used a better gum or technology for the sole.

    Figure 5. Worn out grip.

    Conclusion

    To sum it up, this shoe was priced at $130 during my purchase and the current prices are hiked exorbitantly high. This pair did provide me with the victory and comfort that I had imagined. The Nike+ipod sync feature was an added advantage for every running shoes at the time when there were few smartwatches and fitness devices. To my dismay, during upgrade I was shocked that Nike has recalled a good series. It was the "demise of a Nike" for a flat footer .

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 98 / 100 | Canadian Running Magazine

    This is one pretty looking shoe. It felt secure on my foot and I like the sole. It’s soft without being too squishy and has a supportive insole.

  • 93 / 100 | Runner's World

    The fit and comfort are strengths of this shoe. The Flywire system is great because it is lightweight, looks good, and it comfortably wraps the foot while locking it into the shoe.

  • 84 / 100 | Solereview

    Does a jolly well job for a stability shoe, and somewhat comes across as a successor to the Nike Equalon in a looser sense of the word.

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Updates to Nike LunarEclipse 4

  • The 4th version of the LunarEclipse is an update to a series that has captured the trust of many runners. Though it’s a young series, it has developed a following among those who want a running experience that’s well supported, but not too restrictive. This shoe features systems that ensure the safety, security and stability of the foot, yet they do not make the foot feel like it’s encumbered by a lot of mechanisms.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe uses a mesh material that has been engineered to look like a cloth that’s woven onto the shoe. The soft material has an open construction, which allows the air to easily keep the interior cool and dry. Cables are integrated into the mid-foot section of the upper and connected to the lacing system for a snug, but customizable fit.
  • The mid-sole utilizes a springy foam that’s placed inside a carrier that’s durable and responsive. The runner is given a platform that is capable of launching their feet upward in a way that feels enabling. The cushioning is also reliable because it is soft and comfortable. A wedge of firm foam is placed in the rear section of the platform to reduce the rate of pronation without compromising freedom of movement.
  • Durable rubber acts as the shield of the Nike LunarEclipse 4. It is able to protect the rest of the sole unit from wear and tear, preserving it and keeping it as efficient, even after many uses. Flex grooves provide the runner with the means to flex their feet more when they run.

Nike LunarEclipse 4 size and fit

The Nike LunarEclipse 4 has a standard running shoe length. The sizing schemes used for this model follow the regular measurements, so runners are able to choose the size that they’re comfortable with. The available width is medium, therefore accommodating those with medium sized feet.


Outsole

The BRS 1000 is a very durable rubber compound that’s placed in critical areas of the external sole unit. Its job is to protect the undersurface of the shoe from wear and tear. It also gives traction.

Flex grooves make the platform more bendable. It is a feature that allows the foot to move more naturally through the gait cycle, especially during the toe-off phase.


Midsole

The mid-sole unit of the Nike LunarEclipse 4 uses the Lunarlon, a springy foam that’s placed inside a more durable and resilient foam carrier. It is 30% lighter than the traditional Phylon foam. It is able to cushion the foot well from impact shock during the landing phase, while also allowing it to spring back up in an efficient way.

The Dynamic Support System gives stability to the foot without compromising freedom of movement. A wedge in the rear correct pronation, keeping the foot in a balanced stance when standing idly and when running.


Upper

The Engineered Mesh is a soft fabric that has the disposition of a woven cloth. Its open construction allows air to circulate inside the shoe, keeping the foot cool and dry. It doesn’t feel stiff or restrictive to the runner’s foot.

The Dynamic Flywire allows the upper to feel snug and secure. These cables are attached to the lacing system, making sure to keep the cover system tuned to the preference of the wearer.