Summary

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9 reasons to buy

  • The soft, form-fitting upper and cozy interior creates a very comfortable run.
  • A good number of runners liked the LunarEpic Flyknit’s plush cushioning.
  • It is flexible.
  • It is light.
  • The shoe can be used as a long-distance trainer or for shorter and faster runs, based on several comments from runners.
  • Nike’s unique Flywire helps secure the midfoot in snug comfort.
  • Two sockliners, one 4mm and another 6mm version, for better and personalized fit.
  • A small number of runners use the shoe for casual wear.
  • Unbelievable traction on a multitude of surfaces, based on several testers’ comments.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Nike’s LunarEpic in Flyknit is very expensive.
  • Others were having reservations about the mid-rise design of the upper.
  • The fit is too narrow for several runners.
  • Some said that the upper has several durability issues.

Bottom line

The Nike LunarEpic Flyknit is a stylistically-unique lightweight shoe that offers a seamless upper that fits like a second skin, decent arch support, and very comfortable ride. This is a versatile shoe that can take on various kinds of runs because of the responsive and durable Lunarlon foam. It feels fast and looks really nice for casual wear.

Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7.7oz | Women: 6.6oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Material: Vegan
Features: Slip-on | High-top
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 28mm | Women: 28mm
Forefoot height: Men: 18mm | Women: 18mm
Release date: Mar 2016
Brand: Nike
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $175
Colorways: White, Pink, Blue, Grey, Red, Multi, Purple, Black, Silver
Special editions: 1 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated Nike running shoe

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  • The most unique part of the LunarEpic is the mid-rise Flyknit upper that takes second-skin feel to another level. Besides the comfort, it enhances the support around the ankle and adds overall stability to the run.
  • The upper gives structure and flexibility in all the right areas due to the innovative design. It is a bit more open in areas that require flexibility and tightly-woven in sections that need more structure and support.
  • A lightweight and full-length Lunarlon foam delivers responsive cushioning and makes the movement quicker from the heel to the forefoot.

A racing-type fit is used in the LunarEpic Flyknit, which is on the narrow side of an average measurement. There is a secured feel from the heel to the forefoot. Runners who prefer more space, especially in the forefoot, may have to go up in size. Medium is the available width of this shoe. Sizes are accurate in choices 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.


The outsole of this Nike running shoes is laser cut and pressure-mapped for precise traction with numerous pods for better cushioning. These sipes give the outsole exceptional flexibility and a little stability as they are mostly vertically-configured. Nike uses a very sticky rubber that gives it serious traction, even in wet conditions.


The midsole is fused to lessen the risks of blisters. Nike’s full-length Lunarlon is quite responsive and very durable in such a lightweight foam. The laser cuts in the midsole make the runs smooth in transitions and more supportive.


The mid-rise Flyknit extends past the ankle and around the lower leg. It increases the level of protection, comfort, and makes the run more stable. Nike uses a tighter configuration of the Flyknit in areas that need more support while it is open in parts that have to be more flexible. It is also very breathable for a cool run every time out. The patented Flywire cables are directly connected to the sole through the laces for excellent, personalized fit. A traditional lace-up closure holds the fit from start to finish.

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