Go for an Epic Ride in Nike LunarEpic Flyknit 2

90 / 100 by Mary Katherine Kittrell • Level 1 expert

After loving the Nike Free RN Distance 2 and Nike Zoom Elite 9, I decided to give the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit 2 a try for a more cushioned, long-distance run.

Upon first look, the shoe is beautiful. Slipping the shoe on for the first time, I felt like I was walking on clouds. I could not wait to take the shoes for a spin.

 

 

Wearing minimalist shoes for my entire running career, I was a little unsettled running in a highly cushioned shoe at first.

After several runs, I became accustomed to the cushioning. This was not a negative experience. I am simply used to feeling the road underfoot. That being said, it took a few weeks of training to become comfortable in the shoe.

Let's look into the design of the LunarEpic Flyknit 2.

 

Midsole

 

 

The midsole of the shoe is made of Lunarlon foam, Nike's premium, lightweight foam. In addition, the midsole is designed with laser cut grooves, which allows for compression and responsiveness.

As a neutral, forefront striker with a high arch, the shoe is a firm, soft and responsive ride.

The midsole incorporates an Ortholite insert, too. The insert makes the shoe extremely comfortable and cushioned even for walking.

My complaint would be the slightly obstructed gait. I tend to supinate (roll to the outside if my foot). The LunarEpic Flyknit 2 is highly cushioned, which causes my foot to supinate a little. 

 

Outsole 

 

 

The outsole is made of the same EVA foam with laser cut grooves as the midsole.

The outsole is complete foam without any rubber layer. The foam allows for a lighter weight shoe, but the durability will suffer.

Expect about 300 miles out of the LunarEpic Flyknit 2. Though the grooves help with traction on dry road surfaces, the grooves attract pebbles and other debris. Walking in these shoes, I constantly trip over my own feet.

 

Upper

The upper is a bootie design, meaning the shoe is one piece, slipping on like a sock.

In addition, the entire bootie is made of Flyknit material. The Flyknit material is very comfortable, durable and beautiful. Since the material is an elastic knit, the shoe will conform to the shape of your foot.I really like the bootie fit and the Flyknit material.

In fact, I do not think I can go back to a shoe that is not a bootie or knit material. With a one-piece design, the tongue will not slip to the side of the shoe and cause discomfort.

Nike uses a flat, thin lace with Flywire cables to secure the shoe.

 

 

Due to the bootie design and Flywire cables, the forefront of the shoe is snug.

I have a high instep. So, if I wear the shoes all day, I feel some irritation on the top of my foot. For purely running, my foot has adjusted to a snugger fit. Despite the snug forefront, the toe box has sufficient room.

 

Fit

The Nike LunarEpic Flyknit 2 has a snug fit around the forefront and instep. If you have a high instep or wider forefront, I would suggest thin socks or a half size larger.

 

Pros 

  • Very cushioned (firm, soft ride)
  • Flexible
  • Forefront and rear front responsiveness
  • Bootie construction
  • Flyknit material
  • Flywire cables
  • Aesthetically beautiful shoe

 

Cons

  • Snug forefront
  • Durability
  • Slight natural gait obstruction

 

Conclusion

Overall, the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit 2 is a beautiful and comfortable shoe best suited for long, easy distances. The cushioning in the shoes is suitable for half and full marathon distances.

If you want a cushioned and flexible ride for long distances and daily high mileage training, I would highly recommend the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit 2.

In fact, I would recommend the shoe for just walking and extended standing, too. The shoe is extremely comfortable for someone that is in his or her feet all day. Plus the shoe is very aesthetically appealing.

Mary Katherine Kittrell

Mary Katherine Kittrell • Level 1 expert

I am a long distance runner by hobby. Half and full marathons are my specialty. Typically, my training is completed on the road, but I will occasionally go for a trail run or race. After a few minor injuries, I learned that wearing the correct running shoe for my foot and training needs is key to staying healthy. Now, I run happy and healthy without any frustrating injuries. Treat your feet right and run happy!

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