Facts

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: 7.5oz
Women: 6.8oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 8mm
Women: 8mm

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.

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

8 reasons to buy

  • A lot of runners welcomed the vibrant look of the Nike LunarTempo 2, and they said that it made the façade very appealing.
  • Many reviewers appreciated the look of this shoe, which resembled a knitted material that wrapped around the foot like a cloth.
  • The Flywire cables gained some fans who wanted the upper cover system to feel more snug and secure.
  • Several testers pointed out how comfortable their experience had been with this version.
  • Runners noticed the plush underfoot support given by the Lunarlon foam.
  • This running shoe felt adequately lightweight for many of those who have tried it.
  • There were consumers who were able to wear this shoe for many types of activities, and they reported no problems with it.
  • Some reviewers stated that this shoe was able to last long, that it resisted wear and tear even after many uses.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that the mid-sole unit of the LunarTempo 2 was a bit stiff.
  • Others commented that the shoe was half-a-size smaller than what they were used to.
  • A tester reported that the threading on the back of the shoe came apart after only one use.

Bottom line

The Nike LunarTempo 2 was able to satisfy many neutral runners, especially those who needed reliable underfoot cushioning for their running sessions. They welcomed its colorful design, its modern look and its responsive components. Though it wasn’t able to please a few testers, many still touted it to be a solid choice for adventures on the pavement.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 127 ratings

5 star
72%
4 star
8%
3 star
6%
2 star
2%
1 star
4%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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81 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 by RunRepeat • Dominick Hayes • Level 1 expert

    The Nike Lunar Tempo 2 is one of the greats to come from Nike and I would recommend it to any runner. This shoe is both beautiful and aggressive. It has proved to handle a variety of workouts and surfaces with ease.

  • 80 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    The ride is nice and smooth with a great consistent feel regardless of the speed. 

  • 81 / 100 by Steph Back Accessories • Steph Back Accessories • Level 1 expert

    These are really good training shoes

  • 84 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    The improvements have removed the hint of sloshiness that some of our wear-testers felt in the first version of the shoe; but it's still essentially a racing flat with a super-cushy undercarriage.

  • 82 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Ruggero Loda • Level 5 expert

    The Nike Lunar Tempo is a lightweight neutral trainer designed with a soft, cushioned ride in mind while keeping the weight quite low. 

  • 81 / 100 by Triathlete • Brian Metzler • Level 4 expert

    Much like the first version, this flyweight trainer offers an amazing mix of lightweight performance and resilient cushioning.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Frank May • Level 4 expert

    Overall,the shoe is a good choice for someone with a neutral stride looking for a fast and snug daily trainer.

  • 81 / 100 by Wear Testers • Wear Testers • Level 3 expert

    In fact, the LunarTempo 2’s are $10 cheaper than the original Lunartempos — that’s a steal in my book.

  • 78 / 100 by Independent • Max Benwell • Level 2 expert

    While the fit of these shoes is tight around the ankle, making sure nothing slips, everything else is so light and flexible that you can barely feel them.

  • 80 / 100 by NdB Vidz • NdB Vidz • Level 1 expert

    It is light, flexible, and has good support.

  • 79 / 100 by TC10 Football • TC10 Football • Level 1 expert

    The price is not too bad for how good these shoes are.

  • 78 / 100 by Balkan Runner • Balkan Runner • Level 1 expert

    It is best for quick workouts and not the most durable daily trainer.

  • 75 / 100 by Gear Institute • Justin • Level 1 expert

    This shoe may have a neutral orientation, but it the heel is very much slanted toward the posterior side, giving it a lot of pronation stabilizing properties.

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Updates to Nike LunarTempo 2

  • Nike brings out very little changes in the 2nd version of the Lunar Tempo. The alterations may be minimal, but they effectively enhance the new model’s performance and appearance.
  • The most visible alteration is a more ostentatious and smoother Nike logo that has great reflective features. Aside from improving the already trendy and sophisticated look of the shoe, the reflective material will be handy during low-light runs. A dash of reflection extends to the dots near the heel.
  • The new mesh is more durable, smoother, and is not as wide as the past version. It is still very breathable while it improves the shoe’s looks and durability.
  • The interior of the shoe becomes more comfortable with a new perforated bootie that is totally separated from the mesh upper. This development helps maintain shoe breathability as well.

Nike LunarTempo 2 size and fit

Since the modifications featured in the Lunar Tempo 2 are very minimal, the fit and sizing are practically the same as the original model. It is reasonably snug in the heel, midfoot, and forefoot. Runners with slightly wider feet may have to go up half a size like they did when they bought the original Lunar Tempo. The widths are D for the men’s and B for the women’s. Available sizes are from 7 to 13 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s.


Outsole

There are numerous rubber slabs all throughout the outsole that provides both traction and durability on the road. Nike also uses these waffle and moderately-sized pods for a bit of cushioning as this is a Lunarlon foam that is directly connected to the midsole. There is carbon rubber placed in strategic areas where wear and tear happens upon landing and before takeoff.


Midsole

The Lunar Tempo 2 gets its really great cushioning from an oversized and full-length Lunarlon foam. It is a foam that is more resilient and significantly lighter than Nike’s regular midsole foam in the Phylon.


Upper

The upper mesh is a bit tightly-woven than the past edition, but is more durable without compromising breathability. This entire upper is a bootie-style fit that truly wraps the foot. A very prominent Swoosh logo with major reflective material is indispensable in areas with less than ideal visibility. The Flywire cables work through the laces to hold the foot in comfortable security. Added comfort is provided by the foam in the collar and foam lining against the laces.