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.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that the mid-sole unit of the LunarTempo 2 was a bit stiff.
  • 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.

Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 7.5oz | Women: 6.8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 26mm | Women: 26mm
Forefoot height: Men: 18mm | Women: 18mm
Release date: Jan 2016
Brand: Nike
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $110
Colorways: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Multi, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

Among the better Road running shoes
A top rated Nike running shoe

Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 | Koh Ancheng

    A Pretty decent trainer

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    The Nike Lunartempo 2 is a lightweight comfortable trainer that can be used for daily running.

    It is a good shoe but it does have its set of problems. After using this shoe for about 4 months as a trainer here's my verdict.

     

    Overall performance

    The Lunartempo does perform as I expected. A lightweight trainer that can also be used in competition.

    Running in this shoe hasn't been exactly a joy but it has been quite enjoyable during my last few runs in them. Buying the shoe, I had the impression that the shoe would have much more cushioning from the relatively thick midsole it has.

    When I started running in them, it felt that I was running on the pavement. The midsole was extremely stiff and I did not enjoy the run at all.

    Also, this shoe is definitely a snappy shoe.The full-length lunarlon  foam gives this shoe a consistent responsive feel. After breaking into this shoe, running in it has been a joy. Every step feels quick.

    Comfort

    Overall the Lunartempo is quite a comfortable shoe.

    I have had no major issues running in this shoe besides the break-in period where I developed hotspots.This shoe is nice and breathable which is appreciated as I usually run in humid weather.

    In addition, the lack of welded overlays on the shoe makes the upper stretchy that allows it to conform to the shape of my foot. That gives my foot the ability to move freely.

    I do feel that the break-in period on this shoe is quite long as it took me some time before it felt natural to run in.

    Looks

    This shoe like the majority of running shoes for casual wear as well.

    The addition of reflective strips on the back of the shoe is something that I do appreciate.

    Having reflective strips increases the reflectivity of the shoe that allows me to run at night without having to worry about drivers being unable to spot me.

     

    Sizing 

    The sizing of this shoe is smaller than what I am used to.

    As I have a slightly wider foot, I had to size up the shoe by half a size. This gave me a problem as it caused the heel cup to be loose and it constantly slipped when I run.

    To fix this problem I had to wear thicker socks. The flywire cables on the side of the shoe allow it to have a more customizable fit than other trainers I have.

    Also, the lockdown the shoe has is much more superior as compared to other shoes such as the Adidas Boston Boost.

     

    Weight

    The shoe is definitely a lightweight shoe.

    Weighing in at 212g this shoe is much lighter than some racing flats like the Mizuno Wave Hitogami which weighs in at 224g. I do feel that the weight definitely contributes to the reason why the shoe feels so fast.

    Cushioning

    The full-length Lunarlon foam midsole gives it excellent cushioning. It's is a bit stiff trainer though in my opinion.

    Due to it being a more responsive shoe, I have made it into my go-to shoe for faster workouts and tempo runs.

    Outsole Wear 

    After running regularly in this shoe for the past 2 months, I feel that the outsole wear on this shoe is not significant.

    The placement of vulcanized rubber on parts of the outsole that experience more usage, such as the front and back of the shoe helps to reduce the amount of visible wear.

     

    Conclusion

    The Nike Lunartempo 2 is a shoe that would suit runners who are looking for a responsive and cushioned trainer that will perform at a variety of workouts from 20-minute tempos to long runs.

    I can definitely see myself racing in this shoe in the future. While it is a  heavily cushioned shoe, it still feels very light.

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

  • 90 / 100 | Galih Ridwan

    Lunartempo 2: Running on the clouds

    The drizzle went gurgling in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah that morning as if it made us mentally run away. I stood in the front row of the starting line, waiting for the initial seconds of the start of the race.

    This is the second time the toes mingle with the Nike LunarTempo 2. 

     

    Comfort

    Nike never seems to run out of ideas about the upper shoe model. Flywire stitches are like patent shoes that run the Nike flagship.

    Flywire is the latest technology that creates top shoes that are very fit and lightweight, like no shoes. There is no doubt about design. Nike has never failed about urban running fashion.

    Unlike the previous series that installed five cavities of shoelaces, LunarTempo 2 revamped it into four cavity laces. LunarTempo also seems to have no problem with the size and can be adjusted to the foot since it was first added.

    Although it looks slim from the outside, the LunarTempo 2 is very broad, making it suitable for those who have wide feet.

    Durability

    LunarTempo 2 uses carbon rubber technology on the outsole. The ultra-light footing makes your run as if it merges with the asphalt-like terrain.

    But, it still has a fair share of problems. The carbon rubber on LunarTempo 2 seems less friendly to you when forced to run on a wet field. Regardless, in the dry asphalt field conditions, LunarTempo2 will give the best touch.

    I wore it for a year with an age of about 600 km. But given the wear on the outsole, it may be comfortable up to 500 km.

    Performance

    The beat of each step is increasingly felt after I "fly" away from the starting line. By the time I entered in Km 2 MNC Passion Run, I began to find a comfort zone to run at 06:00 pace.

    The soft padding footing of the Lunarlon midsole spurred this leg past other runners one after another. Lunarlon technology seems to make you run like in the clouds.

    In some cases, Lunarlon is said to be weak for flat feet users. Thus, LunarTempo 2 is intended for neutral-foot type runners.

    The shoe is very comfortable. I did not anticipate to be in the top 5 runners that morning. A gentle breeze continued to greet me at the last corner of the race. Ah, I was more excited to finish the race.

    As I am beginning to see the finish line, I steady the power to straight dash in the last 200 meters to get past the remaining runners. After a deep breath, I was finally able to pass two runners in front.

    I finished in the top 3 with a record time of 23:04 minutes within 5 km. I was happy. Thank you, LunarTempo, for being part of history. Haru is happy—the best achievement during the race.

    Pros

    • Low heel to toe drop
    • Lightweight and Supportive
    • Responsive
    • Durable
    • Suitable for personal best

    Cons

    Conclusion

    The Nike LunarTempo 2 is suitable for neutral type runners. With a light weight, these shoes are aggressive enough to practice tempo or interval.

    Despite being a top grade shoe, LunarTempo 2 it has a reasonable price. Although it's rarely found in retail stores, the LunarTempo 2 can be found in local online stores.

    So, when do you want to start? Running isn't about how far you go, but how far you've come.

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

  • 80 / 100 | Gearist | | Level 5 expert

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

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

    These are really good training shoes

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  • 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 cleatie that is totally separated from the mesh upper. This development helps maintain shoe breathability as well.

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.


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.


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. This midsole material is also used in the Downshifter 7 and other Nike running footwear.


The upper mesh is a bit tightly-woven than the past edition, but is more durable without compromising breathability. This entire upper is a cleatie-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.

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