Running Shoe Review: Nike LunarEclipse+ Shield

They Say
Gone are the days of having to choose between cushioning and stability shoes. Now you can have both with the Nike LunarEclipse+ Shield Men's Running Shoe, combining on-demand support, plush cushioning and total comfort in a tough, element-resistant design – Nike USA
We Say
The Nike LunarEclipse+ Shield may boast design features for your training sessions in wet-weather or poor lighting. But it is its good performance – smooth heel-to-toe transition, pillow-soft cushioning and adequate pronation control – which steal the limelight.

- Glove-like fit
- Smooth heel-to-toe transition
- Pillow-soft, slightly springy cushioning
- Adequate pronation control through unique design elements
- Good overall performance for beginners and heavier-set runners

- Lack of ventilation for the feet
- A tad cumbersome for fast-paced running
- Water-resistant feature is nothing to shout about
- Pricey

Smooth Heel-To-Toe Transition
The LunarEclipse+ is a unique shoe designed for all pronation types. It goes one-up on what we felt was inconsistent cushioning in the Nike LunarGlide +3. The lunarlon foam is firmer on heel-impact and provides more cushioning and spring on push-off at the mid- and forefoot area. The result: a smoother heel-to-toe transition, and a pillow-soft cushioning which will appeal to under-pronators.

The Dynamic Support wedge in which the stiffer, pronation controlling foam is located.
The heel clip (with the Nike swoosh on it) goes around the Achilles tendon to provide motion control for over-pronators.
Sufficient Pronation Control
And despite having none of the stiffness of a tank-like stability shoe, it did a good job in reining in our over-pronation as well. Nike has limited its use of firm, pronation-controlling foam to the area below the inner-ankle (marked out as "Dynamic Support" on the shoe). But it has also enlisted the help of a clip at the heel counter and a movement controlling “Flywire” frame to prevent excessive inward rotation. While this may be sufficient for moderate over-pronators, we suggest that you stay with a proper motion-control shoe if you’re a flat-footer.
The Flywire threads support the foot and prevent it from excessive pronation. It also gives the shoe its glove-like fit.
Comfort/Fit Of Shoe

Glove-Like Fit
Three design features contribute to the Nike LunarEclipse+ Shield Pack’s very snug, glove-like fit. These are the foot-hugging material of the upper, “Flywire” threads which support the arch of the foot and the heel support clip (indicated by the Nike swoosh) which wraps around our Achilles tendon. Add them to a plush, seam-free interior and a more flexible midsole, and the LunarEclipse+ feels almost like a part of our foot: No mean feat, given that this is a traditional trainer, and not one of those new-age minimalist shoes.

The stretchy, water-resistant upper. Unfortunately, it does not ventilate the foot well.
Lack Of Foot-Ventilation
Problem is, the shoe felt stifling-hot to run in – most evident when we took it out one sunny afternoon. Because it is water-repellent, the upper doesn’t appear to have any breathing holes. Though Nike claims that breathability is not sacrificed, we feel that foot-ventilation was compromised during our run.
A Tad Cumbersome
During our test-runs, we initially found it unsettling to have this heavier (about 326g), less-than-streamline shoe so closely moulded to our feet. But being such an easy-running shoe, we don't see any difficulty adjusting to it. Beginners and heavier-set runners looking to up their mileage will love this very performance-friendly shoe. But it may be a tad too cumbersome for faster-paced workouts.
The reflective overlay (light grey) helps you get noticed by vehicles when you're night-running.
"Shield" Features

Stay In When It Rains
Skip the run when it’s pouring. Despite the hype, the water-resistant upper is only good enough for accidental puddle stomps – also when you dunk water on yourself during long-distance races. But nothing beyond that. Our run in the rain resulted in water soaking into the shoe via the exposed wad of spongy cushion around the ankle. But it would have been unrealistic to demand anything more from a running shoe.

Great For Night Running
The reflective material at certain parts of the upper, however, worked as it was supposed to during night-running. Vehicles will have no trouble spotting you. Complete your night-running outfit with a brightly coloured running t-shirt, and you’ll stand out like a decked-out Christmas tree this holiday season.
Nike has dropped its usual street-style cosmetics for a futuristic silver-grey get-up. Eye-catchingly handsome nonetheless.

$239, available at Nike outlets

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