Weight: About 255g
Heel-to-toe drop: About 10mm
Price: $259, available at authorised Nike retailers
The Nike Flyknit Lunar2 may have responsive cushioning, good fit and superb heel-to-toe transition. But its impressive performance on the move is undone by a quirky heel collar design.
– Responsive cushioning – firmer at the heel and softer and bouncier at the forefoot
– Well-designed upper offers good fit
– Superb heel-to-toe transition
– Upper may fit too snugly for people with wider feet. Opt for a larger shoe size.
– Socks needed: Interior of shoe feels too scratchy against bare skin
– Poorly designed Achilles notch jabs against skin
Featuring colourways that would put flamboyantly-hued birds-of-paradise to utter shame, the Nike Flyknit Lunar2 is, undoubtedly, the fairest in the land – if there ever were a beauty contest for running shoes.
Cushioning is firmer at the heel and softer at the forefoot
Smooth heel-to-toe transition
And thanks to the firmer foam running the entire length of the Lunar2’s outsole, there was just enough stiffness to ensure smooth heel-to-toe transition during our road-pounding sessions. Heel strikers, you’ll enjoy the shoe’s stability as your heel strikes the ground and the extra spring as you toe off – just as we did.
Yarn upper: Mixed peformance
Still the yarn, scratchy by nature, ruined any hope we had for a smooth, seam-free interior. The interior of the shoe was uncomfortable against bare skin – and that meant that we always had to have socks on when running in the shoe. It was a problem we never faced while road-testing the On Cloudracer 2014 – one of the Lunar2’s main rivals.
Poorly designed heel counter
Thankfully, because of the Lunar2’s relatively low-slung, streamlined silhouette, the shoe felt swifter on the move than its static weight might suggest. That is – until we uncovered this kick’s Achilles heel. It was a problem which left the skin surrounding our Achilles tendon torn and bleeding each time we used the shoe.
|The Achilles notch at the tip of the heel counter (where a hook has been placed) curves towards our Achilles tendon.|
In what must be a design oversight by the brand, the Achilles notch at the tip of the heel counter (where a hook has been placed) curves towards our Achilles tendon. During our run, that part of the shoe jabbed repeatedly at our skin, chafing it until it bled. Unsurprisingly, we had to abandon a couple of long runs.
Our normal running socks – thin, ankle-length ones – did not alleviate the problem. We ended up wearing wearing thick, full-length socks to protect our skin for the rest of the review period.
Be sure to break in this good-looker thoroughly before you start on your endurance runs.
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