Nike is able to upgrade an already great shoe in the LunarGlide 5’s to form their best in the lineup yet. The LunarGlide 6 epitomizes a lightweight trainer that offers it all: cushion, support, breathability, stylish, and fit.
Nike LunarGlide 6 First Impressions
I have always been a huge fan of Nike ever since I was a kid. A big part of that probably had to do with Micheal Jordan, the brand name and its style. Now that I have grown older though, I tend to experiment with just about every brand that puts out a good running shoe. Its always great to go back to what I loved as a child. My initial impressions went over very well. As I put on the LunarGlide 6 for the very first time everything felt right. The cushion was there. The weight is fairly light. The shoe felt extremely responsive. I was excited to give into my first run with them.
After my first run with the Lunarglide 6 it was very apparent that the lunarlon foam spread through the entire sole of the foot allowing for an improved and more balanced cushioning system that should please most runners. The stability also felt at least a little improved over the lunarGlide 5’s. Outside the lunarlon foam is a outerlater made to increase stability along with the cushion. With the lunarlon foam spread across the shoe, the mid-sole and heel has extra added room to fit. This allows the LunarGlide 6 to offer both the lunarlon foam across the entire shoe with an extra outer layer.
I like where the pricing is at on this shoe. A lot of high quality running shoe these days seem to run at roughly $130 for MSRP. The LunarGlide 6 is actually 20 dollars cheaper which is always a nice plus. I have been able to find this shoe closer towards $100 though with free shipping. I would say that is a reasonable expectation thus far. The price may even drop a bit more once the next lineup of the shoe comes out.
Other LunarGlide 6 Updates
A small improvement which helps the versatility of the LunarGlide 6 is what NIKE calls the “Pressure Mapped Outsole.” Basically what this new feature does is it adds to the traction and stability in necessary spots. You can definitely feel the improvement in traction by running and making quick cuts. Speaking of their outsole improvements, their flexgrooves really allow for decent flexibility and according to NIKE are actually “gender-specific” which is a bit rare in shoes these days. The functions of shoes typically do not change much when going from Men’s to Women’s. This is a bit sad since they are two totally different running styles a lot of the time. The outsole improvements really touch to onto several key aspects in a running shoe.
Like many other shoes that seem to be coming out, Nike moved to a seemless overlay. This is great for a few reasons. In shoes that have offered these, such as one of my favorites in the Hoka One One Clifton, it adds greatly to the comfort, feel, and breathability of the shoe.
I already mentioned that the heel and mid-sole areas were larger to fit in the added extra cushion. This is also the case in the toe-box region of the shoe. Nike traditionally runs a bit narrow in my opinion. This shoe does not seem to be the case. If you have upsized past shoes in the NIKE line-up specifically related to the toe box, I do not think this is necessary in the Lunarglide 6.
One of the last updates would be the plastic heel in the shoe. In case you could not notice by sight, it’s a bit larger (taller) than the previous model. This is going to do two things. It provides more stability in the shoe. Secondly, it is going to provide more arch support. Some might need it. Others may not be looking for improved arch support. I personally do not need the arch support but every runner is going to be different.
Long-Term status of the LunarGlide 6
If you have ran in past models of the series, you should be able to expect about the same, possibly slightly more than past models. My LunarGlide 6 has been holding up very well, especially all parts of the outsole. After 250 miles or so, the foam has started to give out a little but that is to be expected. I do not foresee any major rips occurring to the LunarGlide 6 that will put an end to this shoes life. For that reason, the LunarGlide has my two thumbs up in terms of durability.
Overall, I find the LunarGlide 6 to be a more versatile shoe than expected. With improvements in just about every important aspect of a running shoe, this shoe really delivers. I would recommend this to any stability runner who is looking for a stylish completely cushioned shoe. Personally, I use this for training only but I can see why somebody might try this with some races as well. However, I would not recommend this shoe specifically for speed races. Long-distance events should be more than reasonable with the LunarGlide 6. If NIKE is able to add these sort of additions to some of their other shoe lineups, they may end up having a great year.