Nike LunarGlide 8

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Nike LunarGlide 8 Facts

Nike has always been known for its sports equipment, clothing and shoes. Known as one of the most successful and largest brands around. The major brand is no stranger to dominating the athletic world by always providing the very best in high-performance running shoes that are durable, reasonable in price, comfortable, versatile and just what athletics are looking for. There’s no surprise that Nike launched a cushioned trainer that ensures a stabilized, yet smooth ride for every runner. It’s actually one of my favorite running shoes of the year due to its firmer ride and more stability. Some would compare this running shoe to the LunarEpic, another one of Nike’s best sellers. The LunarGlide 8 is designed for great running performance and are the very best for long distances.

Pros
  • Dynamic inner sleeve with smooth fit
  • Lightweight with an even smoother transition
  • Superb outsole that grips all surfaces
  • Impressive dry grip
  • Ride quality is very smooth
Cons
  • Shorter laces than expected
  • Outsole grooves are not debris-free
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

First off, added cushioning helps during impact by the use of the laser-cut outsole. One would consider it to be a siped outsole pattern. The LunarGlide 8 is made with softer rubber than before and this helps to enforce a well-cushioned ride. Because of the prominent laser cuts, the outsole provides such a great deal of flexibility. Unfortunately, there’s a more featureless foam outsole, that’s very sleek, but can’t help while wearing the shoes in rough environments. It’s a good idea to run on cleaner surfaces, because rocks do have a tendency to get stuck between the foam layers.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The LunarGlide 8’s midsole is a lot different from the LunarGlide 7 because of the use of special lasers that help to perfect the midsole with cuts to enhance responsiveness and better cushioning in the foam. Nike uses a dynamic support system that takes the midsole to the next level. With soft Lunarlon foam on the lateral side and a wedge of foam in the midfoot, makes this shoe perfect for moderate overpronators.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The best way to really explain the upper on the LunarGlide 8 is to truly picture yourself wearing a pair of socks then add foam pieces to your heels. Then add some Flywire and wrap them with mesh and you got yourself a pair of LunarGlide 8s. This cushioned trainer comes equipped with several layers that hug your foot in place with the help of Flywire. Most runners love wearing these shoes.

This version is a lot different from the previous because Flyknit was a major feature used. This time the LunarGlide 8 has a more independent upper with cords and round laces that connect. There is a close-knit design where mesh wraps around the toes. There is a definite update to the mesh design, especially over the forefoot. The shoe lace design is something that most LunarGlide 8 wearers love. The shoelaces loop through a thick string that then grips to the sole of the running shoe. This in returns adds a snug fit to the shoe.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Nike LunarGlide 8 is very lightweight, weighing in at 275 gms/9.7 oz in men’s US size 10, definitely, one Nike’s lightest stability running shoe.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The lightweight mesh body makes breathability not a problem at all. For those who like to take early morning runs while in the sweltering sun that can leave you in a sweaty situation would love these shoes. In fact, while you’re running you can feel the air breathing through at the toe front of the shoe. It is not too much air coming through so you won’t feel uncomfortable or as if you were in sandals.

Yes, breathability is important in running shoes, but no one wants to feel too much air throughout the toe front. A small amount of air is good enough to make the best out of a good run or workout. The closely weaved and perforated material makes breathability even better.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Since the LunarGlide 8 is not made of Flyknit instead it is a mesh upper, it is a bit difficult for toe flexibility unless you go up a size or consider trying out a different model. The shoe is true to size, but some runners have complained that the toebox is a tad bit on the small size. The partial bootie construction along with the sock-like lining feels like your walking on air. Plus, there are no hotspots because the tongue and lined foam collar protects against. The Lunarlon foam midsole does wonders with the level of comfort on this shoe.
Style
Style

Style

At first glance, you are automatically drawn to the vibrant colors that Nike has developed to make these lightweight stability trainers so stylish. The color schemes are not overbearing at all. The colors are actually playful and can be mixed and matched to go with pretty much any type of running gear. There about 10 different color combos for everyone to choose from.
Durability
Durability

Durability

When looking for the very best running shoe the first thing that comes to mind is durability. Most runners want a shoe that can hold up through all conditions. They want to know that their shoes will last until the end of time. Something that is not realistic because not all shoes go without wear and tear. However, some runners have said the grooves underneath the shoe are not debris-free which can be a pet peeve. But one things for sure is that the Nike LunarGlide 8s are very durable.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Nike took the time to take away the stiff heel counter that once was on the LunarGlide 7 and put in place a heel stiffener which provides adequate security to the heel. As for the upper, the overall shoe is well protected from wear and tear thanks to the thicker engineered mesh that Nike replace the Flyknit material for.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

On a scale from 0-5, the level of responsiveness would be around a 3 only because some runners would consider the LunarGlide 8 as mildly responsive. According to some runners, compared to the previous version the LunarGlide 8 has a ride that feels flatter and this can be true for many reasons. Nike decided to get rid of the firm outsole base, instead it’s a lot softer, because there is a lack of rubber, plus, the brand added soft foam pads. Therefore, the Lunarlon foam in the LunarGlide 8 doesn’t provide as much responsiveness.
Support
Support

Support

A few runners have mentioned that the fit is not the greatest because of the extra room in the heel cup and room available in the toebox. Since Nike went with a traditional engineered mesh the shoe is a lot more secure in the fit, but lacks that feeling of being locked in when you pick up speed. Additional support is given by the added weight, unlike the LunarTempos that are much lighter. The LunarGlide 8 has a smoother heel support than most other stability running shoes that Nike has created over the years. So that says a lot about the newly updated version of the LunarGlide.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The LunarGlide 8s are known to do well on most surfaces and under any conditions. The Lunarlon midsole helps to make this possible by transferring just the right amount of energy smoothly with each stride. You should expect an easy toe off with a very soft landing. There is clearly a good amount of foam right under your foot. They are pretty much light for the most part so it makes running a lot easier.
Price
Price

Price

The price is $120 on the official Nike website, but have been found on others marked down with pricing ranging from $79- $85. Some runners considered the LunarGlide 8 to be priced high, but when it comes to quality nothing beats it. Not a bad price at all for running shoes that offer great stability, high performance, protection and comfort. Again quality usually makes a runner go out and buy great running shoes. Yes, the price tag might seem a bit hefty but there are runners that are willing to pay a lot for shoes, while others aren’t as eager. In fact, they prefer a sale over anything and who could really blame them. Nothing beats a good deal when it comes to buying running gear.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Under the heel, there are cut grooves on the lateral side. These grooves often carry debris like small rocks, so it’s recommended that you wear the LunarGlide 8 indoors, clean roads or on a track. I would stay away from obvious roads that have pebbles like light trails and gravel paths or you will end up cleaning your shoes underneath constantly.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Nike LunarGlide 8 are so lightweight, but they are a lot firmer in the sole compared to the LunarGlide 7. The cut grooves underneath the sole make flexibility a lot more difficulty because the toebox is less roomer unless you go a size up. Despite the overall flexibility of the shoe, it’s good to know that you are guaranteed a smooth stride. While running for a long period of time, you will notice just how smooth the transition is when picking up speed.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The LunarGlide 8 is very stable. The heel leans outwards way more than the LunarGlide 7. Stability has automatically been increased through the single density construction on the firm EVA as opposed to the previous version’s softer Lunarlon forefoot. The foot remains stable with the help of the tight forefoot.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The basic drop on the Nike LunarGlide 8 is 10mm. If you’re trying to develop a more natural gait then this is a good place to start off at. This is where you’ll notice a more prominent heel ideal for a running shoe. Definitely for light heel strikers who don’t like flat shoes but are not thrilled with those thick and bulky heels that a majority of runners often get stuck with. The heel is a bit bulkier than most running shoes so there is a good amount of foam beneath the heel. Some runners enjoy the bulkiness of a heel while running, while others do not like the added heaviness of the foam. Thankfully, the shoe’s heel does not get in the way.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• New contoured, softer Lunarlon midsole

• Precision lasered cuts on the side

• Additional molded pods for responsive cushioning

• Skin-like overlay along with internal heel counter

• Stability without stiffness thanks to Nike’s Dynamic Support system

• Great Flywire technology

• Upper Engineered mesh that added support and ventilation
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Nike LunarGlide 8 is a phenomenal cushioned trainer that is lightweight, durable, versatile and pretty much created to take on any type of runs whether long distance or short. This running shoe is so good when it comes to comfort, support and breathability. The LunarGlide 8 can compete with just about any other lightweight stability shoe around. The updates that were made on this newer version of the LunarGlide was definitely well worth it because these stability trainers are great on any surface and can deliver support while being responsive.

They are a good looking shoe that can be appealing to the eye. It also helps that Nike offers some really cool vibrant colors that most runners just can’t deny. The price is a bit high-priced, but can be found for a lower price once you do your shopping research. The Nike LunarGlide 8 is everything that a runner would hope for in a cushioned, lightweight stability running shoe. They can be used for casual racing or as daily trainers. Why not buy a running shoe worth every penny?