Nike LunarGlide 7 Reviewed
When Nike upgraded from the 6 to the 7, they stripped it down to the essentials. They made as lightweight as possible while still provided superior stability. It contains flex grooves which promote a natural range of motion and Lunarlon foam to improve springy responsiveness.
Nike designed the original LunarGlide in 2009. It introduced the revolutionary new idea of an angled Lunarlon wedge within a firm midsole. It has since evolved to where the Lunarlon foam is now exposed in the forefoot. The result is the incredible support structure we now see with the Nike LunarGlide 7.
Keep reading our in-depth Nike LunarGlide 7 review to find out if it is worth the investment.
- Lightweight construction that offers both support and ventilation.
- Lunarlon technology that distributes impact without sacrificing stability.
- Adaptive fit provided by Flywire® cables that wrap the midfoot.
- Comfort is achieved through the Flyknit® construction combined with a seamless and plush internal bootie.
- The wearing of the posterior inner sleeve may cause rubbing and irritation.
- Rubber compound on the outsole peels.
- Only available in regular/medium width.
The outsole design maps the pressure path of running for more efficient use of rubber and provides the optimal traction and durability while at the same time, allowing a reduction in overall weight. There is carbon rubber under forefoot and heel and has exposed EVA foam.
Lunarlon is a soft, resilient foam, invented by Nike, that absorbs the impact of the crash phase by distributing it evenly across the entire platform of the foot. It helps to reduce painful pressure points on the feet. The midsole is injected molded EVA.
The flex grooves in the forefoot of the midsole are the horizontal grooves that are designed to promote flexion across the toe/foot joints. The flex grooves of the Nike LunarGlide 7 promote natural range of motion and reduce forefoot pain.
A runner generally expends 1% more energy for every 100g of weight on a shoe. That doesn’t seem like much, but it can mean the difference between 1st and 2nd place. Research shows that shaving 4oz from a shoe’s weight can equal a marathon time of up to 3 minutes faster.
Light shoes often equal faster feet, but too little shoe invites injury. Having only a minimal amount of material underfoot means limited shock absorption and little energy return. The Nike LunarGlide 7 appears to offer a good balance between weight and protection.
And, every runner knows, the less sweat, the less likelihood of blisters! Nothing like a blister to ruin your training run.
And, for supportive comfort and ventilation, there is Flymesh® on the forefoot. Also, if you needed more reasons to find this shoe most comfortable, it contains a plush and seamless internal-bootie. The LunarGlide 7 offers only regular width. Full width is only available with the NikeID option. However, the LunarGlide 7 has more toe-box room than previous LunarGlide versions.
Women can choose from a Pure Platinum/Gamma Blue option with Ocean Fog/Black highlights or a Hyper Violet/Concord option with Gamma Blue/Black. Women’s sizes range from 5 to 12, with half sizes available as well. Often less expensive options for women are the Pink Blast/Laser Orange style with White/Black highlights and the Ocean Fog/Voltage Green style with Lucid Green/Black highlights.
Men can choose from a Wolf Grey/Bright Crimson option with Cool Grey/Black highlights or Black/Anthracite with Wolf Grey/Summit White highlights. Sizes range from 6 to 15, with half sizes available up to 12.5. There is also a LunarGlide 7 Flash version for men, that comes in Squadron Blue/Blue Lagoon with Green Glow/Reflect Silver highlights. Sizes range from 6 to 15, with half sizes available up to 12.5.
In children’s styles, there is a pink and black option, as well as a black and red. Sizes range from 3.5Y to 7Y, with half sizes available. The width for all these styles is considered Medium.
It is great news for the consistent runner who is replacing their shoes every 3-6 months. Running shoes can be expensive! The more durable the shoe, the less often it needs to be replaced. The durability of the Nike LunarGlide 7 allows us to get more out of a single pair of shoes.
The heel section is developed with an External TPU Heel Counter that hugs and keeps the foot stable during the run.
This results in a lightweight, responsive run with maximum support. (Lunarlon helps to absorb the impact by distributing it evenly across the entire platform of the foot.) The flex grooves promote flexibility when pushing off from the toe.
It took Nike four years to achieve the engineering precision for this type of woven construction. In the absence of a firm medial midsole, this shoe cannot be considered a traditional neutral support shoe. The Nike LunarGlide 7 offers a solid foam casing wrapped around the softer Lunarlon foam, placing it in its category of an angled wedge shoe.
The Flash version of the Nike LunarGlide 7 is reflective and water-repellent. It keeps you comfortable, dry, and visible in dreary or dark conditions.
In addition, the TPY heel counter maximizes fit and enhances stability.
•Flymesh® on the forefoot for comfort and ventilation.
•Lunarlon cushioning in the midsole to distribute impact evenly across the foot.
•Dynamic Support Platform in the midsole for enhanced stability.
•Flywire® cables add support and keep you grounded.
The Lunarlon foam material allows for a smooth transition from contact to push off, and overpronators will love this shoe’s ability to give them a more neutral run. Plus, the Nike LunarGlide 7 features a heel counter for support, giving you a “heel hug”. Now, who doesn’t like a hug? These shoes are moderately priced and great for most types of activity - running or weight training, even walking and running errands.