Nike Flyknit Lunar2: Best running shoes for neutral feet
Published on May 5, 2014 4:04 AM
For runners with a neutral stride, there is now a pair of running shoes all but tailor-made for you.
It is the Nike Flyknit Lunar2.
The review unit comes in a combination of bright reflective yellow and sky blue. A white Nike Swoosh lights up the sides of the shoes.
As I am a nocturnal jogger, this colour combination makes me more visible to other road users.
Take a look at its outsole and you will see how different it is from the usual flex grooves in the outsoles of Nike Free running shoes. The Nike Flyknit Lunar2 bears a pattern which resembles a pressure map pointing to the mid-foot, allowing for a more natural and efficient stride.
The midsole is stuffed with Nike's Lunarlon material, which features a foam core for soft but responsive cushioning during lift-off.
Its upper is of Flyknit - a one-piece polyester yarn woven to provide a seamless fit. To accentuate the fit and support, Nike's Flywire cables are used to wrap the midfoot and integrate with the shoe's laces.
The result is, frankly, astonishing. When I wore the shoes for the first time, I was amazed at how form-fitting they were and how comfortable they felt.
My toes had just the right amount of wriggle room. Despite the lightness of the polyester yarn material, the heel counter felt solid and provided ample support for my injury-prone right ankle.
On my first 5km run, the shoes already felt as if they had been nicely broken in. They provided great energy return, striking a perfect balance between weight and cushioning.
The shoes performed equally well whether I was doing circuit training, sprints or endurance runs. My feet always felt well-supported.
It felt equally comfortable running with a midfoot strike or heel strike. But the energy return or bounce was better when I used a midfoot strike. The shoes also felt "airy" and well-ventilated. The downside of good ventilation is that water will seep in when you run over puddles or in the rain.
Surprisingly, the Flyknit Lunar2 is not compatible with Nike+ and there is no space to insert the Nike+ sensor pod.
Be aware, too, that the gaps in the outsole may trap pebbles if you run along the MacRitchie Reservoir trail. Other than these minor gripes, it is hard to find fault with these shoes.
Material: Nike Flyknit upper with Lunarlon foam
Value for money 4/5