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Published on January 14th, 2014 | by Daniel Feinstein0
Nike Men’s Flyknit Lunar 1
Summary: Incredibly lightweight and comfortable shoe, perfect for serious distance running.
Nike’s Flyknit Lunar 1 is a really phenomenal shoe. Both lightweight and extremely comfortable, these shoes are the perfect choice for the marathoner looking for something sweet to put on their feet.
When I went on my first run, all those long, long years ago, I laced up a pair of Nike Eagles. I continued to run in Nikes for many years, eventually moving on from Nike Eagles to the Pegasus. Things have changed since the 1980’s, now there are a ton of smaller companies vying for a market share of the enormous running sneaker market. In order to compete these days, you have to bring some serious game to the table and Nike has answered the call.
In creating this shoe, Nike has combined their comfortable and uber-light FlyKnit upper with the soft cushion of their LunarFoam soles. When you first put them on, you might wonder what I’m going about. They seem a tad stiff at first but once you’ve put a couple of miles on them, you’ll be blessing the day that I was born.
I am an enormous fan of Nike’s FlyKnit upper. It feels snug and soft, like a gentle, synthetic womb…for your feet. The only real complaint that I have heard about this type of upper is that they don’t offer any insolation against the cold and they feel kind of gross when they get wet. Personally, it doesn’t bother me in the least.
The Sole and Midsole
The LunarFoam soles kick some serious butt. Feels like your heels are bouncing on clouds; it’s obvious that a lot of thought went into the design and engineering of this shoe. I do have one caveat, however. These running shoes are strictly for pavement and not meant to be taken on cross country runs. In an effort to minimize the wait of these shoes, Nike reduced the amount of hard rubber on the soles resulting in a number of areas where the soft foam cushioning is exposed. Running over gravel and rocks would most likely shred the bottom of the shoes in very short time.
In addition to comfort, the Nike Flyknit Lunar 1 is a pretty cool looking shoe and comes in a wide variety of different colors. I can’t wait to see what innovations the next iteration of this incredible running shoe line from Nike will bring.
- Incredible cushioning
- Not for cross country
- Some feel feet are exposed to elements