Nike’s LunarGlide footwear series is well established in the running world. Now in its fourth generation, Sport-Locker.net was delighted to be given the opportunity to test the latest addition having put the previous release, the +3, through its paces a year ago.
We absolutely loved the third generation so were mightily relieved to discover that Nike have not attempted to reinvent the wheel with +4s, opting, wisely, to stick largely with the winning formula.
Whilst revolution is not on the cards, evolution certainly is with the introduction of one major technological feature, Flywire.
Juices…flowing. Time to put the Nike Lunar Glide +4 under the Sport-Locker play test microscope.
Appearance / First impressions
Increasingly the line between functional training apparel and fashion is becoming blurred to the extent that running shoes such as the particularly good-looking Lunarglide+4 could easily double up for casual social events.
They are very easy on the eye and feel light as a feather having shaved a few ounces in the evolutionary process from +3 to +4.
They also take on an electrifying new identity when the sun goes down (see images) that is sure to get you noticed.
Technology and the wonderfully elaborate jargon that it brings is always impressive on the surface but can often prove to be nothing but a PR smokescreen.
So whenever we are served up with a tech list we like to peek below the surface and see whether there is anything functional, beneficial or tangible.
The subject of our investigation on this occasion is a familiar suspect having featured on the Lunarglide +3.
Lunarlon was a successful feature then so it is no surprise to see it back for more to provide that all-important midsole cushioning that makes for a luxurious ride when it comes to pounding the local pavements.
This technology is the product of four years of intensive research at Nike HQ and features throughout their sporting catalogue so it may not come as a surprise when we give it the thumbs up.
As hinted at in the intro, the headline maker of the Lunarglide+4 is the all new Flywire Technology.
A series of dynamic cables used by elite athletes and translates to you and me as that all important ‘glove like’ fit.
You can genuinely feel these intelligent cables move in harmony with your foot as you run making for a custom fit that is responsive to you and your unique running style.
With the addition of Flywire, Nike have significantly enhanced the +4 series from its predecessor.
Having benefited from the Dynamic Support System for the past year wearing the +3, the transition to the +4 was near seamless offering familiarly high levels of stability and comfort.
Opposing foam wedges may sound like an unappetising potato snack but is in fact much more satisfying as the foot rolls effortlessly from a soft heel to a more stable foot section that helps to propel you forwards.
One other highly effective feature on the +4 is the floating heel clip that again adds to that ‘custom’ fit.
The responsive clip is designed to move with your heel and foot whether you tend to roll inwards or out.
With every new update of a successful product there is the fear that you are being sold the same thing in new shiny wrapping or it has been unnecessarily mutated beyond recognition.
Thankfully Nike has fallen into neither trap and have instead managed to keep all the things we like while adding one more…and arrive in shiny new wrapping.
No runner is the same so any running shoe that can adapt to your needs and your style and still be plucked off the shelf is a winner in our eyes.
And thanks to the introduction of Flywire technology, the Lunarglide+4 is certainly winning.