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Real Shoe Review: Nike LunarGlide+5 (neutral ride)

Nike Lunarglide 5 Review

Now superseded by the Lunarglide 6 available from Wiggle here

After several bad shoe experiences I have found a trainer that I love and that doesn’t leave me limping the morning after a run. This is the 5th iteration of the Nike LunarGlide with slight improvements being made in each version. My previous trainers were the predecessors – the mark 4’s – which is an endorsement in itself.

In a nutshell, the LunarGlide+5’s are like running on a pair of squidgy trampolines. When I first put them on, I just stood there in my living room bouncing up and down on my heel!

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The fit of these trainers is, in my opinion, what makes them so comfortable to run in.  Never before have I had a shoe that wraps around my foot so perfectly – it’s like wearing a sock. The fleece lining only adds to comfort, and keeps your upper foot warm in winter!

As you can see, I opted for the luminous yellow/green colour option but there are plenty of others to choose from. Doing a lot of running near roads at night time, I need all the high-vis I can get! The tongue stays in place and never slips to one side or the other.

The only things that lets this trainer down slightly is the easy wear of the outer sole. I haven’t had enough time to compare my +5’s with my +4’s but my previous pair wore down so much after 6 months that I didn’t dare take them off road after a particularly nasty slip up. This is the compromise with the weight I suppose, a lighter shoe (281 grams) means lighter component parts.

They also feel quite… big. Not clown shoe big, but they’re certainly not minimalist. But then again, that’s why I chose them, to give that cushioned support I need. I would say that my times have slowed since I started wearing them. There’s a part of me that thinks that maybe all that cushioning is absorbing too much of my stride’s natural ‘kick’ or ‘oomph’. That could also be a bad workman blaming his tools ; )

His and hers muddy trainers!

More info on Nike LunarGlide+5’s and buy them here

Laces are great, they stay in place and don’t pinch the top of my foot.

Rob Murray

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