Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ Review
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Shoe Type: Cushioned/Neutral
Retail Price: $160.00
In a way, the Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ is all about “more.” It’s more light, more comfortable, more snug and more ballyhooed than most other neutral running shoes. If you’re OK with this combination of factors, you likely will be thrilled with this cutting-edge tool for high-arched neutral runners.
These “mores” certainly impressed Runner’s World, which named the Flyknit Lunar1+ its Editor’s Choice in Spring 2013. But “less” is one of the things that make this shoe so impressive. With a stripped-down approach that de-emphasizes inefficient frills, the Lunar1+ maximizes efficiency at virtually every turn.
Knit for a king
The superstar feature of the Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ is its one-piece, knit upper – made from polyester yarn. The seamless construction takes away the irritation factor that often accompanies stitching, yet it’s plenty snug thanks to wraparound Flywire cables in areas where the foot needs more help.
The minimized upper is one of the reasons the Flyknit Lunar 1+ is so incredibly light: 8 ounces for men and 6.7 for women.
The shoe’s exquisite simplicity extends to the sole, too. The traction system is nearly nonexistent except in essential spots such as the toes, heel and a couple others. It won’t win any awards for its underfoot grip, but it certainly holds its own.
Expensive but high-level
Other benefits of the Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ include gender-specific flex grooves, as well as a rich, pillowy layer of Lunarlon cushioning for high-level responsiveness. Plus the shoe is compatible with Nike+ Sensors, which track the users speed, heart rate, etc.
The only problems that seem to arise fairly often are the short, squirrely tongue and slippery laces. While these are only minor hindrances, runners deserve to be 100 percent happy when they spend $160 on a shoe.
Be cautious before taking the plunge, but if you do, take pleasure in the fact that less really can be “more.”