I have been on a search for the perfect Marathon shoe, to help me run this year’s TCS NYC Marathon. I wanted to test the Nike LunarGlide 6 and see how comfortable they are and if they can be the perfect fit for these 26.2 miles I have coming in 3 months or so.
A few weekends ago I took the Nike LunarGlide 6 for a long run. Here are some of my first impressions:
- Awesome new look. I love the colors customizations available. You can really have fun designing this shoe. It’s also an attention getter, people will notice the LunarGlide 6 and ask you about them.
- More cushioning. Lots of cushion on the bottom, especially the heel part of the shoe, so you get more heel support on your runs. I’m not much of a heel striker, but this feature might come in handy for those that are.
More stability was added in the upper, engineered with soft foam and breathable, lightweight mesh that conforms to the foot. As the team strived to remove as much material as possible to deliver lightweight comfort and enhance natural motion, a beautiful and breathable graphic pattern emerged. Nike Flywire integrates with the upper to hug the foot for an adaptive fit, and a supportive heel clip provides snug, comfortable lockdown. (NikeInc.com)
- No pain while running. First of, you shouldn’t really feel pain while running, if you do, then something is wrong. Your shoes, your form, something, but there are times when the first few miles feel a bit painful/uncomfortable. Again, this could be from wearing the wrong shoes. Well with the LunarGlide 6 I didn’t feel any uncomfortable pain during my first or last few miles. It was a pretty stable/neutral ride all the way through.
- The LunarGlide 6 are a bit narrowed in the toe box, leaving less room for your toes to wiggle. I usually get a half size bigger on running sneakers to compensate for things like that. I did feel a bit of rubbing of my big toe especially, it might’ve been the friction of the sock rubbing against the sneaker while I was running that started to cause a blister or the fact that I didn’t change insoles.
I usually change the insoles of my shoes to Dr. Scholl’s Active Series, but with this shoe I didn’t. I did notice a difference in the way the bottom of my feet hit the ground. The side toe blister mentioned above could’ve happened because of the insole as well. I’ll investigate further and see which one is it. On the next run I’ll change the socks and insoles and see how that feels.
One feature that I wish the LunarGlide 6 had was the shoe pod insert. I know most of us don’t use that anymore, since most of us use the GPS watches and/or the Nike Running app that doesn’t require the use of the shoe pod to track your runs. I personally still use my shoe pod. I like having that back up when my GPS Sportswatch can’t detect a GPS signal to track my run.
You can create/customize a pair via Nike.com or for my UK residents you can order the Nike LunarGlide 6 via JD Sports.
Please note: A complimentary pair of Nike LunarGlide 6 was provided by JD Sports for this review post. However, the thoughts expressed in this post are my own.