If you’ve been following me on social media over the last six weeks you are already well aware that I will be running in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco next month, which to be honest both excites and freaks me out at the same time. Prior to my marathon training I was running my weekly km’s in Nike Flyknit Free 3.0’s, but since July I transitioned into the brand’s latest innovation for running – The Lunar Glide 6. This year the R&D team at Nike developed the most sustainable lunar glide ever made. The updated Lunarlon foam delivers optimal cushioning and also harnesses a newly reworked Dynamic Support system for tapered support thorough a runner’s natural gait, which is perfect for my mid to long range runs. For those who are unfamiliar with Lunarlon, it can be best described as soft inner foam surrounded by a more stable outer layer, which is the key behind the shoe’s light weight and stability.
With the training schedule I have been following on the #WeRunSF app in addition to my additional sessions provided by the Nike Canada team, I required a shoe with stability and support but still lightweight enough to not weigh me down. I noticed the difference with the 6 within five minutes of my first run in them – it is the smoothest ride ever and provides quick transition for those moderate overpronators. There are now five “Flywire” cables compare to six that was in the previous shoe that are attached to the sole giving runners the feel of a customized fit. Furthermore, Nike brilliantly used a “Pressure Mapped Outsole” which allows for more traction and stability where needed and “Flex Grooves” allow the shoe to be gender-specific by providing for flexibility throughout your foot strike transition. In addition to all the aforementioned benefits, the new updates to the upper, now redesigned with an ultra-thin, seamless mesh making it more breathable, wraps the entire shoe and covers strategically placed overlays. Check out the video below to get a glimpse into a training session at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium with by bestie Christian Thompson of ChristianConfidential.com:
Videography and Editing by LeSean Harris // Directed by Shane Stirling
Here’s the skinny: although the Flyknit Free 3.0’s were a good enough shoe for my 5-10K runs, there is no other shoe I would rather hit the streets in than the Lunar Glide 6. And I will confidently say that after recommending the shoe to more than a handful of other runners in the past few weeks, you will not be disappointed either. Nike did a superb job at making sure the shoe has a good mix of cushioning and stability, which I’m sure can be quite challenging during the design phase. The only downfall, the white mesh uppers can be difficult to keep clean and one rain run or accidentally hitting a muddy puddle could be disastrous. However, I was successful i washing my pair several times in my front load washing machine and letting them air dry overnight. After logging solid km’s in the updated lunar’s, I can confidently say this shoe can definitely handle the support/demand needs of both newbies and high mileage runners.
For more information on the Lunar Glide 6, head to Nike.com. They are available for purchase now online, the Nike Store located in the Toronto Eaton Centre, The Running Room locations and Sport Chek. Interested in being apart of Nike Toronto’s newly re-launched run club? It’s free, open to the public and a fun way to crush extra kilometres each week in the city. In case you missed my post on what you can expect and the training schedule, you can find full details here.