Editor rating:
8/10 on
User's rating:


  • Smooth ride
  • Glove-like fit


  • Quicker than normal deterioration
  • Soft sole


This trainer is the epitomic example of the Nike Lunarlon platform. It will satisfy the neutral runner looking for a healthy cushioned shoe.
LunarGlide 5
9.7 oz. (275 gr.)
110 US$
Previous model
Neutral runners looking for a staple cushioned shoe or stability runners looking for a faster trainer.

Nike LunarGlide 5 General Information

The Nike LunarGlide 5 is the fifth incarnation of the LunarGlide series. It is founded on the Lunarlon platform and is constructed for cushioning and just a bit of stability with Nike’s Dynamic Support.

Nike LunarGlide 5 Impression

My first run in the LunarGlide 5 I thought aloud “silky smooth”. That is my first impression, comfort built right into the texture of the shoe. The foot strike is soft, the insole is soft, the mesh upper is soft…This entire shoe just feels soft and silky. I doubt one could rub a blister except in the worst of conditions.

Nike LunarGlide 5 Sole Unit

The sole is Nike’s Lunarlon platform, the basis of all Lunar shoe series. The tread is similar to the Lunar Elite but with a deeper center divot and rounded, smooth features. The Glide5 is the epitome of the Lunarlon platform. It runs like a neutral shoe, but has the Dynamic Support section found on several Lunar shoes which gives stability when necessary.

Due to the rounded features the Glide has a smooth ride. The cushioning is significant and absorbs much of the force from the foot strike. On the foot strike you can feel the slight sink as the material compresses.

Nike LunarGlide 5 Upper

The Glide’s upper continues the theme of “silky smooth”. There is not much rubbing on the inside. If you’re the kind of person to wear shoes without socks the Glide will be heavenly. It is a glove fit, though it does not appear so at first glance. Peel back the tongue a bit to see that it is connected part way down the lace guard. This feature assists the shoe in molding to the foot.

Stylistically this model looks fast with its tiny slits all along the upper giving it a blurry texture when in motion. The shoelaces are good quality, thin and flat. They did not create pressure spots on top of my foot no matter how tight I pulled them.

Nike LunarGlide 5 Opinion

The name of the game with the LunarGlide 5 is comfort. Everything Nike did with this shoe model seems geared towards making your feet feel like you are running on a bed of foam. These shoes are recommended for long runs and maintenance mileage. If you’re feeling really tired on any given day but need to get out the door anyways just put these on and you’ll have enough insulation between you and the ground to increase your pep. Slide them on and enjoy the ride.

We thank the nice people at Nike for sending us a pair of LunarGlide 5 to test. This did not influence the outcome of the review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.

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