Nike LunarGlide 6 General Info:
The Nike LunarGlide 6 is a very lightweight, go-to stability shoe that uniquely offers the benefit of enhanced cushioning through the Lunarlon foam throughout the entire sole. The LunarGlide 6 is designed for the runner who overpronates and needs extra stability but wants a shoe that can be used for daily training or racing.
From the moment I put the LunarGlide 6’s on for the first run, I immediately felt the stability and cushioned ride. The Lunarlon foam materials were updated throughout the entire sole unit from heel-to-toe which added to the improved cushioning and smooth ride.
There are now five “Flywire” cables versus six in the previous version that attached to the sole unit giving each runner a customized fit. The molded heel support was made slightly larger improving the stability and support.
All the updates provide for a secure and comfortable feeling while making for an even lighter Nike LunarGlide 6 allowing it to continue growing as a popular shoe among runners looking for a lightweight all-purpose stability shoe.
Nike LunarGlide 6 Sole Unit:
Nike made several updates to this version of the LunarGlide’s sole unit which added more stability and cushioning while making the shoe lighter without sacrificing performance.
The LunarGlide 6 most significant change in the sole unit was due to design changes by increasing the size of the heel cup and midsole updates for more stability and quicker transition. The newly updated Lunarlon foam is used throughout the shoe from the heel-to-toe.
Lunarlon can best be summarized as soft inner foam surrounded by a more stable outer layer which not only allows the LunarGlide 6 to have more cushioning and be lighter, it has the additional function of providing greater stability.
The changes to the materials and how it is designed allow for a smooth ride and transition during entire stride. The midsole area was reinforced to provide even more overpronation protection.
The updates to the cushioning and materials used on the outsole were made to be specific to each runner’s needs allowing for a most natural and comfortable stride.
Nike 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 one’s foot strike transition. All the updates made to the sole unit allowed for a more responsive, stable and lighter performing LunarGlide 6.
Nike LunarGlide 6 Upper:
The Nike LunarGlide 6 upper made some solid enhancements to make the fit and feel more comfortable. The upper is now re-designed with an ultra-thin, seamless mesh that wraps the entire shoe and covers strategically placed synthetic overlays.
This new update increases not only the stability of the shoe via the overlays but allows the LunarGlide 6 to be more lightweight, breathable and comfortable. The Nike “Flywire” has been updated on this version to provide a more customized and comfortable fit for the runner.
For the LunarGlide 6, Nike now only has five Flywire cables which connect to the sole unit on each side versus six on the previous version which allows the tension to be spread out across the foot more evenly as the shoe is laced. The changes to the Flywire now allow for a more comfortable and secure experience.
The plastic heel support has now been designed larger and extends on the inner portion of the LunarGlide 6. The plastic heel clip provides very good support and stability for the heel and this change was designed not only to provide more stability for the shoe but to increase the arch support for those who may need it.
Nike LunarGlide 6 Conclusions:
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The Nike LunarGlide 6 continues its legacy as being a lightweight, stability shoe that offers runners ample cushioning and this version did not disappoint. The LunarGlide 6 builds on previous versions as a shoe that provides a personalized fit all while allowing for a smooth ride and quick transition throughout the entire stride.
The LunarGlide 6 offers increased stability for those who overpronate while providing plenty of cushioning from heel-to-toe for a plush and secure ride. The design updates to the mesh upper and foam used in the sole unit allow for a lighter more responsive shoe.
Nike made solid improvements with this version of the LunarGlide. The shoe offers a very good mix of stability and cushioning which can often be challenging. After putting solid miles on the Nike LunarGlide 6’s, this is a shoe which can handle the rigors of an everyday trainer or can be used as a lightweight racer.
The LunarGlide 6 is a shoe that will enter my rotation as a daily trainer capable of fast, smooth transitions as well as a shoe that can handle the demands of higher mileage due to benefits of its improved cushioning.
We thank the nice people at Nike for sending us a pair of LunarGlide 6 to test. This did not influence the outcome of the review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.