I really do have a love/hate relationship with the latest range of Nike running shoes so I couldn’t wait to test the latest shoe in the Lunar range, the Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit.
The Good: The Flyknit upper is honestly the best that Nike have ever produced. It’s super light and feels great on your foot.
Nike have finally nailed the Flyknit design with this show.
The Bad: Well, it’s certainly not the cheapest shoe on the market and some runners may find that it lacks stability. We also had huge issues with the sole picking up rocks.
The Verdict: If you can pull out the cash for the Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit then it’s certainly a shoe that you’ll be happy with. It’s a great training shoe for short, fast sessions and it’s a fantastic race shoe for everything up to 10k.
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Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit First Impressions
Okay, so the design of the Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit might look pretty familiar and it is. The LunarEpic Low is the exact same shoe as the standard LunarEpic Flyknit except they’ve made the bold decision to remove the integrated sock upper.
Bold move Nike!
- Mens Shoe Weight: 258g (size 10)
- Heel Drop: 10mm
- Ideal for: neutral foot runners looking for a lightweight shoe.
What Do Owners Like About The Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit?
- No more sock like upper that some thing ruined the original Nike LunarEpic Flyknit.
- Incredibly comfortable
- Lightweight and agile when running
- Look awesome
What Could Be Better About the Shoe?
- Too many foam Lunarlon eggs on forefoot does cause some instability.
- These shoes are stone and dirt magnets – don’t try running on any trail with them.
- Outsole doesn’t provide enough cushioning
Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit Upper
Let’s just get this out there – the Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit has THE BEST upper of any shoe that I’ve ever run in.
If you’ve not experienced Flyknit before, it’s a thin almost wool-like material that fits more like a glove than a pair of shoes. This is helped even further thanks to the material which stretches to accommodate your foot.
I’ve always wondered why Nike kept designing shoes with Flyknit, it’s just never really felt ‘right’ to me.
However, with the launch of the LunarEpic Low, Nike have really nailed their use of Flyknit technology. Combined with Flywire technology, the shoe ever so slightly hugs your foot and is so comfortable that you could almost forget you’re wearing shoes.
The shoe is extremely breathable and thanks to the elasticated Flyknit it stretches when needed.
Where as I found the LunarEpic rubbed and caused blisters, the LunarEpic Low doesn’t have any of those problems.
The shoe has no welds, instead, Nike have built the lacing system into the Flywire design.
Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit Sole
While the upper of this shoe is awesome, the sole sadly is not.
The sole design is a little funky; Nike have used a system of 5 foam Lunarlon eggs on the out sole – 4 in the forefoot and 1 in the heel that offer an incredible level of flexibility.
While this might sound great, it comes at a price – the shoe isn’t particularly stable. Personally I feel that 4 foam Lunarlon eggs in the forefoot are too much. They all move independently of each other and this creates and instability that I just couldn’t get away with.
While this isn’t normally a problem, when racing it’s an issue that I could do without.
My other big problem with the sole (and this is an extremely personal issue), is that they are a magnet for stones and dirt.
While stones seem to constantly be getting stuck in the gaps in the sole, it’s impossible to keep the Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit clean!
Who Should Buy The Nike LunarEpic Low?
If you want a lightweight running shoe that’s suited to shorter runs on roads, paths and treadmills then this is a great shoe. If however you need a shoe with more stability or a more cushioned ride then you’ll probably want to give this shoe a miss.
The Bottom Line
Nike have really nailed the Flyknit design in this shoe. It’s honestly one of, if not the best upper on any running shoe I’ve ever tested.
It’s just a shame that it’s let down by a lack of stability in the outer sole.
Once Nike lose the 4 Lunarlon eggs in the forefoot it will honestly be one of the best running shoes ever!