Thomas: The LunarEpic (on sale now for $119) is one of my favorite running shoes from 2016. The LunarGlide 8’s Lunarlon midsole with its laser cuts is similar to the LunarEpic. The LunarGlide 8 (on sale now for $95.88) provides more stability and a firmer ride than the LunarEpic.
The upper fits well and holds the foot securely on the Lunarlon midsole. The combo of Nike’s engineered mesh and Flywire creates a breathable sock-like fit without overlays. The upper is comfortable with no hot spots. The heel counter holds the foot firmly with a foam-lined collar. I experienced no heel lift in the LunarGlide 8.
The LunarGlide 8 fits true to size, unlike the LunarEpic where I went down a 1/2 size from my normal running shoe size.
Traction from the molded pods on the outsole grip with excellent traction. The bottom of the shoe looks like a camel’s foot but has the grip of a lizard’s. The traction instills confidence when taking a sharp turn, even in wet conditions.
The LunarGlide 8 weighs 9.75 oz. for a size 10.5. That is sweet for this amount of cush.
Meaghan: The Nike LunarGlide is considered a stability shoe, good for long distances. The design of these shoes is typical Nike: simple and clean lines without any added overlays. It’s not bad to look at. The upper is a one-piece mesh material with visible Flywire cables that wrap the foot for an extra-secure, sock-like fit. And it breathes well. The midsole has some tiny laser cuts on the sides that collapse during footstrike. I didn’t notice those, but the cuts along the bottom outsole provide some really nice traction. Nike kept these shoes nice and light, my W7.5 came in at 7.6oz.
Thomas: The slightly firmer midsole of the LunarGlide 8 takes some of the charm out of the midsole that I enjoyed in the LunarEpic. Nike printed “RUN EASY” on the sock liner. I didn’t like the idea of having the shoe being an “easy” shoe. I am being a little silly, but I don’t like it.
Meaghan: These shoes are too narrow for my wide feet, especially through the mid-foot (yes, I tried loosening the laces). I also didn’t love the feel underfoot. I tend to heel-strike and it was noticeable in these shoes. I couldn’t get into a comfortable stride. For shoes that look extra soft, I couldn’t believe how firm they felt. My feet actually hurt after runs, but I don’t think Nike designs their shoes for us flat, wide-footed people.
LunarGlide 8 Conclusion
Thomas: The LunarGlide 8 has all the right boxes checked off. It fits well, it has ample cushioning, superb traction, lightweight, and Nike’s style. The price of the shoe seems really reasonable too. The LG8 is a good value at under $100 bucks.
Meaghan: The LunarGlide 8 is a beautiful shoe, but it’s not for me. Like a marathon, I had to forget the last time I ran in them before I could put them on again. I love Nike, but the fit and overall feel of the LunarGlide just didn’t work for my feet.
Price: $95.88 on sale at Running Warehouse