Did I Not Blog the LunarEclipse?

Looks like I completely missed blogging about my Nike LunarEclipse+ 2 running shoes.

I got them in March after reading rave reviews online. Sadly, these just ain’t for me. They do feel hella good, but there isn’t enough support for my fallen arches. I tried changing up my running style, using the balls of my feet and reducing my heel strikes, but I’m not quite there. I can feel how the LunarEclipse is more suited to this gait, but it doesn’t come natural to me. When I’m not concentrating, I can feel my heel striking the pavement. Overtime, this shock is starting to affect my knees and shins. The discomfort comes and goes, but I think prolonged running in these will eventually lead to persistent pain. I may split my runs with different shoes to see if that helps.

I do like walking in them as with the original LunarEclipse. I gotta say that there are improvements in the LunarEclipse 2. There’s less wiggle room with a smaller toebox. The FlyWire didn’t do enough to shape the LE1 to my foot. The customized fit system and its “fingers” in the LE2 do a much better job. BUT, it’s odd to feel the fingers. I noticed that recent Nike Free Run shoes feature the customized fit system but covers up the fingers so they don’t directly touch your feet. The floaty-ness of the heel cup is no longer noticeable in the LE2. I kinda like and don’t like the floating cup in the LE1.

Style wise, the LunarEclipse 2 is eye-popping and beats the look of the LunarEclipse 1 any day. And for that, I’ll keep these LunarEclipses around.

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5 Responses to Did I Not Blog the LunarEclipse?

  1. Yoda808 July 7, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    Damn, you have LunarEclipse’s? Wanted to get those last year, but they weren’t available in NikeID yet so I opted for the LunarGlide+ 2. It was a pretty nice upgrade from my Nike Free’s (3.0/4.0? Not sure). What I really like about them, compared to my old Free’s, was that they have great ankle support (actually more support overall).

    Sadly, I do miss running with my Free’s. Had to retire them though cause they were super beat up.

    • Gee Why July 7, 2012 at 7:27 am #

      Yeah, I have the LunarEclipse 1 & 2, but they aren’t the best running shoes for me. I want to try the Frees but have a feeling the support won’t be enough for my heavy running, maybe as an all around walking shoe.

      • Yoda808 July 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

        Yeah, when I first got my Frees I didn’t know that they were trying to mimic barefoot running with that shoe, but it worked for me. And that’s why I kind of want to go back to them…there’s something that still doesn’t feel the same with the LunarGlide 2’s that I have now.

        What shoe were you using before the Eclipse’s? Somebody recommended Mizuno’s to me . . . but then I’d have to get a different Nike+ system to monitor my runs. 😛

      • Gee Why July 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

        I still rely on the Nike Zoom Structure series (I think I have a post about them coming out tomorrow). I need stability and cushioning. Nike may not be the best running shoes but I’m a Nike diehard.


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