We review the Nike Lunar Eclipse + Running Shoes.
Taking the Lunar Glide – Nike’s bestselling shoe – as a starting point, the Eclipse is an interesting proposition. The shoe was developed by asking runners what they want, and is designed to fit a wide range of runners so you don’t need to be ‘diagnosed’. The Glide’s Lunarlon cushioning is used through the midsole, with extra under the ball of the foot, as Nike found this was a second impact peak after the heelstrike. The height of the forefoot is minimised, and feel for the ground is improved, using a ‘bottomless carrier system’.
To keep heel-to-toe transition smooth, support comes from features in the upper, most noticeably the floating heel clip (the shiny swoosh) and Flywire round the midfoot. We loved the feel of the Eclipse. It has a super-snug fit, really smooth ride and the lower forefoot was an improvement on the mushy LunarGlide. However, perhaps it was psychological, but after a few outings we didn’t feel confident that it was really as supportive as a classic overpronators’ shoe.
Interesting, super-comfy trainer for neutral runners or those who hate heavy support.