First look: Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Low

Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Low

The product: Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Low

In a nutshell: The shoe made famous by its ankle cuff, but without the ankle cuff.

The technology: There was much more to the LunarEpic then the Flyknit upper and extended ankle collar, but it is what it instantly became known for. Removed on the low version, you have an upper that seems like an amalgamation of the LunarTempo and the Flyknit Lunar 3, but the major development still remains the exposed, lazer cut EVA outer sole with the unique pod design.

What they say: Phrases like ‘run easy’, ‘fluid feel’, ‘pressure mapping’ and ‘run forever’ are used. 

What we say: The collar offered a very specific feel and fit to that shoe; it affected the Flywire lacing set up, the knit and tension of the upper, sock choice and everything else in-between. Thankfully, the low has been treated as a separate entity.

The upper appears to be a different knit (it certainly feels much tighter), the heel cup is as you’d expect on a low shoe (padded, stiffer etc) and the laces have returned to the more familiar Flywire configuration, rather than being bunched over the top of the shoe. These changes (or reversions) combined with the LunarEpic outer sole creates a very comfortable shoe. These have been on a few steady runs and as well as some intense speedwork on the treadmills and they feel responsive, yet deliver a smooth and cushioned ride. The pods feel the same as on the original LunarEpic, as does the height of the shoe, yet the low versions doesn't come with the two types of footbed, though this didn't leave us wanting to change them around. 

For Nike fans put off by the collar of the original, these should definitely be on the consider list for your next purchase. For a full break down of how they compare to other shoes on the market, the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Low will feature in the Shoe Guide in the October 2016 issue of Runner's World. To subscribe, click here.