Spring 2013 Running Shoe Review

Nike Lunar Eclipse+ 3, $135

11.0 oz. (men); 9.2 oz. (women)

12mm heel-toe offset

FIT: The Eclipse+ 3 is snug throughout: super-secure in the heel (thanks to an updated heel clip) and midfoot (thanks to a new midfoot strap and a Flywire saddle support system) and low-volume in the toe box.

FEEL: The Eclipse+ 3 offers the unique mix of being a highly cushioned, stable trainer and one that still feels surprisingly nimble. It’s one of the chunkier and heavier shoes available this spring (with a large heel crash pad and 12mm heel-toe drop) and the sensation is decidedly soft underfoot, but a firm heel counter and reinforcing medial foam wedge (Nike’s Dynamic Support system) offer loads of support and stability.

RIDE: The real surprise of this shoe is that it’s relatively light and responsive for having so much girth. The updated flex groves throughout the outsole have added to the shoe’s flexibility. It operates best as a high-mileage trainer, medium to long runs at slower to moderate paces, but it is agile and versatile enough for up-tempo bursts.

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