Spring 2014 Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Photo: Scott Draper | Competitor

Nike Flyknit Lunar2, $160

8.3 oz. (men’s); 6.9 oz. (women’s)

28mm (heel), 18mm (forefoot)

Fit: True to a Nike fit, the Flyknit Lunar2 fit most feet snug from heel to toe, including in the toe box and medial arch area.

Feel: The entirely knitted upper construction seamlessly integrates areas of high breathability, flexibility and support in different parts of the shoe. It’s lightweight and flexible, but it also feels sturdy, thanks to the locked-down, reinforced feel of the medial arch. “The mix of just-enough support, good flex and lightness gave these a lovely nimble, lithesome feel,” one of our wear-testers said.

Ride: The ride is soft, responsive and uninhibited, but it’s also stable and firm. That’s an uncommon mix, one made possible by the unique dual-density foam blend in the midsole. Our testers appreciated the buttery cushion for longer runs but liked the energetic pop and agility for faster types of running. “The engineering of the upper is certainly impressive, but it definitely contributes to the fit, feel and ride of the shoe,” one tester suggested.

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