The Nike LunarGlide+ 4 offers a near-perfect combination of corrective stability together with a flexible, responsive sole, a dynamic fit and surprisingly comfortable cushioning. Its biggest weakness is the sole, which users claim wears surprisingly fast.
Low-profile Flywire is a hit. Editors with Runner's World U.K., Runner's World and Canadian Running all praise the LunarGlide+ 4's Flywire upper, which routes cables from the shoelaces directly to the midsole. With each step, the cables flex and expand to keep the foot snug and in place. The editors of Canadian Running describe the fit as "more foot-hugging with minimal gaps," and editors at Runner's World say it does a great job of holding your foot in place.
Nike's Flywire is a big hit with user reviewers, too. "The fit is snug, not tight," writes a happy reviewer at FootLocker.com. "The wrapping mesh design now holds my feet firmly, but allows toe movement," writes another, who wasn't a fan of the LunarGlide+ 3 but likes the fit of the LunarGlide+ 4. The LunarGlide+ 4 also excels in flexibility without sacrificing cushioning and stability -- a big part of the reason it was named Best Update in the September 2012 issue of Runner's World.
Most reviewers say the LunarGlide+ 4 runs true to size, but we did find a few stray comments at FootLocker.com that it sometimes runs a little on the small and narrow side.
All about balance. Reviewers from both Canadian Running and Runner's World praise the Nike LunarGlide+ 4 for its cushioning and responsiveness. Canadian Running attributes this to the dual-density Lunarlon foam midsole, and a tester with Runner's World points out that the LunarGlide+ 4's cushioning is much improved over that of its predecessor.
"Good cushion and light at the same time," writes an owner posting to FootLocker.com, who also claims the LunarGlide+4 helps reduce shin splints and knee issues.
Surprisingly stable. Runner's World editors single out the LunarGlide+ 4 for Best Update in their September 2012 issue, largely due to its improved stability. "It's surprising how much stability it really offers, but it's true," says one of the editors in a video review. Wear-testers felt rock solid in the shoe, even though it is so lightweight. The LunarGlide+ 4 weighs 10 ounces for a typical men's shoe and 8.2 for a women's.
Runner's World U.K. describes the Nike LunarGlide 4+'s performance as a "mix of solid stability and a light bouncy ride." Testers with Canadian Running like the performance of the opposing foam wedges that provide medial stability, creating a "smooth, stable ride."
The only real voice of dissension we found was a tester with RunningWarehouse.com who overpronates. He says he felt the LunarGlide+ 4's support was "sufficient" for shorter runs, but not enough for a long run. Although Nike doesn't release heel-to-toe offset data, RunningWarehouse.com measures the LunarGlide+ 4's offset at 11 mm.
Here's the catch. The Nike LunarGlide+ 4 pays the price for its near-perfect blend of fit, weight and stability in the durability category. While experts and users do not have a lot to say about how long these shoes last -- they're too busy raving about all its other great attributes -- what little feedback we did find is cautionary.
"The outsoles tend to wear quickly," writes one RoadRunnerSports.com user who's worn Nike LunarGlides since their first iteration. He goes on to add that "the Lunar Glide 4 is far worse than the first three models. I have run 140 miles on a pair and the heel is worn to the midsole already." Another user from Nike.com used the LunarGlide+ 4 for about five months and also notes the sole wears out surprisingly fast.
1. Runner's World
The Nike LunarGlide+ 4 is declared "best update" in the September 2012 issue of Runner's World. This review from the Runner's World shoe lab includes ratings for cushioning, flexibility, stability and profile, along with a short video review of the shoe's primary features.
Review: Shoe Finder: Nike Lunarglide+ 4, Editors of Runner's World, As of October 2013
2. Runner's World U.K.
The editors of Runner's World U.K. select the Nike LunarGlide+ 4 as one of the best stability shoes, describing it as lightweight and "surprisingly flexible." They give it a rating of 4 stars (out of 5), but the review doesn't offer much more detail.
Review: Nike Lunarglide+ 4, Editors of Runner's World U.K., As of October 2013
3. Canadian Running
Based on the input of unidentified testers, the authors select the best shoes in several categories. The testers offer brief comments and details about the LunarGlide+ 4's best features, praising its Flywire feature and saying it offers a smooth, stable ride.
Review: Running Shoe Review - 2012 Fall Shoe Guide, Gus Alexandropolous and Mihira Lakshman, Aug. 31, 2012
While RunningWarehouse.com is a retailer and sells the LunarGlide+ 4, we did not detect any bias in their review. They highlight the changes between the LunarGlide+ 4 and its predecessor, and include opinions from several runners who try out the shoes.
Review: Nike LunarGlide+ 4 Product Review, Editors of RunningWarehouse.com, As of October 2013
More than 130 owners review the Nike LunarGlide+ 4 on FootLocker.com, giving it an impressive 4.6-star rating out of a possible 5. About 94 percent would recommend these shoes to a friend. Not everybody leaves comments to accompany their ratings, but there are at least a dozen helpful reviews here.
Review: Nike LunarGlide+ 4 - Men's, Contributors to FootLocker.com, As of October 2013
About 50 users have reviewed the LunarGlide+ 4 on RoadRunnerSports.com so far; this is one of the few places we could find commentary about its durability. It receives a 4.3-star average rating.
Review: Men's Nike LunarGlide+ 4, Contributors to RoadRunnerSports.com, As of October 2013