New Additions to the Nike Lunar Family: Lunar Glide+ 2 and Lunar Swift+

Last year, I was fortunate to have been one of the chosen few to participate in the test run of the then to be launched running shoe from Nike , the Lunar Glide+. All participants of the said activity took home a brand new Nike Lunar Glide+ and that is when my happy running experience with the Lunar Glide+ begun (see my previous post about our test run experience HERE).

My Lunar Glide+ became my favorite running shoe and it was the same for most of my friends who were part of the test run too. My pair was my shoe of choice through all my fun runs and two half marathons last year until I got pregnant and took time off from running.

Now that I am getting back to my old running routine, I was thinking of getting another pair of Glides when Nike sent me some information about the newly launched Nike Lunar products – the Nike Lunar Glide+ 2 and the Nike Lunar Swift+.  Talk about good timing! 😉

I was informed that as with the Lunar Glide+, both shoes also has the Dynamic Support that adapts to every runner at every phase of the run. Both also use the Lunarlon cushioning system that delivers ultra-soft, lightweight cushioning and springy response, all in a lightweight package.

And while the Lunar Glide+ is said to be best for runners with neutral foot-type, the  Lunar Swift+ is ideal for runners that are underpronated to moderately overpronated gait. The LunarGlide+ 2, on the other hand, is for the daily distance trainer, ideal for a wide range of runners, from underpronators through moderate overpronators.

Best of all, both the Swift+ and Glide+ 2 comes in the same eye-candy colors that the Lunar Glide+ have been known for. I simply love it.

I really would want to try both. I am really just scared if I find out that both shoe models prove to be a good fit for my feet! In that case, I would find it hard to choose and would just hope that I’ll have a budget to score both. Hmmmmm… (Hey hubby, you could buy one for me and I’ll buy the other for myself, right? How’s that for an anniversary gift? ;))

For those of you who are as interested in these new Nike Lunar running shoes as I am, please refer to the images for the technical specifications (click on the images to view a larger version).

Nike Lunar Glide+ 2 for Men

Nike Lunar Glide+ 2 for Women

Nike Lunar Swift+ for Men

Nike Lunar Swift+ for Women

The Nike Lunar Glide+ 2 and Nike Lunar Swift+ are now available in the market. 😉

Nike Gives Away Free QCIM 10K Race Registration

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Last Friday at the Nike Running Clinic, 10K QCIM Race Registration were given away for FREE to all Nike Running Clinic students/attendees. Aside from the free race registration, they also gave away Nike Human Race shoe bags and a stub that can be used to claim the special Nike Human Race T-shirt. Nike says this is a reward for all those who showed commendable dedication and discipline in attending the clinic.

The morning after, a special Nike Running Clinic was also held at the Nike Park, Bonifacio High Street. This special session gave attendees the chance to try out for a test run the Nike Plus Sportsband with the Nike Lunar Glide or Nike Lunar Trainer. Again after this session, lucky attendees got the chance to avail of the free 10K QCIM Race registration along with the Nike Human Race shoe bag and t-shirt.

the nike running clinic booth at Nike Park BHS

the nike running clinic booth at Nike Park BHS

some of the attendees after the session

some of the attendees after the session

Aljo after his test run of the Nike Lunar Glide

Aljo after his test run of the Nike Lunar Glide

A total of 1,000 race kits are being given away for free by Nike, 300 of which are alloted for the schools participating in the Nike Human Race School Visit and 700 for Nike Training Clinic participants. For those who were not able to make it to both the Friday and Saturday clinics, the free registration can still be claimed on Tuesday by attending the Nike Running Clinic session at Nike Park Bonifacio High Street at 7pm which will be on an until supplies last basis.

In a related information, Nike will also be giving away Nike Human Race shirts for all QCIM 42k finishers and the top 1,000 21k finishers.

See you at the clinic sessions! 😉

Now It’s Out! – The Nike Lunar Glide+ Market Debut

the glides that were given to us during the test run is in this color-combination

the glides that were given to us during the test run is in this color-combination

As if following the “Ladies First” custom, Nike yesterday released the Women’s version of the Nike Lunar Glide+ at all Nike concept stores in the Philippines. Retailing at PHP 5,495.00 dear friend Marga and I was pleasantly surprised to see a different colored-Women’s version (it’s in blue!) displayed at Nike stores around the Glorietta and Greenbelt area while we were out earlier.

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So there ladies, you’ll get first crack on purchasing and trying-out the new Nike Lunar Glide+ which boasts of “rocket science”.

You can check my previous post for more details about the Nike Lunar Glide+ or visit Jaymie’s (TBR) blog to check out her review of the shoes plus its technical details.

My Nike Lunar Glide+ Test Run Experience

our favorite group pic - the nike lunar glides take center stage this time! ;)

our favorite group pic - the nike lunar glides take center stage this time! 😉

Last Saturday, I was fortunate to be one of the invited runners to test the new Nike Lunar Glide+ running shoes. The original test run schedule was actually supposed to happen several Saturdays ago but heavy rains during weekends prevented us to do so. Not one of us expectedly would want to run on the rain and have our new shoes get wet!

Group Pic during our first test run attempt

Group pic during our first test run attempt

test run take two - finally no rains this time! ;)

test run take two - finally no rains this time! 😉

On both instances, I was glad to be in the company of a number of runners who mostly are also friends. We were all giddy with excitement while listening to the test run briefing being given by speakers Mr. Tony Atayde, Nike Sports Sales Manager and Mr. Jerwin Ngo, Nike Product Specialist talk about the features and benefits of the new lunar shoes.

Tony Atayde, Nike Sports Sales Manager briefing us on the Glide+ on the right is Jerwin Ngo, Nike Product Specialist

Tony Atayde, Nike Sports Sales Manager briefing us on the Glide+

Jerwin Ngo, Nike Product Specialist explaining to us the features and benefits of the Nike Lunar Glide+

Jerwin Ngo, Nike Product Specialist explaining to us the features and benefits of the Nike Lunar Glide+

After the briefing, we ran four loops, led by Coach Rio, around Bonifacio High Street to complete 4.8k. The test run was done on an easy pace with most of the participants exchanging stories that borders from funny to utmost hilarious. Oh and of course, the pace also allowed us to have easy photo-op sessions with Ben at one point, the photographer that he is, in an almost-kissing-the-ground-position just to be able to take a good shot of the runners.

Coach Rio explaining to us how the test is to be conducted

Coach Rio explaining to us how the test is to be conducted

and the test run finally pushed through!

and the test run finally pushed through!

The Nike Lunar Glide+ is supposed to be a wholly improved version of last year’s Nike Lunar. It doesn’t have what used to be known as the Nike Lunar foam but what it has now is the Dynamic Support – an innovative midsole design architecture which in simple words mean that it is supposed to provide superior cushioning and stability by adapting to a runner’s foot type or gait. Having said this, the Nike Lunar Glide+ is touted to be the running shoe for all runners, breaking the myth that runners must compromise their needs by selecting between two industry-standard categories of Stability or Cushioning by providing both in one shoe. Want to know more about the shoe’s technical details? Jaymie (TBR) has posted the technical sheets on both the men’s and women’s version on her blog.

I was able to run with my pair during the test run only (I would not want to use it during the following day’s Men’s Health trail run) but I have also worn it for walking in several instances already.  So with just one run experience with it, what you will have to see posted here are my initial observations/experience:

the strap at the midfoot is a women's version only feature ;)

the strap on the midfoot is a women's version only feature 😉

  1. I love the color combination! Definitely a whole lot better than the Nike Lunars of last year in the “looks department”. The women’s version is great and so are the men’s! We girls during the test run were wishing we could have a women’s version in the men’s color combination too! 😆
  2. The strap over the midfoot of the women’s shoes is a great innovation. This allows personalization of fit.  For someone like I who possess narrow feet, an option to be able to adjust the width of my shoes comfortably to my liking is really a treat.
  3. It is light. My Nike Air Pegasus has been the lightest running shoe I have had so far but the Glide+ is much lighter.
  4. It fits my feet snugly. It is soft and comfortable, especially the inner sole. As soon as I slipped into it, I already felt the soft, cushiony feel of the inner sole – it’s as if my feet are stepping on a pillow. 
  5.  I am generally a runner with neutral pronation but there are some pairs of shoes which cause me to supinate – as relayed to me during my gait analysis at both the Second Wind and Runnr stores. With the Glide+, I can feel the support or cushioning even at the sides of my feet while running. I guess this is the Dynamic Support doing its job huh. (Hey Coach Rio, this is the on I am referring to you about something I can feel at the sides of my feet while we are running. It actually feels new but comfortable. hehe!)
happy with our new Nike Lunar Glide+

happy with our new Nike Lunar Glide+

My over-all initial assessment is that the Nike Lunar Glide+ is good for me, perfect even. I can’t think of anything to say negative about it as of now. But I will have to run with it a few more times and see how my shins will feel after running in a distance greater than 4.8k. Until I am able to do that, it is safe to say that the Nike Lunar Glide+ will be my running shoe of choice for the moment. 😉

don't they look great? :)

don't they look great? 🙂

The Nike Lunar Glide+ will be available globally on July 2009 (except for the US where the shoes will have its debut on August 2009). In the Philippines, it will retail at a price of PHP 5,999.00.

* Many thanks to Nike Philippines led by Mr. Tony Atayde for inviting us to test run the Nike Lunar Glide+ and of course for the good breakfast treat at Pancake House after. 🙂

* See more pics from the first test run attempt here and the second and final one here.