Monday, July 27, 2009

The Nike LunarGlide+ : A Team FatBird Review!

Reproduced from Team FatBird Blog.

The Nike LunarGlide+ was launched in Singapore on 1st July 2009. Team FatBird were one of the early birds (no pun intended) to bring them out for test drives and shoe trials, carried out over a period of 3 weeks from 6th July 2009 to 26th July 2009.

The Team gathered feedback and responses from our members as well as from runners who has had the good opportunity to try those shoes during the Nike Run SG and Nike-SHAPE Breakfast Runs.

This Team LunarGlide+ review will cover 15 different aspects, doused with a couple of feedback interviews conducted with trial users. Runners provided their feedback based on these components.


BACKGROUND SUMMARY
The Nike LunarGlide+ is the first running shoe to deliver both top-tier cushioning and as-needed support with the new Dynamic Support system.

The shoes make use of a cushioning system called the LUNARLITE SYSTEM which consists of a firmer and denser carrier foam and a softer foam core. The Nike LunarGlide+ mid-sole is comprised of a lightweight cushlon foam core that sits within a firmer foam carriage. The foam core is cut to fit into the carriage at an angle creating a deeper cushioned lateral side. The medial side of the Nike LunarGlide+ mid-sole features a rear-foot wedge that has been contoured into the firmer foam carriage which provides stability on an as-needed basis.

The Dynamic Support system delivers great cushioning for neutral runners, as well as the necessary support for runners that over-pronate. This makes the LunarGlide+ appropriate for a remarkably wide range of runners.

Nike designed Flywire technology into the upper to provide the necessary support with a dramatic reduction in weight versus a conventional, overlay-based upper construction.

For additional technical information and specifications. you may refer to the Product Technical & Data sheets from Nike.


DESIGN
This “second generation” and upgrade of the Lunar Trainer series definitely has a marked improvement in the design and looks departments. The colours are vibrant, cool enough to be worn out onto the streets for the weekend :) It is definitely an eye catcher and attractive to runners of different age groups.

The Men’s version with the black upper and bright orange soles really stand out as being ‘macho’...outstanding and striking. The overall appearance looks more like a pair of sneakers than running shoes.

The women’s version of the shoe has a nice, soft beige/white upper with orange soles, giving them the feminine feel, but yet retaining the sporty image. The colour also makes it easy to match with a range of running attire.

PERFORMANCE
The mid foot sole has a light bouncy feel on light jogging, but turns firmer when landing squarely on the mid foot portion. It is designed as the workhorse for long distance endurance runs as well as for recovery runs.

The LunarGlide+ is lighter compared with other trainers. As such, it could be considered for use in longer distance racing, as well as for training runs such as tempo and intervals.

DURABILITY
The new outsole with rubber in high abrasion areas provide a certain level of durability to the shoe. It is built to last and it seems that the shoe is pretty hardy, and certainly looks and feels durable. There is no sign of wear and tear after quite a few consecutive runs or even after clocking a distance of more than 50km.

COMFORT LEVEL
The toe-box area is wide and roomy and is ideal for the Asian’s wider feet. It is not required for one to upsize for this particular Nike model to get a more comfortable forefoot fit.
The well padded tongue and heel area provides additional comfort. The feet are very pampered by the new well padded and designed upper. Furthermore, the upper of the shoes is a one-piece material which is soft and tender to the feet, reducing the chances of abrasions and blisters.

TERRAIN SUITABILITY
The generous heel and mid-foot cushion provides very good protection, especially running on the hard concrete path and on tarmac. The new cushion material absorbs the impacts and shocks from the hard surfaces very well. Given the ample cushion and dynamic support system, the Lunar Glide+ should be suitable not only to road, but also to trail and sand.

OutSole Traction
The shoe gives a firm grip and offers good traction which should provide better holding on wet, slippery surfaces. However, it is by no means slip-proof.

CUSHIONING
As a trainer, it allow runners to land on heel strike as it provides enough cushioning without too much impact to their knees. The cushioned material definitely covers both heels & mid-foot with protection. It absorbs the impact from hard surfaces.

WEIGHT
The use of LunarLite in the midsole and Flywire in the upper allow for a dramatic reduction in weight compared to typical daily distance running shoes. The men’s Lunar Glide+ weighs just 300g (10.6 oz). while the women’s weighs a mere 245g( 8.6 oz). The shoe runs light even after 15km. It really gives the runner a chance to “glide”.

POINT OF LANDING
The LunarGlide+ work well for mid-foot runners, with ample heel cushioning for those transitioning to mid-foot landing. The new Dynamic Support system shatters the myth that runners must compromise by selecting between two industry-standard categories: stability or cushioning. It is able to fit the runner’s landing accordingly, and is even able to change with the runner’s form (more pronation) as the distance gets longer and the legs get tired .


FEEL OF THE GROUND
The sole is not as thick as other trainers, and feels just right. Perhaps due to the fact that it has both stability and cushioning support, they are suitable for both over pronator and under pronator runners. It will be good if future Glide+ version comes with even lower heel thickness which will minimise and reduce the tendency of landing on the heel area.

DISTANCE SUITABILITY
The Lunar Glide+ suit all distances, with it performing best for distances above 10km. However, some runners commented that the shoe may not be suitable for distances of more than 21km.

ARCH SUPPORT
The new Dynamic Support system allows the shoe to fit runners who are neutral to slight under or over pronators, thus reducing the need to compromise between two industry-standard categories: stability or cushioning. Neutral runners find that it fits their neutral feet very well, and even allow for the slight over-pronation in later parts of the runs when the distances get longer and they tend to over-pronate. Slightly under or over pronated runners feel that there is ample stability support from the shoe.

However, this shoe is not recommended for runners with flat foot.

HARDNESS/SOFTNESS
The shoe appears to be quite stiff, but runners who put on the shoe and ran felt that it was not as hard as what they had initially thought. Although the shoe is soft in general, it is sufficiently firm to provide a good level of responsiveness, which is required for good pick-up and feel.

VENTILATION
The soft seamless material on the upper make the shoes breathable, and dissipates heat quite well. It feels very airy and cool throughout even after running as far as 17km.


OVERALL RATING & CONCLUSION
It looks like Nike has a potential winner in the LunarGlide+, more so with its suitability for a wide range of runners from neutral to those who over pronate not too severely. The soft upper of the shoes has made them cool and airy to the feet, with a soft and plush wrap that make them such a comfortable ride.

The ladies had it good this time with special features (see below) built just for them, not to mention the very attractive design and colour of the shoes.

On the scale of 5, with 1 being very unsatisfied and 5 being very satisfied, the runners that participated in our shoe review gave an average of 4-Birds. In general, runners provided good feedback in terms of the shoe’s cushion/stability, design and comfort and its responsiveness
RATING: ****


FEEDBACK INTERVIEWS


Nike LunarGlide+ Trials, TFB Media News


SHOE TRIAL PHOTO SLIDESHOW

Friday, July 24, 2009

Reproduced from Team FatBird Blog..
Barely had Mohan signed up for his 78th Full Marathon (42.195km), he was approached by Team FatBird member, Terry, to do his bit for charity. After a brief explanation, he readily committed to this noble act of Running For Charity – The SCSM09 Run For A Cause (RFAC). This year's RFAC beneficiary organization is once again Community Chest Of Singapore.


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Run For A Cause (RFAC) Participant, Mohan

By the next morning, Mohan had already rallied very strong support from his friends and colleagues to give him the booster he needed to get his RFAC drive close to the $3k mark...wow...will he hit $42.195k to match the 42.195k distance? Well, it may just happen, given the strong reception to the Run For A Cause that Mohan has been receiving!

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The 78th Marathon for SCSM09 RFAC

Members of Team FatBird was at Raffles Place on July 16 for the launch and roadshow of the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2009 (SCSM09). We were there to lend support to ComChest, beneficiary of this year's Run For A Cause. Team FatBird will be opening up this ‘Marathon Training With A Heart’ Program (Project CharityPelican) to RFAC participants like Mohan, working together to target completion for distances of 10km, Half-Marathon and the Full Marathon.

In the following weeks, we will be featuring other Team FatBird supported RFAC participants to review their training progress as well as the support they have been getting for this year’s RFAC.

Sign up Run For A Cause NOW!


Project CharityPelican – Marathon Training With A Heart!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

SCSM '09 .. Run For A Cause!


Members of Team FatBird was at Raffles Place this morning for the launch and roadshow of the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2009 (SCSM09). We were invited to lend support to ComChest, beneficiary of this year's Run For A Cause.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

i-Run @ River Promenade Record SMASHED AGAIN!!

Team FatBird continued with its record-breaking streak by smashing the barely 1-week old record attendance with an UNPRECEDENTED turnout of 211 runners at the I-Run @ River Promenade this evening.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Nike -SHAPE Breakfast Run Finale!!


From Team FatBird @ Nike SHAPE Training Run 120709
"A fitting finale to the 6-week Nike-SHAPE Breakfast Run Series. Team FatBird would like to wish all participants a good SHAPE Race 2009 :)"

Friday, July 10, 2009

New perks for runners!

Seriously..Running is one of the most efficient and inexpensive ways to stay healthy and trim those excessive Fats! Runners still need more Perks ?????

July 10, 2009
New perks for runners
As for the Singapore Marathon, its organisers are considering new routes for the Dec 6 run so that runners can enjoy new sights.
These routes would side-step the ongoing construction in the Central Business District to take runners past new attractions like the Marina Barrage, as well as to cope with the crowds.
'Right from the time that runners register for the race to the time they complete it, we want their experience to be seamless and memorable,' said Mr Lim Cheng Teck, chief executive of Standard Chartered Bank Singapore, which is the title sponsor of the race.
One bad thing about the boom in participation is that the costs of organising these races are skyrocketing. And in the depressed economic climate, gatheringsupport from sponsors is a difficult task.
Mr Oon Jin Teik, chief executive of the Singapore Sports Council, the co-organiser of the Singapore Marathon, said: 'There is a lot more hesitancy and questioning on the value of (the event).'
Germany-based sportswear giant Adidas, which helped to sponsor both the Singapore Marathon and the Women 10K races last year, has pulled out, thanks to a 'shift in sports marketing focus'.
Still, the races are proving to be draws for big names.
New Balance has come on board for the Singapore Marathon with a three-year apparel-sponsorship deal, while Fila has replaced Adidas as the apparel sponsor for the Women 10K.
New Balance Singapore representative Patrick Wong said: 'It's natural for us to come on board the biggest running event in Singapore's running calendar.' -- MYPAPER

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Nike Run Club's LunarGlide+ Launch Shoe Trial 1st July


Let It Slide. Let It Glide. What A Ride!
The LunarGlide+

Here are the technical sheets about the shoes:

Men’s Nike LunarGlide+

Nike introduces the new LunarGlide+, the first running shoe to feature an innovative midsole design architecture called Dynamic Support — a patent-pending system that adapts to a runner’s gait with each step to provide superior cushioning and as-needed support.

Key Product Features

  • The Nike LunarGlide+ is the first running shoe to deliver both top-tier cushioning and as-needed support with the new Dynamic Support system.
  • The Dynamic Support system in the Nike LunarGlide+ mid-sole is comprised of a lightweight LunarLite foam core that sits within a firmer foam carriage. The LunarLite foam core is cut to fit into the carriage at an angle creating a deeper cushioned lateral side. The medial side of the Nike LunarGlide+ mid-sole features a rear-foot wedge that has been contoured into the firmer foam carriage which provides stability on an as-needed basis.
  • The Dynamic Support system delivers great cushioning for neutral runners, as well as the necessary support for runners that overpronate. This makes the LunarGlide+ appropriate for a remarkably wide range of runners.
  • Nike designed Flywire technology into the upper to provide the necessary support with a dramatic reduction in weight versus a conventional, overlay-based upper construction.
  • The men’s LunarGlide+ provides the cushioning, support and durability necessary for daily distance training in a lightweight, 10.6 oz package.

Upper

  • The breathable mesh upper provides comfort, protection and durability.
  • Soft yet strong microfiber synthetic overlays are ultrasonically welded in place for targeted support and luxurious, seam-free comfort.

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  • The men’s Nike LunarGlide+ features a gender-specific external heel counter for exceptional comfort, fit and support. It is formed as a curved, external piece to more effectively retain its shape than a conventional internal heel counter, which is traditionally built into the shoe as a flat sheet of material.
  • Nike Flywire technology boosts support and lockdown around the midfoot, while reducing weight.
  • A high-resilience foam sockliner with men’s-specific geometry provides exceptional step-in feel and added support.
  • Reflective elements add peace of mind in low-light conditions.

Midsole

  • The Dynamic Support system in the Nike LunarGlide+ mid-sole is comprised of a lightweight LunarLite foam core that sits within a firmer foam carriage. The LunarLite foam core is cut to fit into the carriage at an angle creating a deeper cushioned lateral side. The medial side of the Nike LunarGlide+ mid-sole features a rear-foot wedge that has been contoured into the firmer foam carriage which provides stability on an as-needed basis.
  • The Dynamic Support system delivers great cushioning for neutral runners, as well as the necessary support for runners that over-pronate. This makes the Nike LunarGlide+ appropriate for a remarkably wide range of runners.
  • The Nike LunarGlide+ features an Archbridge specially designed for men that cups the midsole along the arch side of the rear-foot for added support without withousacrificing a smooth transition.

Outsole

  • The rear-foot crash pad is made of BRS 1000 carbon rubber for maximum abrasion resistance.
  • The entire outsole features next generation Nike Natural Motion engineering – informed by the Nike Free line of shoes – to encourage a smooth, efficient stride.
  • Deep flex grooves specially designed for a men’s foot are aligned along the length and width of the outsole mirror the grooves in the midsole to promote a smooth, efficient stride.

WOMEN’S NIKE LUNARGLIDE+

The women’s Nike LunarGlide+ features a number of key design differences from the men’s shoe that address the specific needs of a female runner.

Key Product Features

  • The Nike LunarGlide+ is the first running shoe to deliver both top-tier cushioning and as-needed support with the new Dynamic Support system.
  • The Dynamic Support system in the Nike LunarGlide+ mid-sole is comprised of a lightweight LunarLite foam core that sits within a firmer foam carriage. The LunarLite foam core is cut to fit into the carriage at an angle creating a deeper cushioned lateral side. The medial side of the Nike LunarGlide+ mid-sole features a rear-foot wedge that has been contoured into the firmer foam carriage which provides stability on an as-needed basis.
  • Women, on average, pronate more than men. The Dynamic Support system delivers great cushioning for neutral runners, as well as the necessary support for runners that overpronate, making the Nike LunarGlide+ appropriate for a remarkably wide range of runners.
  • Nike designed Flywire technology into the upper to provide the necessary support with a dramatic reduction in weight versus a conventional, overlay-based upper construction.
  • The women’s Nike LunarGlide+ provides the cushioning, support and durability necessary for daily distance training in a lightweight, 8.6 oz package.

Upper

  • The breathable mesh upper provides comfort, protection and durability.
  • Soft yet strong microfiber synthetic overlays are ultrasonically welded in place for targeted support and luxurious, seam-free comfort.
  • Women tend to have broader forefeet which can lead to fit issues, abrasions to the skin, even bunions. Nike has applied its Dynamic Fit Technology, a stretchy material on the medial side adjacent to the fifth metatarsal, which expands and telescopes out to accommodate the varying width of the female forefoot.
  • Women tend to prefer a more supportive fit than men. The women’s Nike LunarGlide+ upper incorporates a medial-side Arch Strap teamed with Flywire technology to provide better lock-down in the mid-sole.
  • A two-part, gender-specific external heel counter is engineered to accommodate the higher variability in heel volume exhibited in women’s feet. By framing the heel instead of fully encompassing it, this unique heel counter balances a woman’s distinct needs for comfort, fit and support.
  • Molded “high-resilience” foam sockliner features women’s-specific Heel Cradle geometry for enhanced step-in feel, cushioning and support.
  • Reflective elements add peace of mind in low-light conditions.

Mid-sole

  • The Dynamic Support system in the Nike LunarGlide+ mid-sole is comprised of a lightweight LunarLite foam core that sits within a firmer foam carriage. The LunarLite foam core is cut to fit into the carriage at an angle creating a deeper cushioned lateral side. The medial side of the Nike LunarGlide+ mid-sole features a rear-foot wedge that has been contoured into the firmer foam carriage which provides stability on an as-needed basis.
  • Women, on average, pronate more than men. The Dynamic Support system delivers great cushioning for neutral runners, as well as the necessary support for runners that overpronate, making the Nike LunarGlide+ appropriate for a remarkably wide range of runners.
  • Women, on average, weigh 10 to 15 percent less than men, and therefore will have less mass compressing a shoe’s midsole. To account for this, the women’s Nike LunarGlide+ includes more soft foam under the heel than the men’s model, providing the softer cushioning women need.
  • The Nike LunarGlide+ features an Archbridge specially designed for women that cups the midsole along the arch side of the rear-foot for added support without withousacrificing a smooth transition.

Outsole

  • The rear-foot crash pad is made of BRS 1000 carbon rubber for maximum abrasion resistance.
  • The entire outsole features next generation Nike Natural Motion engineering– informed by the Nike Free line of shoes – to encourage a smooth, efficient stride.
  • Deep flex grooves specially designed for a woman’s foot are aligned along the length and width of the outsole mirror the grooves in the midsole to promote a smooth, efficient stride.

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