REVIEW: The Nike LunarEclipse+ 2

(Shoe review by our running and fitness kaki – Taufiq)

At first glance, the LunarEclipse+ 2 looks pretty remarkable with the simple colour combination of neon orange and green with a base colour of black. The fact of the matter is that it is definitely an impressive shoe with some heavyweight specifications to its name. You will find the Lunareclipse+ 2 incredibly comfortable when you first put the shoe on for the first time. True story.

The shoe is generous with its inner cushioning that fits and wraps around nicely around your feet making it a joy to walk in. The sole cushioning is plentiful as well which starts from the toes all the way to the heel. LunarEclipse+ 2 has a good heel support on the achilles tendon and along with the heel cushioning, makes the shoe ideal if you want to hit a good mileage for your run.

Nike Llunar Eclipse+2 specs

The LunarEclipse+ 2 is definitely made for long-distance running. It is a little heavy for my liking but I understand the need to substitute lightweight for long-distance comfort and durability. Another issue about the shoe is that the midfoot portion is narrower and since I tend to purchase shoes half a size smaller, there was a slight ache on my foot when I wore the shoe for long periods of time. I recommend that you try the shoe out in person and make sure you have the right size which is comfortable for you as the portion for the toes is also slightly narrower.

You can get your Nike LunarEclipse+2 at all Nike boutiques and leading sports shops.

Till then, happy running y’all. 🙂

Check out also the The Nike Shield Pack for your Lunar rides. Click on the image!

P.S, Check out our last year’s review on the Nike Lunar Eclipse+: HERE

P.P.S, Ladies, have you registered for the Nike Goddess 5K Run?

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Something wicked this way comes – Nike LunarGlide+ 3

Step aside magical wands, broomsticks and the evil bad guy with NO nose to wear awesome shades, cause this (wicked news) just in – the Nike LunarGlide+3. Yes, the much anticipated 3rd “installment” of the Nike LunarGlide+ series is making its way in town. Yes, Harry Potter and friends can really kiss goodbye to health and fitness cause the only sports they play is sitting on broomsticks and throw balls or catch a ping-pong sized flying object. One wonders how they actually keep themselves fit. Anyways….. back to the main highlight – The Nike LunarGlide+ 3!

With a couple of changes to the new model, the LunarGlide+ 3 does have aesthetically better design (in my opinion) and colour too! Thank god the design for the men’s shoes are fierce looking. Love the red-green combination! What up! (I’m a man. I’m a visual creature. Can’t blame me for that! :P)

I shall not go any further into the performance and comfort of the shoe (while walking, running or simply gyming in them) just yet as i have yet to personally try them on. However, one cant wait to get my feet in these wicked looking thing! I mean, with the newly designed midfoot strap, bonded no-sew construction (around the toe-box), soft wrap-around heel collar padding,  floating heel-clip & the ultra-soft Lunarlon foam cushionand lastly its longitudinal flex groove (which allows the shoe to flex for natural motion) how not to look forward to the new shoe right?!

I understand that lately, the idea of “barefoot” running or fore foot running seems to be up and coming but i’ve got to be honest and fair here – out there, there are still people who have not made the 100% conversion and/or are into barefoot running idea yet. I must say im not fully converted into a fore foot running style just yet. If there’s any reason for you to want to change and make that conversion, remember – the change in running style doesnt change overnight nor after a mere 5km or 10km mileage. It has gotta be transitional.

In a mother’s layman terms: “Slowly slowly change”. If anyone is looking forward towards that change, well, there is the Nike Free+ 2. 😛

For more info, check out: http://fall2011running.nikemedia.com/#/?pg=lunarglide

We’ll be right back! But first….

Did 2 events back to back – one on a Saturday (Urban Attack @ Velocity) and the other on Sunday (X-Physique). Both were pretty physically demanding. Seriously, whats the hype about them you might ask? Well, review and photos coming up soon. Stay tuned! But till then, here’s 2 very interesting videos the new shoes from COLUMBIA & TEVA that’s….well, is rather unique. A shoe that “drains out” water when you get them wet. Ideal for water sports as well, some fun run in the rain i’d say. Check it out!

Hopefully, we’ll get to try them on and do up a review on them sometime soon too. Those shoes certainly look, interesting to test them out! Afterall, whats shown in their promo vid doesnt really tell if its a really good shoe isnt it? 😉

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COLUMBIA “DRAINMAKER”

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TEVA “GNARKOSI”

Lovely! Awesome stuffs!

Exclusive preview of Brooks Green Silence 2011!

Brooks eco-friendly running shoe – The Green Silence 2011 .

Last month or so, i got my hands on the newest range of shoes by Brooks – The Green Silence 2011. From my understanding, it has not been sold here in Singapore as of yet thus, getting my hands, or should i say my feet on this shoe is a really awesome feeling! 🙂 Supposedly to be the world’s first environmentally friendly shoe with 75% of the components are from recycled materials, this is one shoe which you can say, leaves minimizes carbon footprint (pun intended). 😛

The first thing that you will notice when you pick up the shoe is how light it is. To be honest, i’ve NOT tried on New Balance’s NB890 (but my partners have). The GreenSilence, is by far the most lightest running shoe that i have ever worn. The comfort isnt compromised though. Its not as if they placed plastic bottles as the inner soles of the shoe, haha. With a minimalist design and material used, Brooks have created a shoe that is not only light but also comfortable to my liking although i would have preferred it to have a little more fit around the heel portion.

COMFORT:

Somehow, the funny alignment of the shoelaces and its tongue (which isnt centralised like most shoes) doesnt  seem to come loose as compared to the normal times i wore for gym or everyday use. The position of the tongue of the shoe and its eyelets were in such a way that when you tighten the laces, the upper of the shoe seems to “wrap” itself around your feet. Giving it a tight yet comfy fit (because the upper portion of the shoe is made out of, how do i put it in layman’s terms…hmm… mesh-like material?). As you can see from the photo, the upper has many breathable “holes” making the shoe light AND also snugs your feet like a sock as you tighten the laces around your feet. Because it doesnt have a rigid structure, the shoe will “follow” the width of your feet. And allows your feet to be in its original shape as you run.

You might feel that it doesnt have those padded cushions on the upper blah blah blah, but surprisingly, it gives a nice wrap around your mid foot. Safe and secure feel as you run in them. The only downside i would feel is that the heel tab could have been better designed to give a better fit.

TRACTION:

It does provide a firm and solid traction while i used it to run 12km in the 2XU’s run on the 10th of April 2011. The sole of the shoes were designed in such a way to minimize wastage of material on unnecessary areas of the sole. From the picture above, you can see that a lil bit of more traction and paddings were placed at strategic locations on the soles. Smart move i must say. Although running with the GS2011 made me run striking heel first on the ground, sufficient cushioning was provided which was pretty surprising considering the fact that the soles were not fairly thick. Made for runners with neutral feet like me, it was  a comfortable run less the part where it started to rain a bit and water seems to effortlessly trickle into the front portion of the shoe making my feet wet faster. On a side note, as i ride a bike, i could feel the wind blowing onto my feet as i travel with them. Thats how airy they are! Hahaha. 🙂

SAVING GAIA:

Lastly, like i mentioned earlier, this shoe is all about run fast, run happy and save the earth while at it. Pretty impressed with the fact that a racing shoe could be created with recycled items and such. Kuddos to the people over at the Brooks lab.

(taken from http://www.brooksrunning.com/eco-friendly/gs_ecobuilt,default,pg.html)

Key Green Features:

  • BioMoGo, the world’s first-ever biodegradable midsole for running shoes
  • 75% of the shoe’s materials are post-consumer recycled
  • Biodegradable insole and collar foams
  • Laces, gillies, and reinforced webbing are 100% post-consumer recycled
  • Water-based adhesives are used throughout
  • All dyes and colorants are non-toxic
  • Packaging is 100% post-consumer recycled

Constructed with roughly half as many parts as comparable shoes, the Green Silence requires less petroleum and energy to make. Of course, the shoe manages all of this while delivering the premium performance expected from Brooks.

CONCLUSION:

All in all, the shoe has served me well in a couple of training runs and races. Like i said before, i like shoes which are light and not too bulky in shape. If you gotta run, you gotta run in style. And the Green Silence 2011 has done well to meet those criteria of mine. 😛 If you’re looking for a shoe to do your tempo run or interval training, its a good shoe. However, this shoe might have been used by Scott Jurek to run a 24 Hour Run and broke the American record while at it (for good reads check out: Scott Jurek’s Blog) , i would recommend users of this shoe to take it easy and run easy with it first. Don’t go for marathons yet but prolly it will be good for 21km races. 🙂

Reduce your carbon footprint. Move forward. Run Happy. 🙂

Exclusive preview of the New Balance 890s!

 

On the 30th of March 2011, New Balance made its exclusive preview of the lightest shoes of its class – RevLite NB890, and I am honored to be invited to experience the lightness of it first hand. As a runner, if running is our weapon, then shoes are our armors. In order to have an enjoyable run, it is important to have a pair of shoes that has a good feedback. As for myself, shoes are really personal. Depending on how your feet land as you run, NB890 does not caters to every individual runner (but hey, there’s not one model that suits perfectly in everyone’s feet).

 

The new RevLite is suitable for runners with neutral feet, and fellow heel-striker as it has plenty of support at the back of the shoes. People who land forefoot/mid-foot such as myself might find this pair of shoes of not so much of a shock-absorber. However, I have to admit that NB890 is one of the lightest pair of shoes I have ever tried on. Every single stride feels natural and the foot just kicks off by itself one after another. So in comparison, the new RevLite weighs 9.6 oz whereas Nike LunarLite weighs 11.4 oz.

Unfortunately, with limited trial session, I cannot tell you the mileage of the NB890; or write a more accurate review of the shoes. However I will definitely use them to teach my aerobic class!  And what I am looking for is a pair of trainer that will give me maximum support and cushioning due to the nature of the high-impact movements in the class. Until then, so long. Watch out for more updates 🙂

XOXO
Dev
P.S, I’ve already used it for my aerobics class and i prefer to use this shoe for all the high-impact movements (in aerobics) as compared to running. 🙂

The NIKE Lunar Eclipse+ shoe review

nike lunar eclipse shoe review

To be honest, when i first heard that Nike was launching another pair of LUNAR-esque shoe, i was like, OKAYYY… What Lunar is it gonna be this time round? This was wayy back in Oct-Nov 2010. So when word and info from my “spies” ;P got around telling me that its gonna be the LUNAR ECLIPSE, i IMMEDIATELY went to YouTube to search for the shoe’s specs. I must say that i was curious to know about a shoe that could “think on its own” as claimed in the videos. Pretty exciting much.

Fast forward to January 2011, i got myself a chance to try on the LUNAR ECLIPSE (sadly for 2 weeks only, boohoo). I was so enthusiastic about it that i wore it immediately in the Nike Boutique @ Wisma. Just wanted to get a feel of it. Anyways, first things first, here are some of the low downs on the specs or unique points of the shoes:

1) It got the “BEST DEBUT in December 2010’s issue in Runners’ World Mag. – Particularly its because of the HEEL CLIP at the back of the shoe that’s kinda grips the back of your heel thus giving it an excellent fit while walking/running. What is interesting about the heel is that it acts as a “auto-balancer/stabilizer” too.

Verdict: I must say i was pretty impressed that the HEEL CLIP did made the your feet feel fitted in the shoe nicely. Very different feeling than that of other running shoes where the “fitting feeling” comes primarily just from the sides of the shoe ONLY. With a relatively good amount of cushioning in the sole, and running in the Eclipse is a pleasant experience.

The Heel Clip also acts a stabilizer/balancer to those you are moderate over pronators (that is the foot strides inwards to meet the ground). It is connected underneath the sole of the shoe and acts as a lever. For example, if you were to press more on the inside, the outer side will counter and makes your heel balanced back into position. Thus minimizing the pronation.

Furthermore, the NIKE swoosh emblazoning the heel clip is reflective and looks really neat. Unlike the usual Nike shoes with the Nike logo in the middle of the shoe, this logo is at the hell area (as pictured above). Neat stuff and looks really stylish, to me at least.

😦 However, for me, the first time i took it out for a walk (from the Nike boutique), i could feel a “creaking” spongey springey feel at the back. Rather irritating at first but it slowly went away. Seriously, i have no idea why that feeling came about. :S Technical/mechanical fault maybe? I dont know.

2) The Bottemless carrier – With more runners looking into forefoot running, Nike has somehow (in a less scientific term) cut out a portion of the fore foot sole for its runners to have more “feel”.

Verdict: To me, i dont really feel it as much as i would with my Vibram. A rather ingenious idea i would say but personally, not much effect on the way i ran.

3) The Fly-wire technology Its nothing new to Nike Lunar’s range of design. Created to obtain a light-weight yet strong and flexible piece of material to hold the upper portion of the feet in place, it is often found on Nike’s sports shoes.

Example of The Fly-wire (on the Nike Mercurial Vapor)

Verdict: Personally, i feel its a superb fit, not too tight not too loose and gave awesome support for the top portion. And with the shoe being kinda light and not too bulky, running with the Eclipse does not seem to drag you down. I like non-bulky or heavy shoes as running long distance in them can be a chore and may affect performance. Thus i love this feature the most.

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All in all, the Nike Lunar Eclipse has indeed a nice fit to it (thanks to the HEEL CLIP technology on top of its fly-wire mesh). With a shoe that is light-weighted and snugs your feet like a glove, its ideal for running, jogging and everyday use. 🙂 Great support at the back of the heel, really. However, like i mentioned earlier, the downside of it is the squeaky feel when i first started using it. 😦

But with a wide range of designs and colour combination to choose from, Nike gives runners the option to choose not only a shoe that is suitable for them but also one that screams a runner’s personality. I particularly like the Dark Grey-Yellow combi as it can suit my everyday casual wear. Anyways, I cant really describe all the colour combi here can i? Check out the stores for more designs.

AND with its retail price of $239 for a pair of Eclipse, i must say that its fairly on the expensive side for a student like me. :S But if you’re looking for a shoe with a nice snug fit, you COULD try this shoe at the Nike stores first and get a feel of the “cupping” feeling at the back of your heel like i mentioned. Walk around with it to get a feel of it i’d say.

Remember, you shouldn’t rush into buying a sports/running shoe. Its gotta give you the right fit. Take your time, but dont take too long. If not by the time you have decided to get one, the race that you signed up for is already over. 😛

Final say: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 out of 5

Till the next sports stuffs review and what not, Guten Tag! And to all my CHINESE FRIENDS AND READERS –

Happy LUNAR New Year! ;P

Review brought to you by Why We Run Network.

The Vibram KSO TrekSport Review

Yes! Finally i got hold of one of these Vibram (pronounced as VEE-BRUM and not VAI-BRUM) FiveFingers shoes. I have seen many people wearing it for the SG TITANS training. I got myself the VIBRAM KSO TREKSPORT. Where KSO stands for “Keep Stuff Out” and TREK is “Trekking”? Hahaha.

Its very light, its comfy and most importantly, it has 5-toes slots for you to insert your toes (DUHH?!) in it. Ok, so the last point isn’t THAT important but the main or supposedly breakthrough technology thing about the Vibram is that it makes you feel like you’re running BAREFOOT. AND… barefoot running is seriously very different from running with those comfy and “shock-absorbent” sponge shoes.

I could really do a long post on the history and reasons of barefoot running but let me summarize it up in a few words if i may. You see, for thousands of years HUMANS have been walking, running and jumping and hopping on this earth – barefoot. When Adam and Eve were sent to Earth, im sure God didnt give them Nikes, Reeboks, Adidas etc to walk with. Moving on to an earlier era, the African hunters (who can walk for miles and miles and run buttnaked chasing cheetahs) yes, they too run barefoot. This isnt really “a few words” aint it? 😛

Im sure by now you get where im running at, pun intended. ;P

For performance wise, i had the privilege to run with the KSO TrekSport during the Salomon X-Trail 2010 (which i will tell you more, like really more about THAT run soon). Personally, i didnt quite use the shoe for the whole 12km of the race as i was afraid as it isnt seasoned yet and that i might not be accustomed to running forefoot and the run would be torturous instead of fun blah blah blah. Thus, i lugged it around in my small bag all the way for like 10km. It wasnt heavy at all thus, it didnt feel like a chore. Also thanks to NS Route marches/fast march, whats a few hundred grams compared to 20 kilo worth of ARMY stuffs right?

With an added 2mm worth of rubber sole and midsoles as compared to the KSO(which is 2mm only) , the KSO TrekSport provides great cushioning and protection from the uneven and rocky grounds at MacRitchie. Since its a new shoe still, the toe-slots were still pretty stiff and cant really “grip” over the rocks like how your toes would naturally. But the grooves on the toes were a great substitute for it anyways. 🙂 They were like jagged inwards if you could look closely. Good for gripping onto rocks for rock climbing i must say.

With the KSO TrekSport, running along the last 2km+ route was pretty AMAZING. About 1km of trail and another 1km of road/pavement run was a breeze. With my feet feeling so light & free and the feeling of a little barefootness in the run, i was bouncing and leaping bounds along the route. Along muddy paths and soil, it felt even nicer to run on as its soft and wet. And since its not so thick in terms of material wise, your feet wont quite feel soaked and flooded as you continue progressing in the run.

As i reached the pavement portion of the run, i could feel the difference in my strides as i was running forefoot, compared to running in the trail with uneven grounds and such. I didnt really had time to think of how my feet running movement was. Anyways, along the hot flat pavement surface, i could feel the heat somewhere in the middle of my feet area as the middle portion of the sole of the shoe had lesser rubber outsoles. But nonetheless, it was a smooth run along a flat surface.

At the end of the day, i feel that the Vibram KSO TrekSport is a pretty awesome shoe to run with. However, because it will cause you to run “naturally” forefoot rather than on your heels like when you wear your normal running shoes, some people (i reckon, particularly older runners) might find it awkward and stressful on their feet. This is because the feet and body might not be used to having an impact on the balls of the feet. And with less ankle support that conventional running shoes provide, it MIGHT take you some time to adapt to the barefoot running style.

When i first tried it on (NOT FOR THE RACE), it does feel a little weird. I DO NOT RECOMMEND this shoe to be used for marathons and half marathons as probably because it would take some time to get used to forefoot/barefoot running. And furthermore, with minimal padding for your feet, one MIGHT hurt himself/herself without proper conditioning of the feet to the shoe. But once you get used to it, i’m sure its HEY HO, LET’S GO!

The Vibram FiveFingers is supposedly good for the following reasons:

  1. Strengthens muscles in feet& lower legs
  2. Improves range of motion in ankles, feet & toes
  3. Improves balance & agility
  4. Improves proprioception (awareness of the position of one’s body)
  5. Reduces heel lift to align spine & improves posture
  6. Allows the foot & body to move naturally
  7. Be as close to nature (without compromising on safety)

But with such a short time running with the shoe, i cant really say it has improved my posture, balance or agility. Or strengthen my feet muscles and legs yet. But what i can tell you is that running with the Vibram KSO TrekSport is truly a very awesome experience. I prefer running forefoot as somehow, it propels you faster as you run. But that’s just me i guess. AND I cant wait to try out this shoe for water sports as well as rock climbing. YEAH!

 

Additional Info on the VIBRAM KSO TREKSPORT:

  • VIBRAM KSO TREKSPORT is recommended for Light trekking, Climbing/bouldering, Running, Fitness (static/minimal movement exercises) & Travelling too.
  • It does not uses laces but it uses straps to allow faster and adjustable security and fit to your feet.
  • The Aegis Microbe Shield provides protection against odour, staining and deterioration
  • Its washable, repairable (the top can be sewn back if it tears) and its to be air dry.
  • It comes in Black & Grey, Black & Brown and Black & Red colour combination for you to choose from
  • It costs S$209 (as of Nov 2010) at selected outlets. Particularly, at Velocity Shopping Mall @ Novena.
  • The VIBRAM KSO costs S$199, add S$10 more and u get double the sole thickness and also bragging rights to the latest VIBRAM KSO range of shoes. 😉

Till next time, Guten Tag!