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June 12, 2014

Most Stable Nike LunarGlide Ever Delivers Lightweight Cushioning for the Long Run

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The shoe whose namesake cushioning was inspired by astronauts bounding weightlessly on the moon is more stable than ever. With lightweight Nike Lunarlon cushioning, enhanced stability, support and style, the shoe delivers a plush, responsive ride that runners love. 

Since the launch of Lunarlon cushioning six years ago, this hugely popular cushioning technology has been adopted across eight different styles and categories. Today, the Nike LunarGlide 6 debuts with a lighter version of Lunarlon foam, a redesigned outsole pattern, enhanced Dynamic Support stability and an all-new engineered upper.

“The LunarGlide is the epitome of performance meets style,” said Rob Williams, Senior Footwear Designer. “We took a holistic approach to enhancing stability in the LunarGlide 6, and Lunarlon offers lightweight, soft and responsive cushioning. It’s the best of both worlds for runners – lightweight cushioning and amazing support.”

Runners' insights helped inform the new shoe, which includes an outsole pattern created to mimic the way a runner’s foot moves dynamically from landing to takeoff.

The LunarGlide 6 is my favorite version of the shoe so far.  I like how Nike fine-tuned it to be the perfect blend of stability and durability so I can wear them for both my long runs and my daily training runs," said Shalane Flanagan, 10,000m Bronze medalist and marathoner.  "I like the sleeker look and feel combined with soft, cloud-like feeling of the cushioning." 

To enhance stability, designers first increased the angle of Dynamic Support technology, the two-part midsole system introduced in the original LunarGlide in 2009 to provide runners both cushioning and stability. Whereas traditional stability shoes have a medial post, the LunarGlide’s Dynamic Support uses opposing wedges of foam with different densities to offer a smooth, stable transition.

More stability was added in the upper, engineered with soft foam and breathable, lightweight mesh that conforms to the foot. As the team strived to remove as much material as possible to deliver lightweight comfort and enhance natural motion, a beautiful and breathable graphic pattern emerged.  Nike Flywire integrates with the upper to hug the foot for an adaptive fit, and a supportive heel clip provides snug, comfortable lockdown. 

Glide on Lunarlon, Now Even Lighter

The Nike LunarGlide 6 features a lighter Lunarlon foam for super soft, lightweight and responsive cushioning. Lunarlon debuted in the Nike Lunaracer for world-class marathon runners and the Nike Hyperdunk for elite athletes competing in Beijing in 2008. The original LunarGlide followed shortly after, giving every runner access to Lunarlon technology. Ever since, everyday and elite runners alike glide through the miles cushioned by the lightweight, soft and responsive foam. 

Designing for performance defined the style of the LunarGlide 6. Inspired by modern architecture and clean, minimalistic design, Williams’s team explored color blocking and patterns.

“The color blocking and design details of the LunarGlide 6 represent the modern look of running,” said Williams. “The design is bold and clean, delivering distraction-free performance with a striking aesthetic.” 

NIKEID OPTIONS

Style can be deeply personal, perhaps as personal as the country for which fans choose to cheer. As the world turns towards epic football matches, starting today runners can customize their footwear in team colors to match their national pride.

#RUNTHEGAME WITH NIKE+

Nike+ Running is challenging runners to compete in the “Run the Game” campaign. To participate, runners simply log their miles using Nike+ and put them towards the country of their choice.By syncing with Nike+ runners can log their kilometers ran towards the country of their choice to participate in the challenge. Runners can use the hashtag #RUNTHEGAME to share their runs in support of their favorite country. The challenge runs through July 12, when the country with the most kilometers logged will be able to claim bragging rights and victory.

The LunarGlide 6 is available starting today to customize exclusively through NIKEiD, and will be in stores and on nike.com beginning July 10.