Looks can be deceiving!
Somehow Nike Lunartrainer looks a bit different from all the other running shoes we are used to. The top is plain white and the sole only appears in 1 colour, fluorescent greenish yellow, and it is a single piece that runs from toe to heel. Paint it dark green, wind back time by 25 years and it resembles shoes that we wear in school. Hahaha!
Normally we are used to having running shoes with the sole separated by a small arch but this is different. There's no arch. The sole is flat. Also, it is wider. At certain angles, it does look a bit funny but it feels good when you run in it.
So far I've done 2 slow & short recovery runs using this Lunartrainer, after the Powerman duathlon in Sri Manjung. If I can only use one word to describe Lunartrainer, then the word will be…comfortable. This Lunartrainer fits very well apart from being ultralight. Yes, looks can be deceiving! It doesn't have the fast & furious look but at least my feet didn't complain. I didn't feel the usual impact when our feet hit the tarmac, so that's a plus. Lunarlite foam has done its trick!
It is amazing to know that Lunarlite technology came from NASA. Lunarlite Foam Core is 30% lighter than typical EVA used in running shoes. Not only it was much lighter, Lunarlite provided an impact free feeling.
Upon lacing up, the ankle felt a secure grip without the usual thick padding at the sides which we're used to. Toes have a sense of freedom, didn't feel as if encased firmly. That explained the funny wide look. It was designed that way for a reason.
Looking at the sole, I noticed durable carbon rubber was located only at high-wear zones, to provide traction without increasing weight.
Overall, Lunartrainer is a very comfortable running shoe. Material used and the 'new' shape let the feet 'breathe' while running in comfort. Your feet won't feel 'beat up' as if just went through a boxing match. Something very important for long runs.