Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+ Running Shoe Review

Information! This is a researched gear review for the Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+ running shoe. Researched gear reviews are based solely upon information and critiques found online. We take the time to read, sort, and make sense of all the voices out there – providing you with a well-rounded review of the gear you’re interested in.

Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+ Review: Overview

The Flyknit Lunar 1+ features some progressive advances in running shoe technology. The most noteworthy aspect of the Lunar1+ is its practically seamless upper, knitted together in one cohesive piece. According to Nike, this Flyknit technology allows, “support and structure,” to be knitted right into the material. The Flyknit design diminishes possible points of irritation to the foot and reduces weight. In addition to Flyknit, the Nike Lunar 1+ running shoe also sports Flywire technology. Flywire uses carefully positioned nylon fibers to lend support to the foot while using a minimal amount of material to do so.

The design of the Flyknit Lunar 1+ creates a running shoe that is lightweight, breathable, and extremely form fitting (sort of like a sock). The shoe is designed for the neutral runner and has received many positive reviews. In fact, the Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ was awarded Editors Choice for the March 2013 edition of Runner’s World. If you are looking for more of a stability shoe you may want to check out our review of the Saucony Omni 12.

The Lunar 1+ comes in Men’s and Women’s models and has a list price of $160-yikes! Thankfully, at the time of this review the shoe is discounted at several major online retailers.

*Check out Eric’s hands-on review of the new, Flyknit Lunar 2

Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+ Review: Product Specifications

  • Features Flywire and Flyknit technology
  • Lunarlon Cushioning
  • Low-Profile knit tongue for ventialtion and comfort
  • Fitsole sockliner for comfort and underfoot protection
  • Pull-tab on the heel for easy on and off
  • Reflective elements for visibility in low light
  • Blown rubber forefoot lugs for cushioning and a more efficient stride.
  • Flex grooves for enhanced articulation and a smooth transition
  • Nike + Ready
  • Weight: 8 ounces (men’s size 10)

Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ Review: Performance

With the Lunar 1+ Nike has pulled off a nice combination of low weight, comfortable fit, and ample cushioning. The general buzz around the web is that this shoe performs well. “Unequivocally, the best shoe I’ve ever worn,” says one Runner’s World reviewer. A positive sentiment that Runner’s World says was, “…echoed by many other testers.”

In general, people tend to appreciate the Flyknit fit and feel of  the Lunar1+. The unique Flyknit design fits snug, but molds and loosens with use. In reference to this tight fit Solereview says, “…the toe box height [is] a bit low – in conventional running shoes, there is a some space between the top of the foot and the upper, but in the Flyknit One, you sense the knit fabric pressing down on the toe. Not in an uncomfortable, restricting way, but nevertheless you are bound to feel the difference. But this sensation diminishes with time, as the Flyknit upper begins to adapt to your foot shape.”

The Lunar 1+ maintains an 11mm drop and Nike’s Lunarlon cushioning provides a soft heel landing. According to RunningShoeGuru, this “…construction and the ride are quite traditional. The heel is very soft, pillow-like. The midfoot and forefoot though are very responsive. You can definitely feel the ground under the ball of your foot and the forefoot flexes well in both directions.”

The Flyknit Lunar1+ is designed for the neutral runner. And according to Running Times Magazine the shoe is suitable for quick tempo work or long runs.

Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+ Review: Potential Concerns

  • The Lunar 1+ has a thin tongue that has a tendency to slide to the side. People find this to be annoying, but it doesn’t seem to affect the comfort of the shoe in any significant way.
  • I noticed several runners mentioned developing blisters on the backs of their heels.
  • According to Running Shoes Guru, the Lunar 1+ leaves your feet somewhat vulnerable to the elements. They report, “If it’s cold you’ll feel it, if you hit a puddle, your run is ruined. The shoe gets wet and stays so for a while.”
  • Because of this shoes “finicky” fit, Running Times Magazine suggests you test a pair to make sure they work for you.
  • According to Solereview the only reflective area on the shoe is on the heal.
  • The listing price of $160 is steep. Definitely, look for discounted prices available at various online retailers at the time of this review.

Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ Review: Bottom Line

The bottom line is that these are excellent running shoes. If you are a neutral runner looking for a lightweight cushioned ride, then the Lunar1+ will likely serve you well. Also, be sure to check out our hands on review of the brand new Nike Flyknit Lunar 2.

Nike FlyKnit Lunar 1+ Review: Runner’s World Video Review

Nike Flyknit Lunar1+Shoe Review: Designer Interview

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  • Yessica Yessica

    Couldn’t agree more!! Alhough I tested wearing the shoes in store, I felt comfortable wearing it at first. Then it started to wear out after two months.

    It was my first time buying a pair of Nike shoes and I have only been wearing this (casual walk and 4 times going to 45 min gym sessions) . It’s started to rub my right ankle although I use their padded socks. The store assistant recommended me this type of shoes and I regretted buying it.. Totally not worth it. When I complained, they did not offer any refund or voucher to make it up.

    They should’ve tested the shoes better before putting this in the production line!! :(