For this edition of Andy’s Desk, I take a look at Nike Running’s Nike Lunar Tempo. The Lunar Tempo is a lightweight neutral training running shoe designed with a extremely cushioned ride in mind. This shoe was designed to help you train for races and for long distance runs, then when race day comes along, you should be running in the LunarRacer+ 3.
The Lunar Tempo is extremely lightweight shoe, almost unbelievably light to the touch of the hands when you pick it up. The shoe is so light because it features a seamless Flymesh upper, similar to that of Nike Flyknit. The shoe features Dynamic Flywire cables down both the lateral and medial side of the shoe to really give the runner that locked in feel and extra support when running. Nike made the the upper of the shoe very breathable with a mesh material and certain venerated zones and also included dual Flywire cables for each lace loop to really offer the runner the ultimate lock down when fully laced tight. The inner sleeve of the shoe really hugs your foot when fully laced and works well to move with the foot when running. The toe box area near the forefoot is a little bit tight, most likely because of the use of dual Flywire cables on the upper, so I have advised runners and casual walkers to go up 1/2 a size or even a full size for a proper, comfortable fit.
The sole of the Lunar Tempo is basically entirely foam, besides a few patches of rubber on the waffle-tred outsole for traction. The Lunar Foam really offers the runner a premium, well cushioned ride, ultimately meaning for longer runs. The foam itself is really soft on the bottom of the foot and from what Nike says is “30% lighter” than traditional Phylon foam used in most running and basketball sneakers. You can instantly feel the use of the Lunar foam when trying on the shoes and after taking a few steps walking in the shoe. With a 8mm midsole offset, Lunar Tempo keeps runner closer to the ground while still offering foot and ankle protection.
The sides of the soles offer flex grooves along the whole Lunar foam unit which not only look cool, but also allow the sole to compress during high impact areas during running such as heel striking for forefoot striking. The shoe also features of hits of 3M in the heel area (dots shown below) and on the Flywire cables to offer the runner a bit of visibility during those late night runs or early morning runs when there isn’t much light out.
Personally, I think the entire Lunar Racer/Lunar Tempo line is a fantastic blur of form and function. Both shoes serve their purpose for being a light weight running shoe with awesome cushioning for hardcore runners and they completely excel in that category. The design of each shoe is also sleek enough and understated for everyday wear and can be worn casually. Don’t sleep on either model. Nike Running has released some very eye-catching color ways of both shoes for that serious runner and for the consumer that likes to causally wear runners with their jogger pants. Get yours today at Nike.com before they’re gone!