LunarGlide 6 with upgraded Lunarlon Foam
Singapore, July 2014 – Meticulously balancing performance innovation and progressive design, Nike reveals the LunarGlide 6, a running shoe with upgraded Lunarlon foam, a hugely popular cushioning technology launched six years ago that 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 new shoe, whose namesake cushioning was inspired by astronauts bounding weightlessly on the moon, is more stable than ever. Offering the dynamic duality of soft, yet responsive support along with stable and plush cushioning in one pioneering style, the LunarGlide 6 also features enhanced stability, support and style, the shoe delivers a plush, responsive ride that lets the miles fly by.
“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 favourite 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.
Designed for performance defined the style of the LunarGlide 6. Inspired by modern architecture and clean, minimalistic design, William’s team explored colour blocking and patterns.
“The colour 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.”
The LunarGlide 6 will be released across all Nike stores in Singapore from 17 July at S$209.