The stage is set. Not blasting into space though...
Nike shoes and apparels galore...
A year has passed since Nike held the Nike LunarTrainer+ shoe trials for the media team and runners. This year round for the Nike LunarGlide+ saw a larger turnout with both media team and runners turning up at full strength. Lynn, Pui San, Justin and Lionel took part for the first time, while making their return are Shih Ming, Jamie, Loke, Pueh Tian and Rashid too. Geraldine who is now in down under is greatly missed. 2 friends from the media team, Richard from TimeOut KL and Niki who both ran last year's Nike+ Human Race 10K with me was present too.
The trial started off with a short introduction by my pal at Nike, Wong Li-Zren explaining the core technology of the shoe and how different it is to its predecessor. Though my first impression of the shoe wasn't really a good one, the explanation that Wong gave was indeed pretty interesting. Designed as a stability cushioning shoe which is something I have never heard before, I felt an arch support within the shoe which was something I really am thankful to have. And though the medial rear of the shoe is slightly higher compared to the lateral, the latter was built with more cushioning to balance things out. And when I first wore it, I find it rather tough on the heel. A huge chunk of carbon rubber was used and I believe this contributed to it.
One very important thing about this is shoe is the overall fit is much better than its predecessor. Sensitive areas were now padded especially the collar and it holds the feet nicely like a glove thanks to the seamless design. And the great news is, this shoe comes in gender specific models with the mens model coming in Black/Orange while the womens in White/Grey/Orange. After all the good stuff Wong described and after some tough decision making on whether to join them for a short run due to my injury, I decided to give it a shot.
The sky open up and our run was slightly delayed till about 5.45pm. It reduced to a drizzle and off we went for a 2.7KM run around the Mutiara Damansara neighbourhood. I was going slow following Loke and those from the "Injury Club" being Lynn, Pui San and Shih Ming. The run was good and the shoe gave a "bouncy" feel and the toughness I mentioned earlier was gone. Even traction and stability was much improved and I need not worry now running on pavements. Too early to comment on other areas of the shoe but at the end of it, I was glad that my legs held up.
The shoe is pretty good for a short run like this. Though heavier than the Nike LunarTrainer+, it is very acceptable. Not sure how will it hold for further distance but will give it a go at the upcoming Shape & Men's Health Run in about 2 weeks time. A full review will soon follow then.
A word of thanks to Wong Li-Zren and those at Nike Sales Malaysia for their great hospitality and generosity in organising this trialing session. It was certainly a fruitful one and I'm sure all those who were present will gain that extra knowledge to be shared to the running world out there.