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The best selling marathon racer from 2009 gets tweaked for 2010. The LunarRacer+ 2 maintains its unique, lively ride that maintains good spring over a long run. It is also incredibly light, especially when compared to the high level of cushioning it provides. What's different is a slightly higher arch, better oustole durability and the support bonding is now on the outside of the upper.

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How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to narrow width
  • Midfoot: Snug fit for medium to narrow feet
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow width
  • Toe-Box height: Shallow
  • Arch Structure: Medium height

Weight: 6.7 oz (size 9)

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: January 2010
  • Color update: April 2010
  • Model discontinued: November 2010
  • Model update: December 2010, LunarRacer+
  • Heritage: LunarRacer+


The LunaRacer+ 2 is a moderate feature, moderate neutral shoe designed for speedwork and racing. It is built with a curved shape.


  • Full-length Lunarlon is a single density foam throughout the shoe providing a lightweight responsive ride, along with a smooth heel to toe transfer.
  • Full-length Lunarlon is a single density foam throughout the shoe providing a lightweight responsive ride, along with a smooth heel to toe transfer.
  • Virtual medial post is located on the medial side and is a composite blend of the LunarLite material with Phylon to create an increased density to help reduce overpronation.
  • Molded sipes is located throughout the midsole and outsole and is engineered to enhance flexibility.
  • Thin mesh encompasses the upper and provides lightweight breathability.
  • Flywire is utilized at the medial and lateral midfoot and is composed of high tensile strength fibers sandwiched between a layer of TPU and foam. It is engineered to provide a strong, lightweight, and dynamic fit.
  • Heel Counter wraps the rearfoot and keeps the heel stable in the shoe.
  • Microfiber Synthetic overlays are internally located in the forefoot to further lock down the upper for a snug fit.
  • Tongue features a seamless construction for enhanced comfort.
  • EVA sockliner is shaped to mimic the curvature of the heel and medial arch for increased comfort and support.
  • Phylon Carrier of the LunarLite system is a midsole material that is durable enough to double as an outsole.
  • BRS 1000 carbon rubber is located in rearfoot and forefoot to increase durability.
  • Waffle outsole design in the forefoot provides multi-surface traction and a touch of cushioning.
  • Molded sipes is located throughout the midsole and outsole and is engineered to enhance flexibility.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: After reading reviews I decided to get a half size larger. These shoes fit perfectly and are very light. I'm getting a few extra pair before they are no longer available.
From: Wes, Florence, MS, USA

Comments: Really enjoy the shoes. Ran a fast 8km straight out of the box. Glad I used the shoe fit as I ordered a full size larger than my Vomero's and they fit perfect.
From: Paul, Sydney, NSW, AU

Comments: I have over 600 miles on my first pair, almost 400 on my 2nd and just ordered a fresh pair for my upcoming marathon. Guess I can say "I like them." I still use stability performance trainers for easy runs and use these for long runs and speed work. I did go a half size up from my normal running shoe.
From: Ben, Dresden, TN, USA

Comments: This shoe is not nearly as good as the '09 (original)version.  Heel was built up w/added arch support, which resulted in a totally different ride.  I have run my last 12 marathons in '09 version (2 pairs) and knocked out some of my best times in years.  Nike should not have changed a good thing.  I stocked up on earlier version (8 pairs).
From: Kip, CO, USA

Comments: I will add to my previous review that this is a great marathon shoe. Ran it at Boston this year and could not have been happier with both performance and cushioning.
From: Carl, Oakland, CA, USA

Comments: Ran my last 4 marathons in a pair of Adidas Adizero Adios shoes.  Great marathon shoe but always testing the market to see what's out there.  Just purchased the LunaRacer+2.  Bought it because it is a tad lighter than the Adios.  Many reviews say it runs a half size small but that's because the toe box is unusually shallow and pinches the big toe when you put it on.  I like a running shoe that fits snug but can still wiggle my toes in, so I went up a half size which was still tighter in the toe box than I would prefer, but couldn't go any larger without compromising the overall fit.  Aside from the toe box concern, the feel of the shoe is very comfortable and surprisingly cushiony.  Tried them out on a short 5 mile run.  The tight toe box didn't bother me during the run which is good.  The ride is so spongy though that I worry about responsiveness at marathon pace or up tempo runs.  Maybe just takes some getting used to the feel.  I plan to wear them in an October marathon which will ultimately determine if I like them as much as the Adidas Adizero Adios which is still the number 1 marathon shoe on my list.  Nike, please increase the height of the toe box with your next release.  
From: Bruce, Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

Comments:  Great shoe, much different than the 09' model though.  More than a few tweeks were put into the 10' model.  Better, more cushy fit (than the 09') with a thicker tongue and heel support which is more helpful for the longer run.  The 09' was more of a 10K or less shoe, the 10' is at least a 1/2 marathon shoe.  To say that this is a marathon shoe might be an overstatement.  Although it is a little heavier than the 09' it's hard to notice it's still so light.  The greatest benefit is the denser sole.  This model will definately last longer than the 09' model.  My biggest complaint about the 09' was the softness of the sole which wore out rather quickly.  I like this shoe better than the Adidas Adizero Adios and would recommend it.
From: Mike, San Ramon, CA, USA

Comments:  This is an amazing shoe.  Light and fast.  Great cushioning in the forefoot without any mushiness at all.  Feels awkward when I first put it on, but everything smooths out when the running starts.  For me, this not only replaces my flats (Hyperspeed) but could also sub for a lightweight trainer (e.g., Launch or Speedstar).
From: Carl, Oakland, CA, USA

Comments:  this shoe sucks it is way to built up and it is way to heavy. these should be used for moon walking
From: Frank, Eugene, OR, USA

Comments:  Very good shoe! i not only successfully used this shoe for racing on hard and poorly made tracks and marathons, but for daily training as well! the shoe is very light and comfortable enough to wear during training! i currently train with 40 miles per week with two interval sessions and genrelly a race in between.
From: Greg, Houston, TX, USA

Comments:  Being used to Katana Nike Flats, this seemed liked a natural progression. The size fit was the same and felt really great, but I unfortunately found that the molded arch was designed too high and it cut into both my arches during a run, causing blistering.  I had socks on also. I've never experienced this before with other shoes, so was surprising. Otherwise felt great on the foot, nice and light and good cushioning and support.
From: Jason, Atlanta, GA, USA

Comments: A great shoe that feels substantial underfoot, feather light and quite stable.  A soft ride that firms up a bit as you pick up the pace.  Only downside is that the end of the toebox is qiute shallow but the upper is soft and compliant so after 1-2 miles you don't notice it. A soft yet supportive (slightly) slipper.
From: Brent, Abbotsford, B.C. Canada

Comments: Awesome shoe! Spent three months waiting to get a pair, during which I built up quite the expectation for them. Glad to admit that it not only matched but surpassed all of those expectations: Broadened, seamless toe-box makes the shoe more accessible, while the flywire midfoot section maintains a sturdy grip of the arch. The area under the ankle and around the heel is a bit lower cut, but the slip-resistant material used in he back of the heel (and some minor lacing adjustments) should keep the foot from falling out. Keeping in the tradition of the LunarRacer+, the level of cushioning for it's weight is unrivaled. Must have shoe for any speedwork, tempo, or road race!
From: Tim, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada