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Shoe Review: Nike LunarTempo

How do you review a shoe which started out with the same name as one half of 2 trailblazing shoes but looks completely different from that classic, had that name changed in the middle of its product cycle resulting in 2 confusing labels in the market, *draws breath* and yet bears a striking resemblance to yet another updated model? By going back to 2008.

Back then, the Beaverton company released what I’d call a game-changing midsole, the Lunarlite. I covered the product launch in this post. Done reading that?

OK, the pair of shoes launched back then were the Lunaracer+ (review) and LunarTrainer+. Of course, the “+” has been dropped some time ago since the company stopped integrating the NikePlus sensor into their core line of shoes. The gaining popularity of wearable tech such as GPS watches and smartphones saw to that demise. Coming back to the shoes, the Lunar midsole generated as much hype as adidas’ Boost did in recent years. Deservedly so, in my opinion, because both midsole technologies were 2 of the best I’ve worn to-date with the Lunar material holding an edge over the Boost in that it’s lighter. I ran the 2008 New York City Marathon in the Lunaracer, so it holds a special place in my heart.

Note: When I mention Lunar midsole, I’m actually generalising since Nike has several flavours of the midsole from Lunarlite in the case of the original Lunaracer+ and LunarTrainer+, to Lunarlon we see today.

The toe box looks shallow here but it fits well for me.

 

I’ve a love-hate relationship with the Lunaracer 2+ (a dreadful misfire – review here) and subsequently Lunaracer 3 (which I didn’t review). The issue I had with them was primarily the toe box, which was extremely constricting to my feet. More often than not, I’d end up with blackened toenails after my marathons. Then along came the LunarTempo (LT) earlier this year. A completely new shoe, there’s more than a passing sense of familiarity with it since it bears a lot of resemblance to the Lunaracer.

CY’s olive green LunarTempo below, in comparison to the Lunaracer 3 on top.

 

When it was first launched, the label on the LT read Lunar Trainer, which was misleading. If you’re a Nike devotee, you’d think that this is a reboot of the original Lunar Trainer. Several months later, new colorways of the LT started emerging on the shelves bearing the new LunarTempo moniker. The pair used for this review still bears the old name though.

Flyweight.

So how does the LunarTempo feel like? Pretty amazing. Gone are the restrictive upper, the LT has a wider forefoot and fits truer to size. Even though I could wear the US10, I opted for a 10.5 just so that it’s more accommodating. Toe box height is a little more than the Lunaracer’s but it’s really about the updated engineered mesh which is now softer and forgiving as opposed to the stiffer and unyielding variety found in the racers of yore. I obviously love the fact that the 10.5 weighs only 7.15oz, thus keeping to its lightweight lineage. To put the weight into perspective, 7.15oz for US10.5 is even lighter than the US10 Free 3.0 v5 (reviewed here). Yet for all its lightness, the LT still provides adequate support and cushioning for distances up to the marathon for me.

Along with the updated upper, the first eyelets have been moved further up, allowing for a more relaxed fit around the forefoot are. The padding on the tongue and heel collar are neither too thin nor too plush. There’s a certain balanced feel to the shoe. Everything feels just right.

The Flyknit strands, which have plenty of reflective accents, now peek from under the outer mesh in both the lateral and medial parts of the upper. There are also greater use of reflective materials, most notably in the heel counter. All in all, the upper now looks tidier compared to the Racer’s mess.

There’s no wayward stitching on the walls of the interior, no exposed seams and there’s a layer of thin mesh (the black portion in the photo above) which prevents the Flywire strands from rubbing on the feet. I also stuck my hands inside feeling around for any potential hotspot areas but couldn’t find any.

The midsole design retains a similar (but not exact, in particular the lateral heel section) look to the accordion folds of the Racer and thus offer the same lightweight smooth ride. The LT has a softer ride than the Adios Boost, Boston Boost 5, Hitogami, ST Racer, Breakthru and Zante but a touch firmer than the Kinvara 5.

Slighter greater coverage of rubber. They’re a little thicker too.

The outsole now sports more (and thicker) solid rubber plugs which should add greater durability. As mentioned, the ride is quick and smooth. Though there’s no overt flex grooves, the Lunarlon midsole is quite flexible – not as supremely bendy like a Nike Free or Skechers GObionic 2 but more than sufficient for a performance trainer.

The heel cushioning is more than adequate and while the toe-off is firm, it retains a tangible softness to it. Most fans of the LT will wear it for uptempo runs and as a marathon shoe but it will be quite at home at slower pace as well. For trackwork, however, I’d go with a firmer shoe.

I snagged the LunarTempo at a great price of RM230 (RRP RM379) at Sportland IOI Mall.  Gems such as the LunarTempo (and Lunar Launch) are not sold in Tier-1 Nike boutiques but rather Sportland and Stadium outlets, so when shopping for running gear, be sure to also look to the smaller retailers for great deals.

Giveaway Results – Entry To The Mizuno Wave Run 2015!

The response to the raffle was great! Out of the 202 entries, the one to join me in the Mizuno Wave Run in roughly a month’s time is…

I’ll be in touch with you on the prize redemption. As usual, thank you to everyone who participated. Please continue to follow the blog for gear reviews, running related posts and future giveaways.

Finally, huge thanks to W.O.S. World of Sports Malaysia for the complimentary entry!

Press Release: adidas Boost Elevates Momentum

adidas Launches the New Ultra BOOST in Its Fall/ Winter Sports and Performance Collection

Kuala Lumpur, 12 August 2015 – adidas Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. today launched the Fall / Winter 2015 collection of the adidas Ultra BOOST running shoes at the first anniversary celebration of The Marathon Shop, an adidas Preferred Running Partner. From the previously released Ultra BOOST in the Spring/Summer 2015 (S/S 2015) collection, adidas has yet again taken running to the next level. Unceasingly revolutionary, the new and improved Ultra BOOST is designed based on the ARAMIS 3D shape and surface measurement to serve as a fully adaptive running experience in any environment. The F/W 2015 Ultra BOOST is the result of meticulous research and design to provide the best running experience possible.

“We take feedback and comments from consumers very seriously. Hence, to continuously deliver the best running and workout distance, the new F/W Ultra BOOST running shoes is built based on various personal experiences gathered from fitness experts and enthusiasts,” said David WongSenior ManagerBrand Activation of adidas Malaysia.

The Energy Running Brand
Your running experience will never be the same again. adidas is bringing the revolutionary F/W Ultra BOOST running shoes that does not only boost your run, but sustains ENERGY which improves stamina and allows you to go the extra distance. Much thought have been put into constructing this pair of running shoes that is able to appeal to both men and women with diverse requirements for function, adaptability, and feet comfort. While it is a pair of running shoes that take performance beyond normal expectations, innovative masters behind the F/W Ultra BOOST have taken fashion and style equally into consideration to create a design that suit the whole running apparel package.

Greatest Running Shoes Ever
A pair of running shoes should essentially deliver comfort, flexibility and a significant BOOST to propel you forward. adidas applies BOOST technology that pushes performance and extra ENERGY to not only gain ground, but adapt to various activities ranging from normal intensity workouts to aggressive movements. This time, the F/W Ultra BOOST is specially engineered to accommodate most activities making it a must-have pair of running shoes that furnishes ENERGY BOOST at every angle. From running to rigorous training, adidas is going all out to provide the ultimate workout shoes that offers comfort, has the spring touch and promises great performance for runners and fitness enthusiasts alike.

Boost Of Excellence
In this humid weather in Malaysia, the fabric used in the F/W Ultra BOOST works to sustain airiness during long distance running or extended hours of working out. No details are overlooked as adidas has carefully chosen expendable materials that can accommodate different feet structures on various terrains and any orientating movements.

The F/W Ultra BOOST is designed to lift tension off the feet, especially the heels, thus promoting average performance to a level that is outstanding and beyond expectations. adidas’ application of the BOOST technology acts as a vehicle to reach the highest excellence in sports performance for various users achieving different goals.

The running revolution has come, the greatest run ever awaits with the F/W Ultra BOOST at www.adidas.com/ultraboostadidas Ultra BOOST will be available at adidas Sports Performance stores from today the retail price of RM650.

For more information on:

adidas Fall/Winter 2015 Ultra BOOST, please visit adidas.com.my
The Marathon Shop, please visit themarathonshop.com.my

Join the adidas Energy running movement by following:

WEBPAGE adidas.com.my/ultraboost
FACEBOOK facebook.com/adidasMYfacebook.com/adidasRunning
TWITTER twitter.com/adidasMYtwitter.com/adidasrunning
INSTAGRAM instagram.com/adidasrunning
HASHTAG #ultraBOOST #boostyourrun #adidasMY

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About adidas Malaysia

adidas was incorporated in Germany in 1949 by Adolf Dassler in Herzogenaurach, Germany – a name that stands for competence in all sectors of sports around the globe. The permanent passion for innovation, to give athletes the best products to support their ambitions, has turned adidas into a global powerhouse and market leader, making us one of the world’s most widely recognized brand symbols, the three stripes of adidas.

With the incorporation of adidas Malaysia in 1994, and over the years, the adidas brand continued to go through major product introductions, technological advancements and on enhanced brand positioning, making the three stripes brand a credible and premiere sports brand in the world.

For additional information and assistance, please contact:

adidas (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
David Wong
+603 7494 9512
David.Wong@adidas.com
ROOTS PR Sdn. Bhd.
Kimbelle Lee / Charmaine Goh
+603 7494 0292
kimbelle.lee@rootsasia.com / charmaine.goh@rootsasia.com

Enter The Chance To Win A Complimentary Entry To the Mizuno Wave Run 2015!

If you’re a local runner, chances are you’ve heard of or at least have participated in a past Mizuno Wave Run. The event is back for the 10th time this year and to commemorate this milestone, the Half Marathon distance has been introduced! Traditionally, the popular event only featured the classic 10K distance.

With the race date confirmed for 27th September 2015 and the introduction of the new distance, the event is once again set to be a runaway success. The great news is, W.O.S. World of Sports Malaysia, the event organizer is offering one lucky winner a complimentary entry to the event. The winner can choose between the 10K or 21K category. All you have to do is to let me know in the comments section of this post which category you prefer should you win this giveaway. To increase your chances of winning, you can also follow me on Twitter @jamie_pang.

Do that and Rafflecopter will randomly draw a winner when the contest expires, and I’ll be in touch!

Contest starts 12am August 8th 2015 and ends 12am August 22nd 2015.
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Press Release: Mizuno Wave Run Returns With Its 10th Wave Edition

Putrajaya, Malaysia, 7th August, 2015 – Mizuno Wave Run, organized by W.O.S. World of Sports Malaysia and Mizuno is set to return with its 10th inaugural wave edition at Putrajaya on 27th September this year.

Since its inception in 2005, Mizuno Wave Run has been one of the most popular running events in the Klang Valley. This year, to commemorate its 10th wave edition, Mizuno Wave Run is set to deliver a new experience to the runners by introducing a new distance category, which is the 21km Half Marathon alongside with its popular 10km distance category.

“It’s been a great milestone for Mizuno Wave Run since its inception back in 2005. With only 900 odd runners back then, the event has gradually grown to be one of the most anticipated local running platforms amongst runners,” said Senior General Manager of W.O.S. World of Sports Malaysia, Ms. Carol Wong.

“Over the years, we have been receiving positive responses from our regular Mizuno runners and we are thrilled to be back again. This year, we are targeting 4,500 runners and we believe that with the introduction of the new distance category of 21km Half Marathon, we are able to deliver our best commitments to those who have been supporting us over the past 9 years”, Carol further commented.

Putrajaya is chosen again to host the Mizuno Wave Run 2015 due to its perfect landscape infrastructure. “Undeniably, a good location plays a major role in ensuring a comfortable running environment for runners. With the beautiful landscape, safety routes and ample parking space available, we are convinced that choosing Putrajaya as the event location will encourage and entice a promising number of runners this year”, said Senior Sales Manager of W.O.S. World of Sports Malaysia, Mr. Glenny J Da Costa.

Mizuno Wave Run 2015 offers a total of 8 categories for various age groups and winning prizes worth more than RM50, 000 are up for grabs for the Top 10 Finishers in both 21km and 10km distance categories. “We would like to thank our official sponsors; Nestle Fitness Cereal, Perskindol, Ebene and Gatsby for their continuous support in making Mizuno Wave Run a yearly success”, Glenny added.

Runners can register via myraceonline.com and the closing date for registration is on 13th September 2015 or when reaches 4, 500 participants (whichever comes first). Entry fees for 21km and 10km are RM70.00 and RM60.00 respectively, with a scheduled race kit collection on 25th – 26th September 2015 at World of Sports Paradigm Mall. Additionally, the flag-off time slots are 6.30am for all 21km Half Marathon categories and 6.45am for all the 10km categories.

Upon registration, participants are entitled to an exclusive Mizuno Wave Run 2015 Official Running Singlet. Additionally, all finishers will be rewarded with a Finisher Medal and endorsed E- Certification (printed finishing time and position to be downloaded from myraceonline.com).

In conjunction with Mizuno Wave Run, W.O.S. World of Sports Malaysia will be organizing Mizuno Running Clinic Sessions to train runners for the upcoming event. Scheduled to run on 22nd August and 19th September 2015 at Dataran Kemerdekaan Shah Alam, Section 14, lucky registered runners will get the chance to learn hands-on tips on different running elements and strategies from Mizuno Official Ambassadors.

Mizuno Wave Run registered runners will also get to enjoy exclusive discounts on selected Mizuno merchandise, alongside with various contest giveaways. For more information, log on to World of Sports Malaysia Facebook page for latest promotional updates.

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About World of Sports Malaysia
WOS World of Sports (M) Sdn Bhd a subsidiary of VGO Corporation Limited based in Singapore, was incorporated in 1992. The World of Sports (WOS) retail outlets provide a comprehensive range of sporting products/equipments and related accessories for a wide range of sports to cater to the growing numbers of sports-lovers and fitness-conscious Malaysians.WOS retail most of the International branded sporting goods, apparels and equipment like Mizuno, Head, Columbia, Hi- Tec, Teva, Salomon, and many other active lifestyle sporting products/ accessories.

About Mizuno Corporation
Mizuno Corporation is a Japanese sports equipment and sportswear company, founded in Osaka in 1906 by Rihachi Mizuno. Today, Mizuno is a global corporation which makes a wide variety of sports equipment and sportswear, for running, golf, football, baseball, volleyball, rugby, skiing athletics etc.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Rhianna Liew
Marketing & Communications Manager
W.O.S. World of Sports (M) Sdn Bhd
Email : rhianna.liew@wos.com.my
H/P : 018 – 2306 662
Office : 03 – 8961 8299

Ruby Chan
Marketing & Communications Executive
W.O.S. World of Sports (M) Sdn Bhd
Email : ruby.chan@wos.com.my
H/P : 012 – 9079 360
Office : 03 – 8961 8299

Nike Lunaracer+ Review

Note: This is a repost from 2008 as I’m migrating some shoe reviews from another website.

My love affair with the Lunar series continue with the trialing of the Lunaracer+. Being one half of the 2 models released by Nike which feature the space age Lunarlite foam, the racer took my running experience to another level.

When Wong (EKIN with Nike Sales Malaysia) handed me the shoebox, I had to shake it to ensure that the shoes were inside and when I opened the package to reveal the shoes, my colleagues were astounded by its lightness. One remarked that if thrown at someone across the room, the shoes may not reach their destination and if used to smack someone, it may not cause any pain! While I won’t try out the latter theory, I certainly want to test them out as quickly as I can.

I made a visual inspection of the shoes and saw that the midsole construction looks that of the Trainer. The main difference is on the upper. Instead of the Trainer’s white mesh, the racers sport a grey white translucent paper- like material. No visible stitching are seen. In their place, certain stress points had additional strips of yellow suede “welded” or crimped to the upper. Threads of Flywire interlaced the upper material providing just enough structure to support the shoe shape and the wearer. The sockliner is a thin foam and under the left piece is the spot for the Nike+ sensor. The outsole difference is less apparent. What’s obvious are the more liberal application of the BRS1000 and solid rubber plugs for better durability.

I made the right call by opting for 1/2 a size larger for the racer. The shoe fits like a glove and here’s where the next difference lies – their lack of weight. At 5.5oz, they are nearly half the weight of the already lightweight Trainers. The racers are low profile (see Notes section) and you’ll feel your calves walking around in them. With a planned 21K the next day, I limited my first run to a 5K and try as hard as I might,I had a hard time slowing down! I didn’t know if it’s the build, weight or material I just automatically ran in a light and efficient manner. Tap and go, tap and go. More mid to forefoot landing than on the heel. I simply went faster and couldn’t wait for the tougher run the next morning.

21K later, I was astounded. My calves and shins were just a bit sore but that was the legs adjusting to the lower ride. Since the first 2 runs, I’ve put the pair to some really hardcore workouts which included back to back long runs at different pace.The racers defy logic – mad science at work. Consider the following facts:

  1. I’ve not worn any kind of shoes below 9oz. I’m just not biomechanically efficient enough. Yet I was happily running in these 5.5oz babies chewing up the miles.
  2. The legs didn’t feel trashed. I managed 166K mileage over 9 days which included 3 back to back long runs and several shorter workouts with only a day’s rest. The longest run completed so far in them was a 32K done at marathon pace.
  3. Durability is top-notch. After over 100Ks in them, even the “nipples” on the outsoles are still there.

Pulling on the racers give you a boost of confidence.You run lighter and faster. I saw my running form improved and ran faster in training than in race.They totally eclipse my hitherto favorite, the Lunar Trainer and that’s saying a lot, since the Trainers can certainly hold their own.

The Trainers are better ventilated. It felt warmer in the racer. I spoke to Wong and he confirmed that said that this could be due to the upper material used to support the utilization of the Flywire. The typical mesh won’t hold the fibers, so a stronger material was used.

In conclusion, all I can say is that I’m completely bowled over by the racers. Prior to them, there is no way on earth that I can wear shoes this light but they have everything a weekend warrior needs. I’m all the more efficient and faster runner because of it.

If you think the Trainers are good, wait till you try the racers. It dispels the notion that a shoe this minimum and light can’t be worn by non- elites. Both the Lunar Trainer and Lunaracer are now available at the Nike stores.

As you can see from the photos on the left and bottom, the shoe is really holding up with the mileage work. I’ve since logged over 170K in them and the outsole looks just a little worn, which is really good for a racing shoe.

Needless to say the shoe is Nike+ enabled, so you can wear it with a Nike+ Sportband.

The Lunaracer is definitely built like a racer.According to a shoe techie, the racer’s heel is 6mm higher than the forefoot. The racer’s forefoot is 16mm while the rear is 22mm.The forefoot-heel ratio of 6mm is half of a typical training shoe’s build.The Nike Free 3.0 is 19/23 (4), Free 4.0 is 17.5/23.5 (6), Vaporfly 21/33 (12).

For: Efficient, lightweight runner seeking an ultralight, responsive yet stable cushioned shoe for speedwork and racing.

Not for: Runners seeking more stability should look to Nike’s stability models such as Structure Triax and Equalon. A bit of pinching on the right shoe when toeing off. Some may encounter rubbing as well.

Bottomline: Wear socks that protect the heel and instep area, especially where the shoe flexes. Experiment with various lacing configuration. The Lunaracer+ is the shoe you’ll want to wear if you’re gunning for a personal best.

Disclaimer: The Nike Lunaracer+ is a media review pair provided by Nike Sales Malaysia.

Press Release: Make Your Every Workout Count With Jabra Sport Coach Wireless

World’s first wireless headset with cross training coaching and music

KUALA LUMPUR, August 1 2015: If you’re a fan of burpees, lunges, squats and planks and want the added motivation of individual coaching and your favorite music, you need to know about Jabra Sport Coach Wireless. This pioneering wireless workout solution uses in-ear coaching and premium Dolby sound to let you get more out your cross training workout.

81% of consumers report[1] working out with music, and the Jabra Sport Coach makes it easy to get this extra motivation. By incorporating Dolby sound, users get their favorite tunes delivered in premium sound quality through the wireless earbuds. In other words, there’s no excuse for not staying focused on fitness.

First sport audio solution for cross training
This ground-breaking music and coaching solution for indoor workouts is the latest sport audio solution from Jabra. Jabra pioneered this area with the award winning Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds that gave users in-ear heart rate monitoring for the very first time. With Sport Coach Wireless, Jabra extends its sport audio range of in-ear coaching solutions. It embraces the current trend for cross training.

Download Your Personal Coach
Developed to meet the needs of cross training enthusiasts, the Jabra Sport Coach Wireless can create customised workouts based on over 40 different exercises. By downloading the Sport Life app on a smartphone, users can design their own personalised workouts with real-time audio coaching through the unique earbuds.

Creating the Workout Is Only the Start
To ensure you achieve optimal performance and your fitness goals, if you combine your cross training with running, the integrated TrackFitTM motion sensor provides advanced tracking of pace, distance, step count, cadence and calories to make every workout count.

[1] 81% of 1328 respondents to a Jabra consumer survey, April 2014.

Faster Results
Cross training, or high-intensity interval training, has been identified by fitness experts at the American College of Sports Medicine as the top trend for 2015[1]. Research shows it offers an excellent way to improve muscle tone, energy, speed and performance, giving results in less time.

Part of the current popularity of cross training comes from the fact that it can be done almost anywhere. Whether you’re working out at the gym, at home or in a hotel room, Jabra Sport Coach Wireless helps you enjoy your workout, stay motivated and achieve your fitness performance goals.

“For sports, we are committed to delivering innovative audio solutions designed to enhance the training experience for fitness enthusiasts. We started by specifically targeting runners, and now we are taking the next step by delivering a solution optimized for cross trainers. We see clear possibilities for in-ear audio solutions combined with biometrics,” says Jabra CEO René Svendsen-Tune.

Specifications:

  • Integrated Training Management with Jabra Sport Life App
  • Advanced motion sensor to capture activity and performance data when running
  • Jabra Sound Application provides Dolby® Sound Enhancement to your tracks and YouTube
  • Premium Wireless Stereo sound (A2DP)
  • Make and take phone calls
  • Controls on headset allow remote control of music & calls (AVRCP)
  • Ultra-light (16 g. / 0.56 oz.)
  • US Military standard sweat, shock and dust resistance (IP55)
  • Connects to 2 devices at same time via Advanced Multiuse™
  • Connection with NFC pairing technology
  • Long talk & music time – 5.5 hrs. talk/music time, 10 days standby time
  • Integrates with leading 3rd party fitness applications to unify your training history
  • Available in 3 colors: Blue, Red and Yellow

The Jabra Sport Coach Wireless retails at RM649 and is now available at IT Hypermarket Sdn Bhd, Harvey Norman, Machines, Radioshack and Viewnet Computer Systems. Meet us at International Triathlon Union events where Jabra is official partner.

For more information please visit: http://my.jabra.com/Products/Bluetooth/JABRA_Sport_Coach_Wireless/Jabra_Sport_Coach_Wireless_Blue

[1] Thompson R. Walter. Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2015: What’s Driving the Market. ACSM Health & Fitness Journal. November/December 2014 – Volume 18 – Issue 6.

Coach YouTube video: https://youtu.be/T6jZLQ1lVLo
#JabraSportCoach #BeatYourBest

About Jabra
Jabra is the brand of GN Netcom, a subsidiary of GN Store Nord A/S (GN) – listed on NASDAQ OMX. A world leader in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of a broad range of communications and audio solutions, Jabra has a reputation for innovation, reliability, and ease of use that goes back more than two decades. Jabra’s consumer and business divisions produce corded and wireless headsets, plus mobile and in-office speakerphones that empower individuals and businesses through increased freedom of movement, comfort, and functionality. Jabra employs close to 1000 people worldwide and in 2014 produced an annual revenue which amounted to DKK 2,871 million. www.jabra.com

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