KNOW YOUR TECH: Nike Lunarlon

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KNOW YOUR TECH breaks down the scientific technology used in your favorite sneakers and activewear. Let’s demystify your next purchase: today’s technology is Lunarlon, Nike's lightweight and spring-like cushioning. Since 2008, the cushioning was been utilized on a number of Nike performance models, including running, basketball, skateboarding, tennis, and training shoes. No matter which sports you participate in, Lunarlon provides a platform that absorbs shock to keep athletes protected and less fatigued.

What is it? Inspired by the way astronauts bounce on the moon, Lunarlon cushioning is 30% lighter than standard Phylon foam. Soft yet responsive, Lunarlon offers a larger distribution area for impact, protecting the foot's most vulnerable areas.

How does it work? Lunarlon works by distributing impact evenly across the foot. Instead of pressure hitting one area of the wearer's foot, Lunarlon helps to absorb it smoothly across the entire platform. Paired with a Phylon or Phylite midsole, Lunarlon cushioning is bouncy without sacrificing stability.

Notable Products: Nike Hypedunk 2012, Nike Flyknit Lunar1+, Nike Lunareclipse+3, Nike SB Eric Koston, Nike Lunarglide+ 4

Bottom Line: Lunarlon was the driving force behind one of last year's most successful basketball models, the Hyperdunk 2012, but the innovative cushioning is suitable for all sports and activities. If the cushioning you're used to just isn't holding up anymore, it may be time to consider Nike Lunarlon.

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