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The Lunar Control Vapor adds a completely new sole to Nike’s flagship golf shoe. Tremendous traction and comfort.
Over the last four years, there have been very few constants in my golf equipment. I’ve changed irons, drivers, wedges, shafts, putters, and balls every time that something better has come along.
The one thing that hasn’t changed has been my favorite golf shoe, Nike’s Lunar Control. However, the new Lunar Control Vapor is a big departure – trading traditional spikes for a new Articulated Integrated Traction. Is this the year I make a change or will the king stay the king?
While the sole of the Lunar Control Vapor may be different, the way the shoe feels on my foot is the same. Nike continues to find that sweet spot between flexibility and support, cushioning and responsiveness. It also remains light enough that walking 18 or 36 is a breeze.
Aesthetically, the Lunar Control Vapor’s lineage is instantly recognizable. The over-the-toe swoosh has been carried forward from the Lunar Control 4, and the Flywire construction is more visible like it was on the Lunar Control 3. Overall, Nike continues to make the Lunar Control look athletic without going overboard. This isn’t your grandpa’s saddle shoe, but it doesn’t look out of place on the course either.
The Lunar Control Vapor is available in white/black (shown) and grey/red as of this writing. I expect that, as with past models, more colors will be available later as will custom NikeID versions.
The one big question surrounding the Nike Lunar Control Vapor is this: how good is the traction? The answer: spectacular. In fact, I think it surpasses traditional rubber spikes. Even on loose, sandy soil, I was able to swing as hard as I wanted without slipping. I never played in metal spikes, but I can’t imagine the traction being much better.
While the shoe may be a substantial departure from previous generations, the result is the same: the Nike Lunar Control Vapor will be my go-to golf shoe in 2017. The new sole design provides fantastic traction in all situations, and the comfort continues to set the standard.