Nike Lunar Control Vapor 2 Golf Shoe Review

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The Nike Lunar Control Vapor 2 golf shoe packages the ultra-grabby sole of its predecessor in a style that more golfers can wear.  Tremendous comfort.

Introduction

Nike took a major risk last year with the Lunar Control Vapor, replacing traditional spikes with “Articulated Integrated Traction.”  I found that they performed brilliantly on the course, and clearly I wasn’t alone, because the A.I.T. sole is back in the Lunar Control Vapor 2.

Looks

While it’s still a bold, athletic-style shoe, the look of the Lunar Control Vapor 2 has been dialed down a bit from the original.  The swoosh has been moved from the toe a more traditional placement.  The Flywire construction of the Lunar Control Vapor is dialed back, aeshthetically, but the split tongue remains.

Overall, I think it’s a great looking shoe that anyone can wear.

The Nike Lunar Control Vapor 2 is available in white, black, white/grey/teal, and navy/white (seen here).

Comfort

One of the most consistent themes in my numerous years of writing golf reviews is that I love Nike shoes.  Everyone has a brand of shoes or clothing that always works for them, and for me it’s Nike.

The minute I slipped into the Lunar Control Vapor 2, I got that familiar balance of structure, cushioning, and freedom of movement.  I think it’s a recipe that will suit a huge majority of golfers.  If you want the most cushioned shoe or the most flexible or the most structured, this isn’t it.  What the LC Vapor 2 delivers is a blend of those elements that keeps you comfortable and allows for high level performance.

Performance

As with the previous iteration, what stands out most about the Lunar Control Vapor 2 is the sole.  There are no removable spikes, but the Articulated Integrated Traction is also miles from your typical spikeless shoe.  In my opinion, the A.I.T. sole provides more traction than any other sole, spiked or not.

Chicago winter has provided some unique testing environments, and the A.I.T. sole has delivered in all of them.  When the ground is hard and dry, I was able to dig in and make a balanced swing.  These shoes provided an equally stable platform when it was sloppy and wet.

The one hazard to be aware of is that the A.I.T. does not provide much traction on pavement.  Especially when it’s wet, I’d encourage you to put your LC Vapor 2s in a shoe bag and swap into them just before you step onto the grass.

Like most high end golf shoes, the Nike Lunar Control Vapor 2 carries a two-year waterproof guarantee.

Conclusion

If maximizing traction is high on your priority list, the Nike Lunar Control Vapor 2 golf shoe is one that you need to try.  From soft, wet conditions to hard, dry surfaces, they provide a stable platform from which you can make an aggressive swing.  To top that off, the updated style is one that will look good on almost any golfer.

Buy the Nike Lunar Control Vapor 2 HERE

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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3 Comments

  1. Chris Viducich

    I just got a pair of The Lunar Vaporstorm that I am looking forward to trying asap! Same sole but with the waterproof zip up enclosure. They finally came out in grey which I prefer a lot better than the black ones. And I am definitely on the Nike shoe bandwagon!

  2. Hey Matt great review as always. Can you tell me about the fit related to the Nike flyknit elite that has these soles? The flyknit elites seem to run rather large. Thanks!

    • Matt Saternus

      Daniel,

      Thank you!

      My only experience with Flyknit Nikes is the Chukka, which ran 1 size larger than normal. In the LC Vapor 2, I wore my normal 14, and it’s perfect.

      Best,

      Matt

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