Nike Lunar Gato 2 Review

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Nike Lunar Gato 2 Review

The Lunar Gato 2 is all about comfort. Combining extremely soft goat leather and Hyperfuse to make up the upper, along with Lunarlon foam cushioning to make for one of the most comfortable indoor soccer shoes that I’ve personally ever worn. From right out of the box the shoes are very comfortable, making for a shoe that requires very little break-in time. The goat leather upper provides a pillow-like softness against the foot while also maintaining a very flexible feel. When you pull the laces tight, you’ll find that the thin Hyperfuse section through the mid-foot provides some solid lock-down without feeling too restrictive. My one complaint regarding the comfort of the boot would be the mesh tongue. The tongue itself is nicely padded, but because the padding is so soft, it doesn’t provide much protection for your foot when pulling the laces tight, so if you tend to tie your shoes really tight, you may run into some minor issues with lace-bite.

Other comfort elements include a combination mesh and suede heel liner, providing a secure yet cushioned feel against the back of your foot. The Lunarlon outsole provides above average cushioning for an indoor soccer/futsal shoe, while still maintaining a low-profile. You’ll find that the back half of the shoe is by far the most cushioned, while the forefoot area of the sole is much less cushioned. The Lunarlon outsole provides a great mixture of cushion and responsive when running, which is hard to find from most indoor soccer shoes. The insole is also fully removable, providing great step-in comfort, as well as giving you the option to swap it out for something else if you choose to do so.

Like any natural leather shoe, there is some break-in time required before the boot starts to stretch and form to your feet. With that being, I had no issues at all with discomfort throughout the break-in process, and for the most part, I would say that the Lunar Gato 2 is pretty much ready to go from right out of the box. The goat leather spans the majority of the upper, covering the entire forefoot and instep of the shoe. It’s one of the softest leather uppers that I’ve personally ever worn, providing not only a comfortable feel, but also a quality fit. You’ll find that the upper features a unique cross stitch pattern, that not only gives the shoe a unique look, but also helps to prevent the upper from over-stretching. The Lunar Gato 2 will stretch to fit nearly any foot shape, providing that custom feel after only a few hours of wear-time.

In terms of sizing, the Lunar Gato 2 runs the same as the previous Lunar Gato. Normally I wear a size 9US in most Nike models, but for the Lunar Gato 2, I had to go up half a size to a 9.5US. I know that some might be skeptical to go up half a size in a leather boot, but the Lunar Gato 2 does run a little short, so going up half a size is recommended for the best possible fit.

Weight

The Lunar Gato 2 is actually pretty lightweight considering the amount of cushioning that it provides. Weighing in at 8.6oz, the Lunar Gato 2 is lighter than your average indoor shoe, and is probably more comfortable too, what more could you ask for? If you’re looking for a lightweight shoe without sacrificing comfort or cushioning, than the Lunar Gato 2 is one of very few options that meet this criteria.

Traction

The Lunar Gato 2 features an all-new traction pattern. The sole is made from a fairly soft rubber, with varying patterns throughout. Through the heel and medial side of the forefoot, you’ll find a very intricate traction pattern, designed to allow the rubber to flex and move for optimal traction. The lateral side of the forefoot features a dimpled pattern, and is also translucent in color, while the rest of the rubber outsole is solid. On clean to slightly dusty indoor courts, I found the traction to be fantastic. Since the rubber is so soft and flexible, there really isn’t much in the way of break-in time, and the shoe will grip the floor really well from right out of the box. On outdoor courts or concrete, I found the traction pattern to perform equally as well, but since the rubber is on the softer side, it will wear away a little quicker than you might like. With that being said, any indoor soccer shoe isn’t going to last as long on concrete as it would on an indoor court. Overall, the Lunar Gato 2 grips pretty much any flat surface extremely well, and will not let you down.

Touch

Everyone got excited when they heard that the Lunar Gato 2 was going to be made from Goat leather. For the most part, you just don’t see it that often, especially from a big company like Nike, and I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed by the overall quality. The goat leather upper has really nice thickness to it, providing a nice cushioned touch on the ball, but at the same time is extremely soft and pliable, giving the shoe a very natural feel. It’s very difficult to find a quality leather indoor soccer shoe, but the Lunar Gato 2 changes that.

One of the major improvements coming from the original Lunar Gato to the Lunar Gato 2 is not only the quality of the leather, but also the amount of leather on the upper. The entire forefoot, toe box and instep is crafted from super high quality goat leather, providing an incredibly soft touch on the ball. If you’re a fan of leather soccer shoes, than the Lunar Gato 2 is the shoe for you. The Lunar Gato 2 is a great example of how simple, high quality leather can provide an absolutely amazing feel for the ball.

At the toe and forefoot area, you’ll notice some extra texturing to the surface of the upper. This sand paper like texturing not only gives the shoe some additional grip on the ball, but also helps with durability in the main wear zone of the upper. The thin Hyperfuse on the outside of the boot is far enough back on the foot to where it will rarely make contact with the ball, but should you use that part of the foot, the touch is still pretty good. If I had to make one complaint regarding the touch, it would have to be the tongue. While it isn’t that bad, it just doesn’t match the quality of the goat leather upper when it comes to ball feel. I personally would have preferred a full leather tongue, but I guess we have to have something to look forward to on the next model.

Shooting

Striking the ball is pretty straight forward with the Lunar Gato 2. The no nonsense goat leather upper doesn’t really provide much in the way of additional grip on the ball, so the feel when taking a strike shouldn’t be anything that you wouldn’t expect. If you’re a fan of soft leather uppers, than you’ll enjoy striking the ball in the Lunar Gato 2.

Durability

I didn’t have any serious issues with the durability of the Lunar Gato 2. As mentioned earlier, you may run into some issues with premature wear on the rubber outsole should you regularly use the shoes on concrete, but if you stick to indoor courts and other smooth surfaces, you shouldn’t have any issues at all. I did have some minor issues with the color of the leather wearing away on the surface of the upper, but this is merely a cosmetic problem and will not impact the longevity of the boot. The issue the color could also be attributed to the particular colorway that I wore for testing, which was the launch Blue, and something that might not be an issue with future colorways.

As an indoor soccer shoe, the Lunar Gato 2 is well made and uses very high quality materials. This is a shoe that I can see lasting at least a single season’s worth of play, and is well worth the price of admission. Keep in mind that the Lunar Gato 2 features a natural leather upper, so some maintenance is required to ensure that the leather remains in optimal condition.

The Verdict

The FC247 line from Nike has a lot to offer, especially the Lunar Gato 2 model. The extremely soft goat leather upper alone makes this a shoe worth trying, but with other unique elements like Hyperfuse and a Lunarlon cushioning system, the Lunar Gato 2 is easily one of, if not the best leather indoor soccer shoe currently on the market. If you’re looking for a leather indoor boot that offers great comfort, a cushioned yet lightweight feel and an incredibly soft leather upper, than I would strongly recommend checking out the Lunar Gato 2.

Comfort/Fit10 out of 10
Weight9 out of 10
Traction9 out of 10
Touch9 out of 10
Shooting8 out of 10
Durability8 out of 10
FINAL SCORE54 out of 60 or 90%

 

 

Joshua Vujovic (1052 Posts)

My goal is to provide the most detailed, in-depth reviews on all the latest soccer gear. Its very easy to get caught up in all of the hype around the latest soccer equipment, but we're here to point you in the right direction. As a product tester, I always give my honest, unbiased opinion on everything that gets tested, ensuring that you're always getting the most accurate information possible


46 Comments

  1. I’m getting a pair of indoors for the upcoming season but I’m very undecided between the lunargato 2 and the elastico finale 2, both boots are awesome, my only concern is durability? Which one would you recommend me? Thanks for the reviews and the help.

    • Both boots are completely different when it comes to feel. If you want something that is very minimal, low to the ground, and provides a barefoot feel, go for the Elastico Finale 2. If you prefer the soft touch of leather and a more cushioned underfoot feel, I would definitely go for the Lunargato 2. Whichever boot sound more appealing to you is the one you should pick. At the end of the day, they’re both great indoors.

  2. Not sure if you have these or even used them Josh but I am considering getting the reflective pack lunargatos but I have never had white indoors so I don’t know whether or not they get dirty easily and if there easy to clean?

  3. Hey Josh! I was looking to buy a pair of Lunar Gatos, but I couldn’t find the launch colorway on most websites, do you know of anyplace that might still have them? Thanks, and great work!

  4. Hey josh will these shoes stretch at the top even with th stitching thing there im 11 1/2 sometimes 12 I just got them the 11 1/2 feels really snug but not uncomfortable im 14 so im scared once my feet grow they are done. so I need to know if they will stretch at all there or should I send them back and get a bigger size

  5. Hey josh would you say that the quality of this leather is softer than the leather on the nike premier

  6. will these shoes ever stretch at the top. even though it has that stitching up there

  7. Hey josh, is there any durability issues when playing lunargato 2 on concrete or cement court?

  8. Josh, i know this is a weird question but due to the soft lunarlon and the hyperfuse technology at the forefoot of the shoes….. Does the shoes make a good jogging shoes? Im a little tight on budget and thought that this shoe seems perfect for indoor soccer and also as a jogging shoes….. Big fan

    • You could if you wanted to, but it isn’t going to provide nearly as much cushioning as a traditional running shoe would. Durability would also be a concern, simply because the soft rubber outsole will wear much more quickly on concrete than it would on an indoor court playing surface.

  9. Josh I Just used the volt color shoe and the color has already started coming off is this normal

  10. Are these indoor shoes good for players with wide feet? If not, what kind of indoor shoe would you recommend?

  11. Can you make a video on the reflective pack indoors?

    Thanks.

  12. Hey Josh, im looking for an indoor shoe, i have a wide foot and I dont know what type to use, I really like the hyper phantomes in indoor, would you recomand them for me? If not, which shoe should I use? Thanks for the help

  13. Hey Josh, i just wanted to ask you a question regarding choosing the right indoor football boot. I primarily get my boots for volleyball, but i also play futsal on my free time. I have previously worn the original lunar gatos, and they are now my everyday casual shoe. Although the new lunargato ii does sound appealing, i would like to try the new elastico finale ii. My question is will the lack of underfoot cushioning become a problem with the constant jumping up and down in volleyball?

    • I would say so. If you’re going to be doing a lot of jumping, then it would only make sense to have at least some underfoot cushioning, something that you will not get much of from the elastico line.

  14. Hi Josh!
    I have a few questions:
    First, i wanted to ask about the traction. Would you say this provides excellent traction? Second, is the cushioning decent enough for concrete play? By that I mean would you feel the hard ground every step? Lastly, which website has the most affordable price and shipping? Where should I buy them?
    Thank you so much

    P.S I think you are great at reviewing! I am subscribed to your YouTube channel and watch every video! You are very helpful and informative!

  15. Hey Josh, this is actually VERY urgent because I have a game next week, and my coach has told me that we are going to play on street surfaces. I don’t want to get indoor shoes that will run out fast. Do you have any shoes in mind that are good for street soccer and will last me a long time? Thanks.

    PS: I’m not a big fan of the durabilty of the outsole of the Lunar Gato towards street surfaces such as concrete, so I would appreciate it if you recommended me a street soccer shoe excluding this particular shoe.

    • Nobody makes a “street” specific indoor model. They’re going to be very similar in terms of durability when on concrete. With that said, its up to you as far as what you want to do. The high-end indoors aren’t going to be any more durable than the low-end ones, so buy a pair that you’re happy with at price that you feel is reasonable for a pair of shoes that may not last more than a few months on concrete.

  16. Hey Josh. Can you please make an indoor-review of the lunar gato 2’s?

  17. How well do you think these shoes would work/hold up for indoor basket ball?

  18. Hey josh can you do a lunar gato 2 vs the elastico finale 2 video

  19. Do you know of a way to keep the color from coming off of the shoe?

  20. Hi Josh,

    I’m wearing the lunar gato II’s for street football and I really like its comfort and touch. Which pair of cleated football boots will be most similar to the lunar gato II’s in terms of its material and fit? Will it be the Nike Tiempo’s or the Maestri’s?

    Thanks

  21. Josh if you had to pick between the Munich Gresca and the Lunar Gato II which would be ur preferred shoe overall?

  22. I mostly play on concrete surfaces, soo which would you recommend, the elastico finale 2 or the lunar gato 2 for playing on concrete surfaces?

    • I would say the Lunar Gato 2, but honestly, neither of these two shoes hold up particularly well on concrete from what I have experienced.

  23. Josh, due to the high lunarlon cushioning under the heel, does this makes it harder to get under the ball and gets in the way when shooting? Im only asking this because I’m a size 10.5 US and afraid that the shoe in bigger size would be a problem…. Im currently using the nike elastico finale ii but im not that into the whole barefoot feel

    • The Lunarlon midsole is much lower than it appears, so to answer your question, they feel just as low to the ground as any other indoor.

  24. Hi Josh I’m just wondering which shoe is better for street/concrete soccer/casual wear the Elastico finale 2 or the lunar gato 2
    Thanks

  25. Hey josh which shoe is better for shooting the elasticos or the gatos and how long would the gatos last on the concrete
    Regards royce

  26. Did you have any durability issues with the sandpaper like texturing on the forefoot? Mine is peeling back a bit, any tips to repair it?

  27. I think you should do a comparison video with the Nike fc247 lunar gato 2 and the Nike elastico finale 2 because every one is wondering or a lot of people are wondering and even me.

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