Indoor & Turf Reviews, Nike Indoor & Turf Reviews — April 19, 2014 at 11:08 am

Nike Lunar Gato 2 Premium Review

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Nike Lunar Gato 2 Premium Review

The Lunar Gato 2 Premium 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 (1051 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


27 Comments

  1. So you said that these aren’t recommended for using it outdoor/concrete so can you recommended some good shoes to play outdoor/concrete surface (is the elastico finale 2 will be a better choice?)

  2. Hey Josh, Thanks for putting up the reviews – Based on your reviews I purchased my CTR’s a few weeks ago in the recommended sizing and they were perfect with my special orthodics (take out original insoles). So I know that with the Lunar Gato 2’s you say to go up “half a size” again. Do you like your shoes to be tight, fit perfectly or have a little bit of space? I grew up with Copa’s and always had the mindset of doing the water treatment and letting them stretch. So that was always my preference, wear them a little tight, suffer a little bit and then let them stretch. Should I get the Lunar Gato 2’s a half size bigger?

  3. Hey Josh, I was wondering for some time now, If I am playing 90% of the time on concrete/asphalt courts which of these will be the better option : The lunargato 2 or the elastico finale 2 ?
    (to be honest, my question really is will the elastico finale 2 hold up pretty much the same as the lunar gato 2 on concrete) becouse I really seem to like the elastico finale 2 but I am afraid that they’ll wear out quickly.

    • Both of these shoes won’t hold up particularly well on concrete. I think that the Lunar Gato 2 would fair a bit better, but for the most part, you’ll get better durability from the takedowns in both the Gato and Elastico line, simply because the materials aren’t as soft.

  4. Hi, great review. Could you advise if these are suitable for sandy astro, 2G style. So almost like a rough carpet surface? I hate wearing the astro boots with rubber moulded stud base as ball control from the sole suffers. Could you advise please?

  5. Do you need to apply leather cream to the goat leather upper?

  6. Hey, I was wondering if the lunar Gato 2 could be used for occasional soccer, but also casual street/school wear? Thanks in advance.

  7. Im looking for a leather indoor shoe. would you recommend the tiempo legacy indoor or the lunar gato 2? or what other indoor shoe would you recommend?

  8. Can I use these on AG?

  9. hey josh i was wondering if these had removable insoles for my custom orthotics also does the first takedown have removable insoles?

  10. Is there a lower end model of this shoe?

  11. Hi. you said that going up a half a size is recommended. If I am wearing a hypervenom US size 9.5 and it fits kind of tight since I have a wide fit but the length of it is no problem, do I still need to go up half a size?. Also, how much will the leather strectch after few sessions?

  12. Can you wear the Lunar Gato 2’s on the turf once in a while?

  13. hi josh! if you know SB Lunar gato, can they use it for futsal/indoor?

  14. Dear Joshua,
    I was playing by Nike5 Elastico which was pretty more cheaper.
    In fact, since I have bought Lunar Gato II, I have played two sessions. It’s completely obvious the Lunar Gato II protect ankle, and other parts of feet better.
    But I have two serious problem with Lunar Gato II:
    1. first of all, I used to be shoot extremely powerful, but now I cannot do it at all. and my shoots are not strong as before. and I reckon most of impact which I produce during shooting will be damped by soft goat leather.
    2. I am not wondering to say I could pass away from every one you tell. (even though Fabio Cannavaro of Italia), but now I cannot easily dribble my amateur friends. but I sincerely say I feel it’s going to be better.

    In a summary, one my friend told me “It takes to get familiar with new shoes, up to three months!” another one recommend me to use Insole.

    Do you think the “Air Gap” between “upper side of shoe and feet” will be dwindle? and the shoe will be fit appropriately? What do you think in overall?

    • Sounds like you’re really over thinking things. New shoes will feel different, but they won’t significantly impact your ability to play. It tales some time to get used to them sure, but they won’t make you worse, if that’s what you’re getting at. As far as extra space in the shoe is concerned, they won’t shrink or get smaller over time. Sounds like you might be wearing a size that is too big for you.

      • Well, I am approving which I am a bit fussy in some cases. and It always take a bit more time to acclimate with new pair of shoes.
        But the size is okay. and I reckon It’s going to get better.
        However, what does really mean “Precise Fit in Lunar Gato II”?
        (I mean type of feet vary in different men …; for instance, my feet is more wide than to be thick. a completely boyish feet for straight-to-point shoot.)

        Thank you very much indeed Pal

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