Nike Lunar Control Vapor | Behind the Design

We go behind the design of the Nike Lunar Control Vapor golf shoes - the brand's flagship footwear style for 2017 which will launch in Europe on Friday, March 3rd.

Nike Lunar Control Vapor | The Designers


Nike Golf have built an incredible reputation within the footwear game in a relatively short period of time. The level of commitment shown by the team of designers is second to none; they listen to feedback on all fronts, develop their footwear further, improve their designs and then restart the entire process over again. Our team at Golfposer witnessed this first hand and really does prove that Nike Golf never stops pursuing something better.

And the latest "something better" is scheduled to land in Europe this Friday, March 3rd.

"We're always striving to create footwear that helps golfers improve their performance and enjoy their round," said Carol Madore - lead Nike Golf Designer. "Building on the strengths of what came before it, the Nike Lunar Control Vapor aims to advance the game of golf - and everyone who wears it."

It's the pursuit of perfection...and we think they might just be closer than ever to achieving it.

Nike Lunar Control Vapor | New Traction


What is so unique about Nike Golf is the way that they question everything - right down to the very foundations of a design. The new Articulated Integrated Traction sole which features on the Nike Lunar Control Vapor is a complete departure from the traditional cleats of all other Lunar Control predecessors. The moulded outsole has been reimagined through the use of thermoplastic blades on a one-piece plate, whilst the tooth-like rows are inspired by the tread of a snowmobile; all designed to provide maximum ground contact for heightened traction levels.

This means golfers receive state-of-the-art grip without weighing them down, whilst the single plate design adapts to the player's foot for distraction-free play on any terrain. "Players are going to feel the difference," says Madore - a claim most justified by the endorsement from top tour professionals such as Rory McIlroy & Jason Day, to name a few.

Before the launch, this new Articulated sole was put to the test using a multitude of conditions, lies and inclines. The feedback was hugely positive and the outstanding performance of the LCV is easily verifiable, considering that all Nike Golf athletes are openly free to select any style from the Nike footwear offering - yet the majority have already opted into the Lunar Control Vapor for 2017. Tour approval is a key performance indicator and the LCV passes with flying colours.

Nike Lunar Control Vapor | Locked In Support


Anyone who has ever tried a golf shoe from the Nike Lunar Control series will know the comfort they provide. The full length Lunarlon cushioning is fundamental to the step-in comfort which you will experience round after round, but there is another element which is integral to the Lunar Control Vapor design.

The Nike Flywire cables which are located at the midsole are not just for show. The technology integrates with the laces and is sure to provide a lightweight, locked-in feel with a superb degree of mid-foot support. Avid Nike followers will know all about the technology already and, as a result of its popularity, Madore and the team knew they had to introduce it to further enhance the Lunar Control series:

"Incorporating Dynamic Flywire enables us to provide the same, targeted mid-foot support at a fraction of the weight. Gone are the days of additive design, where a heavy overlay is added to the upper for lateral support."


But hey, don't just take our word for it. We have four trusted GP Consumers providing us with detailed feedback having wear-tested the Nike Lunar Control Vapor over the past few weeks.

Look out for their open and honest product reviews coming later this week & stay tuned to the Nike Golf footwear pages for news of the LCV arriving online here.

One thought on “Nike Lunar Control Vapor | Behind the Design”

  • James Parsons

    Great article. It is good to get a 3rd party view on the LCV. I currently own the LC3s and I get the same comfort from them today that I did when I bought them 2 years ago.

    I also agree that any of the shoes in the Nike range are comfortable from day 1. Bought the Chukka's last year and love wearing them in the dryer months for a controlled, light weight feel and also a golf shoe that breaths really well on the hotter days to ensure comfort.

    So looking forward to getting the new LCV, have been itching to get my hands on these since the design was released November last year.

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