Nike unveils snowmobile inspired Lunar Control Vapor shoes

Rory McIlroy put the shoes through stringent testing in five-day trip to the Bahamas

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Wed, 26 Oct 2016

Rory McIlroy’s new golf shoe, the Nike Lunar Control Vapor, takes inspiration from snowmobiles for its undershoe design. 

The four-time major champion tested the new product in a trip to the Bahamas, putting the Articulated Integrated Traction Sole through its paces from every possible lie.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve played golf in spiked footwear, and up until two years ago those spikes were metal,” McIlroy recalls.

“Through its drive to innovate and bring the sport to new places, Nike has created a new traction system that provides me with a stable base to push off the ground and deliver the distance I need off the tee.”

The new cleat system, inspired by the tracks on snowmobiles, was first introduced on the Nike Flyknit Elite, and decouples the medial heel and the lateral forefoot to help “propel the athlete through the swing”.

While also aiding balance, the sole features a TPU tread that protrudes from the side of the shoe allowing for more traction.

“From the beginning, our goal was to help athletes perform at the highest level,” said Gentry Humphrey, VP Nike Golf Footwear.

“Nike Articulated Integrated Traction’s geometry provides great traction on any surface and disperses stud pressure. Not having to place receptacles on the outsole means more room for extra foam underfoot to provide amazing cushioning.”

Full length Lunarlon midsole and Nike Flywire is married with the new traction system to keep the foot stable and cushioned, and a lightweight microfiber upper and two-year waterproof guarantee will keep golfer’s feet dry.

Available: 22 November (US)