NIKE PEGASUS 35 REVIEW

NIKE PEGASIS - SHOE REVIEW

byBRIAN METZLER| May 18th, 2018

The Nike Pegasus is one of the iconic running shoes of all time.  Thirty five years and counting. The release of the 'Peg 35' is here and guest blogger Brian Metzler shares the scoop.

THE BUZZ

Nike continues to show its commitment to the Pegasus, the shoe with the longest lineage in the history of running shoes and the best-selling shoe model of all-time.

While significant refinements improved the last three editions, the Pegasus 35 was entirely overhauled to become lighter, faster, snappier and more comfortable than ever before.

WHAT'S NEW WITH NIKE PEGASUS

Almost everything is new on this model, including the redesigned midsole with a full-length Zoom Air sandwiched in the middle, a thinner, more flexible rubber outsole, a updated engineered mesh upper and a uniquely beveled heel (one of several design cues taken from the Zoom VaporFly 4% elite marathon shoe).

Although this edition of the Pegasus has an entirely new build-up, it retains the everyday reliability and long-haul interior comfort that have been the hallmark of Pegasus models from the start.

Nike Pegasus 35 - We Fly!

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Nike Pegasus 35 has a sock-like snugness to it, thanks to a partial internal bootie construction, fully gusseted tongue and a stretchy engineered mesh upper reinforced by Flywire Cables. That creates a performance-oriented fit really enhances the foot-to-ground feeling and adds to the shoe’s agility. At any pace, produces a decidedly soft and very springy sensation in every stride. The energetic vibe comes from the two-part Cushlon foam and Zoom Air unit midsole construction.

Previous versions had independent Zoom Air units only in the heel and forefoot, creating a bit of a dead spot in the middle of the shoe. That’s not the case with the 35, which serves up an impeccably smooth ride from foot strike to toe-off.

WHO'S IT BEST FOR

This version of the Pegasus is the complete package, a real do-everything shoe. With the versatility it serves up, it’s hard to think of runners who wouldn’t enjoy or appreciate running in this shoe.

Several Nike elites consider it their go-to trainer of choice, but we also know it’s a great shoe for new runners, occasional fitness runners and committed half-marathoners, too. It can handle the entire range of running with aplomb: long, short, fast, slow and everything in between. However, it’s lacks inherent stability so it’s only recommended for runners with definitively neutral gait.

PROS AND CONS OF THE NIKE PEGASUS

Nike Pegasus 35 Pros

This men’s and women’s versions of this year’s Pegasus are more than a half an ounce lighter than last year’s models. That’s a huge difference, and it allows the Pegasus 35 to compare favorably with just about any neutral-oriented everyday training shoe.

Nike Pegasus 35 Cons

Like many Nike shoes, this shoe has a narrow profile and fits very snug, especially through the forefoot. That might be a challenge for runners with wider feet.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of "Running Colorado's Front Range" and the co-author of "Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running" and "Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner."