NIKE PEGASUS 36 REVIEW

Melanie Mitchell | June 20, 2019

 

NIKE PEGASUS 36 - SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | JUNE, 2019

Guest JackRabbit reviewer, Brian Metzler took the new ediiton of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 out for some test runs.

Known to most of runners as 'The Nike Peg', this running style has never failed to disappoint and therein lies the reason it has become one of the most iconic running shoe styles of all time.

Read on to learn what he thought of the 36th edition of the Nike Pegasus style. 

THE BUZZ

The Nike Pegasus is the top-selling running shoe of all-time and still remains one of the best everyday running shoes on the market. 

The Nike Pegasus has morphed and changed considerably through the years, but this year’s model returns very similar to the Pegasus 35. And that is not a bad thing. 

Lightweight, sleek and athletic, this neutral-oriented shoe serves up a snappy, semi-firm and fast ride that’s ideal for a variety of training runs and can also be your go-to shoe for shorter races, too.

WHAT'S NEW: NIKE PEGASUS 36

While there are only a few small changes to this year’s model of the Nike Pegasus, they’re are improvements that runners will benefit from.  

The latest edition features a thinner, sleeker tongue that wraps the top of the foot, a slimmer heel collar that cradles the foot and an enhanced upper that offers more breathability and contributes to a better, more performance-oriented fit. 

The dual-compound outsole of the Nike Pegasus features carbon rubber in the heel for durability and flexible and grippy blown rubber in the forefoot. A waffle design pattern offers just enough traction on all surfaces while also adding to the shoe’s ability to absorb impact.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

Like most Nike shoes, the Pegasus 36 has a narrow, low-volume profile that fits snug from heel to toe. It has a plush, well-padded interior and firm internal heel counter that, along with the integrated Flywire lacing system, really locks the foot down to the bottom of the shoe.

With the same midsole/outsole chassis as the Pegasus 35— including a full-length Zoom Air cushioning unit embedded in a Cushlon ST foam package —the ride is identically smooth and modestly energetic. Although it’s not nearly as energetic as Nike’s Epic React or ZoomX foams, the midsole of the Pegasus provides a consistent, balanced and mildly responsive sensation.

The Nike Pegasus 36 is comfortable enough for running long distances at slow to moderate paces and it amps up to higher speeds with relative ease.

Nike Pegasus 36

WHO'S IT BEST FOR?

The Nike Pegasus 36 is a perfect shoe for runners looking for a versatile, do-everything training shoe. 

No matter if you’re a newcomer to running or a long-time runner, the Pegasus can reliably handle high-mileage training, faster workout sessions and easy recovery runs with aplomb.

The new, light and airy FlyMesh upper of the Nike Pegasus 36 is light and flexible, moving with the foot as it flexes and recoils through the gait cycle. It’s perforated for more effective breathability, while Flywire support cables are integrated into the lacing system and helps lock down the foot down to the midsole. Those runners who are looking for a dialed in fit, will love the feel  of the new Pegasus. 

PROS AND CONS OF NIKE PEGASUS 36

Nike Pegasus 36 - Pros

Pros:Nike Pegasus 36

The beveled heel of the Pegasus 36 accommodates a heel-striking gait and optimizes the initial transition for a smooth and quick ride.

Nike hasalso released a trail-specific version of the Pegasus 36 ($130) with similar specs and an outsole with an array of opposing lugs for traction on mild to moderate trails. It’s not meant technical mountain routes, but it is sufficient for rolling dirt paths, sloppy wet trails and gravel roads.

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Cons: Nike Pegasus 36

Runners with wider feet or higher volume feet might find the fit of the standard-width Pegasus 36 a bit too cramped.

However, the good news is the Nike Pegasus is also available in an extra wide 4E to accommodate those for whom the standard fit is too snug.

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."