When Nike launched the first Pegasus in 1983, running shoe design was still in its infancy—as were the Millennials who are now helping reshape recreational running. Nike has adapted and evolved this legacy training shoe quite well, especially in the past couple of years. The biggest updated to the newest version is the addition of Zoom Air cushioning under the forefoot. (The previous two versions only had Zoom Air under the midsole in the rear of the foot.) The upper, Cushlon (EVA) midsole and outsole lug pattern have also been slightly changed, but the results of those updates are subtle. Nike’s Flywire sidewall/arch support system, partially gusseted tongue and an engineered mesh upper combined to provide a near-custom fit. (Like most Nike shoes, the fit is narrow and athletic with only a little wiggle room in the toe box.)
The Pegasus remains a very versatile shoe for a wide range of runners and a wide range of types of running. There really isn’t anything the Peg isn’t suited for, especially now that it has the extra cushy spring in the forefoot. It’s great for high-mileage training, it’s ideal for tempo runs and speed work and it’s light and energetic enough to race from 5K to the marathon. It doesn’t mean it should be the only shoe in your quiver, but it certainly could be.
This is the shoe for you if: … as always, if you’re looking for a very versatile, do-everything shoe.
Weights: 9.7 oz. (men’s size 9.0); 8.1 oz. (women’s size 7.0)
Heel-Toe Drop: 10mm; 29mm (heel), 19mm (forefoot)