We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • A majority of the users commented that the Pegasus 34 is extremely comfortable.
  • A lot of buyers have observed that the shoe is lightweight yet durable.
  • Some mentioned that the shoe is good to go right out of the box, and that did not require breaking in.
  • The Pegasus 34’s responsive nature was also commended by many of its testers.
  • With numerous color choices, many users found the Pegasus 34 to be stylish.
  • There were several opinions on how the shoe fits: a lot of users mentioned it is true to size, and others were impressed with the more focused fit and the support it provides.
  • The shoe gives a smooth ride and it feels fast, according to some.
  • One user said the Pegasus 34 reduced their knee and calf discomforts.
  • Even more breathable than the previous version, as noticed by numerous runners.
  • The shoe allows for great foot control with its awesome traction, based on the observation of one user.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners mentioned that the Pegasus 34 has irregular padding and puts uneven pressure on their foot.
  • More than a handful of users commented that the laces were difficult to adjust, and another said they caused some discomfort on the top of his foot.
  • A couple of users said that the Pegasus 34 had poor durability and that it had the tendency to break apart quickly.
  • There were some buyers who were not impressed by the cushioning of the Pegasus 34.

Bottom line

On its 34th iteration, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus has kept most of the features of the previous version, only updating the features of the upper. Like its predecessors, the Pegasus 34 has a level of durability and comfort that provides an incredible support and allows great foot control. This version still employs the signature cushioning of the Pegasus line, which is great for road-running. With most users commending its improved flexibility and breathability, the Pegasus 34 is designed to impress neutral runners undertaking tough roads.



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Expert Reviews

89 / 100 based on 22 expert reviews

  • 96 / 100 |

    The Nike Pegasus 34: The greatest classic!

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    This is an 80 km review of what is clearly the most proven model of running shoe in modern history.

    The Nike Pegasus was designed with the goal of building an accessibly priced shoe that every runner could afford. The first Pegasus was made largely of leather and sold for $50 on its release in 1983.

    The Nike Pegasus has been used by both professional and amateur runners. Its favored by both neighborhood joggers and marathoners alike.

    Today, the Pegasus 34 demonstrates that the designer's original vision is still alive even after 34 years.



    The outsole has Duralon rubber that provides excellent traction and BRS 1000 (Blue Ribbon Sports) carbon rubber in high abrasion areas, providing added durability.

    The traditional waffle outsole design is used on the majority of the outsole to assure excellent traction. A full-length Rubber Crash Rail on the lateral (outer side) of the sole provides for a smooth transition from landing to toe-off. 



    The midsole is the heart of every running shoe. The Pegasus 34’s midsole starts with a full-length Cushlon foam, into which are built two low-profile airbags; one for the forefoot and, one for the heel area.

    These airbags are not token half-inch size pockets but are nearly full width and fully functional. Cushlon starts as NIKE's Phylon foam, with rubber additives, giving the Pegasus a nimble liveliness.


    Flymesh, a seamless engineered mesh with interwoven monofilament lines (fishing line tensile-strength) are added for durability. 

    Flywires provide support and enhances fit at the midfoot; the Flywires go from just above the midfoot Cushlon foam and rise upward to meet the laces.



    The laces then complete the top of the arc, making a comfortable and secure wrap around your foot that can be adjusted with lace tension or patterns for a more personal fit.

    A partial mesh bootie, on the inside, wraps the foot for added comfort and the lightly padded tongue is attached along its sides; with no irritating stitches or excess material to rub the top of your foot.



    There is no need for a lace loop on the tongue either, as it cannot slip due to how it is cleverly attached. There is a very effective reflective area on the rear of each shoe. 

    There is no external toe box stitched onto the front end and no big plastic exoskeleton on the rear as a heel counter.

    There is no need for a bunch of overlays to give the uppers shape and support either as the Flymesh, Flywires, lacing and the big NIKE Swoosh logo take care of that. It is a truly a well thought out and functional design!

    The Running 

    After working all night and being aware of an approaching ice/snow storm, I woke up my wife and somehow convinced her that we needed to drive 130 miles to get these new miracle shoes!

    We did this and managed to get back home before the worst storm in years rolled over our little Indiana town with a barrage of ice, and then a thick blanket of snow.  

    My first run was as soon as the streets were slightly cleared of snow, at -10 degrees C. (13 F); it was windy at 4:00 a.m. in the predawn morning; limiting my first outing to only 5 km.

    These shoes are superb on snow… the waffle soles acted like actual snow tires!



    Amazingly, at 40 miles, with my 145 lbs. weight, and easy midfoot landing style, the shoes showed almost no wear.

    The Pegasus is a robust shoe that can handle a much heavier passenger than I, perhaps even 200 lbs.

    I did manage to find some easy (very easy) trails at the local university, and the Pegasus was right at home with its waffle outsole providing good grip on the damp grass and loose dirt.

    Back on the road, I got to like the Cushlon Foam-Air combination, running every day in this shoe doesn't seem to be tiring.

    I had expected the Nike Pegasus 34, with its full-length Cushlon foam midsole, to be more flexible.

    Overall, flexibility was a little bit too stiff, at first. However, the more I ran in the Pegasus the more comfortable they became.

    I have been seeking out more flat ground with fewer hills, in preparation for the Southern Illinois Spring Classic Half Marathon; I believe the Pegasus will be a perfect shoe for that race.

    A word of caution, the laces did not stay tied, but they are long enough to be tucked in or double knotted. Personally, I chose to replace them with Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 laces.

    I did take an occasional break to run in my Brooks Launch 4’s, simply for a change and to enjoy the easy gait that I could not find in the Nike Pegasus.

    Compared to the Brooks Launch 4 and the Asics GT 2000 5



    The GT 2000 5, Pegasus 34 and the Launch 4 are similar in many ways.

    The Asics GT 2000 blurs the distinction between Neutral and Stability, I have always been at home in the Asics GT series.

    I was surprised to find that the Launch was so much easier to run in than the other three models. I think that is due to the fact that the Launch is so much more flexible than the Pegasus and the GT.

    The Asics GT 2000-5 is more cushioned, with Gel…making it the “Comfort Champion” of these three models.

    Key Points



    NIKE, like some other manufacturers, seems to be having a difficult time getting the patterns of their engineered mesh uppers to line up.

    I had to look at three different pairs of the Pegasus before I got one that was correctly lined up…other than this, there were no other quality issues.



    Gender Specifics claims that there are no gender-specific changes in the women's version of the Pegasus, only color and size selection differ from the men's version.


    • Terrific design…less is often more
    • Functionality
    • Durability
    • Price
    • Style


    • Laces did not stay tied
    • Could use a little more toe box height
    • Maybe a little stiff at first

    A Thought

    In the 1970s, I enjoyed the advice of Albert Byrd, a 1936 Olympic Cyclist (Road and Track) from Chicago, when I was living in Tampa, Florida.

    His advice to me was always the same…just "go out and work up a good sweat." Al always rode a 45-year-old Schwinn that Frank Schwinn had personally built for him, prior to the Olympic Games.

    We were 30 years younger than Al, back then, and he could almost always beat us. Not even our new Columbus and Reynolds tubing bicycles from Milano and Leeds could make a difference!

    Those days taught me at least one lesson..." the biggest part of the equation is always the athlete."


    The Nike Pegasus 34 is a very good blend of old and new technologies that all work very well together. There are no painted on Gel inserts and no simulated reflective stripes.

    The Pegasus 34 is not a shoe that pretends to be anything other than what it is. I sometimes wonder, has technology passed the Pegasus by, and the answer is always,  not if it fits.

    “Thanks, Al…Now, Let’s Go Out and Work up a Good Sweat.”

  • 95 / 100 |

    Pegasus 34: A Worthy Successor

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    the Pegasus 33. In fact, there are only a few changes added to the shoe.

    One change is that this time the flywire on the shoe is hidden and the laces are now flat. It’s still got its stylish look and comes in a plethora of colorways to fit everyone’s style. 



    I found the Pegasus 34 to be very comfortable to run in, I don’t have any issues with areas being too tight or too loose.

    I don’t know if it’s just in my head but this model felt a little snugger than the previous model which I didn’t mind. The flywire system kept the feel snug and secure during my runs.

    Also to add, it didn’t matter if I was using it on my long run, intervals, or short run, the shoe maintained its comfortable feeling. One thing, however, is that when the shoe is brand new it’s a little stiff out of the box but it breaks in relatively quick.


    I’ve been using the shoe about 5 months and put around ~144 miles so far.

    In addition, I’ve used this shoe strictly only during practice or something running related. So far the shoe is still in good condition so far.

    The only visual damage to the shoe is the plastic bit on top of the laces looking like it got crushed because I dropped something on it.



    Just like the previous model, the Nike Pegasus 34 is a beast for running. I’ve used the shoe for long runs, intervals and tempo runs.

    During my long runs, the shoe remained comfortable and didn’t give me any discomforts on my feet. The same was for my intervals on the track and tempo runs on the road.

    The shoe also had a little spring from the zoom air units that kept me running fast. The shoe protected me from the impact of my feet hitting the track and road.

    After 114 miles the shoe has lost its spring but still holds up well for the same workload that I gave it earlier in its life.


    Difference from Last Year

    There’s not a lot of differences from last year’s model.

    The changes are a hiding the flywire, making the laces flat (to address untying issue) and making it a little lighter (not noticeable though).


    • Lots of colorways
    • Spring feeling from zoom air units
    • Snug fit
    • Comfortable
    • Laces don’t untie anymore like the previous model


    • Pebbles get stuck on the bottom of the shoe
    • Laces are little short if you use the runner's knot but it’s still enough to do a tiny double knot

    Final Thoughts

    The Nike Pegasus 34 is a great shoe and there isn’t really a lot of change or improvements. The shoe is comfortable and great for running long distances and fast runs.

    It’s stylish and there are so many colorways that it’s nearly impossible not to find a style that you won’t like. My only gripe is that when you use the runner’s knot there’s barely enough lace to do a double knot, but that’s a minor issue.

    If you loved the Pegasus 33, the Pegasus 34 is a basically it's twin brother that’s an inch taller.

  • 93 / 100 | kofuzi | Level 4 expert

    I really like 'em. If you liked other Nike Zooms, you're gonna love these.

  • 85 / 100 | TF XC Running Shoe Reviews | Level 3 expert

    One difference that I really appreciated was the laces. They are now completely flat and provide a better lockdown for the top of your foot.

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  • There may not be a lot of noticeable changes in the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34, but the updated upper, coupled with the current technology in the rest of the shoe, is enough to impress both new users and patrons of the Pegasus line.
  • Although not a significant difference, the Pegasus 34 is generally lighter than its predecessor, thus, runners who are looking for all the speed boost they can get will approve of this update.
  • The upper now features a newly-engineered Flymesh that is designed to provide support and ventilation on the top of the shoe. Together with the Flywire cords that are now installed differently, the foot is ensured to get a fluid ride and an adaptive fit.
  • While still possessing the familiar outsole design and midsole technology, the Pegasus 34 has a sleeker designed upper and overall silhouette that is both pleasing to look at and comfortable to wear.

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 fits true to size and gives a snug and secure fit without feeling restricted. The shoe provides an incredible foot lockdown and is efficient in preventing heel slippage. Coming in width profiles of D-medium, 2E-wide, and 4E-extra wide for men, and 2A-narrow, B-medium, and D-wide for women, this shoe is available to cater to all foot volumes.

The Pegasus 34 retains the signature waffle-patterned outsole made from Duralon and carbon rubber. These hexagon-shaped lugs wrap the medial part of the outsole and are designed to enhance flexibility. On the lateral part lies the stripe-shaped crash rail, is for a smoother transition through the gait cycle. Overall, these two patterns work together for incredible traction on any surface.

The midsole features a full-length Cushlon ST foam made of EVA foam that provides more softness and support while still producing enough level of bounce and responsiveness. There is also a removable insole that adds to the cushioning.

The Pegasus 34 has Zoom Air units located in the forefoot and heel, which reduces the weight of the shoe and provides a more cushioned landing. These Zoom Air bags give the foot a nudge forward off the ground with each step and offer additional support against vibrations running through from the outsole. This midsole unit is also present in the new Pegasus 35 running shoe.

Additional cushioning is given to the runner via the Fitsole sock liner. This add-on is anatomically shaped to provide mild support to the curves of the underfoot, particularly the arch.

The Flymesh technology of the Pegasus 34 now features bigger pores that are designed to reduce heat buildup when you run. This stable-engineered mesh wraps seamlessly around the upper, ensuring support and ventilation across the top of the shoe.

Like the Pegasus 33, this running shoe makes use of the Flywire closure system, which is now concealed by the layer of mesh mentioned above. These cords hug the arch of the foot for a dialed-in fit, connects to the laces, which then pull a partial cleatie that wraps the midfoot, ensuring a supportive fit while retaining flexibility.

A supportive fit is given to the runner through a partial cleatie construction. The soft mesh in the interior of the shoe wraps around the foot in a secure yet non-irritating way.

An internal heel counter holds the rear of the foot in place and prevents it from exiting the shoe accidentally.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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