Summary

We spent 7.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Many people liked the aesthetics of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35, emphasizing the freshness of the color schemes.
  • The zigzag stitching of the engineered mesh was appreciated because it kept the façade durable.
  • A lot of testers welcomed the full-length Zoom Air unit, which responsibly cushioned the foot and attenuated impact shock.
  • The grip capability of the outsole unit received praise from a lot of consumers.
  • Based on several runners’ responses, the Pegasus 35 functioned well across a variety of activities like speed training, even-paced runs, and even half-marathons.
  • Several wearers admired the overall design of the shoe; they said it is very comfortable.
  • A few wearers mentioned that the shoe has a lightweight construction.
  • The Pegasus 35 runs true to size, as mentioned in some user reviews.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A tester complained that the upper unit of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 was a bit wide and that it didn’t hug the foot securely.
  • A few runners reported that the collar wasn’t too secure; the heel tended to slip off the shoe’s opening.
  • The outer section of the midsole unit creased after a few uses, according to a tester. Such an occurrence supposedly diminished the visual flair of this model.
  • The shoe is pricey compared to other road running shoes available in the market, said a few users. 

Bottom line

Many people liked the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35. They welcomed the color schemes, the sturdiness of the engineered mesh, the comfortable underfoot platform, and the traction-ready outsole. Moreover, the versatility of this model was lauded. On the other hand, several consumers complained of an inconsistent fit, as well as a decline in the quality of the aesthetics via the midsole creasing.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated Nike running shoe
Top 2% most popular running shoes
Better rated than the previous version Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34

Expert Reviews

91 / 100 based on 38 expert reviews

  • 96 / 100 |

    Nike Pegasus 35: Is the ‘Peggie` hype worth it?

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    new Pegasus every year for as long as most of us have lived (since 1983). It is the workhorse of the Nike line-up. So the hype when the new Pegs was launched is understandable.

    Many runners I know have stayed up to date with the Pegasus from at least five iterations. So in general, the shoes have to keep improving every year to keep runners interested, that adds up to the pressure. Will the Pegasus stay true to the promise of a “shoe for every runner”?

    This years’ iteration has received a complete makeover, ballooning the hype, so let’s dig in!

     

    The new Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35

    Looks

    Nike managed to launch a shoe that looks unique even taking design cues in the heel collar from the likes of the Adidas Alphabounce such as the back of the collar and the tip of the tongue -without us seemingly noticing.

    The shape of the shoe is also more pointy and triangular from the side, making it look sleeker.

     

    The heel counter of the 35 is barely noticeable in pictures, but it makes a very bold statement in person.

     

    The minimalist look of the Pegasus 35 it’s the most appealing feature; its construction is understated, even concealing the flywire on the inside to make room for the bigger Swoosh.

    For the first time ever, the number 35 is translucent and big on the heel counter, making this the only real decoration it has besides the big Swoosh. On the sides of the midsole, there are wave-like lines that look high and clean and add to the effect of “flow”, this thing looks fast just sitting there.

     

    The visible number 35 on the heel area

     

    There are subtle cues from the likes of the Vaporfly 4% and the Zoom Fly, such as the triangular back of the heel - my favorite feature. It looks like it would feel different while running, but it is not really noticeable.

    The outsole looks like a Pegasus 34 except for the hexagons that have now turned to spikes. It looks more durable now, and we hope it really is.

     

    The outsole looks like a stretched-out Pegasus 34, again Nike is keeping what worked and improving it.

     

    One downfall of the look is the appearance of wrinkles on the sides of the midsole that happen almost after the first use, but it seems a small price to pay.

     

    Wrinkles appear almost the first time you use them.

    Fitting and Feel

    The feel of the boot inside is almost sock-like. I tried running without socks in them and it was barely noticeable. The inside has almost no seams to hurt your feet.

    The sock liner is the only detail of the shoe that is the same as every shoe at least since the Elite 8, but why change something that works, right?

     

    Look ‘Ma, no stitches!

     

    Regarding the size, I had to order a half-a-size more, but have had to do so with most of my previous Nike racing shoes. The shoe may be a little wider, but the vertical fit seems right.

    I would recommend not to pull the strings too tight when using them and to tie them almost where they are because they tend to get really tight.

    Also, one small negative detail was that the inside of the tongue stained my socks while running in the rain (I got the loud fluorescent orange ones) so my white socks got a bit of transfer but after a wash they were fine.

     

    The Pegasus staining my socks

    Performance

    Being an avid user of other Nike racing shoes such as the Streak 6, these feel reminiscent of that low, stable ride. Make no mistake, these shoes are fast, the transition feels propelling and quick, it makes your stride flow like nothing I have tried before.

    The stability is something else compared to the current React cousins. When trying out the Nike Odyssey React and Epic React Flynit, I could not get used to the lack of stability I felt, especially in sharp turns.

    I felt the React foam to make my feet strive for stability. The Nike Pegasus 35 do that trick perfectly, they offer a very good balance between a stiff like racing Nike Streak 6 and cushioning like Epic React, it is definitely the ample middle ground.

    Maybe their best trait is that snug stable feeling that makes you not notice the shoe after a while. I also logged my fastest mile ever during a 10K event on a hilly course, so they are really fast.
    For moments during a speed training, I felt like the heel collar was releasing the ball of my heel but it never happened. It is not a terrible feeling but one that takes getting used to.

    One upside is the traction, these shoes grip really well on concrete surfaces even in warmer climates. Also, the grip is excellent in the rain on concrete and if it wasn’t for the torrential rainfall dripping off my cap, I would have never guessed it was raining at all.

    So in summary, I believe the hype is well deserved for these daily runners, the Pegasus legacy lives on!

    Conclusion

    • The Peggies are fast, really fast.
    • The midsole is very well balanced between cushioning and stability.
    • The grip is superior to other Nike Racing series shoes.
    • The sock liner and inside are comfy enough to run without socks.
    • The looks are stunning and minimalistic.
    • The price is a little high but justified once you try them.
    • They are a bit narrow so going half-a-size is advisable if your feet are on the wide side.
    • The inside of the tongue might stain your white socks on sweaty runs.
  • 96 / 100 |

    Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35: Is it worth the hype?

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    The Nike Pegasus series has been around for 35 years. Many of Nike’s best-known running shoes have been Pegasus shoes. I have run around 150 miles in the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35, and I can say it truly surprised me.

    Whether it was the full-length Zoom Air unit or the 33mm Cushlon cushioning, the shoe really does impress me in terms of running.

     

    First impressions

    When I first saw this shoe, I was caught by the bright colorways that Nike had made for it. It looked much more cushioned than any other Nike running shoe, which made me want to try it more.

    It had a very modern aesthetic and feel to it. I wouldn’t even hesitate to wear this shoe as casual wear. The overall appearance of the shoe was very pleasant overall.

    Upper

    The upper of the shoe is made of a form-fitting engineered mesh. It has a zigzag pattern which looks very modern and flashy. It is very breathable and works great in any kind of weather.

    It has flywire cables that adapt to the foot of the runner and keeps it secure. A good detail Nike added was a reflective strip on the back of the shoe which is great for night running.

     

    Durability

    In terms of durability, this shoe is amazing. The shoes have barely shown any wear and tear in the outsole or upper after tough mileage.

    The overall design of the shoes is very well made and very durable. They are durable for road or trails but better for roads. The only thing that concerns me in durability is the midsole, in which it creases and shows wear very easily after the first few runs.

    One thing I do like that Nike did in terms of durability was having the outsole unit of the shoe in a waffle design that helps the flexibility and grip capacity of the platform.

     

    Comfort

    In terms of comfort, these shoes really surprised me. In these shoes, Nike has added a full-length Zoom Air unit which is meant to be responsive for long distances.

    That being said I think the hype about that personally was a little overrated as I did feel good responsiveness but nothing extremely out of this world. The Cushlon foam that Nike uses surrounds that air unit and is meant to deliver durable cushioning throughout your run.

    The one thing I didn’t really find comfortable was the lipped heel which had little cushioning and caused some discomfort in longer runs. With that being said, I do think this is one of Nike’s best-cushioned shoe, if not the best in terms of comfort.

     

    Price

    The price of this shoe is a little pricey coming out at anywhere from $80 - $120. I do think the shoes are definitely worth those prices when it brings high quality.

    What I like about this shoe

    I really like the overall versatility of this shoe. These shoes can be used for really any kind of run, from speed runs to long recovery runs.

    I also like how you don’t have to be fast to run in these shoes, but you can be, and they’ll do great. I also really like that the design of this shoe is very modern and simple but not being overly flashy.

    Why you should buy this shoe

    I believe you should buy this shoe because it does great on any run and is made for most runs. It can go fast and is lightweight but still has the cushioning that’ll last you miles upon miles. This shoe truly does get the job done, and it’ll do you good no matter how fast of a runner you are.

     

    Conclusion

    In conclusion, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 is an everyday trainer from Nike that is very versatile. They provide good structure and good cushioning for longer runs, and they’re lightweight and definitely can go fast.

    It doesn’t matter whether you're a beginner or a veteran; these shoes won't let you down.

  • 98 / 100 | kofuzi | Level 4 expert

    Ultimately, I don't think you're gonna lose if you get either of these shoes. If I can only have one, it would be the Pegasus 35.

  • 95 / 100 | Road Runner Sports | | Level 4 expert

    [The full-length Zoom Air] is gonna give you a nice, smoorth transition. I felt like I was cushioned the entire way through my last running pace.

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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