Verdict from 2 experts and +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Shield version of the Pegasus 33 is ultra-comfortable, based on most comments.
  • A water-repellent upper makes it an ideal trainer for slightly inclement weather.
  • Flywire cables provide excellent midfoot hold, support, and lockdown feel.
  • Several runners consider the Pegasus 33 Shield as excellent when piling on the miles and when going for quick-pace training.
  • 4 different color options.
  • It continues to be very smooth like many of the Pegasus versions of years past, according to a handful of loyal fans.
  • Some runners noted that the cushioning is just right while being responsive.
  • The traction is simply awesome, according to several users.
  • It runs quite light, based on the comments of more than a few reviewers.

7 reasons not to buy

  • It is a bit narrower than the previous model, based on the observations of some runners.
  • It is a little heavier than before.
  • A handful were not happy with the increase in price because of the water-repellent upper.
  • The upper felt a little too stiff because of the water-resistant tech used, according to a few runners.
  • A good number of runners wished for more reflectivity as this is one of the reasons they opted for the Shield version.
  • The outsole showed early signs of wear and tear, as mentioned in the comments of several runners.
  • There were a couple of runners who needed more room in the toe box while using this shoe.

Bottom line

After 32 iterations, Nike brings a water-repellent or Shield model in the Pegasus 33. This is precisely the regular model, but with more protection against the elements including the water-resistant cleatie for more comfort and warmth. The shoe is superbly comfortable and is built as a versatile trainer. It offers excellent traction, durability, and the looks to be one of the best all-around trainers year after year.

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Good to know

  • The water-repellent version of the Pegasus 33 introduces a host of changes to enhance its already top-notch performance. Most notable update in this shoe is the water-repellent upper and water resistant cleatie, which is where the Shield gets its name. It makes the shoe more all-weather friendly.
  • Giving the shoe more zip in the forefoot is the addition of the iconic Zoom Air Unit in the forefoot. With this update, there is better overall responsiveness whether one lands in the heel or the forefoot. Taking off is also improved with this update.
  • A more strategic placement of the Flywire cords evens out the pressure of the cables. This also improves midfoot hold and support throughout the shoe.
  • New reflective materials in the upper provide better performance when running in low-light conditions.
  • The outsole gets a serious makeover in this version as well. In the Pegasus 33 Shield, the hexagonal lugs now extend all the way to the heel on the medial side of the shoe. With these new lugs, traction is significantly increased.
  • A big update in the outsole is the removal of some of the forefoot grooves. It is replaced by a single, deep flex groove for flexibility. The new groove works with the Air unit in the forefoot for better and more responsive takeoffs.

Nike is fairly consistent in the fit of the Pegasus line. It means that the Pegasus 33 Shield continues to have great midfoot hold and heel security. The toe box has just enough room to accommodate swelling during long runs. It is a shoe that should be ideal for those with slightly narrower to standard foot measurements. The shoe generally runs true to size.


Nike’s Waffle outsole is again utilized in this shoe with a new twist. The hexagonal lugs that used to stop in the midfoot now extend to the heel on the inner side of the shoe. There are the same crash rails on the lateral side, but with more cuts for better flexibility. An alteration in the upper also comes in the form of a single flex groove.


A solitary Cushlon foam that spans the length of the midsole is basically the only form of cushioning material in the Pegasus 33 Shield. As it is full-length, the transitions from the heel to the forefoot are a bit smoother. There are now Zoom Air Units in the heel and the forefoot for enhanced responsiveness all throughout the shoe. This Zoom Air unit is present in the Pegasus 35 and other Nike running shoes.


An engineered mesh provides breathable coverage and an almost sock-like fit. The biggest improvement in this version is a DWR upper that repels water and an inner cleatie that is also water resistant. There are 5 Flywire cables that are spaced out evenly for better distribution of pressure. A very soft inner cleatie adds comfort and protection against the Flywire cords.

How Air Zoom Pegasus 33 Shield compares

This shoe: 85
All shoes average: 82
57 93
This shoe: $125
All shoes average: $120
$40 $300
This shoe: 10.8oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 15.4oz
Author
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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