Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The availability of both a medium and wide width options was well-liked by broad-footed purchasers.
  • The zipper system of the heel section helped in securing the foot and allowing a comfortable on-and-off experience, based on a handful of reviews.
  • A couple of consumers welcomed the stylish design of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 FlyEase.
  • A few admired the shoe's lightweight construction.
  • According to a few user reviews, the upper is breathable.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners observed that the outsole didn’t give adequate traction; it apparently caused some slipping, even on mildly wet surfaces.
  • Many testers lamented the non-adjustable lacing system of the Pegasus 34 FlyEase, which caused the fit to be too loose.
  • The underfoot platform had a curve that caused the shoe to tilt back and up in an awkward manner, a person reported.
  • Some people felt the outline of the zipper rubbing against the skin uncomfortably.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 FlyEase didn’t leave a completely good impression on many runners. While some liked the multiple width options, the unique zipper construction at the heel, and the stylish looks, many weren’t very optimistic about the change. They claimed that the FlyEase bungee-cord-and-zipper system diminished the potential of a secure fit.

Facts

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  • The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 FlyEase is a running shoe that’s designed for the consumer who has neutral pronation. The majority of its components are similar to the original Pegasus 34 iteration, but with a lighter Flymesh upper and a lace-free lock-in system that involves Bungee cords and a zipper at the heel.
  • The underfoot platform features a full-length foam material that carries the foot throughout the activity, aiming to deliver a responsive ride. Two plastic cassettes that have compressed air inside them are added in the rear and forefoot sections of the midsole. They heighten protection from impact as well as the cushioning.

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 FlyEase was designed using standard measurements. Regarding length, it aims to accommodate the usual preferences of consumers. The available widths for the women’s version are B – Medium and D – Wide while the men’s iteration features the D – Medium and 4E – Wide options. The semi-curved shape of the last allows the natural curvature of the foot to ease onto the platform.

The outsole unit of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 FlyEase makes use of a rubber compound to protect the midsole from wear and tear. It has pentagonal patterns raised sections to enable traction and support over the surfaces.

Thin grooves separate the outsole into sections. They permit the natural movement capacity of the foot by causing the sole unit to bend accordingly to the motion.

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 FlyEase’s underfoot platform is made up of a foam unit that runs the entire length of the shoe. Its purpose is to provide a responsive and shock-absorbing ride.

Air Zoom cassettes are added to the rear and front portions of the midsole in the FlyEase version of the Pegasus 34. These components heighten the springiness of each step while also amplifying impact attenuation.

A rubber crash rail is placed on the lateral side. This element helps the foot in keeping steady when striking on the ground and when transitioning from the heel to the toe.

Flymesh is Nike’s proprietary cloth-like upper. It’s designed to be smooth, breathable and flexible. The FlyEase iteration of the Pegasus 34 gets an update because the material used in it is lighter than the past ones.

The lining of this shoe makes use of smooth fabric. Its goal is to wrap the foot and prevent irritation or hot spots softly.

The FlyEase closure system involves a zipper and a hook-and-loop fastener on the heel part. It fundamentally eases the means by which the foot enters the shoe’s interior chamber. When unzipped, the collar opens wide to facilitate easy entry/removal. Fastening this unit finishes the closure of the upper.

There isn’t a traditional lacing system in this product. Bungee cords connect to the standard Flywire cables that are positioned on the lateral and medial sections. They can’t be tightened or loosened, thus completing the intent of the FlyEase initiative to do away with the conventional shoestring adjustment method.

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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