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WeightMen: 10.1ozWomen: 9oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
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Heel heightMen: 29mmWomen: 29mm
Forefoot heightMen: 19mmWomen: 19mm
WidthMen: Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-WideWomen: Normal, Wide
Release dateMay 2018
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The Nike Zoom Pegasus 35
Nike has been a long time competitor in the running shoe space. With ambitions of breaking the 2-hour marathon, Nike has really been pushing incredible shoe technology.
I mainly run in Adidas, but after hearing so much praise from the old and new Pegasus lineup I finally wanted to give these a try. After all the hype I have heard around this shoe, I must say I’m not as impressed as I initially would have thought.
After just a few runs in the shoe, I did notice wrinkles starting to form in the midsole. While this doesn’t seem to have any effects on the shoe for now, it does make me worry about the durability of the midsole.
I am mostly an Adidas runner, but after hearing from so many runners that this was one of the best shoes they have ever trained in I wanted to give them a chance.
My expectations of the cushioning system were really high, and I must say I feel like the shoe underperformed a little. While the full-length Air Zoom did provide some comfort for my mid-foot strike, I really was expecting a bit more cushion out of the shoe.
The shoe didn’t offer as much cushion as I would have liked, but it performs well as a stable and responsive shoe.
The Pegasus 35 weighs in at 9.9oz for a men size 10, but it actually felt quite light when on the foot. The heel didn’t feel too heavy, like some Adidas Ultraboosts, which made the shoe a bit more comfortable on longer runs.
Nike has made a lot of bold claims about the durability and multi-surface traction of the Nike Pegasus 35 outsole.
After running and training in these shoes for a few months I can easily confirm the durability of the outsole. The grid pattern outsole works really well on any surface up to a gravel trail. I never felt uncomfortable with the grip of the shoes even in wet conditions.
The outsole pattern also helps with the flexibility of the shoe. The flexibility and beveled heel counter really made the transitions smooth while running.
I normally don’t like having excess material in the heel, but in this case, it didn’t seem to add much weight and bulk so I’ll give it a pass.
The mesh upper was breathable and comfortable even on longer runs. My foot would get a bit warm on hotter days, but it never became too big of an issue.
The engineered upper provide some stretch where needed and the flywire lockdown system making sure your foot stayed firmly in the shoe even at a faster pace.
The Pegasus 35 does have quite a large tongue, but thankfully it never became an issue.
The shoe comes in plenty of colors so you're sure to find one you like. As subjective as looks are, I personally still don't know if I like the way the shoe looks. The shoe does have a futuristic vibe to it which Nike claims also makes the shoe more aerodynamic.
The Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 comes in at $120 but regularly goes on sale to $80-100. I think that is a great price for such a workhorse of a shoe. The versatility of the shoe is where it really shines. Being able to use it as a casual, training, and running shoe really make this shoe worth that price tag just a bit more.
Training off the roads
It’s always fun to lace up and tear up the road, but I think it is just as important to hit the gym and train with weight as well.
With a 28mm heel stack height, the shoe does lift you off the ground a bit. That being said, I never felt unstable when squatting or deadlifting at normal weights. I also liked that this shoe was not bulky. It was lightweight and breathable enough to not bother me while working out.
My expectations for this shoe were quite high. The Nike Pegasus series has a lot of praise from all types of runners. While it was a great runner, I don’t think it quite lived up to all the praise it receives.
That being said, I think it is still a great versatile shoe for running and training.
The design of the shoe is defiantly a bit different than what we have seen in the past, but I think it fits the new lineup of shoes coming out of Nike. The wide range of colors available means there is something for everyone taste and the price is reasonable for the technology your getting.
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Nike Pegasus 35: Is the ‘Peggie` hype worth it?
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
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
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!
- 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.
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Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35: Is it worth the hype?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Nike Zoom Pegasus 35: Going the distance?
Will the Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 manage to keep themselves, and my feet, in one piece when tested over a 6-hour race? I have previously used Nike Zoom Pegasus 34, and they were pretty good so I thought I’d give the next model up a go as they no longer carry the 34 in my local running shop.
I have used these shoes for a couple of months so they had done about 150km before the race. I tend towards my trail shoes for long runs so this will be the furthest they have gone in one go.
After trying on many, many pairs of shoes from different brands, I finally found a pair with a wide enough toe box for my flipper style feet.
They have a variety of color options, but all the colors for this model fall into the more muted end of the spectrum. Mine is pink as it’s the only color they had in stock at the time of purchase.
They are very light and comfortable enough to wear over the distances I’ve tested them in training (5-20km), so I thought I’d give them a run out at Dinton 6-hour race. Dinton is technically a trail race but over footpaths which are good enough to be suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.
As the weather had been good, the race director suggested that road shoes would be more suitable than trail shoes for this race. Objectively, they fit all my road running shoe essential checkboxes (neutral, light, wide toe box) for a reasonable price.
I think that there are a couple of things that make a good shoe, comfort and durability are my main criteria with the price also being an important factor.
Over short distances, these shoes are comfortable enough. A decent level of cushioning means that my knees were able to cope better than they normally do with the steep downhills.
The shoe did well when used for interval training, providing comfort at both low and high (well slightly higher than slow) speeds.
The upper seems to be sturdy and survived puddles well.
A reasonably priced shoe from a big brand name.
I am extremely clumsy, and this shoe seems very grippy which makes running in the cold and wet a much more pleasant experience as I’m much less likely to fall over!
Over longer distances, my feet swelled up that caused foot cramps, sore ankles, battered and bruised toes. I think this is because they size up small.
These issues may have been relieved by ordering up half/one whole size.
The small sizing issue is exacerbated by having to wear thick socks with these shoes as the thin ones I normally wear seem to cause quite a lot of rubbing, particularly around the ankle.
The tread seemed to pick up small stones much more easily than other shoes I have had.
Oh my goodness! I have always assumed, foolishly as it turns out, that running shoes should have at least a reasonable level of durability. Shoes that wear out after a few hundred kilometers would make running a very expensive hobby.
The outside rear of both shoes gave up within 2km of each other at around 31km of the race and the feel was very uncomfortable for the remaining run.
My run was cut short at 3.5 hours due to my little one getting poorly and needing to be collected from nursery (fortunate as I don’t think I could have kept going with the soles in the state they were).
I am a neutral runner with no pronation or strange running style that I am aware of. I have never had this problem with any pair of shoes I have had before.
When I tweeted Nike they suggested that there was a possible manufacturing fault. This was also suggested by the shop I purchased them from who swapped them for another model with no questions.
The price per km is a bit steep!
It was a comfortable shoe over shorter distances, but I don’t think I’d choose it again for longer ones. For durability alone, I have to say this shoe was disappointing in the extreme.
I really enjoyed the previous model of this shoe and my final thoughts on this are "will I never learn?" When I find a pair of shoes that works for me, I should buy more than one pair!
- The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 is a running shoe that’s designed for those who have neutral pronation. It makes use of contemporary design to cater to casual shoe enthusiasts and fashionistas. The upper unit uses an engineered mesh that has a zigzag weave for durability. Flywire cables help to provide a secure and agreeable fit.
- A full-length Zoom Air unit is used as the core cushioning unit of this running shoe. Contrary to the configuration of previous Pegasus models, the compressed-air cassette in this one runs the entire length of the platform. A Cushlon carrier hugs the Zoom Air technology, shielding it from wear and tear.
- Two rubber compounds are layered on the outsole of the Nike Pegasus 35. The purpose of these features is to protect the rest of the platform and provide traction over the surfaces.
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 has a standard running shoe length. It follows the usual choices of consumers when it comes to size. The available widths of the men’s version are B – Narrow, D – Medium, 2E – Wide, and 4E – Extra Wide. The women’s iteration has the B – Medium and D – Wide options.
This running shoe has a foot-shaped last that follows the natural curvature of the human foot.
The outsole unit of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 has a waffle design—comprised of flex grooves and traction nodes— that heightens the flexibility and grip capacity of the platform.
A rubber crash rail is fashioned on the lateral side. Its purpose is to receive the landing impact and ease the heel-to-toe transition.
Duralon is a rubber compound that has a responsive nature. Aside from doling out traction and protection from surface abrasion, it potentially adds some more cushioning. It’s specially placed on the forefoot part of the outer sole.
BRS 1000 is a feature that’s made of carbon rubber. This material is touted to be long-lasting. Its purpose is to shield the platform from wear and tear.
Zoom Air is a cassette that contains compressed air. This midsole material is also present in the Nike Air Zoom Structure 22. The one that’s used for the Pegasus 35 runs the entire length of the platform. Its purpose is to make the ride bouncy and to render more shock attenuation.
A Cushlon carrier covers the Zoom Air unit, sandwiching it and keeping it intact. It also provides cushioning because it’s fundamentally made of molded foam. The Cushlon is also designed to deliver durable and consistent underfoot cushioning throughout the run.
The upper unit of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 makes use of engineered mesh. This cloth-like material offers form-fitting and breathable coverage. A zigzag weave strengthens its structure, thus keeping it from easily tearing apart.
Flywire cables peek through the instep part of the façade, acting as the eyelets of the lacing system. These elastic strands adapt to the tightening and loosening of the shoelaces, thereby giving a secure yet customizable wrap.
A partial bootie construction uses a mesh sleeve and some padding to maintain a smooth and well-supported in-shoe experience.
A reflective strip on the back part of the upper makes the runner more visible, especially when running at night.
The Air Zoom Pegasus is the longest-running running shoe model from Nike. It continues to impress runners of all levels. To completely utilize the functional design of the Pegasus 35, Nike decided to manufacture other variations of this running shoe. These special variations are designed to cater to the different needs of every runner.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield
This running shoe model is the water-repellent version of the regular Nike Pegasus 35. Designed for the roads, the shoe received special upgrades to help runners conquer slippery and wet routes.
The upper is made of durable, water-repellent materials to keep the foot dry. The seams are also sealed to prevent water from entering the shoe. The upper material remains to be light and breathable. The Pegasus 35 Shield has a completely different outsole material. It uses a Storm-Tread Wet Traction rubber for durability and grip.
This special variation of the Pegasus 35 is more durable and more expensive.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Premium
The Nike Pegasus 35 received a premium upgrade in this running shoe. The shoe is designed for beginners and seasoned runners. Along with its street-ready design, this women’s Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 offers a good balance of comfort and breathability.
The overall design of the premium version followed the regular Pegasus 35, but the cushioning was tuned for female runners. This running shoe features a few special design elements including a small Swoosh, metal aglets, wax laces, and leather tongue. All these are designed to give runners the premium look and feel.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 FlyEase
In this running shoe, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 has received the FlyEase touch. The lace-free FlyEase closure is designed for an easy on and easy off of the shoe. The FlyEase system connects a hook-and-loop strap to the zipper. The bungee cords are specifically placed in the top for a secure fit.
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 FlyEase is available for both men’s and women’s versions. Featuring the sample technologies found in the Pegasus 35, the shoe delivers a balance of comfort, cushioning, and fit.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Mid Shield
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Mid Shield is the mid-cut version of the Pegasus 35. It also has a water-repellent upper and reliable traction for wet and slippery running conditions. This version is available at NikeiD.
The running shoe offers the same level of cushioning, comfort and fit. Since you can customize this shoe according to your preferences, you can absolutely choose your own traction and accents, and make it your own.
This mid-cut water-repellent version of the Pegasus 35 is available at $160.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Metallic
The Pegasus 35 features a metallic look in this Pegasus 35 Metallic version. This running shoe for women’s offers elegant looks without compromising performance, comfort, and fit. The shoe uses the same technologies and materials found in the regular Pegasus 35 to give runners the same responsive cushioning, comfortable feel, and smooth wrap. The metallic Pegasus 35 also features durable textile and synthetic upper materials.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Floral
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Floral is a special version designed for women. The upper of the shoe has a feminist twist but it still delivers reliable cushioning and comfortable fit just like the Pegasus 35. Aside from the floral design, another special aspect of this running shoe is the glow-in-the-dark outsole.
The men’s version of this running shoe is the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 with graphic design in its upper. The shoe has a tropical print across the upper, and just like the floral version, it has a glow-in-the-dark outsole material.
Since its release in 1983, the Pegasus has established a great reputation in the running community. Because of its positive feedback, Special Edition versions of this shoe model were released. Some of these are the following:
Nike Air Pegasus ACG (1988) - The version featured a synthetic leather upper. It gave runners a great amount of protection. The shoe was designed for runners to have an alternative for off-road and wet running conditions.
Nike Air Pegasus A/T (1991) - The shoe was designed for all-terrain running. It featured synthetic black and grey leather.
Air Pegasus Racer (1991) - It was a lightweight running shoe designed for racing. The weight of the shoe is approximately 220 grams.
Nike Air Trail Pegasus (2003) - Designed for the trail, the shoe featured a tough waffle outsole for reliable grip. The shoe was also designed to give the foot comfort and protection.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus Mo Farah (2017) - The running shoe was designed to celebrate Farah’s achievement. Nike customized the shoe with personal details. It was available in red colorways, with Union Jack flag and gold accents.
- The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus model was first introduced in 1983. The shoe was designed to be half air to constitute quickness and movement. It also has a Nylon upper.
- The Pegasus was created by Mark Parker (Nike CEO), and Bruce Kilgore (Air Force 1 designer).
- Nike Elite Runners who train in the Pegasus include Matthew Centrowtiz, Amy Cragg, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Bernard Lagat , Lelisa Desisa , and Timothy Cheruiyot.
- In its 35th version, the Pegasus model is considered as Nike’s best-selling running shoe of all time.
- The shoe was originally called as Air Wedge Trainer because it features the Air Wedge unit that is formulated to improve shock absorption.
- In 1987, the children’s version of the Nike Pegasus was released. Since then, the kid’s version of the model has been part of the Pegasus line-up.
- In 1996, the visible Air unit was introduced.
- In 2004, the women’s Nike Air Zoom Pegasus was created to follow the anatomy of the female foot.
- In 2006, a gender-specific design was introduced on the shoe.
- In 2011, Flywire Panel was introduced in the Nike Pegasus 28.
- In 2018, the shoe features the responsive Cushlon foam, which is specifically tuned for women.
- The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 and its other variations are available in Nike iD customized design.