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WeightMen: 9.4ozWomen: 8.3oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 28mmWomen: 28mm
Forefoot heightMen: 18mmWomen: 18mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield: Comfy and durable in rough conditions
I decided to buy these shoes as snow season was fast approaching in the Midwest. I needed something to provide traction on slippery surfaces and keep my feet dry. I have worn these shoes during and after heavy snow and rain.
They have been reliable on many different types of terrain including grass, roads/asphalt, trails, treadmill, and rubber track. They have 250+ miles on them, and I can tell they have a lot more to give! If you are looking for a comfortable, durable shoe to wear in all conditions, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield is a great choice!
Upper & comfortability
These shoes were comfortable from the moment I put them on. These shoes run true to size. I am typically a 7 in women's, and these shoes in a size 7 were just right.
I love the toggle design instead of the typically tied laces. Some may find the laces to be too long depending on the runner’s preferred tightness but I did not have a problem in this area.
The shoes easily slide on and off but do not feel too big when running. They are easy to adjust. This is especially nice as it allows for a quick adjustment in bad weather.
On the other hand, I did notice some soreness on the top of my feet after some runs. I believe this was from pulling the laces tighter, but not evenly distributing the tightness. This is not a deal-breaker for me, but maybe something to consider!
Drop & cushioning
This model has a 9.4 mm drop for the women’s shoe. I typically prefer a lesser drop to encourage a midfoot strike but did not have any problems with this model.
The firm cushioning of this model provided an average energy return. I would not recommend these shoes for faster-than-tempo running. I would recommend this shoe for any length of run.
Outsole & durability
The shoe has excellent durability. I have worn this shoe in heavy rain and snow, and the outside still looks great!
The shoe has kept my feet dry in snow and rain- I am continually impressed. I never got a blister even while running 18 miles on a rainy day. I was worried about my toes getting cold on the runs with a lot of snow, but not with the strong outer layer protection of these shoes.
The shoe has great traction and has been reliable on the roads, treadmill, track, grass, and trails. I grab these shoes right away if I am worried about slippery roads or uneven terrain.
The stylish look of the shoe is different than the typical trail/durable running shoe. Though durable, the shoe is still lighter.
- Extremely durable
- Perfect for any length of run
- Great in all types of weather
- Great on all types of surfaces
- Comfortable from the start
- I typically prefer other shoes for faster-than-tempo running
- The design of the upper, while easy to adjust, may cause soreness on the tops of feet if the tightness is not evenly distributed
These shoes are fantastic for rainy and snowy weather. They have proven to be the most durable running shoes I have ever owned!
I would recommend anyone to try these shoes if they are concerned about keeping their feet dry or having enough traction to run on difficult surfaces. This is a great training shoe or racing in tough conditions for any length of run.
My only cautions are not to pull the laces too tight and to evenly distribute the lace tightness across the top of the foot.
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Every time I put on the Pegasus it's always like meeting up with an old friend and the 35 Shield is definitely no exception to that experience as well. I've running in a variety of shoes and a lot of them are race oriented and so being able to put on the Pegasus 35 Shield, which is your daily trainer, was very comforting and very comfortable. I'm very happy to put in some miles on this shoe.
I've run on trails. I've run on the grass. I've run on the road and this thing is just awesome
I think the Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield is a great all-weather twist on the classic
Updates to Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield
- The latest iteration of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus Shield features a completely new design, from top to bottom. The enhancements aim to provide runners not just better protection for winter running, but also for a smooth and responsive ride for the road.
- The upper uses a completely new material for warm and efficient water-repellent coverage. The lightweight and sturdy upper elements will keep the foot dry even on wet running conditions. The seams are also sealed to prevent water from entering the shoe.
- The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield also features a new lacing design. It now has a toggle lacing system, which is designed to allow the runners to easily adjust the fit on cold, wet running conditions.
- This running shoe also has a redesigned Cushlon midsole, which aims to deliver durable and responsive cushioning. This midsole element works well with Nike’s full-length Zoom Air unit.
- In the outsole of the shoe is the Storm-Grip Wet Traction Rubber, which is strategically used to provide reliable traction on slippery and wet surfaces.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield size and fit
The Nike Pegasus 35 Shield runs true to size. It offers a medium fit in the heel and midfoot. The forefoot is a bit narrow but it should not be an issue for medium-footed runners. For those with a wide forefoot, they might find the forefoot a bit constricting. The shoe is available in a medium width for both the men’s and women’s versions.
The water-repellent version of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 makes use of the Storm-Grip Wet Traction Rubber. It gives durability and reliable traction on varied surfaces. It won’t disappoint even on wet surfaces.
Rubber Crash Rail is placed on the lateral side of the outsole. It acts as a cushioning device which aims to encourage a smoother transition. It also enhances flexibility whenever necessary.
Nike’s notable Zoom Air unit extends in the entire midsole of the Pegasus 35 Shield. It provides reliable underfoot cushioning, protecting the foot in every landing. As a result, a smooth and responsive ride will be experienced.
Along with the Zoom Air is the full-length Cushlon foam. It is formulated to give runners plush, resilient cushioning.
The upper of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield features a water-repellent upper and the seams are completely sealed. It aims to keep the foot dry without affecting comfort and breathability. The lightweight upper materials come with reflective elements to increase visibility on dark routes.
The toggle lacing system aims to deliver quick lace adjustment, especially on cold running conditions. The new lacing system enhances overall fit and midfoot security.
The tongue and heel collar are moderately padded, providing the foot an enhanced security without compromising comfort.