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From the vast, open plains of South Africa to the dense concrete jungles of Singapore, you can bet your bottom dollar that on any run, any time of day, you will pass at least a handful of people wearing the Nike Pegasus.
The popularity of the Nike Pegasus stems from three main reasons:
- It is well-priced: at $120 the Pegasus is bang for the buck. You get a shoe that will last a long time and is well below the average price of modern running shoes.
- It is consistent: you always know what kind of ride you will get with the Pegasus. If you were to blindfold me and make me run in any version of the Pegasus, I could tell you that I'm running in the Pegasus—the ride is that distinct.
- It is widely available. Most large malls have a Nike store, and every Nike store carries the Pegasus. The Pegasus is also available through an array of third party resellers and online shops.
Every second year is a big update where the midsole, outsole and upper all change. The Pegasus 36 is an in-between year where only the upper gets updated. Some might see this approach by Nike as an "if it isn't broken, don't fix it" strategy.
But, I think Nike should take more risks and change the upper, midsole, and outsole every year: it keeps things fresh and innovative. It's also not like Nike can't afford to buy new molds and machinery every year to manufacture a brand new shoe.
The highly anticipated Pegasus 37 is rumoured to have a React midsole instead of a Cushlon. This should make the shoe softer and lighter.
I have run in every Pegasus since the Pegasus 30, and after every run in the Pegasus, no matter what version, I think to myself that this is the perfect goldilocks shoe.
It's firm but not too firm, stable but not motion controlling, heavy but not too heavy. Even the price is not too cheap or not too expensive. Everything about the shoe is "just right." Now some might see you this as boring; others might see it as consistent.
Upper and comfort
The main difference between the Pegasus 35 and the 36 is the upper. The tongue loses its padding and becomes a race-type tongue. This change makes the Pegasus 36 slightly roomier than the Pegasus 35.
I prefer the 35's upper purely from a comfort point of view. I have narrow feet, so I prefer to have a snug fit. The tongue of the 36 is also too short, so it slips downwards on runs.
The Nike Vomero 14 had the same tongue as the Pegasus 36, but Nike brought out a second version of the Vomero 14 with a padded, longer tongue. This is proof that Nike realises that they made a mistake with the tongues of their latest shoes.
The synthetic mesh has perforations to enhance breathability. There are Flywire cables on the midfoot to provide support and a molded heel counter that flares away from the foot at the top.
I found my heel to slip slightly even when I tied the laces with a heel lock and very tightly. The heel slip wasn't as bad as the React Infinity Run Flyknit, but it was still present.
The most exciting thing about the upper is the floral print inspired by Tokyo. It resembles the two different sides of Tokyo: the new and the old.
Midsole and ride
My favourite Pegasus was the 35 because it had a smoother ride than the previous versions due to the full-length Zoom Air pocket. Versions 33 and 34 had really lumpy forefoots where the forefoot Zoom Air bags were situated.
The Pegasus 36 has the same midsole as the 35, and while you can't really feel the Zoom Air unit because it's so thin, it's comforting to know that it's there.
The Pegasus 36 is one of the few Nike running shoes to still use their old Cushlon foam technology which feels a bit flat. It doesn't have the bounce or softness of their React and ZoomX foams. The Cushlon midsole makes the ride of the Pegasus 36 very 'old school.'
I went for a variety of different runs in my Pegasus 36, including recovery, tempo, and long runs. The Pegasus 36 could handle all of them but felt the best on tempo runs shorter than 15km, under 6 minutes per kilometer.
The longest run I took in the Pegasus 36 was a 25km easy run, and while my feet felt fine, my legs and whole body felt tired, and I couldn't wait to end my run.
Transitions are very smooth due to the full-length Zoom Air unit, the one-piece midsole and the full contact outsole.
My favourite part of the Pegasus 36 is hands down the outsole. It's made from a hard carbon rubber that can rival the most durable rubbers on the planet. It's the same outsole carried over from the Pegasus 35, so it still has a great grip on wet and dry surfaces.
The outer heel area is segmented into rails which bare the brunt of the impact if you're a heel striker.
It's a full-contact outsole, so I expect to get at least 1000km of running out of the Pegasus 36.
On the Pegasus 35, at the point at the back, the midsole separated from the outsole rubber. So far, I haven't had that happen on the Pegasus 36 but be on the lookout for it.
The shoe flexes in the forefoot and very quickly snaps back into place. This makes the Pegasus very good at tempo runs. The Zoom Air unit is full length so to make the shoe flexible, Nike reduced the thickness of the Zoom Air unit.
The firm, low to the ground midsole ensures that the Pegasus is a very stable shoe. There is no lean bias, and there is some under arch support which is comforting for pronators. You can feel it while walking around, but you can't feel it when running.
Pegasus 36 vs Pegasus 35
Both shoes have the exact same midsole and outsole, but the Pegasus 35 has the more comfortable upper due to the padded tongue. The Pegasus 35 is also much cheaper than the 36, so I choose the Pegasus 35.
Pegasus 36 vs the Pegasus Turbo 2
The Pegasus Turbo 2 has the dual foam ZoomX and React midsole which gives it a more sophisticated ride character. It's softer, more responsive and lighter than the Pegasus 36 but it does cost a lot more at $180. I still prefer the Pegasus Turbo 2.
Pegasus 36 vs Vomero 14
I didn't enjoy the Vomero 14 at all. The React foam in the midsole just feels lifeless and dull to me. There is also a lack of cushioning in the forefoot. The Vomero 14 is more expensive than the Pegasus 36. I prefer the Pegasus 36.
In an ever-changing world, the Pegasus is the only constant. The Nike Pegasus 36 is a dependable, consistent trainer. It has similar ride characters from year to year, is good value for money and is good for most types of short runs.
If you have the Pegasus 35, I wouldn't recommend getting the Pegasus 36. The Pegasus has a more comfortable, better upper but does weigh a bit more.
If you like the old school combination of Zoom Air and Cushlon foam, technologies that Nike has been using for over a decade, the Pegasus 36 is the shoe for you. I find it boring and prefer the new softer, more dynamic super foam shoes of today.
One thing the Pegasus 36 is not is fun. From the Asics GlideRide with its distinct rocker to the New Balance Propel with its cloud-like softness, to the Nike React Infinity Run with its thick spongy midsole, they are all fun rides.
The Pegasus 36, in comparison, feels firm and flat. The Pegasus feels like it doesn't have any character. It doesn't inspire or motivate me to want to run more.
- Great value for money
- Widely available in a plethora of colours
- Very little differences in ride from year to year
- Upper is not as good as the now cheaper Pegasus 35
- Midsole is energy-sapping and uninspiring
- Not a fun ride
The Nike Pegasus line has been a legacy in the running shoe market since 1983. It has provided runners with a new daily trainer every year. Those trainers have been pretty good too, being favorites of all kinds of runners from elite to casual runners.
This running shoe is personally one of my favorites. And, if you liked last year's version, the Pegasus 35, then you'll most likely like this one as well.
I like the aesthetics of this shoe a lot. Right out of the box, the 'volt green' colorway caught my eye right away. The design of the shoe is very simple and sleek.
Depending on which colorway you purchase, you can pop out with neon colors or lay low with darker colors. It looks nearly ídentical to last year's iteration, so if you like the look of that shoe, then you'll like this too.
The Pegasus 36 upper seems a lot more breathable and thinner than the 35, which I enjoy more. A more noticeable change is a thinner, shorter tongue, which I could care less for because I enjoyed the 35.
I really enjoy the newer upper of this shoe. It reminds me of a combination of a flyknit and the Pegasus 35 mesh that was used last year.
The upper of this shoe also has flywire, which is made to add a better lockdown to the shoe, which I think hugs the foot pretty well.
The midsole of this shoe is the same as last year's Pegasus, which is good because most people liked the midsole a lot of the 35.
The midsole is a Cushlon foam, with the inside having a full-length Zoom Air unit. That unit is meant to make the shoe more responsive and provide a bouncier ride.
The outsole of this shoe is the same as last year as well. I like the outsole a lot, so I'm happy Nike did not change it at all.
The outsole is excellent for roads and dirt trails, having a good amount of three different kinds of rubber in the outsole. The outsole also allows a lot of flexibility in the right places which I enjoy.
The ride of this shoe is very similar to the Pegasus 35 but has a little different feeling. I believe it is the upper, as I said before the 36 upper seems a lot more breathable and thinner than the 35, which I enjoy more.
A bigger difference is a thinner, shorter tongue. The tongue is very similar to the Vomero 14's tongue, which caused irritation and was uncomfortable. However, it doesn't feel bad like the Vomero.
That could be because the Pegasus 36 seems to have softer and stretchier laces than I believe the Pegasus 35 and Vomero 14 had. That being said, I didn't have any problem with the Pegasus 35 tongue and felt that it shouldn't have been changed.
Overall, though the shoe is great for various kinds of runs, I use it on mainly maintenance/recovery days, and workout days.
I did a long and a tempo day with them. While I have other shoes I mainly use for that (Zoom Fly Flyknit), they will do perfectly fine on those runs.
One example of a workout I did was 11 x 320m, finishing with 8 x 200m (~5 min. pace). The shoe felt perfect with the right amount of cushioning and responsiveness.
I also did 11 x 2 minutes hard pace workout (160 m track) and felt absolutely great, especially on the 2-mile warmup and cooldown. The cushioning definitely helped.
On the recovery days, these shoes feel great with the right amount of cushioning for various distances.
The retail price of this shoe is $120, which I believe is the perfect price for this shoe. The shoe is high quality, and very versatile while being comfortable too. I think if you plan to use this for everyday training, then $120 is worth it.
In my opinion, these shoes are perfect for what a daily trainer should be. They have the right amount of cushioning for intervals on the track to long runs.
They are breathable, and they have enough outsole depth for trails that also work on roads. They are the perfect weight for a workhorse shoe.
The Pegasus 36 is a daily trainer for any kind of run. Whether you're a world-class runner or a local, casual runner, these shoes will get the job done no matter what distance or how fast you are; they will not disappoint.
I generally write reviews once the shoe is used after several kilometers, and here I say the Nike Pegasus 36 is one of the best shoes available in the market.
Design and color
Colors… Colors… Colors! When I opened the website to order my shoe, I was amazed to see the variants and the option to choose a preferred color combination. That option is really unique.
The flow of the design so soothing and is technically so perfect and comfortable. If anyone is looking for some flashy colors while running, oh yes, you are at the right window. I can call this shoe a perfect blend of flash and performance.
I have used the Pegasus 32 and now 36. I have seen a lot of changes in them. Even found a lot of difference in the lace area between 35 and 36. The introduction of the thin tongue and improvement in the lace area is a fantastic update.
Size and the fit
The shoe comes in regular sizes. No need to buy a large or small size to fit your feet. The material used in the shoes has an amazing property of making you feel comfortable. Thus, you'll feel better and go distances.
I run long distances. The design and technicality of the shoe are so well-detailed and monitored for the perfect fit and comfort. This feeling is not available in many of the running shoes in the market.
This pair has a unique fit or comfort, which makes you push yourself to the next level. However, the surface of the toe-box is a little hard and rubs your toenail if you are not wearing running-specific socks or not taped your toe.
The material gives excellent comfort for your walk or runs even for the wide feet. For me, this shoe is like a gift from Nike to my feet. The comfort meter is high. If you are used to high cushion shoe, or a high comfort shoe, here you are.
The sole of Pegasus 36 is the one that takes maximum credit when any shoes hit the road.
Design-wise, there is no difference in the sole since long in Pegasus series. All look same, well-designed, rigid, comfortable, very durable, and provide comfortable ride during running.
The grip on the road is very comfortable and keeps you going. The technical turns are easier and make sure you perform well.
The crucial and amazing knock is that it performs well even on the Level 1 trails. You will never skit on the small rolling stones, sand or loose soil.
The tail design is something new in a few of the Nike shoes. I tried heel running once to check the comfort. I felt the strike is little smooth, and the shock to the ankle is lesser when compared to other shoes. It is great to feel the difference.
I found the response and the push of the midsole is just amazing to increase your performance at each step. Even after my long runs, I have never faced any issues in my feet.
I’m a midfoot/forefoot striker. This shoe has some incredible technology to push you to step further. The material is excellent, and the reflex is just in place at each strike.
I have been using Pegasus 32 for a very long time with a mileage of more than 3k kilometers (generally 1.5 km), and it’s still sturdy and ready for training.
This pair still looks new, with around 500 kilometers now. I hope to use it for many runs and many training sessions.
This shoe makes you run cool. It’s the coolest shoe I have in my running rack.
The material and the mesh on the surface expands so well, which increase the breathability automatically. These went all over the shoe, which helps me to have a comfortable, sweat-free, dry, and cool running experience.
This is a shoe manufactured to consider each minute details for performance. I see no fault in this shoe. Its cushion, fit, innersole, lace, material, mesh, breathing, push, shock absorption, and more will make you perform better in your runs.
Safety and protection
As it is a road running shoes, safety and protection are not a key factor to look for, unlike in trail shoes. Regardless, the fit, design, material, sole, cushioning will ensure each step on the road is comfortable and safe. You will enjoy your blister-free ride.
- Amazing design for comfortable running
- Everything is just perfect for better performance
- Amazing colors and color combinations to choose from
- The material and mesh used will help for better fit even with wide feet
- Design for the sole is just in place to grip your run and performance
- Material is breathable to have a dry and comfort running
- Lightweight shoes that will automatically push you to perform better
- Great shoes for the long-distance running
- The material used for the sole is a fantastic shock absorber to give a better push
- The slim tongue is a good change, which offers more comfort on the feet while running
- Thin lace takes the comfort level to its high
- The heel counter and the heel collar are so well-designed to have the perfect support
- This shoe even can be used in level 1 trail surfaces
- Worth the money
- When the shoe is new, better to wrap your toe to avoid rubbing the shoe's inner surface. You can use micropore. (Note: This happened only for few initial runs.)
Nike Pegasus 36 is a perfect shoe for any kind of road runs. It may be an ultra, full marathon, half marathon, or any distance. It will perform equally good and will make you feel proud of your choice.
Amazing color, lightweight, perfect design, material, breathability, fit, comfort, and performance make it stand out. The response at each step and the push from the midsole makes you perform better and run injury-free.
So far, I have completed two major runs: 1:24 hrs stadium run covering 164km and Mysuru Marathon in 3hrs 35mins 33 secs. I also covered more than 400 km of training runs.
I have already suggested Pegasus 36 in my running community and my running club. I wish most of them to buy this shoe to better their performance.
I am a relatively new runner having started in October of 2016 after a 20-year hiatus. In that time, I have logged over 4400 miles and lost over 80 lbs. Running shoes have changed/evolved drastically during my long break in running.
It was quite overwhelming to find a shoe among the sea of choices. The shoe of choice for me ended up being the Nike Pegasus; the Pegasus 33 was my first, and it was instant love.
I was immediately impressed by a shoe that seems both minimal yet felt cushioned and responsive all at the same time.
Having logged 3300+ miles exclusively in the Nike Pegasus makes me both fair and impartial in my review of the latest Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36. I will be making some comparison to the Pegasus 35, which I consider my favorite so far.
The outsole is unchanged from the 35's, which is more than capable of a myriad of surfaces. I have run plenty of miles on grass surfaces, concrete, pavement, and even rock.
It doesn't seem to matter what surface you run on—the Pegasus grip is unchanged and up to the task.
The only slight observation is that they do slip a bit on paved, wet surface. As with the previous version, I love the sleek design of the 36—it just looks fast. Also, the vast choice of colorways is on par as with any Nike product.
Unfortunately, that's where the good ends for me.
To say I am disappointed in the Pegasus 36 may be an understatement. Previous Pegs have been run ready out of the box or at least for me. The 33~35 had a firm, yet cushioned heel that made you feel as if you were "running tall."
That combined with a responsive toe-off made those fast runs smooth and the easy runs…well, easy. The 36's, on the other hand, feel dead. The 36's feel as though you are running in mud or uphill with every step.
I have about 150 miles on mine and would fully expect them to have that feeling of cushion and response that I have enjoyed in the past iterations of the product. The shoe simply doesn't respond for me and already feels dead.
As far as toe-off is concerned, again, it really feels like a chore to run fast in these shoes.
While most reviewers have applauded the new tongue design, it creates a lot of pressure on the top of the foot, or it has mine. Nike went away from a longer padded tongue in favor of the flat tongue that barely extends past the top of the laces (see Nike Zoom Fly).
I tend to tie snug, but I can't get the laces to feel tight enough to where it doesn't cause foot discomfort. I must leave them loose enough for comfort, which creates heel slippage. I believe that is a big reason why I can't get a proper response out of the shoe.
Nike Pegasus 35 – I can use both sets of top eyelets for superb lockdown and good overall shoe response.
Nike Pegasus 36 – Using both top eyelets of the shoe put an enormous amount of pressure at the top of the foot. With my foot/ankle structure, not using both eyelets leaves the shoe loose and unresponsive.
Nike Pegasus 36 – This is the result of the amount of pressure the laces put on the top of my foot, near the ankle. This particular run aftermath was only using one set of the top eyelets.
Overall, I believe the Nike Pegasus 36 is as lackluster as the 35 was great. I ran in 5 pairs of 35's last year with each pair being consistently good. So far, the 36 has caused severe ankle and knee pain.
I believe it is related to the tongue design as it relates to my foot. I will not be purchasing another pair of Nike Pegasus 36.
I hear that the 37's have been completely redesigned, but if they retain the same tongue design and height, regretfully, I have taken my last run in the Nike Pegasus series.
- Great styling,
- Many color choices
- The tongue provides no padding against laces—be careful not to tie too tight
- Nike continues to make the laces about 6 inches longer than they need to be
- Not as responsive as previous versions; feels clunky and loose
In running, as in fine dining, the first taste is with the eye.
The banana-yellow of these shoes shoots right to the back of your retina and kicks you in the optic nerve. Meanwhile, the big black swoosh overlay adds a touch of danger, like a bee or a particularly miffed snake.
You don’t know whether to eat these shoes or hide from them. All these say that visual design is at the forefront of this edition of Nike Pegasus.
And rightly so, the designer and Artist In Residence (A.I.R), Cody Hudson, has done a stand-up job of creating a striking and clean look in a market of shoes.
Casually slipping them on, I was first surprised by the amount of freedom allowed in the heel. The back of my foot was moving a few millimetres and creating friction.
I quickly learned that’s because I did it wrong.
To wear these shoes, you have to take extreme care to lace them up tight. Pulling from the bottom of the laces, threading the tension up through each eyelet, and tightly tying creates an ultra-snug, 360-degree supportive fit—a chrysalis for your feet.
No more heel slippage. Once laced firmly, they are a second skin.
Lifting my heels, they felt light and responsive, if a little stiff. That was all to change once I had tried them on the road.
But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s look at the details of the shoe first.
The engineered mesh upper provides solid support around the whole of the forefoot. Still, crucially its mild elasticity allows just enough movement and give to avoid this turning into undue restriction.
There are an external layer and a soft inner sock-liner — both heavily perforated to create the feeling of a wind tunnel for the toes.
While the fit can feel restrictive on first wear (particularly in the toe box), after a few minutes of training, the upper expands to give a tight but accommodating fit.
The exposed flywire cord assisted lacing system— lateral tethers stretching from the eyelets on each side and anchoring solidly down into the midsole—greatly aided this.
These transfer the tension from the laces and distribute it evenly around the midfoot. It gives your feet a reassuring hug and enhancing the feeling of ergonomic ‘oneness’ — that these are less an external accessory than an extension of your body.
The tongue is asymmetrical and very skinny — no bloated plushness here. The shape serves to mould to the bridge of your foot as discreetly as possible, maintaining a streamlined form.
There is a downside to the tongue design, however, which I will touch on a little later.
The insoles feature more black silhouettes akin to those on the upper, which I can only guess would represent: a flower, the world, a pyramid, a swoosh, a picture of an old fence and a stack of dishes.
Additionally, one insole bears the perplexing legend: "DRONE — ZONE — MIND — BODY — BREATHE — DEEP." with every other letter printed upside-down and back to front.
While this may contain some profound meaning, I’ll leave that for you to ponder on a particularly long, slow run.
The insole provides some pleasing extra cushioning, especially in the heel. Not much in the way of arch support in these shoes, so neutral runners will be best served.
The only plush part of the upper is the heel collar, which tapers away at the Achilles tendon. It gives plenty of freedom from the ankle upwards for uneven or undulating terrain as well as fast downhills.
The support of the padded collar adds to the wearability of these shoes and creates a comfortable seal to the unit. Also, I have experienced no friction issues or restriction of motion.
I have one, quite major, gripe with the upper , and it's one of the first things I noticed about the shoe— the lacing system. Yes, you must tie them tight, or they come loose. But, not too tight or they come loose.
Lacing them is more an art than a science. Nike’s choice of a very thin, flat tongue means there isn’t that buffer between the lace knot and the bridge of the foot that a plush tongue provides.
Thus, every vertical movement of the foot transfers directly as pressure on the knot and any weakness in the knot will work itself loose over time.
These are the only shoes I have had come undone while training, which makes me think twice about wearing them on a race day.
I’ve had the most success by tying the knot very tightly, but incorporating the slightest gap between the knot and the tongue, so the knot is sitting on the resting foot rather than being pulled against it.
A full-length Air pocket and proprietary Cushlon foam make up the midsole of the Peg 36.
The ride feels a little stiff at first. But, after the first few minutes of training, the shoes warm up and melt deliciously underfoot providing ligament-friendly cushioning while remaining responsive and flexible.
The 10mm drop adds an extra push to your pace when tempo running, and the heel-to-toe transition is slick and smooth.
At slower tempos, I find the ride a little jarring, owing to a tendency to heel strike at these paces. But, once I pick up the speed, there is a real feel of ease, fluidity, and circularity of motion, like running in an invisible hamster wheel.
As well as road running, I’ve also tried these on some tamer tracks. They cope as well as can be expected for a road shoe—remaining stable on uneven ground and minor obstacles like exposed tree roots.
After only a few kilometres, I found that the heel had visibly crumpled and was at first a little concerned. But, after 200+ km in these shoes, the crumpling has not worsened, and the midsole has remained soft and responsive as ever.
The widths available are D (regular — my review size), 2E (wide) and 4E (extra wide). I have a narrow foot, and the D was a perfect fit, but it could easily be too skinny for some.
Waffled carbon rubber makes up the outsole, and it is resilient indeed. After a month of heavy training in these, I have visible wear only on the very frontmost ‘waffle’.
The profile of the outsole enhances the feeling of fluidity of this shoe, and particularly the tapered rear, which ensures your heel meets the road smoothly with each step at speed.
There is plenty of tread on the outsole to deal with roads and paths with aplomb. However, I wouldn’t use them for anything more technical than a gravel path or tame woodland as the grip is geared towards smoother surfaces.
A full-length heel-to-toe groove creates a remarkably fluid transition on road surfaces and makes the shoe feel a lot more flexible than it is when taken in hand.
This is a big plus over longer distances as it evokes a feeling of effortlessness that is even palpable on tired legs.
- Stylish as heck
- Slick, cushioned, and speedy ride
- Quite lightweight
- Comfortable, firm but unrestrictive fit
- Not unreasonably priced, for the market
- The laces could betray you on a race day
- Little support for overpronators
- A bumpy ride on slow runs
On balance, I give this shoe an 85/100. An excellent all-rounder and ideal for tempo training, but there are better options for slow, long runs as well as race days.
The shoe presents a quality feel when first placing your foot within the upper. This 2019 update to the Pegasus line has a more minimal feel to last year's offering.
The tongue is less obtrusive than the longer, stretched out tongue found on the Pegasus 35. I never had an issue with the tongue on that version of the shoe.
It is certainly not detectable here and does the job of protecting the forefoot from the laces perfectly.
The tongue is also thinner and slightly offset around the ankle area, which helps with some of the weight relief I shall discuss later.
I do note that after 100 miles, the very edge of the tongue shows some light fraying. But, it is only aesthetic wear and doesn't cause any discomfort.
The upper is made from an engineered mesh that features a booty type construction. It wraps around the foot and provides an enjoyable level of comfort.
The shoe uses flywires wherein the laces pass through to assist with lockdown.
And, amongst my runs in the shoe, I have experienced no problems in getting an appropriate level of fit using this system, both quickly and consistently.
The upper is an improvement from the Pegasus 35. I feel it is more breathable and lighter, which is ideal for daily trainer within warmer temperatures.
However, it could present issues when running in colder conditions.
Often overlooked is the quality of laces. These have enough of a tactile feel to them to stop them coming undone when rubbing together over the miles.
A thin plastic overlay is present to reinforce the lace eyelets. Also, a welcome inclusion is an extra setback eyelet towards the ankle for employing a runner's knot.
Although with this shoe, I did di not see a need for this extra eyelet due to the improved lockdown over the forefoot.
That aside, it is a welcome addition and one that provides flexibility for runners with differing foot widths and volumes.
The shoe fits me true to size. I am a UK size 11, and the shoe has ample room in the forefoot area and good heel cup lock.
One minor negative, which is purely aesthetic, is that the mesh of the shoe attracts dirt quickly. Thus, the shoe is hard to clean using conventional methods.
My green version of the shoe has quickly tarnished and already looks well-used.
Midsole and outsole
There are no changes to the outsole or midsole pattern from the previous iteration of the shoe. So, if you are a fan of this arrangement, then you won't be disappointed.
The midsole features a full-length Zoom Air pocket underfoot. This pocket provides ample cushioning for runners with a neutral foot strike.
From previous experience, I have found the Zoom Air pocket begins to bottom out around 240 miles. My pair of Pegasus 35 that has around 250 miles of use show typical signs of this wear.
The midsole has begun to crease at 100 miles of use similarly to the older model. The Zoom Air pocket still feels full of life and remains responsive at this point.
The outsole features a hexagonal pattern, which starts with smaller lugs at the forefoot. These lugs become more stretched as you approach the heel area of the shoe.
The outer side of the outsole has a crash area, which helps to provide stability if the foot strikes away from the midfoot.
I have taken the shoe for a range of runs on various surfaces. I found it to be a good all-round shoe. It only really struggled on very muddy areas, which, of course, it is not designed for.
On road or pavement, it shines and has good traction. Even some light trails are negotiable with this shoe. It falls into the “middle of the road” category, which is nothing to be ashamed of.
At around 100 miles, I see only minimal wear to the outsole. There is some light wear on the outsole nubs around the higher forefoot area.
There is also very slight wear on the outer side of the heel on both shoes in almost identical areas.
A UK size 11 or US 12 weighs in around 290g or 10.2oz. It is not the lightest of shoes but features appropriate levels of cushioning for daily training.
That aside, there are lighter options out there within this popular category such as the New Balance Beacon V1, which are becoming more scarce in supply at the time of writing.
The weight saving seems to come from the lighter upper, which is still ample in terms of strength. The other weight saving comes from the less padded tongue and heel cup area.
Price & Value
At around £104 to £88, the shoe shows good signs of value. However, this will depend on the type of training activities you will be using it for.
It is a great choice for those looking for a daily shoe that will perform well for most activities, even for local racing. I believe this shoe to be at a good value, performance and price point.
Moreover, I recommend it to many runners of varying ability and weekly mileage.
I expect at least another 150 miles from this shoe before the midsole foam becomes overly compressed and the air unit begins to lose its initial bounce.
Hence, it would be a similar number of miles that I achieved from the previous version of the shoe.
Possible usage for the shoe
I have found that the Pegasus 36 has fallen into the category of daily shoe. It is for those mid-paced runs around 7:45 to 8:00 per mile and easy recovery miles.
That aside, I have worn the shoe for more extensive sessions of up to 10 miles. Even though it performed well, I would not recommend it above this.
It is because I could feel the midsole starting to bottom out around this type of mileage. Nonetheless, I have used the shoes for all manner of different training activities.
Ultimately, it does shine for mid-paced runs or easy recovery type miles. This is mainly due to the comfort of the upper and the cushioned and responsive nature of the midsole.
One can achieve higher paces with this shoe. Although, I found more effort was required to reach these within the Pegasus 36 than other shoes of similar ilks.
An example would be the New Balance Beacon 1. The Beacon is a little lighter though it has a more basic and less detailed feel inside the shoe.
I would suggest that the Beacon can handle higher paces with less effort than the Pegasus 36.
The shoe is an improvement of the previous version. It improved in terms of a slightly lighter upper and thinner but just as effective tongue.
It also has the same workhorse midsole and outsole as before.
The only negative in terms of performance is that the shoe could be slightly lighter or similar in weight to some other models in its category.
If so, making faster paces would be somewhat easier to achieve. Regardless, this is an improvement on the previous iteration in terms of all the changes that have been made.
Overall, I would recommend it to a variety of runners looking for a shoe from this type of category.
Nike's latest iteration of the renowned 'Pegasus' series yet again steps up to the accolade of being a neutral shoe that appeals to the masses.
From my 10-mile Sunday long runs to 200m repeats on the track, this shoe can go the distance whilst still keeping the responsiveness and ‘bounce’ of faster shoes on the market.
This is partly due to the fantastic Air Zoom™ cushioning technology that gives good return whilst maintaining a good level of cushioning from the heel through to the forefoot.
At first glance, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus looks aesthetically brilliant, with a stylish, aerodynamic design. This look would be suitable as not only a running shoe but for general wear, perhaps for a post-run coffee with some friends or even just walking around town.
Flywire™ technology allows for greater lock-down of the foot in the shoe, and some colourways come with alternating colours (see photo), which adds some flair to the shoe.
There are several Nike Swooshes™ on the upper and sole of the shoe, including a 'mini' swoosh near the ankle on the inner of the shoe, which continues the characteristics of the Pegasus series nicely.
The breathable mesh upper of the Pegasus 36 does a good job of holding the foot firmly—but comfortably—in the shoe, despite its somewhat flimsy appearance. It is well ventilated and wicks sweat away from the shoe quickly.
The tongue has a new, ergonomic design which is a lot thinner than traditional Nike tongues, which a found to be sufficient.
But, I did find that on longer downhill sections on a run, the tongue tended to slip forward in the shoe and cause minor discomfort on the top of the foot due to some rubbing.
This did require me to stop a few times to pull the tongue back up to the original position, but this was not a hugely significant issue and only occurred 2–3 times over the course of nearly 300 miles in the shoe so far.
The ankle support is minimal, and the portion around the inner and outer malleolus (bony part on the side of the ankle) is very low cut away from the ankle avoiding rubbing. Despite this, the low-cut ankle portion doesn’t cause heel slippage.
Furthermore, the heel support tapers away from the Achilles tendon. This was particularly important for me as I suffered from Achilles Tendinopathy for several years, so I wanted to invest in a shoe that wouldn’t aggravate this injury.
After almost six months, my Achilles problems have virtually disappeared, and I think the heel design on the Pegasus 36 has certainly helped with this.
The Nike Pegasus 36 is a relatively narrow shoe, which hugs your foot quite tightly. This ensures for maximum foot lock-down without compromising comfort.
I had no concerns with the toe-box and the insole of the shoe—paired with the Zoom cushioning—makes for a comfy ride.
Sole & Cushioning
The sole tread pattern is similar to that of the Nike Pegasus 35, the previous iteration, with a hexagonal tread towards the forefoot of the shoe, and the outer edges of the sole have a more linear elongated tread pattern.
I found that the soles on both shoes held up extremely well, and after almost 300 miles, visually seem as if I have only worn the pair a handful of times.
As a mid-forefoot foot striker, I found there to be good traction on the forefoot. There is also very good cushioning and response at the forefoot of the shoe. These are all thanks to the full-length Air Zoom™ unit, which provides quality cushioning whilst maintaining responsiveness and 'rebound'.
However, I did notice that the 'bounce' and response of the cushioning has reduced significantly since the first 50 miles of running in the shoe. Also, the shoe does seem slightly more 'flat' than when I was running in them.
That said, the shoe’s cushioning technology is literally based on pressurised air, so you should expect all Nike models with the Air Zoom™ technology to reduce in responsiveness a little bit.
If you are looking for a neutral, everyday running shoe that excels over a range of distances, and can perform over the shorter distances on race day, then this may be the shoe for you.
The cushioning technology is excellent but does reduce over time. However, the slick and aerodynamic design—paired with useful features such as the Achilles taper at the heel and an extremely durable sole—make this shoe a great value for money at just over £100.
So, it was time for me to level up my game. I have been running in all sorts of shoes all this time, and I needed something better.
So, I randomly went to a Nike store at a mall, put these on, and ran across the mall to test. Their cushioning, energy return, and comfort hit me like the best drink on the planet.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 is an addiction. If shoes were a drug, these would be the all-time leader.
They’re in the sweet spot for price and comfort. They are an everyday running shoe, and they’re the best at their job. They are not made for race days though, but you can take them if you wish.
Wearing Pegasus feels like standing on a tight trampoline that’s waiting to shoot you forward. Not push, but shoot. That’s the level of their zoom tech. It friggin shoots you forward.
The upper of the shoe is sung and fits perfectly, and it is incredibly durable. I have broad feet, and my shoes always get torn near the outermost toe, but this shoe has shown no sign of wear and tear.
The tongue of the shoe is thin as compared to last year’s thick padded one in Pegasus 35s. This makes this shoe more comfortable because the tongue does not rub uncomfortable now.
The upper mesh provides excellent breathability. My feet, even after long runs, haven’t felt sweaty to me. The mesh also does not retain water much, so these shoes are also perfect for rainy runs.
The shoes also have amazing ankle support and padding, which does not feel overwhelming and makes the shoe fit just right and keep the leg stable.
The Pegasus 36 has Flywire attachments. The goal of flywire is to minimize weight and maximize support, and these shoes feel light and provide great support.
The flywire does a great job at holding the feet in place. You’ll never feel them sliding out of place inside the shoe. The laces of these shoes are also amazing as they never get loose and open up on runs.
The 3-pointer guy: Midsole
The midsole of Pegasus 36 is a full-length Nike Zoom Air unit. Nike Zoom Air is made for speed, responsiveness and control. I have felt all three on my runs.
After wearing these shoes, my injuries reduced. I used to have knee pains, which went down because I had more control. My speed went up. I reduced 20 sec/km on my runs on average.
I know it sounds unbelievable—I couldn't believe it either, but this has happened.
The Nike Zoom Air unit has pressurized air and tightly stretched fibers, which push each other when squeezed (when we run) and increase the energy return for the runner.
The full-length Zoom provides the right amount of cushioning—not too firm, nor too soft.
The groundscratcher: Outsole
I have never felt my legs slipping behind me, and I have taken these shoes to really weird places.
The outsole is also amazingly durable. After 150 miles/240 km:
The comparison: Pegasus 35
The only difference between Pegasus 35 and 36 is in the upper. The 36s have a better upper, which feels more natural, breathable, and soft on the legs.
The tongue is shorter and thinner, and the Flywire attachments provide better stability. Apart from that, everything is the same.
The Pegasus 36 also looks great when used as casual shoes. Their advanced tech and surprisingly beautiful colors and design give a great look. My friends have sometimes spotted me among the crowd because of my Peg 36s.
The Pegasus is also comfortable enough to be worn without socks.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36, a neutral running shoe and a favorite for most runners out there, has been Nike’s primary running shoe line. Nike always makes excellent running shoes, and Pegasus 36 is no exception.
How did this shoe feel on my feet?
It feels great on feet, nimble, and very comfortable when taken for a run. The toe box is perfect for my fee,t and the flywire lacing technology perfectly hugs my feet once you tie it.
The moment you start running, it will ask you to run faster because of the highly responsive midsole.
Pegasus 36 has been my go-to running shoes for most of my daily training, 10-15k races. They are breathable, comfortable, and make me run faster than my average pace.
As the Nike Pegasus ad says “We Don’t Run in Peg, We fly”. I’ve run around 250k plus and finished three 10k races and a half marathon in these shoes. Still, these are my favorite ones.
These are the shoes that come into my mind whenever I want to go for a quick run.
Design and flexibility
Nike engineered mesh upper is designed to be more breathable across the high heel area. The mesh is very flexible, thinner, lighter, and stretchable. It has added perforations in the high heat areas of midfoot and toe box. Moreover, it fits true to size.
The tongue is very thin when compared to other running shoes and even the Pegasus 35. The tongue is not padded but feels good. It doesn't slip as it is stitched on both the sides of the tongue. Flywire cables with double loop give you that comfortable fit.
Midsole and outsole
Nike Pegasus 36 midsole comes with full-length Nike’s Zoom Air pocket, which gives you a responsive and bouncy ride.
The outsole consists of full-fledged rubber to give you the good grip over the concrete and wet terrains. It is suitable for the occasional trails because the outsole has the right amount of rubber designed with spikes.
When you compare the outsole and midsole with Pegasus 35, they are exactly same. If someone is using Pegasus 35, then there is no need to upgrade to Pegasus 36 as they are almost similar.
After 250k, I see the shoe is still good. However, the upper won’t last longer than another 250k. The mesh upper is very thin.
I see the light cushion layer inside the upper near the toebox started wearing out on my right shoe. This can be only a problem with my foot.
Regardless, you have to choose whether you need a good running shoe or durable shoe. These are surely a good running shoe.
- These shoes are designed to let you run faster due to aerodynamic shape and lightweight.
- The outsole has plenty of rubber for traction and outsole is durable.
- The mesh upper is super breathable and very easy to dry when it gets wet.
- The full-length Zoom Air pocket is very responsive and gives you a smooth, comfortable ride.
- The tongue in Peg 36 is designed for a lightweight running shoe.
- The flywire cables give you a snug fit and hug your foot while running at high speeds.
- These shoes have great support for the Achilles and provide a bouncier ride.
- This is the best pair of daily trainers and is recommended to anyone who wants to start running.
- These can be used on dirt roads and occasional trail running as well.
- Not recommended for lifestyle wear—the mesh is so thin the shape of fingers is visible if you don’t wear thick socks.
- I have to do a double knot every time I go for a run as single knot gets untied while running.
- The mesh looks so thin that it may give you concern about the durability, which I am facing.
These are the good running shoes, which can be used for your daily trainers and 10k races. For me, these are my absolute go-to shoes, whether it is for daily training or races to a half marathon.
I can instinctively recommend these shoes to anyone who wants to start running or looking for good running shoes as daily trainers.
- The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 is an update to a highly regarded series of running shoes. The design of this updated model sticks closely to its immediate predecessor, the Pegasus 35, though it shaves off bulk by having a slimmer upper design and lesser padding in the heel collar and tongue unit.
- Additional micro-perforations grace the silhouette, and they’re meant to encourage more air into the foot-chamber. The open construction of the upper calls for a sturdier overlay system on the instep to prevent the shoelaces from cutting through the fabric.
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 was made using the regular measurements. The sizing scheme aims to follow the usual expectations of consumers, so choosing the typical options would most likely be alright. Widthwise, the available options are D – Medium and B – Medium for men and women, respectively.
It is worth noting that several people had complained of an in-shoe experience that was tight. Such concerns may be alleviated by testing other size options or observing user feedback from comments sections of product pages.
The forefoot section of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36’s outsole unit is made of Duralon, a blown rubber compound that is traction-ready yet spongy enough to warrant some extra cushioning for the foot. Angled lugs heighten the gripping capacity of the shoe, thereby giving precise surface control at all times.
BRS 1000 is carbon rubber, and it is used as the material for the heel part of the external pad. This layer protects against impact shock and surface abrasion. It also has a grippy nature to allow for sound and confident steps.
The Crash Rail is a tread-pattern on the lateral side of the sole unit. This design involves shallow flex grooves and horizontal lines that serve as transition points for the foot as it glides through the gait cycle.
Cushlon is the primary cushioning unit of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36. This full-length piece is designed to carry the foot throughout the running session, keeping it cushioned as it is standing idly or taking each step. It has also been configured to last long.
Zoom Air is a plastic cassette that is filled with air. This bubble-like technology runs the entire length of the shoe, encompassing the whole foot. Its job is to enhance the reactive and bouncy nature of the platform, as well as to help with impact attenuation. The air-filled container itself isn’t stiff or heavy.
A resilient yet flexible sock liner is placed right above the main foam unit. This add-on is tasked with providing a bit more oomph to the underfoot experience. It has a curved structure that cradles the arch, a structure of the foot that isn’t usually given attention. It can be removed or replaced with a new one.
The upper unit of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 is made of engineered mesh. This textile has a stretchy and seamless configuration, which makes it similar to the material that’s used for clothes. The form-accommodating nature allows it to adapt to the natural swelling and bending of the foot as it transitions from the heel to the toe during the run. The breathing holes that pockmark its surface bring a cool and dry in-shoe environment.
The cover system has a low profile which allows the fabrics to hug the foot securely and to prevent positional deviation.
Synthetic prints adorn the instep of this road running shoe. These thin yet sturdy overlays reinforce the eyelets of the lacing system, saving the fabrics from tearing apart due to the crisscrossing shoestrings.
The dynamic Flywire cables are stretchy wires that jut out from the sides of the silhouette. These strands are designed to help the lacing system when it comes to locking the foot in place. They act as extra sets of eyelets, with the shoelaces looping through them as well. Tightening or loosening the fit would cause the Flywires to react and join the adjustment.
The padded collar has the job of cushioning the heel and the ankles. This curved wall also protects the foot from wobbling or exiting the interior of the shoe unexpectedly.
The lightly padded yet flat-edged tongue unit follows the outline of the foot’s bridge. This accoutrement of the upper protects the skin from getting chafed by the intersecting shoelaces while also contributing to the overall quality of the fit.
A strip of reflective material is put on the back part of the upper unit. This small capsule-shaped adornment makes the shoe more visible in low-light. Runners who like to run at night are the ones who are likely to enjoy this safety feature.
Nike Air Zoom Vomero
The Air Zoom Vomero line of running shoes is one of Nike’s most beloved. People have flocked to this roster because they felt that the models within it are superbly crafted and impeccably designed. The façades of these shoes are known for their colorful hues and inviting looks. They look sporty, but they’re far from being strictly made for running. The Vomeros also have Zoom Air in them, but there are two of these cassettes instead of a full-length piece like in the Pegasus line, and they’re placed in the forefoot and heel.
Nike Air Zoom Structure
Overpronation is a concern that plague many runners. The irregular rolling in of the foot as it takes each step can be detrimental to the quality of the run or the anatomy of the runner’s lower extremities. Nike’s means of addressing such troubles is its family of stability running shoes and the anti-pronation elements that come with them. The designs of these steadying mechanisms aren’t too overdone or obnoxious because the company still desires their shoes to be versatile enough to be used by neutral pronators as well. An example series is the Air Zoom Structure, which employs a dense midfoot feature called Dynamic Support that averts excessive inward rolling but doesn’t make itself too prominent.
Size and fit
Same sizing as Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37.
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