Summary

We spent 10.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Some people claimed that the underfoot cushioning system was comfortable and responsive to movements.
  • The upper unit was praised for hugging the foot securely without limiting movement.
  • The fabrics of the façade were lauded for being smooth and free of irritants like unnecessary seams.
  • Several runners complimented the lightweight structure of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36, stating that the whole product didn’t drag their feet down.
  • According to a tester, the lacing system and the heel collar were able to hold the foot in place and prevent in-shoe quivering.
  • The gripping ability of the outsole was praised by those who have worn this shoe.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of purchasers claimed that the width profile of this shoe was narrower than their usual fare.

Bottom line

The Air Zoom Pegasus 36 was generally able to garner positive feedback from those who have tested it. This Nike running shoe was apparently comfortable and reactive to the natural motion of the foot. The fabrics that embody the façade are also considered to be elements that agree with the outline of the foot. On the other hand, there were a few reports of a too-tight interior chamber.

The 36th iteration of the Pegasus line is a neutral running shoe that’s made for the roads. Aside from normal pronation, the cushioning system can support the supinated structure of underpronators’ arches.

Facts

Terrain: Road, Treadmill
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 10oz | Women: 8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Fit: Medium heel, Medium toe box, Medium forefoot
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: All-day wear | Jogging
Material: Mesh upper, Rubber sole, Reflective
Features: Breathable | Orthotic friendly | Sockless wear | Cushioned | Comfortable
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Technology: Zoom Air, Flywire
Heel height: Men: 28mm | Women: 29mm
Forefoot height: Men: 18mm | Women: 19mm
Release date: Jun 2019
Brand: Nike
Width: Men: Normal, Wide, X-Wide | Women: Normal, Wide
Price: $120
Colorways: Green, Pink, Black, Grey, Silver, White, Blue, Purple, Yellow, Red, Beige, Multi, Gold
Special editions: 4 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
Forefoot fit
Narrow Wide
Heel fit
Narrow Wide
Toebox
Tight Roomy
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 7/10
Comfort 9/10
Traction 10/10
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated Nike running shoe
Top 1% most popular running shoes
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89 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Devi Shetty

    Wanna fly? Try one pair of the Nike Pegasus 36

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    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.

     

     

    Comfort

    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.

    Sole

    The sole of Pegasus 36 is the one that takes maximum credit when any shoes hit the road.

     

    Bottom

    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 heel

    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.

     

    The midsole

    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.

     

    The forefoot

    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.

     

    Durability

    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.

    Breathability

    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.

     

    Performance

    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.

    Positives

    • 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

    Negative

    • 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.)

    Verdict

    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.

    My experience

    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.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 85 / 100 | Tony Harris

    Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 – Good all-rounders, with one fatal flaw

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    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 upper

    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.

     

    Midsole

    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.

    Outsole

    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.

    In conclusion

    Pros

    • Stylish as heck
    • Slick, cushioned, and speedy ride
    • Quite lightweight
    • Comfortable, firm but unrestrictive fit
    • Well-ventilated
    • Not unreasonably priced, for the market

    Cons

    • 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.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 90 / 100 | kofuzi | | Level 2 expert

    Overall, just really enjoying my time with the Pegasus 36.

  • 80 / 100 | Pursuing 26.2 | | Level 1 expert

    Personally, I like this shoe a little bit less than the 35.

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  • 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.

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