Who should buy the Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX

Dubbed as the workhorse with wings, this Pegasus for the trails is perfect for runners looking for a: 

  • waterproof shoe that's lively and supportive
  • comfortable yet lively trail shoe for mellow days 
  • versatile road-to-trail shoe that can also handle trail hikes

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX nike swoosh

Keeps moisture at bay

Through rain, snow, slush, and muddy trails, the Pegasus Trail 3 GTX keeps the runners' feet completely dry. Because of this, many say it's worth every penny despite it being an expensive shoe. 

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX gore-tex shoe

Killer traction

On tarmac paths, grass, muddy, slick, and snow-covered terrains, the traction is awesome. The outsole latches to the ground so well; downhill and uphill climbs have also been a breeze. 

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX traction

Cushy upon step-in

A lot of testers claim that there's no need to break the shoe in. Like the non-GTX version, the Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX is comfortable straight out of the box. They put it on, ran a couple of miles, and their feet and legs didn't feel sore at all. 

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX rear cushion

Loads of pop from the Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX

Thanks to the React foam, droves of testers find this shoe bouncy and energetic. According to them, there's no need to expend so much energy because it's easy to get to the next step. 

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX nike pegasus trail cushion

Run steady

It's neither too soft nor too firm. Those with slightly flat arches and those who are on their feet for longer hours state that their feet are well-supported; they don't roll too far on the sides. 

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX foam

Even more, the balanced cushion and the extended heel maintain surefooted steps on rocky, uneven terrains. 

Won't let you down (literally) 

On average, Gore-Tex running shoes weigh in at 326 g/11.5 oz (in US M 9). On the other hand, the Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX only weighs in at 309 g/10.9 oz. 

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX weight

Heel hold is uh-mazing

There's sufficient padding in the heel that locks the foot in. Even better, loads of reviewers say that it doesn't cause chafing or rubbing. 

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX heel hold

The Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX is not a bruiser

After less than 100 miles, a couple of trail runners have already noticed a significant amount of wear and tear in the upper and outsole. 

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX upper

Not for hot weather

Waterproof shoes, in general, run warm. And this is the case with the Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX. This is the tradeoff for the impermeability you get. 

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX breathability

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 10.9oz / Women 9.4oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Base model: Nike Pegasus Trail 3
Forefoot height: 26mm
Heel height: 36mm

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.