Verdict from 30 experts and 100+ user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • A majority of the users commented that the Pegasus 34 is extremely comfortable.
  • A lot of buyers have observed that the shoe is lightweight yet durable.
  • Some mentioned that the shoe is good to go right out of the box, and that did not require breaking in.
  • The Pegasus 34’s responsive nature was also commended by many of its testers.
  • With numerous color choices, many users found the Pegasus 34 to be stylish.
  • There were several opinions on how the shoe fits: a lot of users mentioned it is true to size, and others were impressed with the more focused fit and the support it provides.
  • The shoe gives a smooth ride and it feels fast, according to some.
  • One user said the Pegasus 34 reduced their knee and calf discomforts.
  • Even more breathable than the previous version, as noticed by numerous runners.
  • The shoe allows for great foot control with its awesome traction, based on the observation of one user.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners mentioned that the Pegasus 34 has irregular padding and puts uneven pressure on their foot.
  • More than a handful of users commented that the laces were difficult to adjust, and another said they caused some discomfort on the top of his foot.
  • A couple of users said that the Pegasus 34 had poor durability and that it had the tendency to break apart quickly.
  • There were some buyers who were not impressed by the cushioning of the Pegasus 34.

Bottom line

On its 34th iteration, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus has kept most of the features of the previous version, only updating the features of the upper. Like its predecessors, the Pegasus 34 has a level of durability and comfort that provides an incredible support and allows great foot control. This version still employs the signature cushioning of the Pegasus line, which is great for road-running. With most users commending its improved flexibility and breathability, the Pegasus 34 is designed to impress neutral runners undertaking tough roads.

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Our reviews

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This is an 80 km review of what is clearly the most proven model of running shoe in modern history.

The Nike Pegasus was designed with the goal of building an accessibly priced shoe that every runner could afford. The first Pegasus was made largely of leather and sold for $50 on its release in 1983.

The Nike Pegasus has been used by both professional and amateur runners. Its favored by both neighborhood joggers and marathoners alike.

Today, the Pegasus 34 demonstrates that the designer's original vision is still alive even after 34 years.



The outsole has Duralon rubber that provides excellent traction and BRS 1000 (Blue Ribbon Sports) carbon rubber in high abrasion areas, providing added durability.

The traditional waffle outsole design is used on the majority of the outsole to assure excellent traction. A full-length Rubber Crash Rail on the lateral (outer side) of the sole provides for a smooth transition from landing to toe-off. 



The midsole is the heart of every running shoe. The Pegasus 34’s midsole starts with a full-length Cushlon foam, into which are built two low-profile airbags; one for the forefoot and, one for the heel area.

These airbags are not token half-inch size pockets but are nearly full width and fully functional. Cushlon starts as NIKE's Phylon foam, with rubber additives, giving the Pegasus a nimble liveliness.


Flymesh, a seamless engineered mesh with interwoven monofilament lines (fishing line tensile-strength) are added for durability. 

Flywires provide support and enhances fit at the midfoot; the Flywires go from just above the midfoot Cushlon foam and rise upward to meet the laces.



The laces then complete the top of the arc, making a comfortable and secure wrap around your foot that can be adjusted with lace tension or patterns for a more personal fit.

A partial mesh bootie, on the inside, wraps the foot for added comfort and the lightly padded tongue is attached along its sides; with no irritating stitches or excess material to rub the top of your foot.



There is no need for a lace loop on the tongue either, as it cannot slip due to how it is cleverly attached. There is a very effective reflective area on the rear of each shoe. 

There is no external toe box stitched onto the front end and no big plastic exoskeleton on the rear as a heel counter.

There is no need for a bunch of overlays to give the uppers shape and support either as the Flymesh, Flywires, lacing and the big NIKE Swoosh logo take care of that. It is a truly a well thought out and functional design!

The Running 

After working all night and being aware of an approaching ice/snow storm, I woke up my wife and somehow convinced her that we needed to drive 130 miles to get these new miracle shoes!

We did this and managed to get back home before the worst storm in years rolled over our little Indiana town with a barrage of ice, and then a thick blanket of snow.  

My first run was as soon as the streets were slightly cleared of snow, at -10 degrees C. (13 F); it was windy at 4:00 a.m. in the predawn morning; limiting my first outing to only 5 km.

These shoes are superb on snow… the waffle soles acted like actual snow tires!



Amazingly, at 40 miles, with my 145 lbs. weight, and easy midfoot landing style, the shoes showed almost no wear.

The Pegasus is a robust shoe that can handle a much heavier passenger than I, perhaps even 200 lbs.

I did manage to find some easy (very easy) trails at the local university, and the Pegasus was right at home with its waffle outsole providing good grip on the damp grass and loose dirt.

Back on the road, I got to like the Cushlon Foam-Air combination, running every day in this shoe doesn't seem to be tiring.

I had expected the Nike Pegasus 34, with its full-length Cushlon foam midsole, to be more flexible.

Overall, flexibility was a little bit too stiff, at first. However, the more I ran in the Pegasus the more comfortable they became.

I have been seeking out more flat ground with fewer hills, in preparation for the Southern Illinois Spring Classic Half Marathon; I believe the Pegasus will be a perfect shoe for that race.

A word of caution, the laces did not stay tied, but they are long enough to be tucked in or double knotted. Personally, I chose to replace them with Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 laces.

I did take an occasional break to run in my Brooks Launch 4’s, simply for a change and to enjoy the easy gait that I could not find in the Nike Pegasus.

Compared to the Brooks Launch 4 and the Asics GT 2000 5



The GT 2000 5, Pegasus 34 and the Launch 4 are similar in many ways.

The Asics GT 2000 blurs the distinction between Neutral and Stability, I have always been at home in the Asics GT series.

I was surprised to find that the Launch was so much easier to run in than the other three models. I think that is due to the fact that the Launch is so much more flexible than the Pegasus and the GT.

The Asics GT 2000-5 is more cushioned, with Gel…making it the “Comfort Champion” of these three models.

Key Points



NIKE, like some other manufacturers, seems to be having a difficult time getting the patterns of their engineered mesh uppers to line up.

I had to look at three different pairs of the Pegasus before I got one that was correctly lined up…other than this, there were no other quality issues.



Gender Specifics claims that there are no gender-specific changes in the women's version of the Pegasus, only color and size selection differ from the men's version.


  • Terrific design…less is often more
  • Functionality
  • Durability
  • Price
  • Style


  • Laces did not stay tied
  • Could use a little more toe box height
  • Maybe a little stiff at first

A Thought

In the 1970s, I enjoyed the advice of Albert Byrd, a 1936 Olympic Cyclist (Road and Track) from Chicago, when I was living in Tampa, Florida.

His advice to me was always the same…just "go out and work up a good sweat." Al always rode a 45-year-old Schwinn that Frank Schwinn had personally built for him, prior to the Olympic Games.

We were 30 years younger than Al, back then, and he could almost always beat us. Not even our new Columbus and Reynolds tubing bicycles from Milano and Leeds could make a difference!

Those days taught me at least one lesson..." the biggest part of the equation is always the athlete."


The Nike Pegasus 34 is a very good blend of old and new technologies that all work very well together. There are no painted on Gel inserts and no simulated reflective stripes.

The Pegasus 34 is not a shoe that pretends to be anything other than what it is. I sometimes wonder, has technology passed the Pegasus by, and the answer is always,  not if it fits.

“Thanks, Al…Now, Let’s Go Out and Work up a Good Sweat.”

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My name is Frank DuCett, living and running in the Heartland of America. My love is the long lonesome road half marathons of Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. My training of 20 - 30 miles weekly is dedicated to staying under 2 1/2 hours for the 13.1 mile distance into my 70s and beyond. I run alone and without earbuds, enjoying the solitude and true sensations of the act.

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the Pegasus 33. In fact, there are only a few changes added to the shoe.

One change is that this time the flywire on the shoe is hidden and the laces are now flat. It’s still got its stylish look and comes in a plethora of colorways to fit everyone’s style. 



I found the Pegasus 34 to be very comfortable to run in, I don’t have any issues with areas being too tight or too loose.

I don’t know if it’s just in my head but this model felt a little snugger than the previous model which I didn’t mind. The flywire system kept the feel snug and secure during my runs.

Also to add, it didn’t matter if I was using it on my long run, intervals, or short run, the shoe maintained its comfortable feeling. One thing, however, is that when the shoe is brand new it’s a little stiff out of the box but it breaks in relatively quick.


I’ve been using the shoe about 5 months and put around ~144 miles so far.

In addition, I’ve used this shoe strictly only during practice or something running related. So far the shoe is still in good condition so far.

The only visual damage to the shoe is the plastic bit on top of the laces looking like it got crushed because I dropped something on it.



Just like the previous model, the Nike Pegasus 34 is a beast for running. I’ve used the shoe for long runs, intervals and tempo runs.

During my long runs, the shoe remained comfortable and didn’t give me any discomforts on my feet. The same was for my intervals on the track and tempo runs on the road.

The shoe also had a little spring from the zoom air units that kept me running fast. The shoe protected me from the impact of my feet hitting the track and road.

After 114 miles the shoe has lost its spring but still holds up well for the same workload that I gave it earlier in its life.


Difference from Last Year

There’s not a lot of differences from last year’s model.

The changes are a hiding the flywire, making the laces flat (to address untying issue) and making it a little lighter (not noticeable though).


  • Lots of colorways
  • Spring feeling from zoom air units
  • Snug fit
  • Comfortable
  • Laces don’t untie anymore like the previous model


  • Pebbles get stuck on the bottom of the shoe
  • Laces are little short if you use the runner's knot but it’s still enough to do a tiny double knot

Final Thoughts

The Nike Pegasus 34 is a great shoe and there isn’t really a lot of change or improvements. The shoe is comfortable and great for running long distances and fast runs.

It’s stylish and there are so many colorways that it’s nearly impossible not to find a style that you won’t like. My only gripe is that when you use the runner’s knot there’s barely enough lace to do a double knot, but that’s a minor issue.

If you loved the Pegasus 33, the Pegasus 34 is a basically it's twin brother that’s an inch taller.

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Hi, I’m Matt and I’ve been running for about 4 years doing track, cross country, and road races. I typically run about 50 miles a week in the summer and during the racing season, I cut down to 20 to 30 miles a week. The 800m is my favorite event and is the one you’ll see me racing the most but I also race the 1600m occasionally. During the cross country season, I’ll be doing 5ks on trails or roads. I’ve never ran a race longer than a 5k but my longest long run is 13.26 miles! I’ve put a countless amount of miles on my shoes and you can count on me to give a good review!

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Before reading this review, please have in mind I am a heavyweight runner and already had knee and ankle issues in the past, so cushion and stability is very important for me.

That being said, I bought the Nike shoes in the past.

Appearance & Color Variation

First things first, this is a very sleek and beautiful shoe.

You wanna buy them even before trying them out, and Nike also did a good job on color variation. You can check full-color variations on Nike site. I choose the black/red version.



A special comment here is for the Nike logo, which is a silver and reflexive, in my opinion much better than the standard classic white logo.

Comfortability & Upper

As expected, Nike shoes generally fit perfectly and no surprise on size and inside fabric or manufacturing details bothering the feet and toes.

It fits just fine wrapping around the ankle comfortably.

The upper is also very strong and solid with a double layered fabric – and yet with good respiration level, which means a lasting shoe in the long run with a good toe protection at the same time.


Running (Cushion, Stability & Sole)

During running, things are a little bit different.

When I first started running, I already felt that the cushion is nothing like what I am used to, which is fine, cause I knew Pegasus is a mid-cushioned shoe, but I didn’t expect too much lower than Asics Nimbus or Nike Vomero for instance, which just to have a comparison are currently my favorite shoes.

And after a couple of minutes of running, I felt steps were pretty hard and the Zoom Air technology was not helping me out with the back energy I was expecting, both on the back and forefoot areas. 

Stability wise, we have a plus here, since it shows a strong support for arch and ankles which made me more secure while running on curves or different soils.

However, on the sole topic, it was a total disappointment.

I felt it very unsafe to run on wet floors, it is just too slippery on sidewalks and just so so even on asphalt. I give a strong minus here.



On the back part, you can see a strong reflexive light for night running, so I give a plus here.


The Day After

Before reviewing shoes, I always like to wait for the day after to completely evaluate it not only during the exercise but also its effect on my body after it.

And with Pegasus the results where disastrous.

As expected for the hard step and low cushion experience, my legs were completely sore on the morning after, feeling aches from the feet sole up to the knees, especially for my both calves.

What I like

  • Modern & sleek looking with good amount of color schemes
  • Good feet comfortability and smooth arch and upper experience
  • Strong stability with good ankle support


  • Not sufficient cushioning
  • Steps are not well transferred into energy for a lighter and faster exercise
  • Sole is very slippery on wet floors
  • After training effects are highly felt on the legs, especially feet sole and calves


The Nike Pegasus 34 is comfortable but a low cushioned running shoe, especially if you are heavyweight like me. The step absorption is also not good and after training sore can be highly felt.

If you are not heavyweight and want to use it for casual training on the gym or treadmill exercises it might be your choice, but if you are an outside runner in need for every day, soil and weather shoes, I would not recommend this.

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I'm a runner with over 10 years of experience across different brands, shoe styles, and race types. I've already participated in 5K, 10K and half marathon races across the world and believes running is one of the best activities to maintain body health, relax your mind and make friends.

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The Nike Pegasus 34 looks and feels good.

The mesh looks like it will allow a lot of breathabilities and I personally love the black, gold and white combination!


Upper & Comfort 

The upper of the Pegasus 34, is a Nike engineered mesh…basically, a lightweight material that looks good, and gives a large amount of breathability. This does, however, mean that the shoes aren’t waterproof!

So these may not be the right shoes for those depths of winter training runs…unless that is, you don’t mind getting your feet wet!

If you are looking for an all-year-round training shoe but like all the elements of the Pegasus 34, then I would suggest the more water repellent Pegasus 34 ‘Shield’.



Elements of the more advanced (and subsequently higher priced running shoes) seem to slowly trickle down to the more ‘affordable’ Nike running shoes.

Around the lacing holes, you will notice the flywire elements. These are lightweight and strong elements of the shoe to give durability, flexibility and minimal weight.



At 283g these are around the mid-range in terms of weight for comparable running shoes within its category.

At first, I did notice there seemed to be a bit of ‘weight’ to these shoes, not that they are heavy, just they were noticeable! After wearing them in (around the 10-15 miles mark) this feeling of weight had passed. This may be down to getting used to the weight.

When trying the shoes on for the first time, the mesh does seem to provide quite a bit of flex and feels that they adjust and hug to your feet well. Compared to other running shoes, such as the Salomon Speedcross 4, the Pegasus 34’s seem to be a lot more flexible. I would say that after a few short runs the shoes felt acclimatized and worn in.


Nike does offer the narrow, normal and wide widths for both male and female versions, which is always a bonus! And I know from a few runner friends this can always be a major drawback when deciding on the right running shoe!

Midsole & Cushioning

This time around the Pegasus 34 uses the Premium Cushlon ST foam.

The foam midsole at first glance seems to provide an adequate amount of cushioning and springs back into shape after compression. Only time and miles will tell on how well the foam will hold up.



At around 50-100 miles of usage, the foam does seem to be holding up well. On days with longer runs (15-26 miles) I have noticed that the cushioning does seem to reduce gradually. I believe this is due to the constant repetition and compression. This has resulted in the occasional pain and rubbing on the ball of my foot.

For those who run short distances and often, could be negated by alternating the shoes with either a second pair (a tip I have received from a number of running colleagues) or alternating from the road to trails. I believe this will allow the shoes to breathe and allow the foam midsole to be uncompressed.


After more than 340+ miles, you can see in the image below that there is still a large amount of grip on the sole. The cushioning still has an amount of spring, but it is evident that there is a lot less than the first time they came out of the box.



As a shoe for logging the training miles and increasing the mileage, they have worked extremely well under different conditions and on a variety of terrains. The real test came when traveling across America for 3 months, visiting an enormous diversity of terrains, climates and weather conditions.

On many occasions, I have used these shoes for two or three runs on the same day and multiple times on concurrent days. The shoe itself had no issue with withstanding these runs, distances, and terrains, however, as previously stated the shoes do feel as though they will require rest to breathe.



As with Nike being the powerhouse and world-dominating brand that it is, variation and colorways seem to be one of their strong suits. The ability to produce such large quantities of the shoes means that they more often than not have a large range of colors and variations.

As a consumer, if the shoe fits (pardon the pun!), then there will be a lot of colors to choose from.  At the time of writing more than 24 colors have been released for men, (14 for women), as well as the NikeiD customization service.

Nike ID allows you to customize various elements of the shoes to create your perfect color combination; be warned there are endless possibilities and a lot of time can be spent on this!


Having used the Pegasus 34 as my main training shoe, and race shoe for much of the season, I would recommend them. As I have been stepping up the miles and my training and progressed from a beginner to a more experienced runner, I would suggest that these are a good entry level shoe.

Beginner – Good all round shoe that will cover all bases, if you are starting with a couch to 5k, just attending a local Parkrun or require a shoe that will last through a marathon training plan and onto the marathon itself. I would say these are a good fit.

If you want a good solid workhorse training shoe that will let you increase your mileage, a shoe for that 5k Saturday morning Park run or even just a stylish trainer that you can run in if needs be, then I would recommend these shoes.


  • Being the 34th version, these have a long history of development and innovations from its predecessors
  • The latest innovations in the higher priced range of Nike shoes gradually make the way down to this range
  • Durable – can withstand a lot of miles
  • Flexible and breathable
  • Variety of widths and styles to choose from


  • Not waterproof - if you want or need a waterproof shoe to go for the Pegasus 34 ‘Shield’
  • Comes with the Nike price tag
  • Not specific for those with pronation
  • Requires downtime between runs to allow for the midsole to decompress

Ideal for

Road running and logging the training miles, an everyday runner and the occasional race shoe. Can withstand the mileage and is still very useable at around 350 miles.

Beginners – As one of the mid-range Nike running shoes I would recommend this as a starting shoe, as they will last. If you start getting the running bug and hooked, these will surely last you for at least one running season, maybe even two.

Intermediate – For the more experienced runner and one who’s clocking a lot of miles, I would suggest that this would be a good shoe to go alongside maybe one or two other pairs. I would recommend either a supplementary ‘race’ shoe or an additional pair to alternate with or a pair of trail shoes (if you trail run!).

Experienced  – If you are into your running, and know your shoes, then you probably already have a good idea of what you are looking at. Having always worn Nike running shoes, the fit and feel of these are very similar to what you know. Again they are as durable as most Nike’s, and the Pegasus range. I would recommend these for an everyday training shoe.

Triathlete – As a budding triathlete, I have used these in a number of races. I have had no issues or problems using these for the events. My only concern or area for improvement would be the lacing up of the shoes, but these are not a specific triathlon running shoe!

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Lewis started running in late 2016, and within a few months was hooked. He regularly runs a variety of distances from 5k Parkruns (still chasing the 18-minute club!), half marathon trail races in the depths of Dorset, and is attempting to complete the 6 world marathon majors! (Number 1 in September 2018). He also regularly competes in middle distance triathlons.

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A shoe that has been known for its reliability, affordable price point, and bang for the buck. The Pegasus line has been around since 1983, and it has received numerous updates and overhauls till we arrived at the Pegasus 34.

How does this neutral runner fare against the competition? Is it any good? Let’s find out!



The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 uses a new FlyMesh upper which has improved ventilation.

Thanks to its design which features numerous holes in the upper,  the new material provided extra comfort during a run on a hot and sunny day. You just feel the breeze in your feet, preventing heat build-up on longer runs.

It is not as breathable as Flyknit but for the price and practicality, FlyMesh does the job well enough. The tongue seems fairly secure when laced up and I did not have any issues with rubbing or sliding, unlike many shoes I’ve tried in the past.

Lacing System & Stability

Nike has opted for flat laces this year over the round ones used in the Pegasus 33, which lessens the likelihood of coming undone (presumably). It is coupled with the signature Flywire technology that tightens the whole midfoot when pulled, increasing its lockdown capabilities.

It runs down on both sides of the shoe and acts as a tie-down to the shoe. This is an edge that I feel many Nike shoes have over many competitors.



The heel cup has sort of a fused overlay that adds stability to the shoe, as it is stiff. I felt secure running in the shoes throughout its lifespan with no problems of heel slippage.

Midsole & Cushioning

Same as the Pegasus 33, it carries 2 Zoom Air units, one in the forefoot and one at the heel area to help give a springy responsive feel to the shoe when running. It is encased with Cushlon Foam, which is soft and provides good cushioning.

I like the fact that there is some room for the heel to splay towards the ground as you land, adding towards the cushioning comfort.



Oh, see the rocks and dirt in the picture? We’ll get to that later…

I also could tell that there was a difference in certain areas of the midsole, (i.e. the presence of the Air Zoom unit) but that really didn’t matter, I just thought that was interesting.


Identical to the Pegasus 33, Nike continues with its raised hexagonal pattern on the rubber outsole that provides durability and traction, accompanied by a "rubber strip" on the lateral side to aid in the heel to toe transition. This provided me with a very smooth ride.



  • The tongue barely slips if at all
  • A smooth ride
  • Long lasting
  • Minimal break-in time
  • Ultimately very comfortable


  • VERY snug and rigid toebox/forefoot area
  • Rock collecting feature


The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 is an excellent choice for runners at any stage. After clocking at least 150 miles in them, here are my final thoughts:

Initially, the shoe felt pretty tall, coupled with the 10mm heel to toe drop, it was a little uneasy as I felt too high off the ground. But as soon as I took my first 30 steps, I got comfortable pretty quickly as its cushiony and springy midsole felt simply amazing. I had no problems picking up the pace and soon it became my favorite daily running shoe.

The shoe also felt very snug in the forefoot/toebox at first, near the ball of the foot regardless of how I laced it. The forefoot is also not very flexible, perhaps due to the lacing system that has a similar reinforced, fused overlay that makes it stiff at the front. It felt annoying as my toes could not flex naturally.



However, as I wore it more often, I got used to it and felt that it was perhaps an intentional move to aid the performance aspect of the shoe, helping with toe-off as it does not bend easily. Either way, the snugness in the forefoot was no longer a hindrance.

The outsole is thick and gives the shoe some added longevity, but a personal pet peeve would be that the strips of rubber collected little rocks in-between them.

Unless you like collecting rocks from different running spots you’ve been to as if they were medals for your 34, you can either pick them out with a toothpick or leave them there as some do come off during runs on not so rocky routes, or flat out ignore it because it really does not affect your run unless it’s a really big rock that interferes.

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I'm from Singapore and currently, I clock roughly 20+ miles a week. I'm trying to venture into longer distance runs so I can work towards my half and full marathon goals as well as to burn through more shoes to review!

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The Nike Pegasus 34 is a shoe that excels in all the aspects of running. I am an avid daily runner that runs year round. I’ve always seen my runner friends wear the Pegasus shoe line so I thought to myself “maybe I should give it a try”.

I surely do not regret my decision. I first bought the shoe online from the website Jackrabbit around March. I got the shoe for a steal, at $57!



I ran over 300 miles in this shoe and I can say it held up pretty well, having the plush and zoom feel from the beginning to end. The outsole is designed with rubber pentagons and a crash rail on the side of the shoe,  providing good traction and durability for many miles.

Nike’s cushion of the shoe is known as Air Zoom, it is located in the heel and toe box area, providing the responsive feel and amount of cushion perfect for me. From the pictures, you can see on the lower right, a patch of rubber missing.

That typically happens with all my shoes because I tend to overpronate on a heel strike. I do wish this shoe had more rubber around that area but, that is what I say about every shoe.



Running out on long trail runs and track, I got many pebbles stuck between rubber outsole of my shoe, which was very annoying.

Also, from all of my previous running shoes, this is the first that I lose traction on the upper edge of my shoe. It might be the shoe or my strides but, the shoe rubber is a solid A+.


The Upper is made of Flymesh, making the shoe very breathable. The toe box was comfortable, the width was just right.

The Flywire around the laces secured my feet, getting a snug and fitted feel when running. The fitting was true to size, I am an 11.5 in men's.



I enjoyed the midsole of the shoe, which was very padded, to add extra comfort to the shoe. Obviously, as I ran more into the shoe, the midsole would be compressed thin, losing some of the cushioning from the beginning.

What annoyed me about this shoe is that the shoe laces would always get united after my first mole with just the standard double loop. I had to change the way I tied my shoelaces in this “runner” technique way.


The heel was sturdy, holding my ankle tight, not bothering and never noticing the feel of it at all.

Even though I don’t run at night, I appreciate the reflective strip Nike placed on the back of the heel is very useful and gives an extra assurance of safety.



The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 is relatively lightweight, giving perfection to fast workouts. The cushion is just right to perfect your +12 mile runs.

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My name is Khalil Kwok and I am an avid daily runner for my High School Cross Country/ Track and Field team. I run almost every single day, around 50 miles a week, going through many running shoes a year. I plan to use my passion for running by reviewing shoes on

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The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 is a running shoe that wants to satisfy every need.

This shoe is light and brilliant, it can be used to perform repetitive workouts & long miles of running. It is an all-in-one shoe.



I find this shoe to be an improvement over the previous version, the Pegasus 33. At the very same time, it fully reflects the tradition of this shoe. 

Compared to the previous version, the midsole and sole unit, side laces (Flywire) are masked by a breathable mesh.The Flywire is now incorporated in the mesh.



This makes the shoes less enveloping, the feet are freer to move. This detail, in my opinion, makes the shoes less for racing. It's more suitable to be used in workouts for runners who love the feeling of a wrapped foot.

With the Nike Pegasus 33,  the flywire placed on the mesh presses and wraps the foot more. Thus, restricting the foot somehow.

We can notice another small change in the mesh. The Pegasus 34 is more perforated, ensuring greater breathability & greater lightness of the upper.


The outsole remains unchanged, I've tested it on every surface (asphalt, gravel, underbrush) & I remained excited about the outsole grip. I used them in a 500D+ Skyrunning Race and I was very satisfied with this shoes. I didn't have any problem during downhill running.

The presence of the Nike air zoom units from Nike Pegasus 33 makes the shoe pleasantly cushioned, but no less reactive.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33/34 compared to the previous versions have two Air Zoom units, one under the forefoot and one under the rearfoot.

In the 32nd version of Nike Pegasus, there was only one Air Zoom unit placed under the rearfoot.



This detail makes the latest 2 versions (33/34) more cushioned. When you push it with your feet, you definitely feel the plush cushioning.

In the first run, I did with the Pegasus 34, I definitely felt the presence of the air zoom under the forefoot. At first, it was annoying because it felt like an air bubble, but then the sensation disappeared. What remains only is the pleasure of running.


I love the Nike Pegasus 34 because they are the same, the same ones I learned to love during each ride, the same shoes I used to run anywhere & in any condition.

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Running is my passion ever since. I've tried out a lot of shoes & styles throughout the years, be it for work outs or for my races that range from 5km to 50km. Knowing that it's not easy to select the best pair of shoe, I'd like to help out other runners find their best fit.

Good to know

  • There may not be a lot of noticeable changes in the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34, but the updated upper, coupled with the current technology in the rest of the shoe, is enough to impress both new users and patrons of the Pegasus line.
  • Although not a significant difference, the Pegasus 34 is generally lighter than its predecessor, thus, runners who are looking for all the speed boost they can get will approve of this update.
  • The upper now features a newly-engineered Flymesh that is designed to provide support and ventilation on the top of the shoe. Together with the Flywire cords that are now installed differently, the foot is ensured to get a fluid ride and an adaptive fit.
  • While still possessing the familiar outsole design and midsole technology, the Pegasus 34 has a sleeker designed upper and overall silhouette that is both pleasing to look at and comfortable to wear.

The Pegasus 34 retains the signature waffle-patterned outsole made from Duralon and carbon rubber. These hexagon-shaped lugs wrap the medial part of the outsole and are designed to enhance flexibility. On the lateral part lies the stripe-shaped crash rail, is for a smoother transition through the gait cycle. Overall, these two patterns work together for incredible traction on any surface.

The midsole features a full-length Cushlon ST foam made of EVA foam that provides more softness and support while still producing enough level of bounce and responsiveness. There is also a removable insole that adds to the cushioning.

The Pegasus 34 has Zoom Air units located in the forefoot and heel, which reduces the weight of the shoe and provides a more cushioned landing. These Zoom Air bags give the foot a nudge forward off the ground with each step and offer additional support against vibrations running through from the outsole.

Additional cushioning is given to the runner via the Fitsole sock liner. This add-on is anatomically shaped to provide mild support to the curves of the underfoot, particularly the arch.

The Flymesh technology of the Pegasus 34 now features bigger pores that are designed to reduce heat buildup when you run. This stable-engineered mesh wraps seamlessly around the upper, ensuring support and ventilation across the top of the shoe.

Like the Pegasus 33, this running shoe makes use of the Flywire closure system, which is now concealed by the layer of mesh mentioned above. These cords hug the arch of the foot for a dialed-in fit, connects to the laces, which then pull a partial cleatie that wraps the midfoot, ensuring a supportive fit while retaining flexibility.

A supportive fit is given to the runner through a partial cleatie construction. The soft mesh in the interior of the shoe wraps around the foot in a secure yet non-irritating way.

An internal heel counter holds the rear of the foot in place and prevents it from exiting the shoe accidentally.


How Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 13% road running shoes
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Top 9% Nike running shoes
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Top 12% neutral running shoes
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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.