Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Shield review

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Shield is meant for more autumn and winter conditions. It is basically your standard Nike Air Zoom Pegasus, but the upper and outsole have been adapted for wet conditions.

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Pros

  • water-repellent
  • reflective details
  • decent bounce
  • traction on wet surfaces
  • a touch of stability
  • true-to-size

Cons

  • not for really wet conditions
  • not super exciting

I’ve tested this shoe in different conditions and was somewhat surprised by the outcome.

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Shield is a neutral running shoe that weighs 246 grams in the women’s model and has a 12mm forefoot stack and a 22 mm heel stack, giving it a 10mm drop. 

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Protective Shield upper

This is the Shield version of the Pegasus 36, meaning that the upper is water-repellent. The upper is made out of an engineered mesh. On the top of the foot this has remained exposed to give the shoe some breathability.

On the edges of the shoe, there is a water-repellent layer on top of the mesh, and the seams are sealed. 

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There are some reflective details on the shoe since Nike expects you to wear these in the darker months of the year. The shoe has the characteristic elf ear heel that the Pegasus 36 also has an internal heel counter. 

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Rather than regular eyelets, this shoe has loops where the laces go through. There is no additional padding in the tongue and some medium padding in the heel. The tongue is semi-detached from the rest of the upper. 

Decent cushioning for a Pegasus

The midsole is the same as in the regular Nike Pegasus 36 with the cushlon ST foam, made from EVA, is a bit stiffer to give you a bit more speed. And the Air Zoom unit along with the entire midsole that provides you with enough cushioning. 

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The Pegasus 36 Shield is slightly bouncy and has some decent cushioning, so it won’t slow you down, and you can do longer runs in this shoe without any trouble. 

Puddle-ready outsole

The outsole is the second part of the Shield. It has also been adapted for wet conditions, just like the upper of this shoe.

It is made out of storm-thread wet traction rubber. It has a really good traction and also makes this shoe suitable to run on easy trails should you want to. 

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There is a crash rail on the lateral side of the outsole that helps with stability, however, this remains a neutral shoe. 

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Fit of the Nike Pegasus 36 Shield

I had my regular running shoe size and that was fine. It was a bit on the narrower side, like all Nike shoes, but it wasn’t a real issue. 

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Performance

This shoe will protect your feet from roads that are a bit wet or when you are running through wet grass. Some rain will splash right off the shoe, but it won’t keep your feet dry when you run through a puddle.

I know this shoe is water-repellent and not waterproof, but I just assumed it wouldn’t be an issue if I ran through the puddle quickly due to the water-repellent layer, but I still got wet feet since it came through the engineered mesh on the top of the shoe.

Which makes me wonder why the seams are sealed if the top will just let in the water anyway. If you really want to keep dry feet while running through some water or in heavier rain, you’d better find yourself a pair of running shoes with Gore-Tex.  

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Pegasys 36 Shield: Nothing to write home about

When it comes to reviewing running shoes, there are roughly three types of running shoes: ones with exciting new technology, ones with obvious flaws, and the ones that are just good, decent shoes but nothing new or exciting about them.

That last category is the hardest to write about. What do you say about a good, decent shoe that isn’t super exciting? However, that probably makes them the best category to own.

You generally don’t want the ones with obvious flaws, and the ones with exciting, new technology do have to suit your needs. It doesn’t just automatically become a good shoe because it has exciting technology. However, the good, decent, non-exciting ones are more suitable for a wider variety of runners. 

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The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Shield is one of those shoes. It’s a good, decent shoe. There is nothing wrong with it, but also nothing exciting about it.

If you like the Nike Pegasus, but want a shoe that is water-repellent, this is the perfect shoe for you, just don’t expect it to keep all the water out. Having said that, it does help to keep your feet a bit warmer and a bit dryer in those darker months. 

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Top 16% road running shoes
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Top 12% Nike running shoes
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Top 18% water repellent running shoes
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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.

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