“The shoe is a gem,” “brilliant everyday training shoe” - half of the experts love this shoe.
The other half expressed much less enthusiasm. They said “pretty nice, nothing blew my mind,” “minus the hype: good shoe,” and a few of them said it’s one of their favorite shoes. Given the release date (April 2020) that could’ve easily changed by the end of the year and not even in April was this shoe #1.
Gender-specific midsole design
Break-in period needed
Who should (not) buy Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37
This is a neutral daily trainer made mainly for easy runs and long runs. It also doesn’t shy away from tempo runs. As a testament to its versatility, one expert said: “It’s the shoe you can keep in your car when you have no idea what kind of run or workout you’ll do for the day.”
This shoe will not live up to your expectations if
you need stability due to flat feet (then look at the Nike Odyssey collection) or
Pegasus 37 has been “completely overhauled and doesn’t feel anything like previous versions.” Or, as another expert put it: “basically everything is new with pegasus 37.” It’s an agreement: this update was huge and very much needed.
Should you update? Absolutely.
Look at how Pegasus 37 compares to the 36 and find out why:
More pop in the forefoot
Improved forefoot cushioning
Softer landing for women, stiffer for men
Break-in period needed
This is the shoe for someone who wants “one running shoe on the go at a time.” It excels as a daily trainer focused on easy runs and long runs. However, it can handle speed as well. Experts have thrown everything at it: fast 5k’s, marathons, recovery runs, and it has proven to be really versatile.
However, if you’re looking for a fast shoe, look at these Nike’s:
Pegasus 37 has a comfortable and snug-fitting upper. Experts have said it “hugs nicely around the foot” and “disappears once you start running.” In case you find it too snug, worry not, it “stretches over time” and is “slowly breaking in.”
The upper has a “form-fitting design” that is structured but “not constricting.”
Horrible rearfoot lock
Pegasus 36 also had this issue. While the pointed fin-like heel reduces stress on the Achilles, the heel doesn’t feel secure in general. The majority of experts have reported heel slipping which some managed with the lace lock.
“I could feel my heel lifting” is something you don’t want to experience. Using the lock hols will help, but possibly, not 100%.
Bouncy AND quick
This shoe rides firm and forgiving at the same time.
New midsole and more cushion lead to “a more springy, responsive, and durable feel.” How good is it? The best description we found was “Shoot that full-length React midsole straight into our veins”.
Other compliments were phrased as:
“the midsole is the shining star of this shoe”
“softer but definitely not slower”
“a bouncy ride no matter where you land” and
The most frequent comment describing the ride of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 is “bouncy.” Other than that, experts have complimented the ride saying “it helped propel me forward” and “snappy and certainly more lively at faster speeds.”
As the name of the shoe suggests, there is a Zoom airbag unit. Now, it’s twice as thick. It’s ideal for those who need more cushion at the forefoot, without feeling mushy.
Thanks to this addition, the forefoot has a highly responsive toe-off. As an expert said, it “adds some pop.” Nike even went a step further and adjusted the psi so the landing is softer for women (15psi for women and 20 for men).
Durable for all your runs
Experts have thrown a lot of things at the outsole: running on dirt roads, wet pavement, through the mud. Turns out, it’s “holding absolutely amazing” and “seems indestructible.” After 40 and 100miles, shoes have seen almost zero wear. As one expert put it: “durability isn’t in question.”
Grabs everything in sight
It’s a consensus: grip is excellent. It works well in both wet and dry conditions.
This is what experts had to say:
“the grip is outstanding”
“no trouble turning or dealing with the wet road”
“traction-friendly under both dry and damp conditions.”
Breathability: improved, but not good enough
The upper isn’t only affecting the fit, but also breathability. Thanks to the redesign that made it lighter and more comfortable, the mesh is also more breathable than Pegasus 36. It’s not the best quality of Pegasus 37, but it certainly is improved when compared to its predecessor.
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.