This shoe has taken many experts by surprise: “I’m super impressed with it”, “absolutely fantastic”. Surprisingly, there’s a lot of praise for the shoe, but no mentions of it being the favorite, go-to, or a must in the rotation.
I believe this is because no one expected this shoe to perform so well, given previous Nike’s failures in the world of trail running shoes.
Also, not many people look for a GTX shoe, so it’s not a fair ranking.
Great for road-to-trail transitions
Feels lighter than it is
Perfect for autumn and winter
Runs true to size
Tongue stays put
4+ stunning colorways
Semi-gaiter lets snow in
Pull tab not useful
Heavy and bulky
Given that many experts own both the regular Pegasus Trail 2 and the GTX version, their reviews got extra points for being specific and detail-oriented.
Who should buy Nike Pegasus Trail 2 Gore-Tex
This is a hybrid daily trainer perfect for training sessions run mostly on trails, less on roads. It prioritizes dry feet! It’s waterproof and therefore ideal for cold and wet runs.
Who should not buy Nike Pegasus Trail 2 Gore-Tex
Look away if:
Breathability is a top priority for you (Pegasus Trail 2 without a Gore-Tex membrane is praised for breathability),
As one expert said: “You’re not buying these because you want a breathable sneaker, you buy this because you want a waterproof sneaker”.
What the reviewers did to test this:
ran through puddles,
did rainy runs,
put the shoe in the sink and
stood in puddles for minutes.
No water got into the shoes: “I’m impressed how GoreTex has been handling all the elements”, “your feet feel the coldness but you’re not getting wet”.
There is a drawback to this insane waterproofness: the shoe is not breathable.
Not breathable at all
Too waterproof to be breathable. When one expert pumped smoke in it, no smoke got out through the upper, only in the tiny area where the tongue meets the rest of the shoe.
Almost no light got out of the shoe during the transparency test.
Testers have described this model as “hot and sweaty”, “just not breathable”, “doesn’t breathe”, “plasticky feel to the upper”.
Pegasus Trail 2 GTX is bouncy!
“Feels fast, feels bouncy”, “springy”, “fantastic responsiveness”, “totally alive” - if the waterproof membrane was the #1 reason to buy this shoe, this is #2.
The ride got nothing but praise and all experts agree that it’s all about the foam. It absorbs a lot of shock thanks to the big stack of foam. It’s so good that not even one tester missed a rock plate.
Whether it's a vertical kilometre or an ultra, climbing in the Alps or exploring local mountains, Jovana uses every opportunity to trade walls and concrete for forests and trails. She logs at least 10h/week on trails, with no off-season, and 4x more on research on running and running shoes. With a background in physics and engineering management, she prefers her running spiced with data.