Summary

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6 reasons to buy

  • Some people claimed that the underfoot cushioning system was comfortable and responsive to movements.
  • The upper unit was praised for hugging the foot securely without limiting movement.
  • The fabrics of the façade were lauded for being smooth and free of irritants like unnecessary seams.
  • Several runners complimented the lightweight structure of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36, stating that the whole product didn’t drag their feet down.
  • According to a tester, the lacing system and the heel collar were able to hold the foot in place and prevent in-shoe quivering.
  • The gripping ability of the outsole was praised by those who have worn this shoe.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of purchasers claimed that the width profile of this shoe was narrower than their usual fare.

Bottom line

The Air Zoom Pegasus 36 was generally able to garner positive feedback from those who have tested it. This Nike running shoe was apparently comfortable and reactive to the natural motion of the foot. The fabrics that embody the façade are also considered to be elements that agree with the outline of the foot. On the other hand, there were a few reports of a too-tight interior chamber.

The 36th iteration of the Pegasus line is a neutral running shoe that’s made for the roads. Aside from normal pronation, the cushioning system can support the supinated structure of underpronators’ arches.

Facts

Terrain: Road, Treadmill
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 10oz | Women: 8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Fit: Medium forefoot, Medium heel, Medium toe box
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: All-day wear | Jogging
Material: Mesh upper, Reflective, Rubber sole
Features: Breathable | Orthotic friendly | Sockless wear | Cushioned | Comfortable
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Technology: Flywire, Zoom Air
Heel height: Men: 28mm | Women: 29mm
Forefoot height: Men: 18mm | Women: 19mm
Release date: Jun 2019
Brand: Nike
Width: Men: Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-Wide | Women: Normal, Wide
Price: $120
Colorways: Black, Blue, Brown, Gold, Green, Grey, Multi, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, White, Yellow
Special editions: 4 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
Forefoot fit
Narrow Wide
Heel fit
Narrow Wide
Toebox
Tight Roomy
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 7/10
Comfort 9/10
Traction 10/10
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A top rated Nike running shoe
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

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88 / 100 based on 22 expert reviews

  • 75 / 100 | Brandon Law

    Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36: Consistent or Boring?

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    From the vast, open plains of South Africa to the dense concrete jungles of Singapore, you can bet your bottom dollar that on any run, any time of day, you will pass at least a handful of people wearing the Nike Pegasus.

     

     

    The popularity of the Nike Pegasus stems from three main reasons:

    1. It is well-priced: at $120 the Pegasus is bang for the buck. You get a shoe that will last a long time and is well below the average price of modern running shoes.
    2. It is consistent: you always know what kind of ride you will get with the Pegasus. If you were to blindfold me and make me run in any version of the Pegasus, I could tell you that I'm running in the Pegasus—the ride is that distinct.
    3. It is widely available. Most large malls have a Nike store, and every Nike store carries the Pegasus. The Pegasus is also available through an array of third party resellers and online shops.

     

     

    Every second year is a big update where the midsole, outsole and upper all change. The Pegasus 36 is an in-between year where only the upper gets updated. Some might see this approach by Nike as an "if it isn't broken, don't fix it" strategy.

    But, I think Nike should take more risks and change the upper, midsole, and outsole every year: it keeps things fresh and innovative. It's also not like Nike can't afford to buy new molds and machinery every year to manufacture a brand new shoe.

    The highly anticipated Pegasus 37 is rumoured to have a React midsole instead of a Cushlon. This should make the shoe softer and lighter.

    I have run in every Pegasus since the Pegasus 30, and after every run in the Pegasus, no matter what version, I think to myself that this is the perfect goldilocks shoe.

    It's firm but not too firm, stable but not motion controlling, heavy but not too heavy. Even the price is not too cheap or not too expensive. Everything about the shoe is "just right." Now some might see you this as boring; others might see it as consistent.

     

    Specifications

    Surface type Road
    Weight 283g
    Drop 10mm
    Price $120
    Technology Zoom Air

     

    Upper and comfort

    The main difference between the Pegasus 35 and the 36 is the upper. The tongue loses its padding and becomes a race-type tongue. This change makes the Pegasus 36 slightly roomier than the Pegasus 35.

    I prefer the 35's upper purely from a comfort point of view. I have narrow feet, so I prefer to have a snug fit. The tongue of the 36 is also too short, so it slips downwards on runs.

    The Nike Vomero 14 had the same tongue as the Pegasus 36, but Nike brought out a second version of the Vomero 14 with a padded, longer tongue. This is proof that Nike realises that they made a mistake with the tongues of their latest shoes.

     

     

    The synthetic mesh has perforations to enhance breathability. There are Flywire cables on the midfoot to provide support and a molded heel counter that flares away from the foot at the top.

     

     

    I found my heel to slip slightly even when I tied the laces with a heel lock and very tightly. The heel slip wasn't as bad as the React Infinity Run Flyknit, but it was still present.

     

     

    The most exciting thing about the upper is the floral print inspired by Tokyo. It resembles the two different sides of Tokyo: the new and the old.

     

     

    Midsole and ride

    My favourite Pegasus was the 35 because it had a smoother ride than the previous versions due to the full-length Zoom Air pocket. Versions 33 and 34 had really lumpy forefoots where the forefoot Zoom Air bags were situated.

    The Pegasus 36 has the same midsole as the 35, and while you can't really feel the Zoom Air unit because it's so thin, it's comforting to know that it's there.

     

     

    The Pegasus 36 is one of the few Nike running shoes to still use their old Cushlon foam technology which feels a bit flat. It doesn't have the bounce or softness of their React and ZoomX foams. The Cushlon midsole makes the ride of the Pegasus 36 very 'old school.'

    I went for a variety of different runs in my Pegasus 36, including recovery, tempo, and long runs. The Pegasus 36 could handle all of them but felt the best on tempo runs shorter than 15km, under 6 minutes per kilometer.

    The longest run I took in the Pegasus 36 was a 25km easy run, and while my feet felt fine, my legs and whole body felt tired, and I couldn't wait to end my run.

     

     

    Transitions are very smooth due to the full-length Zoom Air unit, the one-piece midsole and the full contact outsole.

    Outsole

    My favourite part of the Pegasus 36 is hands down the outsole. It's made from a hard carbon rubber that can rival the most durable rubbers on the planet. It's the same outsole carried over from the Pegasus 35, so it still has a great grip on wet and dry surfaces.

     

     

    The outer heel area is segmented into rails which bare the brunt of the impact if you're a heel striker.

     

     

    It's a full-contact outsole, so I expect to get at least 1000km of running out of the Pegasus 36.

    On the Pegasus 35, at the point at the back, the midsole separated from the outsole rubber. So far, I haven't had that happen on the Pegasus 36 but be on the lookout for it.

     

    Flexibility

    The shoe flexes in the forefoot and very quickly snaps back into place. This makes the Pegasus very good at tempo runs. The Zoom Air unit is full length so to make the shoe flexible, Nike reduced the thickness of the Zoom Air unit.

     

    Stability

    The firm, low to the ground midsole ensures that the Pegasus is a very stable shoe. There is no lean bias, and there is some under arch support which is comforting for pronators. You can feel it while walking around, but you can't feel it when running.

     

    Comparisons

    Pegasus 36 vs Pegasus 35

    Both shoes have the exact same midsole and outsole, but the Pegasus 35 has the more comfortable upper due to the padded tongue. The Pegasus 35 is also much cheaper than the 36, so I choose the Pegasus 35.

    Pegasus 36 vs the Pegasus Turbo 2

    The Pegasus Turbo 2 has the dual foam ZoomX and React midsole which gives it a more sophisticated ride character. It's softer, more responsive and lighter than the Pegasus 36 but it does cost a lot more at $180. I still prefer the Pegasus Turbo 2.

    Pegasus 36 vs Vomero 14

    I didn't enjoy the Vomero 14 at all. The React foam in the midsole just feels lifeless and dull to me. There is also a lack of cushioning in the forefoot. The Vomero 14 is more expensive than the Pegasus 36. I prefer the Pegasus 36.

     

    The verdict

    In an ever-changing world, the Pegasus is the only constant. The Nike Pegasus 36 is a dependable, consistent trainer. It has similar ride characters from year to year, is good value for money and is good for most types of short runs.

    If you have the Pegasus 35, I wouldn't recommend getting the Pegasus 36. The Pegasus has a more comfortable, better upper but does weigh a bit more.

    If you like the old school combination of Zoom Air and Cushlon foam, technologies that Nike has been using for over a decade, the Pegasus 36 is the shoe for you. I find it boring and prefer the new softer, more dynamic super foam shoes of today.

    One thing the Pegasus 36 is not is fun. From the Asics GlideRide with its distinct rocker to the New Balance Propel with its cloud-like softness, to the Nike React Infinity Run with its thick spongy midsole, they are all fun rides.

    The Pegasus 36, in comparison, feels firm and flat. The Pegasus feels like it doesn't have any character. It doesn't inspire or motivate me to want to run more.

     

    Pros

    • Great value for money
    • Widely available in a plethora of colours
    • Very little differences in ride from year to year

    Cons

    • Upper is not as good as the now cheaper Pegasus 35
    • Midsole is energy-sapping and uninspiring
    • Not a fun ride

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  • 96 / 100 | Zack Dunn

    The Nike Pegasus 36, does the legacy still thrive?

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    The Nike Pegasus line has been a legacy in the running shoe market since 1983. It has provided runners with a new daily trainer every year. Those trainers have been pretty good too, being favorites of all kinds of runners from elite to casual runners.

     

     

    This running shoe is personally one of my favorites. And, if you liked last year's version, the Pegasus 35, then you'll most likely like this one as well.

    First impressions/looks

    I like the aesthetics of this shoe a lot. Right out of the box, the 'volt green' colorway caught my eye right away. The design of the shoe is very simple and sleek.

    Depending on which colorway you purchase, you can pop out with neon colors or lay low with darker colors. It looks nearly ídentical to last year's iteration, so if you like the look of that shoe, then you'll like this too.

    Upper

    The Pegasus 36 upper seems a lot more breathable and thinner than the 35, which I enjoy more. A more noticeable change is a thinner, shorter tongue, which I could care less for because I enjoyed the 35.

    I really enjoy the newer upper of this shoe. It reminds me of a combination of a flyknit and the Pegasus 35 mesh that was used last year.

     

     

    The upper of this shoe also has flywire, which is made to add a better lockdown to the shoe, which I think hugs the foot pretty well.

    Midsole

    The midsole of this shoe is the same as last year's Pegasus, which is good because most people liked the midsole a lot of the 35.

    The midsole is a Cushlon foam, with the inside having a full-length Zoom Air unit. That unit is meant to make the shoe more responsive and provide a bouncier ride.

     

    Outsole

    The outsole of this shoe is the same as last year as well. I like the outsole a lot, so I'm happy Nike did not change it at all.

     

     

    The outsole is excellent for roads and dirt trails, having a good amount of three different kinds of rubber in the outsole. The outsole also allows a lot of flexibility in the right places which I enjoy.

    Ride

    The ride of this shoe is very similar to the Pegasus 35 but has a little different feeling. I believe it is the upper, as I said before the 36 upper seems a lot more breathable and thinner than the 35, which I enjoy more.

    A bigger difference is a thinner, shorter tongue. The tongue is very similar to the Vomero 14's tongue, which caused irritation and was uncomfortable. However, it doesn't feel bad like the Vomero.

     

     

    That could be because the Pegasus 36 seems to have softer and stretchier laces than I believe the Pegasus 35 and Vomero 14 had. That being said, I didn't have any problem with the Pegasus 35 tongue and felt that it shouldn't have been changed.

    Overall, though the shoe is great for various kinds of runs, I use it on mainly maintenance/recovery days, and workout days.

    I did a long and a tempo day with them. While I have other shoes I mainly use for that (Zoom Fly Flyknit), they will do perfectly fine on those runs.

    One example of a workout I did was 11 x 320m, finishing with 8 x 200m (~5 min. pace). The shoe felt perfect with the right amount of cushioning and responsiveness.

    I also did 11 x 2 minutes hard pace workout (160 m track) and felt absolutely great, especially on the 2-mile warmup and cooldown. The cushioning definitely helped.

    On the recovery days, these shoes feel great with the right amount of cushioning for various distances.

    Price

    The retail price of this shoe is $120, which I believe is the perfect price for this shoe. The shoe is high quality, and very versatile while being comfortable too. I think if you plan to use this for everyday training, then $120 is worth it.

     

    Conclusion

    In my opinion, these shoes are perfect for what a daily trainer should be. They have the right amount of cushioning for intervals on the track to long runs.

    They are breathable, and they have enough outsole depth for trails that also work on roads. They are the perfect weight for a workhorse shoe.

    The Pegasus 36 is a daily trainer for any kind of run. Whether you're a world-class runner or a local, casual runner, these shoes will get the job done no matter what distance or how fast you are; they will not disappoint.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 90 / 100 | kofuzi | | Level 2 expert

    Overall, just really enjoying my time with the Pegasus 36.

  • 80 / 100 | Pursuing 26.2 | | Level 1 expert

    Personally, I like this shoe a little bit less than the 35.

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  • The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 is an update to a highly regarded series of running shoes. The design of this updated model sticks closely to its immediate predecessor, the Pegasus 35, though it shaves off bulk by having a slimmer upper design and lesser padding in the heel collar and tongue unit.
  • Additional micro-perforations grace the silhouette, and they’re meant to encourage more air into the foot-chamber. The open construction of the upper calls for a sturdier overlay system on the instep to prevent the shoelaces from cutting through the fabric.

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 was made using the regular measurements. The sizing scheme aims to follow the usual expectations of consumers, so choosing the typical options would most likely be alright. Widthwise, the available options are D – Medium and B – Medium for men and women, respectively.

It is worth noting that several people had complained of an in-shoe experience that was tight. Such concerns may be alleviated by testing other size options or observing user feedback from comments sections of product pages.

The forefoot section of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36’s outsole unit is made of Duralon, a blown rubber compound that is traction-ready yet spongy enough to warrant some extra cushioning for the foot. Angled lugs heighten the gripping capacity of the shoe, thereby giving precise surface control at all times.

BRS 1000 is carbon rubber, and it is used as the material for the heel part of the external pad. This layer protects against impact shock and surface abrasion. It also has a grippy nature to allow for sound and confident steps.

The Crash Rail is a tread-pattern on the lateral side of the sole unit. This design involves shallow flex grooves and horizontal lines that serve as transition points for the foot as it glides through the gait cycle.

Cushlon is the primary cushioning unit of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36. This full-length piece is designed to carry the foot throughout the running session, keeping it cushioned as it is standing idly or taking each step. It has also been configured to last long.

Zoom Air is a plastic cassette that is filled with air. This bubble-like technology runs the entire length of the shoe, encompassing the whole foot. Its job is to enhance the reactive and bouncy nature of the platform, as well as to help with impact attenuation. The air-filled container itself isn’t stiff or heavy.

A resilient yet flexible sock liner is placed right above the main foam unit. This add-on is tasked with providing a bit more oomph to the underfoot experience. It has a curved structure that cradles the arch, a structure of the foot that isn’t usually given attention. It can be removed or replaced with a new one.

The upper unit of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 is made of engineered mesh. This textile has a stretchy and seamless configuration, which makes it similar to the material that’s used for clothes. The form-accommodating nature allows it to adapt to the natural swelling and bending of the foot as it transitions from the heel to the toe during the run. The breathing holes that pockmark its surface bring a cool and dry in-shoe environment.

The cover system has a low profile which allows the fabrics to hug the foot securely and to prevent positional deviation.

Synthetic prints adorn the instep of this road running shoe. These thin yet sturdy overlays reinforce the eyelets of the lacing system, saving the fabrics from tearing apart due to the crisscrossing shoestrings.

The dynamic Flywire cables are stretchy wires that jut out from the sides of the silhouette. These strands are designed to help the lacing system when it comes to locking the foot in place. They act as extra sets of eyelets, with the shoelaces looping through them as well. Tightening or loosening the fit would cause the Flywires to react and join the adjustment.

The padded collar has the job of cushioning the heel and the ankles. This curved wall also protects the foot from wobbling or exiting the interior of the shoe unexpectedly.

The lightly padded yet flat-edged tongue unit follows the outline of the foot’s bridge. This accoutrement of the upper protects the skin from getting chafed by the intersecting shoelaces while also contributing to the overall quality of the fit.

A strip of reflective material is put on the back part of the upper unit. This small capsule-shaped adornment makes the shoe more visible in low-light. Runners who like to run at night are the ones who are likely to enjoy this safety feature.

Nike Air Zoom Vomero

The Air Zoom Vomero line of running shoes is one of Nike’s most beloved. People have flocked to this roster because they felt that the models within it are superbly crafted and impeccably designed. The façades of these shoes are known for their colorful hues and inviting looks. They look sporty, but they’re far from being strictly made for running. The Vomeros also have Zoom Air in them, but there are two of these cassettes instead of a full-length piece like in the Pegasus line, and they’re placed in the forefoot and heel.

Nike Air Zoom Structure

Overpronation is a concern that plague many runners. The irregular rolling in of the foot as it takes each step can be detrimental to the quality of the run or the anatomy of the runner’s lower extremities. Nike’s means of addressing such troubles is its family of stability running shoes and the anti-pronation elements that come with them. The designs of these steadying mechanisms aren’t too overdone or obnoxious because the company still desires their shoes to be versatile enough to be used by neutral pronators as well. An example series is the Air Zoom Structure, which employs a dense midfoot feature called Dynamic Support that averts excessive inward rolling but doesn’t make itself too prominent.

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