2018 marks the 35th year of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus, so what better time to launch a new version of the popular running shoe. According to the history of Nike, each franchise is renewed every year, and every two years a total revision is made. The Zoom Pegasus 35 is a renewal that starts with the sole to the tongue. It is agiler than previous iterations, fast on foot and tough enough for a 10-miler. We rotated them to see how they compare with the Pegasus 34s.
The good: thanks to the cuts in the sole, the Pegasus 35 is .2 ounces lighter than the 34. The mesh is more breathable, looks fresh and feels great. An update of the airbags under the feet provides a thin but firm layer of cushioning that extends from the heel to the feet. Thanks to the contribution of Mo Farah, gold medalist of 2012 in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, the neck of the heel is higher, which makes it a faster-looking shoe.
For who they are: everyone, from 5 km runners to marathon runners, can appreciate the neutral shoe. While the Nike Epic React works for a particular type of runner (someone who has a stable arch, needs zero structure and not prone or supine), the Pegasus 35 is more ubiquitous. I took the 35 to run on trails, dirt roads, and pavement, but I really enjoyed wearing the shoes on the back roads of northern Vermont.
Be careful: The extended heel collar, created to help relieve the pressure on the Achilles tendon (you can thank Mo Farah for that design), it could take a while to get used to it. It may cause friction at the beginning. The toe box is also decidedly narrower compared to 34, from which some evaluators have complained.
While I did not experience these problems, it took me about 11 miles to feel that my feet adapted to the sneakers. I played a lot with the adjustment, trying different ways to tie the laces to fit four eyelets instead of five. But once I got to those 11 miles, I felt that I could run forever.
Alternatives: There are many differences between the Nike Air Pegasus 34 ($ 65) and the 35, so be sure to try them in stores before settling for the previous model. Other similar sneakers include Asics Cumulus 19 ($ 120), Brooks Ghost 9 ($ 78) and Mizuno Wave Rider 20 ($ 90). The New Balance 880V7 ($ 115) and the Saucony Ride 10 ($ 72) also have similar neutral cushioning.
Review: The night I picked up the shoes, I had the opportunity to talk to Chris Nuelle, an EKIN for Nike (a group of Nike employees in charge of storytelling and brand marketing), who has been running for Nike for two years. He guided me through all the changes to the Pegasus from the bottom up. The waffle sole on the 35 is the same as the 34, only with a change of shape. In the 34s, the lugs are pentagonal, and about the same size from the tip to the heel, varying a bit as they approach the edges. One complaint about the 34 was the stiffness of the sole, especially under the toe. In the 35s, the pentagonal shapes stretch and shrink from the heel to the feet, providing more flexibility in the sole. The sole is elastic but stiff enough to keep the transfer of energy from the heel to the feet effortless.
The midsole has a Zoom bag on the whole shoe, unlike the previous models that only had a zoom bag in the heel or tip, or separate bags in each. And the airbag has the same shape as the elusive Nike 4%. Cushlon foam is the same as you find in the 34s.
The most significant changes are related to aesthetics. An engineered mesh upper is more breathable, with perforations you can see, starting at the toe and wrapping the entire foot. During the tests, I ran everything from 50 degrees to a 79 sizzling, and I never felt that the shoes were too hot. Matched with thick merino wool or thin socks, the shoes felt comfortable and airy. My feet sweat, but not more than expected on hot days.
The box of the fingers in the 34 seems smaller, only by the removal of an eyelet in the fingers. The 35 offer more space for the flexion of the feet. As I said before, it took me a while to find out what my perfect fit was. During my first shorter races (one 3- and two 4-mile race) I felt some pressure on the top of my left foot, directly under the laces, but at mile twelve, it disappeared.
Verdict: As a Pegasus 34s fan, I’m still impressed by the 35s. While it took me a few turns to use them, the lighter weight and the full air pocket under the feet create a shoe that is fast and yet semi-compatible. For a neutral runner, these kicks are comfortable all day, whether you’re running or walking. The price is $ 10 more than the previous versions, but you’re getting the elite look inspired by the 4% shoes, as well as a shoe that will take you through the practices of track and long distance races. While they are not as bulky as the Nike Epic Reacts, these shoes are what I can see missing through marathon training and never look back.
What others say:
“This is a superior daily coach, there is only one shoe that we have reviewed this year that I like the most, if you follow my comments, then you will know that my top shoe this year is the Nike Epic React. for all riders, while the Pegasus 35 will work for most riders. “- Thomas Neuberger, Believe in the Run
“The beveled heel helps with the touchdown as you run, the collar moves away from the Achilles tendon to make it more comfortable for the foot (you have to thank Sir Mo) and there is a full body Zoom airbag in the sole. the Zoom Vaporfly 4%, a shoe that says improve its efficiency of operation, you guessed it, 4%, the sole offers greater cushioning and flexibility. “- Matt Hambly, Men’s Health UK
“The Pegasus 35 closes the gap between the shoe of an elite athlete and the purchase of a mass consumer, not only in price (the Vaporfly 4% costs $ 250), but in form, fit and function. but it is robust enough to face a long endurance race one day and a sprint session the next. The Pegasus 35, in our opinion, is the launch of the spring sports shoe of 2018 that will give you the most profit For your money, it does not hurt to be a sharp-looking shoe. “