Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
I was late to reviewing the latest version of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus because the release window came sooner than I expected. That said, the 38th editions don’ really deviate that much from the 37th. The biggest noticeable difference is in the fact that less plastics are used in this design. The previous versions looked and felt like the stealth fighter of the Zoom Pegasus line. This year’s version is the minivan cousin. It is a weird regression in style but not horrible.
DESIGN & FEEL
As I said in the summary, almost everything about this shoe is the same from the year before except for some materials choices. Essentially, the shoe is more cloth driven with less aggressive styling in many areas. I don’t mind the more muted design but it definitely does not inspire images of setting personal records while looking potshot fresh. The tread, lacing setup and tongue are nearly exactly the same. Which begs the question of why they didn’t just re-release last year’s shoes with updated colors? I will talk later about functionality but as a quick suggestion, if you can get the 37th edition in your size, I would buy those over these and skip this edition.
As far as feel, they are solid if not a little bulky compared to the previous year’s model. The shoe remains a bit narrow and the heel design still provides solid if not oddly designed support. They are not as breathable as the 37th edition. The arch support is bit flatter as well. To be fair they deliver the 80% of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus that you would expect. So, you won’t go wrong with them, they were just as underwhelming of a new shoe release that you could get. We will chalk it up to Covid and the constrained design, testing, and collaboration experience that Nike was working under.
FEATURES & PERFORMANCE
Officially, Nike lists the key features and technology of the 38th edition as the following:
– Wider Forefoot
– Nike React Foam
– Midfoot webbing for secured fit
Again, this is as copy paste a shoe release as you can get. So it is for all intents and purposes, this is the same shoe as last year with more fabric and less plastics. So, it unofficially may be a greener product than the previous model. I don’t like to relate my shoes often and these slide right on and off when laced with ease. The laces are really short though so the extra eyelets near the ankle are functionally useless. Not sure what the deal is with the short laces.
As always I tested these out in standard scenarios of running, walking, and cross-training.
On the running front, I took these on a trail run in addition to treadmill and road use. I DO NOT recommend these for trail running. The two trail runs I went on were unintended as the trails amounted to sections of the race courses a friend and I were competing on. That said, I nearly broke my ankle slipping on a rock near a stream. That fail drove me to make an early purchase for some new trail running shoes which I will have a review of shortly after this one. Overall, the Pegasus 38 delivers in every way you would expect it to when it comes to running.
Solid responsiveness and energy transfer with every foot strike. Fast out of the box with great tread for most any road condition. Relatively lightweight and aggressive stance makes for a pretty great training or racing shoe. I like not really having to break in these shoes whenever I get a new pair. I can vouch that these shoes are 10k to half-marathon ready without any break in. I am glad that the simplifying of this year’s model did not affect the performance in any way.
As a matter of testing, it really is not a rigorous set of steps. Long walks, short walks, and errands around town make up the bulk of what I am testing when it comes to walking. In that light, these are great shoes. Though not as stylish of the previous model, they still look great when moving around about town. They also have solid cushioning in the heels and no wobble. This particular release also had a slightly lower profile to the ground. So for once, I did not feel as if I was on stilts.
I used the Nobull Mesh Trainers as my previous shoes before this pair. That experience really affects how I look at all shoes for training use now. The Pegasus 38 does function on gym floors and in lateral movement but they just don’t have the balance when squatting or lunging like the Nobull Mesh Trainers have.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 - Product ComparisonI’ll stick to comparing these shoes against the last few running shoes I owned. The Allbirds Tree Dashers, Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37, and the Nobull Mesh Runners.
|CATEGORY||vs. Allbirds Tree Dashers||vs. Air Zoom Pegasus 37||vs. Nobull Mesh Runners|
|Style:||Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38||Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37||Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38|
|Running Use:||Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38||Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37||Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38|
|Walking Use:||Allbirds Tree Dashers||Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37||Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38|
|Training Use:||Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38||Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37||Nobull Mesh Runner|
|Feel:||Allbirds Tree Dashers||Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37||Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38|
|Durability:||Tie||Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37||Tie|
|Weight:||Allbirds Tree Dashers||Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37||Nobull Mesh Runners|
Nike Zoom Pegasus 38 - Summary
|7 out of 10||Mid-weight & Breathable||Run Narrow|
|Solid Grip in Sole||Short Laces|