Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37
Nothing but forward momentum. This is the simple summation I would use to describe this release of the Zoom Pegasus and the cumulative effort by Nike to improve this shoe over the last five years. Forward thinking design, forward thinking technology, and forward thinking performance. This is truly a runner’s shoe. I am not asserting that it is perfect, but that it really puts runners needs first and foremost and the payoff is overall impressive.
DESIGN & FEEL
My initials observation was how they made the design of the shoe more aggressive. Mostly with updated vertical lines across the base of the shoe. The bottom tread is also updated with a new weave pattern and different materials on either side of the sole. The lacing system has also been updated. The cords are gone and in their place are a new single hoop that the lace is threaded through. Also, the upper of shoe loses some breathability because the material is no longer perforated. Otherwise, it’s the same beautiful shoe.
The feel, however, has changed. The heel cup sits a little lower than before and less snug around the back of the foot. Think of a pair of cozy house slippers where 90% of the slipper is in the first three quarters and there is only that little bit of flat heel left for the rest of your foot. Ok for when you are shuffling about the house but not if you want to break into a stride. This weird balance is sort of what this shoe feels like with its heel design but not as exaggerated. After spending some time with this shoe I see the intention of this approach and understand how it helps with running which I will discuss further down.
FEATURES & PERFORMANCE
Officially, Nike lists the key features and technology of the 37th edition as the following:
– Zoom Air in the Forefoot
– New Cushioning Throughout
– Engineered Mesh Upper
Not officially, a feature but should be is the almost 40 years of R&D that has gone into these shoes. Regardless, all three of the key features are noticeable and significant changes. I welcome and can attest to the improved cushioning and forefoot support. The mesh upper is not to my liking though. I believe the previous models breathability is preferable to this mesh upper.
I actually put less mileage and time into proving these out than previous models. That decision owning to the 5 plus previous editions I tested and reviewed. Within minutes of putting these on, you step back into a familiarity of something akin to the broken-in comfort of your favorite jeans or that reading chair in the quiet spot of your home. The time I have spent in them is the same as always; walking, running, exercising, and lounging. My feedback for each below.
There are many sources that will tell you that forefoot focused running is the best form for runners. “Born to Run” is probably the most well known of these books. The main argument being that shoes should have a lower heel-to-toe ratio and not be overly cushioned. This design will prompt the runner to focus on striking the ground with the front part of their feet where the shock can be best absorbed and distributed evenly up through the leg. With all that focus on the forefoot strike, it makes no sense to overly design the heel. After running in these shoes for a while, the limited heel cup support made more sense.
You really start to focus on running with better form and forget the limited material wrapping the ball of your heel. These are race day or hard training trainers for sure. If you set a PR, you may be safe in crediting the shoe. Even if the effect is only a placebo. Verifiably a positive change is the tread. The pattern and material have been updated and the increased grip is noticeable. Like warmed up racing tires on asphalt, your feet stay glued to the treadmill, road, or trail; even after a serious rain.
Since the introduction of the new Zoom line, I have never really thought of these as the best walking shoes. The narrow foot bed remains which makes for a stilted type of walking stride. You get used to this but the heel strike first type of walking style does not congeal with this narrow surface. Functionally, you can do what you need to, but I think the other Nike models or a pair of joggers from AllBirds are better for walking. Well just lounging around though, they are a very stylish pair of shoes that pair nicely with shorts or jeans.
Jump rope, check. Lunges, check. Squats, so-so. Lateral shuffles and lunges, not so much. Let’s face it, this is not a great gym shoe. Get your squats, curls or bench press, and sit ups in with these before your run. Cross-fit, I would not attempt it. If you are the type that has an activity specific shoe collection, keep these out of the workout column.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 - Product ComparisonI’ll stick to comparing these shoes against the last few running shoes I owned. The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36, On Cloud Cloudflow 2020 and Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2.
|CATEGORY||vs. Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2||vs. Air Zoom Pegasus 36||vs. On Cloudflow 2020|
|Style:||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2||Air Zoom Pegasus 37||Air Zoom Pegasus 37|
|Running Use:||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2||Air Zoom Pegasus 37||Air Zoom Pegasus 37|
|Walking Use:||Air Zoom Pegasus 37||Air Zoom Pegasus 37||Air Zoom Pegasus 37|
|Training Use:||Air Zoom Pegasus 37||Air Zoom Pegasus 37||Air Zoom Pegasus 37|
|Feel:||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2||Air Zoom Pegasus 37||Air Zoom Pegasus 37|
|Durability:||Air Zoom Pegasus 37||Air Zoom Pegasus 37||Air Zoom Pegasus 37|
|Weight:||Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2||Air Zoom Pegasus 37||Air Zoom Pegasus 37|
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 - Summary
|8 out of 10||Lightweight||Price > $120|
|Sure footing and fit.||Narrow foot bed.|
|Fast and responsive performance.||Some adjusting to new heel design.|