Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35: First Run.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 is a part of running History. First introduced in 1983, the Pegasus came with an air based heal focused on giving the runner extra comfort and increased transition speed. The purpose, to help the runner maintain their momentum, and pace.

Now, 35 years later, the Pegasus is Nike’s best ever selling running shoe. It remains one of the most popular every day all round running shoes.  The Pegasus has its place in many pro and amateur runners shoe collections.

With the arrival of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 earlier in the year Nike is bringing its technology from the elite range to the affordable Pegasus range.  Athletes such as Mo Farah have played an active role in the development of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 brining it closer to an elite shoe.

In the Pegasus 35 Nike bring design features from their elite shoe  the Vapour Fly 4%.  The full-length articulated Nike Zoom airbag was designed to mimic the carbon plate integrated in the Vapour 4%.

The Nike Zoom Pegasus 35

According to Nike the Pegasus 35 is designed with a focus on giving energy back to the runner. The Zoom Air cushion runs the entire length of the shoe and it is designed to absorb the runners landing and propel them forward. The sole is designed to help the runner transition through their stride from heal to toe whilst still offering comfort and support.

The mesh sock type upper is designed to be a snug fit. The Flywire and laces combination the aim is to keep the runners foot in contact with the shoes cushioning at all time allowing for a more efficient run.

Whilst offering a striking design, the extending heel and the turned away collar also serve purpose with the collar design reducing rub agains the chillies tendon.  

Key Specs

  • Offset: 10mm
  • Weight: 9.9 ounces (men’s size 10)

My Decision to buy the Nike Pegasus 35

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 is my first introduction to running with the Pegasus shoe. Come to think of it, maybe even Nike altogether (or at least in recent relevant running history). You could say after 35 years of the Pegasus existence I have left it a little late to join the party, but better late than never.

In recent years I have been an avid Adidas Supernova Glide Boost runner. I have been a fan ever since the release of the boost foam in the Adidas shoe. I have also more recently run the Tempo boost.  Both have happily served in my daily running arsenal.

I have really enjoyed running the Adidas Supernova Glide boost and the Tempo Boost but sometimes there is a need for change, too explore what else is on the market. 

I started looking at options, having run Asics, Mizuno, and Adidas for a number of years now. Having recently seen a lot of hype around Nike on the Vapour fly 4% as well as the Pegasus 35 Turbo I decided to take a closer look at what Nike had to offer.

I run about 20-30 km per week. In recent years I have not done much in terms of real long distance running.  Half marathons being my go to distance.  I like a shoe that I can use 4-5 times a week, that is comfortable and stable on a longer runs, yet light and fast to enjoy shorter quick runs. 

I have had knee troubles in the past so the stability is important, in any case I use Currex insoles in my running shoes to help give me the support I need.

Why The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35?

The reviews I read highlighted some of these key elements: comfort, lightness, stability, and as a bonus the mention of it being a fast shoe. I like running shoes that feel somewhat nimble and light versos those that look bulky and heavy. The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 also fits that description.

The second aspect that was appealing was price, this shoe is very affordable.  As features and performance of running shoes increases, so does the price. I wanted a shoe that would bring performance at a reasonable price. Labelled as an everyday running shoe it seemed to match my needs on many fronts.

This Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 has a snug fit. It is important to try this show on for size. The sock style shoe means that there is less give in the ’tongue’ to be able to accommodate your foot if it is slightly larger. This makes precise fitting all the more important. This shoe looks better in real life than it does in photos. It feels light and fast which is also emphasised by its look. Sleek, bright (in my case in what Nike call bright crimson) and with the extended heel it almost looks like the shoes is moving even when it is standing still.

 

How Do They Compare?

I got curious as to how it compared to my previous running shoes, the Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 does come in slightly lighter than my previous Adidas shoes, but keep in mind that these are not their most recent models (and they have picked up some dirt over time).

ShoeSizeWeight
Pegasus 3543 / 9.5247g
Adidas Tempo Boost                   43 1/3 / 9.5                   252g
Adidas Supernova43 1/3 / 9.5274g

Putting The Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 Through Its Paces

I have taken these shoes through their paces on three runs, so by no means are they fully loosened up and ‘moulded’.  These are my first impressions on how the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus and I got alone.

Run One: 6.4 KM @ 5:20 /km

Whilst this is not my fastest run on this distance, I did let the excitement of my new running shoes get the better of me as I started my run a little too fast. Based on Strava’s analytics this run was was ‘trending faster’. Maybe it’s true, this is a fast shoe.

Right from the go these shoes were comfortable. They are a tight fit, maybe a little tighter than I am used to but they did not give any immediate discomfort with the upper mesh stretching to accommodate the running movement.

I felt no restrictions in terms of toe box with the shoes giving me enough space both in width and in length. Despite the snug fit I could feel my heel pull up slightly as I ran. Nothing major but a slight movement. This may be related to the heel design with the collar that pulls away or with the simple fact that these running shoes still need to loosen up a little. 

The flip side of this, I have with other shoes suffered from blistering on the heel in the early days of new shoes. With this shoe I have had no such blistering issues.

Running with the extended heel made no noticeable difference for most of the run. The only time I actually noticed it was on a short, slightly steeper downhill where my heel striking the ground first become more apparent. The extended heel, first to contact the ground acted like a noticeable shock absorber laying my foot down gently. It was noticeable and quite pleasant.

On a negative side, yes, there is one. In the final 1-2 km I started to get a rubbing irritation on the top of my foot, just where the bottom laces wrap through the Flywire. The laces seemed to push slightly on the sock mesh upper when tight which caused the rubbing. Whilst only very slight, it was a noticeable discomfort. This may be down to the shoes being new and stiff, still needing to loosen up a little and gain their flexibility. Time will tell.

Run Two: 8.7 km @ 5:35 /km

This was a relaxed group run so pace was more consistent. With this run I got into a comfortable and regular stride.

The shoes seemed to get into their own , as time and distance went on they got more comfortable. Whilst the heel slipping is still noticeable, it is only very slight. And the good news,  I no longer had issues with the rubbing on the foot. I loosened the laces very slightly on the lower part of the lacing and for now that seems to have done the trick.

I fell back into my slightly shorter running stride and a mid-foot strike. During my first run I had run on a little more of a heel strike, subconsciously testing the shoes cushioning. These running shoes were comfortable, light and enjoyable to run.

I recently took a fall. Slipping on a short bridge incline which had a metal grill on the up hill. This has made me somewhat cautious an always in search for grip. The Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 seems to hold its ground well here. I have only run the shoe in dry conditions but it seems to grip well on all the surfaces I have run. Including the bridge inclines I previously struggled with.

Nike Zoom Pegasus 35
Nike Zoom Pegasus 35
Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 front iview

Run Three: 13.6 km @ 5:32 /km

Picking up a little distance for the 3rd run with my new Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 running shoes. Starting out with a gentle first 7k and then picking up the pace slightly to finish off.

These shoes started off comfortable with only minor niggles in the first run.  The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 seem to be getting more comfortable as time and distance increases. The rubbing on the foot of the bridge from the first run seems to have gone completely.  I therefore assume this is more related to early stiffness versus anything in shoe design.

When picking up the pace in the second half of my run these shoes respond well.  They felt very comfortable.  The claim of the more you put into the shoe, the more you get back seeming accurate. The energy return from the cushioned sole seemed contribute to a faster stride. 

With the full length of the sole offering support and stability this shoe seems to respond well throughout the run. When fatigue starts to sink in I have a tendency to fall back into more of a heel strike. The full-length Zoom Air sole seems to offer decent support for both mid-foot and heel strike.

Verdict

This shoe lives up to its expectation as a light, stable, comfortable and fast shoe. I am not sure whether three runs is enough to get the most out of this shoe but for what first impressions are worth, this is a good start.

I don’t necessarily expect perfection straight out the box, running shoes need a little wearing in time.  They need to loosen up and get a little flexibility.  This shoes is not yet at its optimum, but it is already a fun shoe to run in. I am excited for upcoming runs.

I can’t talk of the evolution from the Pegasus 34 to 35 but the Pegasus 35 has a snug fit. In my case where comparing to Adidas this shoe seems tighter in its fit.  There are also slight sizing differences between the two brands.  This is something to take into consideration when considering the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35.

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First impressions and first run in the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35. With a focus on stability and comfort but not loosing its ability to compete on lightness and speed.
First impressions and first run in the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35. With a focus on stability and comfort but not loosing its ability to compete on lightness and speed.
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