NIKE AIR ZOOM PEGASUS 37 – SHOE REVIEW
by BRIAN METZLER | APRIL 2020
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What New: Nike Pegasus 37?
- Who's it Best For?
- Pros and Cons
- Shop Nike Pegasus 37
- About the Author
Originally introduced in 1983, the Nike Pegasus is the best-selling running shoe of all-time, and for good reason. Although it’s gone through many changes
and even complete overhauls since that time, it’s always been known as a dependable, everyday training shoe for a wide range of runners.
This year’s “Peg” remains as a versatile, do-everything workhorse that’s equally
adept at handling long runs, speed work and races.
WHAT'S NEW: NIKE PEGASUS 37
Nike did a major remake to the Peg for the 2020 edition, with significant changes to the midsole cushioning platform, a new upper and a softer, springier
ride. The midsole is now made from React foam and features a considerably thicker Zoom Air bag in the forefoot that’s been tuned differently for men and women. It was capped off with a sharp, new look from an updated, lightweight,
engineered upper that features a fast, translucent vibe.
Responsive React foam has replaced CushBlon foam as the primary midsole cushioning element and that’s good because React is lighter and its more responsive. While
previous Pegasus formerly featured a thin, full-length Zoom Air bag as a cushioning enhancement, Peg 37 only has an articulated Zoom Air bag only in the forefoot, but its more than twice as thick and provides a lot more energetic
pop as the foot leaves the ground in the toe-off phase.
True to most Nike training shoes, the Pegasus has a rather narrow, athletic fit.
This year’s version of the Nike Pegasus retains the heel
collar that tapers away from the Achilles tendon but features a new band through the arch that does a better job of ensuring a more secure fit at the midfoot. The step-in feel is moderately soft, but the men’s and women’s feel
slightly different this year because the forefoot Air bag has been tuned to feel softer for women and slightly firmer for men. The significant changes to the midsole cushioning elements — including that the React foam foundation
is lighter, cushier and livelier — have led to a softer, smoother, snappier ride.
When the footwear team started working on the update to the Pegasus, the prototype wear-testing process determined that women preferred
softer midsoles than men. With the softer React foam and the slightly less firm Zoom Air bag in the women’s version (15 psi compared to 20 psi for men), the Pegasus 37 is a shoe that’s specifically geared for women.
WHO'S IT BEST FOR?
Everybody loves the Nike Pegasus!
Olympic champions Joan Benoit Samuelson and Mo Farah are huge fans of the Pegasus, but it’s versatility and reliability make it an ideal shoe of choices for new runners, committed recreational
runners, high school runners and just about everybody in between.
PROS AND CONS: NIKE PEGASUS 37
Pros: Nike Pegasus 37
The best aspect of the Pegasus has always been its versatility. The Peg 37 retains that resourcefulness as it serves up consistent cushioning for long runs, a responsive ride ideal
for tempo runs and track intervals and a comfortable interior for everyday use.
The outsole is similar to previous editions with a combination of blown rubber segments for traction and carbon rubber segments for durability.
The updated waffle design and low-profile lugs provide reliable traction on a variety of surfaces in wet or dry conditions, including concrete bike paths, asphalt roads, smooth dirt trails.
Cons: Nike Pegasus 37
Because it has a soft demeanor and offers little support, the Pegasus has always been best for runners with a neutral gait. That’s fine for runners who run with a mild pronation pattern
in every stride.
The Nike Pegasus is not an unstable shoe, but it doesn’t have as much structure as a lot of models.
TECH SPECS: NIKE AIR ZOOM PEGASUS 37
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER
Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.
He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of “Kicksology”, “Running Colorado's Front
Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner.”