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NIKE AIR ZOOM PEGASUS 38 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

The best-selling running shoe model of all-time, the Air Zoom Pegasus has evolved considerably since initial launch in 1983. The updated Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 retains the familiar vibe of being a versatile, workhorse with a good balance of cushioning and performance for a wide range of runners. 

Nike Pegasus 38 Review

WHAT’S NEW

While most Nike running shoes have a snug fit from heel to toe, the Pegasus 38 has been built on a new last and offers slightly more room in the toe box than last year’s Pegasus 37 and similar to the fit and feel of the Pegasus 36. The tongue is extra cushy but is not gusseted, while a new midfoot webbing system allows runners to lace up to a personalized fit.

The tuned, dual-function midsole carries over from the Air Zoom Pegasus 37 with a full-length layer of springy and durable Nike React foam that delivers cushioned responsiveness and smooth transition and a forefoot Zoom Air unit that provides a pop of responsive energy return. It’s soft but not squishy soft, allowing it to give a good amount of rebound “pop” as you head to the toe-off phase of a stride.

A wider forefoot means more space for your toes, while the shoe’s fit maintains the comfortable feel you expect from the Pegasus. The new engineered mesh upper feels breathable and plush while stretching with your foot for a comfortable shape and fit. If you thought the Pegasus 37 was too snug in the forefoot and slipped a little bit in the heel, you’ll appreciate the revised shape and fit of the Pegasus 38.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The fit of the Pegasus 38 has been considerably upgraded from the previous edition. In place of the gusseted tongue of Pegasus 37, a new midfoot webbing that connects the laces to a fit band that helps provide a snug, accommodating feel when you tighten the laces. 

The Pegasus 38 fits true to size with a low- to medium-volume interior that provides a snug fit in the heel and midfoot but a slightly more relaxed feeling in the forefoot.

The step-in feel is comfortable but not excessively plush, offering a nice balance between soft cushioning and a good feel for the road.

There’s a cushy, shock-absorbing feeling in the heel and an energetic sensation in the forefoot, a combination that is key to the shoe’s versatility and the true vibe of the Pegasus 38.

The bottom line is that it fits a lot of foot shapes, provides a very fluid ride and serves up dependable and consistent performance.

Nike Pegasus 38 Review

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Versatility has always been one of the best aspects of the Pegasus, both in terms of its range of performance and the range of runners who will enjoy it.

New runners will likely love it for the comfort, fit and ability to handle any kind of workout, while more experienced runner will appreciate its energetic performance ideal for tempo runs and progression runs.

It can be the only training shoe in your quiver or one you rely on for up-tempo running once a week. While it’s not as fast as other modern race shoes, our wear-testers think it could suffice for 5K to half marathon distances.

Nike Pegasus 38 Review

PROS: NIKE PEGASUS 38

Nike calls the Pegasus “your workhorse with wings,” and that’s a pretty good description for a shoe that is hard-working and robust but also moderately light and energetic. It’s a moderately priced shoe that offers considerable value with its versatility and durability.

The Pegasus 38 can be whatever you need it to be, depending on what your training schedule says. Although it’s not as soft as your favorite long run shoes or as energetic as your race-day shoes, it is soft and lively enough for 10- to 20-mile efforts. It can also handle fartlek runs, tempo runs and longer interval sessions like 800m or mile repeats.

The outsole has a similar dual-density rubber configuration with an array of small rubber knobs that provide traction and softness as needed. The outsole is both durable and flexible and doesn’t feel like it limits the otherwise smooth flex of the shoe.

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CONS: NIKE PEGASUS 38

There’s really no negative aspects to the Pegasus 38, except perhaps that it’s firmly in the middle of everything. There are other shoes that are softer, cushier and more energetic. The Pegasus has all of those things, but not at a premium level.

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NIKE ZOOMX INVINCIBLE REVIEW

THE BUZZ

The Nike ZoomX Invincible can probably be considered Nike’s first modern max cushioned training shoe. (Remember, Nike invented that category with the Air Max shoes in the late 1980s!)

It’s a light, soft and responsive premium daily training with copious amounts of midsole cushioning and a wide, exaggerated shape in the forefoot for added stability.

It’s definitely one of the best training shoes for Spring/Summer 2021.

Nike ZoomX Invincible Review

WHAT’S NEW

Although the ZoomX foam isn’t new — it’s also in the top-tier Nike Vaporfly Next% racer — everything else about this shoe is new. Even without the carbon-fiber plate of its race-day cousin, there’s nothing quite like the feel and ride of this shoe’s thick layer of Zoom X super foam. The sock-like upper and reliable outsole round out this incredible high-mileage trainer.

With a rocker shape to the midsole platform, the ZoomX foam provides support for the three phases of a runner’s stride. It offers flexibility when your foot rises off the ground. It has a smooth ride when your foot is moving forward and cushioning at ground contact.

Despite the marshmallowy soft midsole, the ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit is very stable. To combat any feeling of instability, Nike made two sections on the outside of the forefoot bulge out. This creates a very wide, stable base.

The ZoomX Invincible weighs in at about 9.5 oz. for a men’s size 9 (and 7.6 oz. for a women’s size 7). However, it actually feels much lighter, almost like a performance trainer. Thanks to the bounciness of the ZoomX foam, it’s one of those shoes that runs lighter than its spec weight. It is also lighter than how it feels in your hand before you put it on. 

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The ZoomX Invincible fits true to size in an athletic/snug way that is similar to how other Nike shoes fit. It also has just enough room in the forefoot to allow toes to splay.

The step-in feel is luxurious, with plush padding all around. It has a gusseted tongue to create a bootie construction that contributes to the secure, locked-down fit. The ride is buttery soft, smooth and somewhat bouncy, starting with a very cushy feeling at the moment your foot hits the ground.

Then there’s an energetic sensation. This allows it to easily roll through the midstance phase of a stride to the extra-wide forefoot for a feeling of stability as it enters the toe-off phase.

There’s not as much “feel” for the ground as some less-cushioned training shoes, but the excess cushioning doesn’t make it feel bulky or heavy. It feels light, bouncy, flexible and free. 

Nike ZoomX Invincible Review

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who appreciate soft, max-cushioned shoes will love the ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit. It’s accommodating and comfortable at slower to moderate speeds and light and springy enough for running up-tempo paces.

It’s not a speed burner or a fast race-day shoe, but it can handle long runs with aplomb. All runners will love it for the forgiving, comfortable and energetic ride.

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PROS: NIKE ZOOMX INVINCIBLE

The evolved Flyknit upper is strong, durable and fits like a stretchy sock, keeping your foot secure with every stride. It has high-breathability zones where your feet heat up the most. 

ZoomX foam might not be as durable as other midsole materials. However, our wear-testers didn’t find any signs of wear and tear after about 100 miles of running in this shoe. The full-length rubber outsole and the smooth ride of this shoe should allow it to last for 400 miles or more.

The flexible, full-length rubber outsole has an array of miniature knobby lugs that grip the ground well and add both a touch of softness and spring in every stride. It doesn’t have any flex grooves like a lot of other shoes, but that doesn’t seem to inhibit the ride because the layer of rubber is so thin.

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CONS: NIKE ZOOMX INVINCIBLE

The tongue is well-padded but a little too short so it tends to slide slightly downwards during runs. But otherwise, the ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit is a top-notch shoe.

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BEST RUNNING SHOES FOR TRIATHLETES

Best Running Shoes for Triathletes

FIND YOUR FIT ON THE RUN

The right shoe can help make or break a race, but shoe selection is even more important when that race comes AFTER a swim and a bike. Triathletes have a lot of options when it comes to selecting the right gear, wheels, helmets, wetsuits, googles, gearing and of course, shoes.

With the new emergence of the carbon plated shoes, many triathletes have a dedicated training shoe and a dedicated racing shoe. We picked out some of the best running shoes for triathletes to race with.

BEST RUNNING SHOES FOR TRIATHLETES

Hoka Carbon X 2 - Women's

HOKA CARBON X 2

HOKA has taken the triathlon world by storm over the last 5 years, with many of the top professionals racing in HOKA footwear.

Positioned as an endurance racer, the Carbon X2 delivers the same propulsive speed as its predecessor in an adaptable silhouette geared for training and racing alike. Engineered with a responsive, carbon fiber plate and aggressive Meta-Rocker, this performance shoe is a formidable competitor.

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Nike Alphafly Next% | Best Running Shoes for Triathletes

NIKE AIR ZOOM ALPHAFLY NEXT%

The record breaking shoe of Eliud Kipchoge, the worlds first sub-2 hour marathoner. You won’t go to race and not see an athlete racing in the brightly colored Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%.

Responsive foam and 2 Zoom Air units combine to push your running game forward for your next marathon or road race.

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Saucony Endorphin Pro | Best Running Shoes for Triathletes

SAUCONY VIZIPRO SPEED ENDORPHIN PRO

Saucony jumped on board with the carbon plate hype with their model, Endorphin Pro.

The Endorphin Pro has ultralight, springy PWRRUNPB cushioning and a signature s-curve carbon fiber plate for powerful transitions, running at top speed feels easier, so you get to the finish line faster.

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