Updated: Apr 30
This review analyses the cost, durability, "speed", aesthetic and protection of Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 Men
The last time I used a version of the Pegasus was the first edition of the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo that came out a few years ago. To this day, it is my favourite all time trainer and nothing has really come anywhere close. The response, protection, durability and sense of speed was on a different level to anything I had previously experienced. So much so, I went through 3/4 pairs of the same model! Since then, I've opted for cheaper trainers to cut costs but it hasn't been until I tried the Nike Pegasus 37 did I find a trainer that could come close to matching the Turbos.
Cost - The cost was surprisingly cheap compared to what i'm used to for models of the Pegasus, especially with it being a relatively new shoe. You can expect to find it online and in store for roughly £100, with some stores offering it slightly less or more. You can of course pay more for extra customisation on Nike's website which I didn't do. I actually got lucky with a 25% off discount for being a Nike Member which was a result but even without this, the price is relatively cheap compared to certain versions. Of course, there are plenty of shoes on the market of a good quality for less than this price but, for me, the quality is well worth paying for.
Durability - I have now ran over 300km in these shoes and there appears to be very little, if any signs of damage and general wear & tear. The aesthetic of the shoe, which isn't of huge importance to me is still very much in tact retaining its bright colour scheme despite use on some muddy roads and trails at times. The protection and bounce seems as good as when first bought although this is to be expected at this point in the lifespan of the trainer.
Speed - The "speed" of a shoe is difficult to quantify as it of course depends on each individual that uses it. However, what I would say is that this trainer is perfect for me when I'm doing any distance over 5 km and I have no troubles with it going up to a half-marathon and beyond. It feels very smooth and effortless with a nice amount of cushion provided. I also think it is a good shoe for speed work as well after trying efforts of 200m, 300m, 400, 600m, 800, 1k, 2k and 3k in the shoe. However, I think with the extra support provided, you lose a little bit of reactivity with each step and therefore I wouldn't advise this type of shoe for reps, especially at the shorter end if you really want as much speed as possible.
Aesthetic - I'm a big fan of how this shoe looks personally. I love the colour scheme of black and yellow, think it's a great combination and generally think the shoe looks cool. All personal of course and someone may have completely different taste!
Protection - I know many that are quick to criticise the ankle support, specifically, in a lot of Nike shoes, potentially with good reason. From my experience of the Pegasus 37, I wouldn't say I've noticed any problems in this area although it's worth noting, understandably with this being a road-shoe, I stick to solid surfaces for the large majority of my runs. For the few occasions I have ventured onto trail paths or fields, the support definitely doesn't feel as solid but in the same way you wouldn't buy a fell shoe for the roads, it's silly to criticise the shoe for something it's not built for in my opinion. Therefore, i'd say the protection is more than suitable for the roads even at fast speeds.
Overall (8.5/10) I think this shoe is brilliant. Do I think it is better than the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 1st Edition. Probably not, but it's certainly the closest I've come to a training shoe that is! For the price, I think it is well worth the investment. I'll know more about the durability in the coming months. You could easily use this shoe for a race although you may opt for something a little lighter and responsive when it comes to race day! If you have any thoughts on the Pegasus 37, please let me know!
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