Review: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36

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Exactly one year ago, it was a pleasure testing and reviewing the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35. If you haven’t already known, the shoes gratified us with its design, comfort, and flexibility. We have tried different shoes, running the shortest 5km fun run, all-time favorite half marathon, to the daunting full marathon.

Cushioning of a running shoe is a key component to us. Apart from road running, we also hit the gym for treadmill run and strength training. Occasionally, we perform interval and tempo runs. However, this time around, we have done everything with the 36th iteration of the Pegasus line.

Once again, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 has tantalized us with its new features, aesthetics, and bright green colorways.

What’s so different about the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36?

Take a first look at the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36, it didn’t make major changes from the Pegasus 35. There is an engineered mesh upper with additional perforations to enhance fit and breathability in high-heat areas like the toe box, midfoot, and forefoot, a slimmer heel collar, and a thinner tongue to reduce bulk for a more comfortable fit.

However, the midsole didn’t change between the Pegasus 35 and 36. The full-length Zoom Air in the midsole and the same Cushlon foam have been maintained. The Pegasus 36 also has a narrow, low-volume profile that fits snug from heel to toe, with a plush, well-padded interior and firm internal heel counter that, along with the integrated Flywire lacing system, really locks the foot down to the bottom of the shoe.

Our verdict

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 is a light and fast everyday training shoe we love to lace up.

We love how the underfoot cushioning system is comfortable and responsive to movements.

We love how the upper unit hugs the foot securely and how the fabrics of the façade are lauded for being smooth and free of pain.

We love how the lacing system and the heel collar are able to hold the foot in place and prevent in-shoe agitation and irritation.

We love how the shoe is just versatile and satisfactory for neutral feet, and built for runners at every level, whether you’re a seasoned or beginner runner.

Look at the grippy outsole, we definitely love how the dual-compound outsole features carbon rubber in the heel for durability and flexibility. The waffle design pattern offers just adequate traction on all surfaces while also adding to the shoe’s ability to absorb impact.

Conclusion

In overall, the Pegasus 36 can reliably handle high-mileage training, different workout sessions, and easy recovery runs.

In particular, we love using it for 5 to 10km runs, treadmill runs, and gym workouts. Aside from running, it can be an amazing shoe to match to your daily outfit.

One thing we haven’t had a chance to try is taking it out to hit the trail. The tread patterns seem feasible to train on loose, rough, and slippery terrain. The rubber outsole lugs will be an advantage for us to provide multi-surface traction and tackle a variety of trails.