Review: Nike Pegasus 34

The Pegasus is a staple shoe. It’s essentially legendary, given the length of time it’s been continually produced. That’s without mentioning that it’s handed out like candy to sponsored athletes and teams.

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A single-piece outsole along the arch makes for a snappier ride and slight support.

The 34 isn’t too different from the 33. The sole is basically the same. A quick recap: it’s mostly EVA foam, with Zoom Air cushioning in the heel and forefoot. It’s still on the faster side and really responsive, but does feel a little stiffer than last year. Although that could just be variations in manufacturing. It’s still a very good all-around shoe, no matter how your foot lands. The outsole material along the arch is a single piece, so there’s even a touch of support. Be wary if you have injuries or anything, though. The cushioning isn’t superb, so you’ll be feeling it. If you like the Pegasus but would like something more substantial, check out the Structure 20 or Vomero 12.

The big update is the upper. It’s more breathable than last year, but the midfoot is still snug. Definitely go for a wider size if you need space, though. There’s not a ton to be had here, but it should be enough to cover everyone that doesn’t NEED to spread out their toes.

Left: Increased spacing makes the upper more breathable. Right: Thin overlays give the midfoot a surprising amount of security.

The Pegasus can fill a few niches. If enjoy a shoe like the Zante, but want a tad more cushion, the 34 is an option. If you want a speedier shoe, but don’t want to commit to a racing flat, the 34 is an option. Maybe you’re just looking for a relatively inexpensive trainer that can take the miles and looks decent. Once again, here you go. Just take care if you want a lot of space or have any nagging problems in your lower body.

Score: 9.0/10

Men’s Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 Running Shoe
Women’s Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 Running Shoe

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