Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 Review

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Nike has decided to undertake a full makeover with the latest Nike Zoom Pegasus 37 and what a transformation they have done! Known for being one of Nike’s oldest running shoes, the designers at Nike have certainly taken a big gamble with their re-design. I think that the big changes are a fantastic move on their part.

The remodeled Pegasus 37 presents a new midsole, featuring React Foam cushioning and a Zoom Air unit. The shoe also has a complete refreshed upper as well as many more changes to shout about!

So, whether you are a new or existing buyer of Nike’s longstanding Air Zoom Pegasus running shoe, you are in for a treat with the newest 37th model.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

React foam cushioning 

Zoom air unit

Responsive

Durable outsole 

Great traction

Translucent mesh upper

Strap based lacing system

Cons

Lacks stability

Narrow fit 

Toe box takes a while to break-in

Key Features

So, what are the big changes? Well, one of the first and most important changes is the inclusion of React Foam cushioning in the midsole. This responsive foam is super soft, lightweight, and extremely durable. The React foam cushioning works by offering more energy return which I found more apparent when running downhill. I also felt a noticeable spring in my step, when comparing to Pegasus 36 and earlier editions. 

The shoe has a Zoom Air unit, located in the forefoot. The unit works by giving the shoe an instant bounce, making it extremely responsive. The designers at Nike have also decided to tune the Zoom Air unit so it is gender-specific. Having carried out some research, they found that women preferred a softer landing in comparison to men. To achieve this, Nike pumped the Zoom Air units to different pressures. The women’s shoe being softer (approximately 15psi) and the men’s stiffer (approximately 20psi). 

Another feature that the shoe has to offer is its Translucent mesh upper which is very lightweight. The mesh material is perforated, allowing air to move freely in and out. The mesh upper also provides a super snug fit. 

Other features include a strap-based lacing system, full inner sleeve, 10mm heel to toe offset, rubber outsole, and a great level of traction. 

This is a quality pair of shoes that will inspire you to run faster and to the best of your ability. I felt much more confident wearing the Nike Zoom Pegasus 37. This was a result of the shoe’s new midsole and ample amount of cushioning available, creating a bouncier ride

The running shoe felt much lighter than expected, even though the Pegasus 37 weighs a heavier 10.5oz. The lighter feel is likely a result of the new React Foam cushioning. This mixed with the Zoom Air unit gives the shoe a bouncy feel when on foot. 

The Pegasus 37 has got rid of the old Flywire lacing system and has upgraded it to a strap-based lacing system that offers a more adjustable fit. However, I did notice that the shoelaces were a lot shorter which was quite annoying. 

Performance

When it comes to performance, the Nike Zoom Pegasus 37 is a very consistent shoe, made for neutral runners. The shoe is best worn when running on the road, along trails, or on hard soil.

It is extremely versatile, allowing you to comfortably enjoy an easy run, fast run, or long run. It is also very responsive, however, if you require a shoe to race in, this would not be the best option.

Fit

The Pegasus 37 offers a narrow fit so may not be suitable for some runners. I found that the shoe was a little tight for my foot.

If you suffer from hammertoes or arthritis, the shoe is a great option. However, if you have flat feet or require a good level of stability, these shoes will sadly disappoint.

Durability and Grip

The running shoe is extremely durable. Both the midsole and outsole can withstand a lot of miles, without any noticeable wear.

Featuring Nikes iconic waffle outsole, I soon noticed that the Pegasus 37 provided a fantastic level of grip.

I found that I did not need to hold back when running on wet terrains because of the top-quality traction. Dry conditions were also just as good.

Drawbacks

The Pegasus 37 has a couple of potential drawbacks. The shoe lacks stability and has a narrow midfoot and forefoot, making them not suitable for wider feet.

I noticed that the toe box also took a while to stretch and break-in when running. The heel counter also lacked support which was a little disappointing.

Comparison to Pegasus 36

As mentioned previously, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 could not be more different from the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36. It has had a complete facelift, leaving the shoe practicably unrecognizable which I think is a good move on Nike’s part.

Some of the main changes include the shift from a full-length Zoom Air in Pegasus 36 to a Zoom Air unit and React Foam cushioning in Pegasus 37.

When comparing the two, Pegasus 37 is more responsive and has more cushioning in the forefront. It is much more durable, versatile, and has a lighter feeling upper.

However, sadly the Pegasus 37 is heavier than Pegasus 36. It is not as stable, has shorter laces, and requires a break-in period whereas Pegasus 36 did not.

Verdict

In summary, the new Nike Zoom Pegasus 37 is a different shoe altogether when comparing it to previous editions. For neutral runners who want a versatile running shoe that can do nearly everything, this is a fantastic option!

Extremely versatile and responsive, the shoe is ideal for running on the road, along trails, and on hard soil.

Built with React Foam cushioning, a Zoom Air unit, Translucent mesh upper, and more, this running shoe has plenty to get excited about!

However, if you are a neutral runner who has wider feet and requires more stability, there are alternative running shoes that will better suit your needs. Otherwise, I highly recommend the Nike Zoom Pegasus 37, particularly if you like Nike but fancy a change.