It takes the smooth foot motion and keeps the speed aspect from the Elite. This shoe keeps the quick feel of the previous models while taking on a more natural foot motion.
The single Air Zoom unit gives the toe off transition a much smoother feel, hence the natural roll through. I have really liked the Pegasus line in the past and was forced to quit wearing them due to rubbing on my heel.
This updated model features a heel collar that gives your Achilles plenty of room while maintaining a snug fit. The one thing to be weary of is high temperatures. The Cushlon foam is affected by hot temperatures and becomes overly soft around 90ºF.
Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 General Info
The Pegasus 35 is an amazing daily trainer for its price. I think one of the best aspects of this shoe is its ability to cater to many different types of runners.
The shoe that seems closest to this would be the Epic React flyknit. The Pegasus has always been one the more popular shoes for Nike, and this shoe is no exception.
When I first took these shoes out of the box it was like looking at something from a Sci-Fi movie. The streamlined look is very aesthetically pleasing.
My first thought when I put the shoe on was that it felt very natural for a 10mm toe drop. These are shoes you can take straight from the box and go into a run without needing to break them in.
Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 Sole Unit
The sole unit is the main update in this model of the Pegasus. Nike took some of the research from the breaking 2 project and applied it to the standard daily trainer.
Combined with the full-length air zoom unit it gives the shoe a much smoother ride. The updated tread pattern on the outsole also helps to provide a better grip.
Lugs have been shortened on the front of the shoe to provide a more aggressive toe off that helps to keep traction while on the front foot.
Another benefit of this changed mid and outsole is increased flexibility that adds to the smooth ride. All this being said, the shoe has a propulsion feel that really seems to help keep you rolling regardless of where your foot lands.
I took this shoe on a long run as well as doing 200s on the track, and it performed very well across the wide spectrum of paces.
Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 Upper Info
The upper remained of a similar material to that of the Pegasus 34 . Nike did move the bottom eyelet which really opens the toe box and prevents rubbing on the midfoot which had been a problem in previous models.
This movement of the eyelet seems to be a trend as Saucony did something similar with their Isofit lacing system.
This updated upper opens the shoe up which will benefit runners with wide feet, while maintaining a tight fit for more narrow feet. Moving the eyelet also helped to provide more flexion through the front to mid foot.
The upper seems very breathable and cleans off very well even after getting soaked in mud. Other than the moved eyelet, the other big update is the elongated heel collar.
Instead of placing the point of contact high on the heel like previous models, these shoes move it more to mid heel. The top of the collar flairs away from the Achilles.
An added benefit of this new design is a greater range of motion when plantar flexing as well as less friction on the Achilles. This upper does a great job holding your foot in a hug like fit, even when running quick intervals on the track.
Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 Conclusions
I would honestly say this is my favorite trainer I have ever worn. Nike takes all the best aspects from previous versions of the Pegasus (Particularly the 33-34) and combines some of the Nike Elite 9’s characteristics such as the smooth foot motion and snappy-quick feel.
The result is a much smoother more natural ride that holds up under any pace. I would say the ride almost adds some of the feel from the New Balance Zante due to enhanced flexibility.
At times I would almost forget that the shoe was on my foot. I would recommend these shoes to anyone.
We purchased a pair of Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 from runningwarehouse using our own money. This did not influence the outcome of this review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.