Both shoes are part of the Nike Zoom lineup of neutral trainer. They share similar design cues, technologies and intended usage. The main difference is that the Vomero is the premium of the two shoes: it features more expensive materials and executions and boasts of being “more plush”.
Let’s have a look in detail at the two shoes.
Similarity and differences: Zoom Pegasus 37 vs Zoom Vomero 14
Sole unit: Zoom Pegasus 37 vs Zoom Vomero 14
The sole unit of the two running shoes has a very similar design, with an aggressively bevelled heel that is inspired by the breaking2 running shoe.
The Vomero 14 features a full-length Zoom Air cushioning unit, Nike’s low-profile air cushioning that has a distinct responsive feeling. The Pegasus 37 features a forefoot only Zoom Air unit which is thicker than the full-length unit of the Vomero 14.
Both the Vomero 14 and the Pegasus 37 use React foam, which all our testing team enjoyed – be it in racing, cushioning or trail running shoes. React is an extremely soft material that is lightweight and is both very soft and responsive. It is Nike’s answer to things like adidas’ Boost and Saucony EVERun compounds.
The Pegasus 37 recently changed from Cushlon foam to React foam – while not a bad foam, React is lighter, more responsive and more durable than Cushlon.
In summary, you can expect the Vomero to feel smoother than the Pegasus – even though our tester found the Vomero lacks cushioning in the forefoot, which is very noticeable when compared with the plush feeling of the heel.The Pegasus 37 has better forefoot cushioning but lacks the responsive Zoom Air in the heel.
Upper unit: Zoom Pegasus 37 vs Zoom Vomero 14
Vomero is a premium shoe and it is therefore its upper is expected to be more comfortable. In this case this is particularly true because the Vomero underwent a complete redesign in 2019. Its new engineered mesh wraps the foot comfortably and it is integrated with Nike Flywire lacing system. The Pegasus has a lighter, more breathable mesh and has straps instead of Flywire to hold the midfoot down well.
Both shoes have cushioned poaches around the ankle collar for enhanced comfort.
Which one to buy: Zoom Pegasus 37 vs Zoom Vomero 14
The Pegasus is Nike’s best seller and for a reason: it packs an incredible amount of technology and premium materials (and research!) in a reasonably priced shoe with an almost universal fit. As many people say “it’s hard to go wrong with the Pegasus” – it will fill the needs of both beginner and experienced runners looking for a daily trainer that is comfortable without being too heavy.
The Vomero though is achieving what many brands are trying to: delivering an incredibly plush and soft running shoe in a very light weight package. There are some doubts about the cushioning under the toes and maybe the toebox could be a little wider.
Buy the Pegasus if you are more concerned about your shoe being “responsive” and buy the Vomero if you prefer your running shoes to be softer and comfortable for long mileage training.