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Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 review

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As editorial policy, we do not accept free samples. We purchased this pair at Running Warehouse with our own money.
Review written on 14th December by Katherine Takai Long Distance Runner, former Sprinter.
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Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 Verdict

The Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 is a versatile trail shoe that excels on a variety of running surfaces - from the road to most trail terrain (so long as it’s not too technical).

The pros

  • Highly durable
  • Stylish design
  • Versatile on a variety of trail terrain types
  • Secure fit

The cons

  • Limited traction on slippery or rocky terrain
  • Narrow toe box


Rating breakdown

Comfort
8.0
Build quality
10
Upper
8.0
Sole unit
8.0
Landing
8.0
Transition
8.0
Toe-off
8.0
Traction
5.0
Durability
10
Value / Price
8.0

Facts / Specs

Brand
Model
React Pegasus Trail 4
Family
Array
Previous model
Type
Weight
10.4 oz (295 g)
MSRP
$140.00

Heel
mm.
Toe
mm.
Heel drop
10 mm.
Carbon plate
No plate

Size/Fit

Sizing
Buy half size smaller
Heel fit
Normal
Midfoot fit
Normal
Toebox fit
Normal

Cushioning & ride

Type of cushioning
Balanced/plush
Amount of cushioning
Highly cushioned
Stability
Some stability
Flexibility
Medium

Trail specs

Rockplate
Not present
Traction
Lack Traction
Water resitance
Adequate

Best for these distances

Regular training  
Long, slow training runs  
Speedwork on flat surfaces  
Short trail races (up to half marathons)  
Marathon and 50k trail races
Ultra distances, 50 miles and greater

Best for these terrains

Moderate trails  
Technical trails
Rocky areas
Muddy areas
Through creeks and streams
Through snowy or icy sections  
Dirt trails  
Paved trails  
Through grassy sections  

Who should buy the Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 ?

For runners looking for a do-it-all road to trail shoe that looks good, fits well, and is durable enough to handle high mileage.

Who should not buy the Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 ?

Long distance runners who need a more spacious toe box. Trail runners looking for a shoe with more protection on technical terrain.

Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 Introduction

Picture of Nike React Pegasus Trail 4

Nike’s trail version of the signature Pegasus road running shoe is back for its fourth iteration.

The Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 is a versatile and durable road-to-trail shoe. The Pegasus Trail 4 maintains the supportive and springy React midsole from the Pegasus Trail 3 and makes some updates to the upper for enhanced fit and lockdown.

Other updates include an enhanced outsole pattern to enhance traction and stability without sacrificing road performance. At $140, the price is average for similar trail runners, like the Brooks Cascadia 16 ($130) or Altra Outroad ($140).

Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 Impressions

Picture of Nike React Pegasus Trail 4

I was impressed with the sleek and stylish appearance of these shoes right out of the box. I also tested the Nike Trail Pegasus 1, which I thought was also a stylish road to trail running shoe; but the 4 looks even better.

The Pegasus Trail 4 loses about 1 oz. of weight from its predecessor primarily through the reduction of its stack height by about 1mm.

My first observation while putting on the shoe and going on a run was that the fit felt secure without significant extra room in the toe box. The flywire lacing uses a corded design to reinforce a snug, locked-down fit.

The soft cushioning is thick enough to provide some protection from the trail without sacrificing too much stability. The upper is hefty and rigid enough to provide some protection to the top of the foot in complement to the rubber toe cap.

Running in these shoes feels great. For their use case – which is road to trail – these are excellent.

These use cases include running on roads to the trailhead, running on mixed terrain where there may be variable conditions and surfaces, or pure trail so long as it’s relatively non-technical.

The traction and protection leave something to be desired on more technical, steep, muddy, or wet, slippery surfaces. There is some tradeoff in responsiveness for the softer, more trail-oriented midsole. The narrower, most snug fit also limits these to shorter efforts.

Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 Protection

Picture of Nike React Pegasus Trail 4

The protection on the Pegasus Trail 4 is ideal for its use case – road-to-trail and non-technical trail terrain.

The upper is more sturdy than a road running shoe (like the Pegasus 39) and the toe cap covers more area (although less than its Trail Pegasus 3 predecessor). The upper features an additional rubberized skin layer on the upper near the toe for added protection and durability.

There is no rock plate, leaving some vulnerability to underfoot hazards like rocks and roots. The stack height provides some underfoot protection (36mm heel/26mm forefoot) compared to the Pegasus 39 (33mm heel/23mm forefoot).

Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 Durability

Picture of Nike React Pegasus Trail 4

The Pegasus Trail 4 lives up to Nike’s claim as your “workhorse with wings.” I tested them on a variety of terrain types from snowy, icy roads to dirt singletrack to technical steep, rocky terrain.

fter over fifty miles, the upper shows barely any signs of wear and tear in the black and gray colorway. They barely accumulate dirt and dust can be easily brushed off.

The outsole shows minimal signs of wear, and the tread integrity remains. I am confident in being able to use these for hundreds of training miles. While comfort and performance may be a limiting factor for a longer distance, durability would not be the limiting factor for using these for an ultra distance race.

Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 Responsiveness & speed

Picture of Nike React Pegasus Trail 4

The Pegasus Trail 4 can handle fast terrain, but I prefer it for training runs at moderate speeds. The 10mm drop is typical for a trail shoe. I would not prefer this shoe for a fast course.

The Nike React foam midsole is designed to be responsive and soft without too much added weight, and it delivers well on the Pegasus Trail 4. The result is a smooth, springy ride that minimizes fatigue over mileage.

These perform best on flatter, smoother trail terrain, like hard-packed single track, dirt or gravel roads, and grass. The lugs are not as long as other trail shoes, which make them more durable for road but compromises traction on rocky, muddy, and snowy terrain (especially if it’s steep).

Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 Comfort and fit

Picture of Nike React Pegasus Trail 4

The secure fit is a feature of the Pegasus Trail 4. They initially felt tight, so if you are between half sizes, consider sizing up. The corded lace system provides excellent lockdown and comfort for most foot widths (unless you have a really wide foot).

I sometimes find my foot rolling in a wider shoe, but my foot did not budge in these.

I found the toe box to be more narrow than other trail shoes that I’ve used, which limits the space available for toe splay over longer efforts.

The sturdy, thicker upper provides more protection from trail hazards and the cold for those running in wintry conditions. The tradeoff is decreased breathability on hotter, humid days.

Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 Conclusions

While I do many of my weekend runs on more technical trails in the summer, shorter winter days don’t allow me as much time to get to a trailhead for a daily run.

The Pegasus Trail 4 is perfect for days that I’m running out of the house onto the road where I may encounter some hard packed snow mixed in with sections of dirt and grass.

Since I love the way these look and fit, I like them for travel when suitcase space is limited, but I want to be prepared for most types of runs.

Overall, the Pegasus Trail 4 is an excellent shoe for a single road/trail running quiver or for anyone looking for a durable shoe to go miles on variable but less technical terrain.

While the outsole leaves something to be desired in traction and protection on rocky, steep, or potentially slippery terrain, there are many other surfaces this Pegasus Trail 4 excels on.

This shoe delivers a responsive and reliable ride on the road and on less steep grass, dirt, and hard-packed snow.

Exceptional durability allows you to run out your door without worrying about super soft lugs being worn down by the road on your way to the trailhead.

These are also ideal if you have sections of grass, wintry conditions, or other terrain mixed in on your daily runs.

How does the React Pegasus Trail 4 compare?

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Nike React Pegasus Trail 4
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Expert score
7
8
8
User score
Retail price
US$159.95
US$139.95
US$139.95
Brand
Shoe type
Weight
11.3 oz
10.4 oz
9.9 oz
Heel Drop
8 mm
10 mm
6 mm
Recommended for
Racing, speedwork
Cushioning type
balanced/plush
balanced/plush
responsive/balanced
Cushioning amount
Highly cushioned
Highly cushioned
Little cushioning
Flexibility
medium
medium
rigid
Stability
some stability
some stability
some stability
Sizing
true to size
buy half size smaller
true to size

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As editorial policy, we do not accept free samples from companies.
We purchased this pair of Nike at Running Warehouse  with our own money.

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Reviewed by Katherine

This review was written by Katherine Takai on 14th December.
Katherine Takai is a consultant and endurance sport enthusiast in constant pursuit of new running adventures and the optimal shoes to take her there. Over 15 years ago, she was a sprinter who turned long distance event runner. Ultimately, she found her greatest passion in trail running and has spent the past five years running around the mountains of Colorado and her current home near the Tetons in Idaho.

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