Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 review: A lighter React foam to go the distance
Ride for life
There is a thing called the Pegasus legacy. When it comes to Nike's arsenal of kicks, the Pegasus bank is touted as the shoe for every runner. While that might sound like too universal of a reputation, all it does is to deliver a simple function for the masses. And for running shoes, that's really all you need. With its simple yet salient mission, the Pegasus hits the ball out of the park with every release. And it's only going to get better.
Here comes the latest flower child, the Nike Air Zoom React Pegasus 37, with some familar characteristics that the cognoscenti would recognise: a heel collar that tapers away from the Achilles tendon and of course the customary waffle rubber outsole that's sworn to durability. The fit feels snug — perhaps too snug for the first time — but as I picked up speed, that mild discomfort transformed in a cushy base that levelled up on energy return along the way.
The toe-off is impressively springy and I appreciated it after about a mile later while bracing a hilly trail. The shoe's midsole is a new addition to the entire silhouette — with a cushioned React foam and a forefoot pocket air bag (according to Nike, the air unit is twice as big as its predecessor's) — adding up to a sweet spot for every runner, responsive to every stride.
The upper is designed to be form-fitting, which explained the initial tightness at the start. But soon, that feeling dissipates, credits to a good amount of room at the forefoot. All of these aspects are commonly overlooked, but with clever design that alludes to a stable footing, that means feeling less of a strain on an activity that you're not particularly good at. (Yes, running is still hard for me).
Moral of the story, never underestimate the mass appeal and how brilliant the feat it is to be crowned a go-to-running shoe. You go, No.37.