For almost 40 years Nike has tended towards evolution over revolution when launching a new version of the Air Zoom Pegasus, its reliable all-round running shoe. But it’s fair to say that the 37th edition of the shoe will have a significantly different feel underfoot than its predecessor.
That’s because the material used in the midsole will change from Cushlon to React foam. The latter has been used in a couple of our favourite new Nike shoes of the past couple of years – the Epic React and the Infinity Run.
Nike says the React foam is lighter, more durable and more responsive than Cushlon, and we’ve found shoes with React foam to have a comfortable yet quick ride. We can also testify to its durability, having run several hundred kilometres and a marathon in the Epic React without it showing any signs of wear and tear.
The Pegasus 37 also differs from its predecessor by having a Zoom Air bag underneath the forefoot, rather than a full-length one as in the 36. The bag in the 37 will be twice as thick as the one in the 36, and is designed to put some pep in your step as you pop off your forefoot with each stride.
The redesigned Zoom Air bag and React foam are the two key updates to the shoe and they should result in an improved ride. We’ll put that to the test as soon as we can get hold of a pair to review.
The Pegasus line has long been a popular pick as a durable training shoe that can also be used for racing, but it has been superseded on that front by Nike’s Pegasus Turbo and Epic React in our view. It will be interesting to see if it wrests the crown back as the brand’s go-to all-round shoe.
One feature that shouldn’t change with the new shoe is the price. We haven’t had the confirmed UK price but the Pegasus 37 will cost $120 in the US – the same as the Pegasus 36, which cost £104.95 in the UK. The Pegasus 37 will be available globally from 28th April.