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Nike Air Zoom Pegasus History


The Nike Air Pegasus has always, for its entire 31-year history, represented great value and the Air Zoom Pegasus 31 is no different, although that is not to say that it feels like any of the versions that have come before it.

Pegasus 31! Mens' on the left, Womens' on the right!

The last few versions of the Pegasus, although excellent, had more cushioning and a slightly mushy feel. This was good for slower, more casual runners, but not for the younger, faster runners looking for a great, no-frills, everything-you-need-and-nothing-you-don’t shoe who have always been the Pegasus’s target customer.

The Pegasus 31 features a lower “stack height” (that’s the thickness of the midsole) than previous models, giving it a slightly firmer, less mushy ride than it has had in previous models. Having said that, this is still an everyday trainer with enough cushioning for lots and lots of miles. The cushioning actually felt a little too firm for my first few runs, but felt perfect after a little breaking in. (It has been a very long time since I have had to break in a new shoe’s cushioning, but the result was worth it.) Because the shoe is less mushy, it was also a little easier to pick up the pace a bit on those days that I was feeling a little frisky.

The upper is a nearly-seamless “engineered” mesh with no-sew overlays. The fit is a little snug, so runners with wide feet may have to move up to a wider width, but the snugness enhances the feeling of quickness and the shoe moving with you rather than holding you back.

The entire heel counter has a reflective mesh layer, so nighttime visibility is excellent.
Rare among today’s shoe’s, the Air Zoom Pegasus 31 has a solid rubber outsole for great durability (which obviously contributes to its value) and a fairly aggressive waffle tread pattern for traction on grass, dirt, snow or just road debris and gravel. This is a shoe that you could take off-road (though not on technical trails) without worrying at all about traction or footing.



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