After a long spell without any new offerings, Nike updated their trail shoe lineup for 2019 in a big way. The Terra Kiger has a full redesign for version 5, the Wildhorse has a new upper for version 5 (review coming soon), and the Nike Pegasus 36 road shoe received a brand new trail counterpart that will be the focus of this review.
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail is built on the same platform as the road version, but has a new air mesh upper, durable skins in high wear areas, separate Zoom Air units in the heel and forefoot for stability, and enlarged lugs for trail use. The Pegasus 36 Trail has been one of my most used shoes since it’s release over the summer, and I will share my thoughts in this review having enjoyed them for more than 100 miles of mixed trail use.
Size, Weight, Fit, and Build
My size 11.5 Pegasus 36 Trails weigh in at a lightweight 10.95 oz per shoe. The size 11.5 is true to size for me, and is the shoe size I wear for the vast majority of my trail running shoes, including the Nike Wildhorse 5.
The Pegasus 36 Trail comes in at $130, which makes it a high value pick given its durability. If you’re looking for a single shoe that can be used on road and trail equally well, I can’t think of a better option available right now. For my readers hiking trails like Camino de Santiago, this shoe would be a fantastic pick. If on the other hand, you’re looking to add the Pegasus 36 Trail to your running shoe quiver, it will slot in nicely for days on fire roads and buffed out single track. The Pegasus 36 Trail performs admirably on rugged alpine trails, but its lack of a rockplate becomes obvious pretty quickly as the miles add up. Even with this drawback, the comfort and responsive ride of the Pegasus 36 Trail has me reaching for them regardless of where my outings take me.
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Author: Drew Robinson