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Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 Review Analysis (2022)

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39

Last update: August 2022

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 is the go-to daily training running shoe. Affordable, accessible, and comfortable, it’s a reference that keeps hitting the spot.

The Consensus

9.2Overall score
The best-selling running shoe from Nike: comfortable, efficient, and even lighter!
Don’t have time to read the full review? Here’s what you need to know.

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 is a mid-range running shoe that focuses on comfort rather than performance.

This new model is lighter while retaining the winning formula of previous versions: precise lockdown, long-distance comfort, and noteworthy durability.

The cushioning of Nike React foam and Zoom Air units offer good shock absorption support, and its medium-firm feel provides stability. Heel-to-toe transitions are easy even if the Nike Pegasus 39’s responsiveness remains limited.

The main weakness of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39? Its thick upper lacks breathability for hot temperatures. For the rest, the shoe remains true to the spirit of the Pegasus line and will continue to delight fans of the collection.

In summary, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 is a very good running shoe for daily training that has the merit of being accessible with its universal comfort. With a base price of $120, it’s one of the best-value shoes on the market.

Please read our full review of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 for more information.
Comfort
9.5
Responsiveness
8.5
Foot lockdown
9.5
Stability
9
Durability
9
Value for money
9.5
Design
9
PROS
  • Great comfort
  • Sturdy pair of shoes suitable for (almost) all profiles: beginners and experienced runners
  • Lightweight for its cushioning and durability
CONS
  • A little thick upper that lacks ventilation
  • Lack of responsiveness
  • Few changes: save for the weight, the brand only made timid adjustments here and there

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 Complete Review Analysis

Introduction

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 review

Every year, many Pegasus fans worldwide eagerly await the release of their favorite shoe. And here it is for 2022: the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39!

Not that they are the latest shoes with exceptional powers. Here, no carbon plate or “supercritical” foam. We are dealing with a simple and effective shoe that does exactly what we ask: be comfortable and last a long time.

review of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 (new version)

There’s probably some nostalgia in the yearly success of Nike’s best-selling Pegasus: it’s the first shoe for many runners. And because it works so well, they continue to buy it every year out of habit, even if it’s not necessarily their primary shoe.

So the big question is: what is this new model worth, and can it convince people who have never worn a Pegasus? In this analysis, we’ll answer it together to help you determine if this 2022 edition is a good choice for you.

Cushioning

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 midsole cushioning with React foam for a versatile shoe

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 keeps an intermediate configuration in terms of stack height. It resists the sirens of maximal cushioning to which more and more brands succumb (like Adidas with its Adizero Boston).

With a 28 mm stack height in the heel and 18 mm in the front (10 mm drop), the Nike Pegasus 39 offers a comfortable platform that absorbs shocks while leaving a little ground feel.

In terms of technology, Nike’s React foam offers comfortable but unabashed cushioning. Testers note that the foam is even spongier to the touch, but underfoot, it retains a moderately firm feel.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 version 2022 of the best seller of the American brand

This structure gives good stability to the shoe.

These new Nike Pegasus 39 do not have one but two Zoom Air units: one under the front of the shoe and another under the heel. If the one under the heel is discreet, runners note that the forefoot Zoom Air unit is rather noticeable. At slow speeds, this may not be comfortable for everyone. Fortunately, it fades as you pick up the pace.

All in all, we stay on a similar cushioning experience to the previous version. What about the ride of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39? Is the shoe responsive underfoot? This is what we will see further down.

Foot lockdown (upper)

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 regular mesh upper

If there’s an important point on which the Nike Pegasus has never (or almost) disappointed, it’s the foot lockdown. The Peg 39 is no exception to the rule, and its engineered mesh upper allows a perfect locking of the foot in the shoe.

The internal heel counter keeps the heel secure without chafing while the tongue (linked to the laces to prevent slipping) locks in the foot comfortably.

heel counter of the Nike Pegasus 39

Surprisingly, the Flywire technology (system of cables) makes a comeback in the midfoot on the Nike Pegasus 39. It had disappeared from the two previous versions in favor of straps, but this 2022 update brings it back.

We can assume that this is to lighten the shoe (this configuration is more discreet): with 255 g/9 oz for men and 233 g/8.2 oz for women, it is the lightest Pegasus so far. It aligns with similar shoes like its great rival, the Saucony Ride 15, and its 250 g/8.8 oz.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 instep view and front of the shoe

This running shoe fits true to size with a standard volume, that is, neither ample nor restrictive, especially at the toe box. If you have narrow feet, it will be perfect. For wide feet, we recommend you try them on.

Finally, the upper is relatively thick, which gives average breathability. This configuration is ideal for winter but can be restrictive when it’s hot in summer.

Grip and durability

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 rubber outsole

The outsole of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 is a combination of carbon rubber under the heel and blown rubber under the forefoot.

There’s a generous amount of both materials to protect the Nike Pegasus 39 and pile on the miles without fear of rapid wear.

The outsole features a new design with two flex grooves along the entire length of the sole. This change should provide more flexibility while running.

Finally, we note that the sole of this Nike running shoe displays small nibs, almost similar to lugs, to improve grip. However, testers report that despite their presence, the hard rubber does not always grip so well on wet concrete.

Still, the shoe can be comfortable on dirt roads and other non-technical light trails.

The Ride

Air Zoom Pegasus 39 review road running shoe

As we mentioned in the introduction, the Nike Pegasus has never impressed with its responsiveness. At the same time, this is not its role in the Nike Running collection. The slogan of Nike for its Pegasus 39? “Your workhorse with wings.”

The Nike Pegasus 39 is here to run comfortably over long distances for daily training. It offers a smooth transition but without explosive energy return. You’ll have to turn to a Vaporfly (geared for racing performance) or an Invincible Run (much more fun but less stable).

Maybe the 40 will change the game, but, for now, we remain on a classic configuration that remains a star for everyday running.

Conclusion

Air Zoom Pegasus 39 Nike

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 remains similar to previous versions with some significant changes: a lighter weight (20 g/0.7 oz less) and a slightly more flexible sole.

The star shoe of Nike remains a safe choice for beginners looking for an efficient and comfortable shoe to accompany them safely in their first run. It’s also a good pick for experienced runners looking for a good comfortable and durable cruiser for high-mileage training.

Facts

Technical Specs

TerrainRoad
Pronation typeNeutral
Drop10 mm
Heel stack height28 mm
Forefoot stack height18 mm
Weight (men)255 g/9 oz
Weight (women)233 g/8.2 oz
Release year2022

Cushioning

Softness (1-5)3 – Moderate
Bounce (1-5)3 – Moderate

Use

SpeedSlow, moderate
DistanceShort, mid, long, 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon
WorkoutDaily runs

Reference: Nike

Comparisons – Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 vs.:

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38

The Nike Pegasus 39 is lighter than the Peg 38 (20 g/0.7 oz less). This is possible thanks to a better arrangement of elements and new production techniques.

For the rest, the comfort, foot lockdown, and ride feel remain very similar.

The rubber-rich outsole is a bit more flexible with its added flex grooves.

Honestly, if you find the P38 during promotion periods, treat yourself! You won’t miss much.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How’s the fit of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39?

No worries here: the shoe runs true to size.

Is it a good shoe for walking?

It’s not its primary purpose, but it’s very well suited for walking in the city and on smooth trails.

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin Le Gall

Kevin is the founder and editor of Runner's Lab. He started running in 2015 and completed his first marathon in Rotterdam in 2016. He's also worked for Under Armour from 2016 to 2018 and helped launch their running collection in Europe (in particular the HOVR shoes). In addition, Kevin is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher (Sivananda) and uses this experience to run more mindfully with a focus on well-being over performance.

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