Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 is a popular running shoe that offers comfort and versatility for everyday runs.
Let's start with the elements that don't change much: the midsole, with its React foam and Air Zoom unit, continues to offer comfortable and smooth cushioning. Nothing spectacular in terms of responsiveness—this is a point that inevitably comes up every year. At the same time, it's not in the DNA of the Pegasus. For a bouncier trainer in the Nike range, we recommend the Nike ZoomX Invincible Run. The stack height is still 28 mm thick under the heel and 18 mm under the forefoot (the drop is 10 mm). So it's a good option for athletes who like good cushioning while staying clear of maximalism. In terms of underfoot feel, male testers note that the sole is a little softer than before, while female testers report a bit more firmness (the configuration is slightly different between men and women). Overall, the cushioning is of moderate density.
The rubber outsole gives a good grip and seems sturdy. The main change here is the use of Nike Grind (post-industrial recycled materials) up to 9%. Nothing to shout from the rooftops, but it's a start! One important point flagged by a couple of reviewers: it seems that there are some early signs of sole wear ("creasing" to be exact), so that's something to keep an eye on.
Let's move on to the upper, which concentrates most of the changes. The forefoot is higher and wider, which will delight people who need volume. Some testers complained of some heel slippage with the P37, and Nike adjusted this part for a more secure lockdown. On the other hand, the midfoot webbing allows the upper to hug the foot more evenly when pulling on the laces. Finally, the tongue is longer and more padded. The Pegasus has always offered an impeccable lockdown, and this 38 version is no exception.
The ConsensusIn summary, the Pegasus is unsurprisingly... a Pegasus: comfortable, durable, well-fitting, and affordable! While the ride won't knock your socks off, it's a reliable shoe that has the merit of being suitable for everyone (or almost)—a star trainer for everyday use that continues to win the popular vote.
- Great comfort
- Cushioning that absorbs shock well
- Well-fitting mesh upper with secure lockdown and roomier than previously
- Versatile model
- Sturdy build
- Testers unanimously note the lack of responsiveness when it comes to the cushioning
- Some users report signs of creasing on the sole
Model: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
- The rubber compound of the oustole, with 9% of Nike Grind (recycled materials), delivers a safe grip on city terrains.
- React: the plushest of Nike’s foam. It offers a comfortable and lively ride.
- The Zoom Air unit under the forefoot improves shock absorption and delivers a snappy toe off.
- The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38’s mesh upper comfortably keeps the foot secure in the shoe while facilitating airflow, especially when the running gets tough.
- The midfoot webbing delivers precise and pleasant foot lockdown by allowing the upper to wrap around the foot uniformly when tightening the laces.
- The tongue in foam adds extra support and improves comfort on the top of the foot.
- The wider forefoot allows the P38 to be suitable for feet of all shapes and sizes.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Does this running model fit true to size?
I have overpronation. Can I run in the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38?
I weigh more than 187 lbs/85 kg. Can I run in these shoes?
Is this model suitable to run a marathon?
Comparisons – Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 vs:
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37
There are few changes from one model to another: same weight, same stack height, and same heel-to-toe drop. The React/Zoom Air midsole and rubber outsole are nearly identical on both versions. The main changes lie in the upper with a more spacious forefoot and a better heel fit.
Nike ZoomX Invincible Run
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Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2
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