Nike Air Pegasus 31 review

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Sensory score Pegasus 31

Color: Hyper Cobalt/Black-Volt

Intended use: On all surfaces except trail. Works for recovery runs, long distance.

Surfaces tested on: Road, synthetic track 21° C/70° F

Upper: Engineered mesh, internal sleeve.

Midsole: Compression molded Cushlon (EVA) foam, Zoom Air bag in heel.

Outsole: Carbon rubber.

Weight: 323 gms/11.39 Oz for a half pair of US11.

US Retail: $ 100

The Nike Air Pegasus 31 is redesigned ground up with all new parts, and the results are pleasing. The shoe blends a cushioned ride, unbroken heel-to-toe transition and superlative upper fit to deliver an excellent neutral running package. All without any increase in price or weight. We strongly recommend this shoe if you’re in the market for a pair of cushioned ride which could do it all.

Asics Nimbus 16, Asics Cumulus 16, Brooks Ghost 6/7, Brooks Glycerin 12, Adidas Supernova Glide Boost  

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With a lot of neutral running competence crowding the market in different mesh and foam avatars, Nike decided it was time to conjure a new form of the long running Pegasus. It was impeccable timing too; the Pegasus had been around for three decades, and what better way to usher in the 31st with a sparkling, brand new version of the franchise? The Pegasus so far had been the footwear equivalent of a grand dame who still held sway in running circles, but was getting long in the tooth. So enter the next generation Nike Air Pegasus 31.

Distinctly standing out in the new Pegasus is its striking upper design. Stare at it a few more seconds, and there’s an overwhelming sense of deja-vu, that feeling of having seen something similar before. And your hunch would have been right. If the aesthetics look similar to the 2014 Nike Free 5.0 and Zoom Vomero 9, that’s because all these models were drawn by the hand of Mark Miner, the Nike designer who worked on them. The diamond shaped cut-outs have an uncanny resemblance to that of the Nike Free 5.0, and the mesh overlaid heel counter look near identical to the Zoom Vomero 9. So, yes the design commonality isn’t just a coincidence.

In Air Pegasus 31’s case, updates go more than just skin deep, with wide sweeping and radical changes everywhere. Where do we begin? Nike says that the new Pegasus is a ’speed demon’, so let’s probe that hyperbole as a starting point. Surely, the design looks fast, but is the shoe? The barometer by which the ‘fastness’ of a running shoe is measured takes into account the compression of its sole unit, the heel to toe drop and how the upper fits. Or in simplified terms, stack the shoe against a traditional racing flat and see how close it comes.

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The Air Pegasus 31 gets a brand new, low profile sole unit. Zoom Air in the heel too.

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Reworked outsole design. Expansive coverage of rubber

At heart of the new Pegasus 31 update is a brand new, lower profile midsole which sits at a 10 mm heel-to-toe offset, and lower than the outgoing Pegasus 30. It uses a Zoom Air bag under the heel, same as last year, no change there. The midsole is Nike’s responsive Cushlon foam with a very clean profile, sans the deep side grooves seen on the Pegasus 30. We slipped into a pair, and went for a run. Within the first few kilometres, it became clear that the ride on the Pegasus 31 was different.

It is common knowledge that a high degree of midsole deformation or compression leads to a heightened feel of cushioning, but sacrifices on speed. The reverse holds true too, which means that a shoe is deemed faster if midsole deformation is minimized. The premise being that firmer shoes have better ‘touch and go’ necessary for building up tempo, and hence you’ll never see a true racing flat featuring sink-in cushioning. All speed running shoes which mean business look and feel the part, with a firmer midsole being an inseparable part of their poker faced personality. So with that background, we took the Air Pegasus 30 and 31 to task on the track, and captured multiple freeze frames to show how the two midsole deformations compared.

Wear-tester was a heel striking neutral runner, 78 kgs / 179 lbs, running a 8.46 min mile. A heel foot strike was important as that would show the complete cycle for weight transfer across midsole length.

Nike Air Pegasus 30 midsole deformation freeze frame.

Nike Air Pegasus 31 midsole deformation freeze frame.

Body weight loading captured for Pegasus 30 and 31. The Pegasus 30 is so squishy!

As you can see from the freeze frames above (click above to expand), Pegasus 30’s rear foot just gets crushed (top frame) under each impact, and it behaves the same on medial side too (not in frame). The 2014 Air Pegasus 31 (lower frame) on the other hand, shows little deformation as the foot transfers weight from heel to toe. The deep side grooves from Pegasus 30 are eliminated, which helps limit compression. The crash pad in the new shoe is also redesigned and moves towards a greater level of integration with the outsole, resulting in less deformation.There’s another thing at play here – due to lower heel height, most of the heel cushioning sensation comes from the Zoom Air bag instead of the foam, which wasn’t the case in Pegasus 30. The result is a more snappier, responsive ride instead of the relative plushness experienced in the Pegasus 30.

The Pegasus 31 forefoot also saw near zero external deformation, and during our runs, the forefoot felt lower to the ground. If the sidewall thickness is anything to go by, then the shoe should indeed sit lower than the Pegasus 30 in the front.

We also saw tell tale signs that the new Pegasus 31 midsole is compression molded, instead of being injection molded like the Pegasus 30. Compression molded midsoles tend to be usually denser than the injected variety. This, in theory should result in increased firmness and more resilience. But we can’t say for sure if this is the case because we don’t have durometer (hardness) gauges on hand.

The Pegasus 31, while not as plush as the Pegasus 30, has more than enough cushioning in the heel. The ride sits right in the median between soft and firm, and Nike’s description of its shoe as ‘responsive’ is apt. That is exactly how the new Pegasus feels like.

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Anatomy of Heel Zoom Air. The bag is ‘drop-stitched’ with thin fibers keeping the top and bottom walls together.

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Cellulose board (cardboard) piece over the heel Zoom Air bag. This is from Vomero 8, but the Pegasus uses an identical set-up.

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Cross section of rear-foot with Zoom Air Bag. A perfect pair of $130 Vomero 8 was sacrificed for this educational picture.

This might also be a good time to talk about Zoom Air, and how it differs from regular Nike Air bags. Zoom Air is a pressurized urethane chamber, but it is drop-stitched inside. That kind of construction is very common in the outdoor industry – thin strands of fiber keep the top and bottom layers from bulging outwards. Sounds familiar? Your favorite camping mattress is kind of a gigantic Zoom Air bag. Or an inflatable SUP board. Benefits of this construction include excellent shape retention and effective cushioning from a lower volume of compressed material. We won’t leave anything to your imagination, though. We cut up the 2013 Zoom Vomero 8 to show you the innards of a Zoom Air midsole – the heel Zoom unit is very similar to what has been used in the Pegasus 31. And like the Vomero 8 and 9, the Air Pegasus 31 uses a cardboard piece over heel Zoom Air, adding stability in that area.

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Prominent toe-spring of the Pegasus 31. You still have to work hard to push-off.

Visually, the toe spring is quite pronounced in the Air Pegasus 31, and before wearing the shoe, we thought that would result in quicker forefoot roll-offs. But no, the forefoot is quite pliable, and flexes and flattens during forefoot weight transfer. So toe-offs happen in good old fashion, with the big toe propelling the push-offs. There is no Zoom Air bag in the forefoot, hence no stiffness either. But slightly less bendable than the Pegasus 30 due to one missing exposed forefoot flex groove.

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The much talked about ‘Crash rail’, a twin strip of rubber divided by a flex groove.

Nike calls out the inclusion of new ‘crash rails’ which claim to improve stability. The crash rail is a near continuous twin strip of rubber which starts at the heel at ends just short of the toe. The two rubber ‘rails’ are separated by a deep flex groove, the idea being that the flex groove will splay during weight loading, providing an increased outsole surface area. Does it work? Frankly, we could not feel any additional stability, considering that even the older Pegasus 30 featured something similar, the only difference being that the flex groove was not an unbroken line.

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The lateral midsole/outsole has a prominent flare to ease up landings.

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Heel crash pad is not so ‘decoupled’, and integrates with rest of the rubbery outsole.

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Forefoot has lot of rubber and grip, but loses one flex groove when compared to Pegasus 30.

Regardless, stability is not an issue in the Pegasus 31, in much part helped by the lowered midsole, a wider under-arch base and a prominent midsole flare in the heel which helps guide foot strike. The shoe will do well for forefoot strikers too; there is ample padding underfoot, with protection and grip coming from the generous cladding of outsole rubber. We do like the new outsole pattern – more unbroken swathes of rubber instead of ribs on the Pegasus 30. Long term durability on these should be good.

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Outsole rubber is recycled Nike Regrind. Or is ‘enviromentally preferred’ the politically correct term?

And if it interests you, Nike uses its recycled ‘Regrind’ rubber on the outsole. The small specks embedded in the rubber are dead giveaways.

Upper design: Construction and fit

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Three cheers for the inner sleeve. Tongue slide is a thing of the past.

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Another shot of the inner sleeve. We like to overdo it at times.

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Engineered mesh, a now familiar sight.

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Collar is a step below the Pegasus 30 padding, but still grips well. Lining material is top notch.

The upper fit is really, really good on the Pegasus 31. Highlight is the newly inducted inner sleeve, which fits around mid-foot and finally says sayonara to tongue slide. Two layers of mesh are used; the top being an engineered flat mesh, and lining is a thin foam padded mesh which forms the inner sleeve. An obvious downside to this change is decreased ventilation in the forefoot. The Pegasus 30 was more breathable, but only relatively, and the Pegasus 31 performed well in 25 C/77 F weather with a relative humidity of 50%

The heel area carries over the same plush lining used in the Pegasus 30. The two lining fabrics are joined together by an edge to edge zig-zag seam instead of overlapping each other. This gives the Pegasus 31 interior a near seamless fit and feel, with no irritation at all.

Keeping in line with changes on the sole, the Pegasus 31 upper loses a lot of its plushness. Absence of the bouncy spacer mesh (of the Pegasus 30) results in a comparatively spartan feel around the foot, and even the collar area loses a lot of foam. The internal padding around the ankles is reduced when compared to the Pegasus 30, though it still feels comfortable due to the luxurious mesh lining and does a good job at preventing any heel slippage.

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Fused layers form most of the overlays.

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Toe bumper is now internal, and stretches the mesh from underneath.

The synthetic on the Pegasus 31 are fused overlays, delivering an overall structural outcome which has much in common with Pegasus 30. That said, the toe box of the Pegasus 31 is completely cleaned up, with no overlays on the tip of the shoe. Support comes from underneath instead, with an invisible toe puff material fuse-stretching the mesh taut over it. Gives the shoe a streamlined aesthetic in the front, and gives credence to the ’speed demon’ moniker, at least visually.

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Airy windows. Lots of them.They look similar to the 2014 Nike Free 5.0, yes?

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A close look at one of the mid-foot windows. Mesh is see-through and breathable.

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This is getting used a lot these days. Mesh fused over – mesh?

Midfoot is similar to what was seen in the 2014 Nike Free 5.0. (same designer, remember?) The synthetic panels with a lot of diamond shaped see-thru windows and spanned by breathable micro mesh. The lime green peeks through the windows and provides for a muted color contrast. Rear foot is near identical to Nike Zoom Vomero 9; mesh is fused over another layer, revealing perforations in different shapes and a few reflective bits on the heel counter.

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There’s plenty of forefoot space with room for foot splay without being baggy, but runners upgrading from the Pegasus 30 will find that the little toe (fifth metatarsal) is hemmed in slightly by the fused synthetic; the Pegasus 30 had mesh on both sides so forefoot fit was comparatively relaxed. But if you’re slipping into a pair of Pegasus 31 for the first time, chances are you won’t notice a thing and find the forefoot room to your liking. We’d also like to call out that the Pegasus 31 fits true to size for the average, sock clad foot.

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You can go sock-less in the Pegasus 31. Interior fit feels awesome.

How is to wear the Pegasus 31 without any socks? It is comfortable, fits well except in the forefoot where the area feels baggy with the materials bunching out. But if you can live with that, the Pegasus 31 is a good fit for your birthday shoes.

Nike’s marketing also points at use of a new last, but we were hard pressed to tell the difference in light of all the structural changes happening on the upper. If the last marking on the Pegasus 31 sockliner is anything to go by, it seems that the last is the same as the one used in Pegasus 30. Except that the heel is lowered by 2 mm – and a corresponding increase in toe spring up front. We could be wrong, but details on the sockliner seems to support our theory. The Pegasus 30 sockliner says ‘QMR-2’ and the Pegasus 31 says ‘QMR-2/MR-10’.

We interpret this cryptic language as, ‘ The Pegasus 31 has the same Men’s Running (MR) last as the Pegasus 30, except that it has a 10 mm drop. We wonder what last the upcoming Zoom Elite 7 would use? The QMR-2/MR-8? Just a guess, but let’s see when the Zoom Elite 7 debuts in August. (see below)

Update, August 10th: We were wrong, the Elite 7 sockliner is the same as Pegasus 31. Read our detailed Zoom Elite 7 Review

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Sockliner name change. Everything else, same old.

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While on topic, the sockliner nomenclature has changed. ‘Fitsole’ no longer appears on the insole top cloth, and is replaced by a bold ‘Running’ text going across, and captioned with sub-texts calling out ‘neutral ride’ and ‘responsive’. The name change aside, there is little difference between the material make-up of the Pegasus 30 and 31 sockliner. Single layer of memory foam-eque EVA sits beneath the fabric, and not very thick. It could have been a figment of our imagination, but we thought that the Pegasus 31 insole was slightly softer than the 30. But for all we know, it could be manufacturing inconsistency instead of intended design goal.

Beneath the left sockliner, there is no cavity for Nike Plus anymore. This will be the norm for all Nike running shoes going forward, as newer iPhones and iPods feature digital accelerometers without a need for an in-shoe transmitter or footpod.

Arch support is a lesser thing in the Pegasus 31 compared to the 30. The under arch midsole flare seen in the Pegasus 30 is now trimmed off, so there’s decreased support underneath. By conventional footwear wisdom, runners with low or flat arches should do well to stay away from the Pegasus. The new Pegasus is purely a neutral running shoe targeted at runners with regular or high arches, and that’s the general condition under which the shoe will perform at its best.

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Nike has been stingy with Pegasus 31 reflectivity.

Are there any faults in the Pegasus 31? We couldn’t find any. Ok, if we had to nitpick, it would be reduced night time visibility. The Pegasus 30 had massive reflective mid-foot panels, but the Pegasus 31 limits reflectivity only to the heel area. A couple of diamond shaped underlays on either side of the heel, that’s all. Nike’s Air Pegasus 31 description says, ‘reflectivity under the saddle’. Isn’t saddle supposed to be somewhere in the middle? There aren’t any shiny bits there, we can assure you. The tiny pieces on the heel is all there’s to it.

Conclusion:

So what do we think of the new Pegasus? The Nike Air Pegasus 31 is a neutral running shoe of high caliber, and ticks all the boxes on overall ride experience. It comes across as very balanced, taking things like a cushioned ride, smooth transition, great upper fit and stitching all of them up perfectly well together. We also happy to note that Nike hasn’t taken up the price for this one – at $100, it is good value.

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(Disclaimer: Solereview.com paid full US retail price for the shoe reviewed)

  • Skp

    Can i use the pegasus 31 for regular use like going college…etc?

    • solereview

      Absolutely. They’re extremely comfortable for that purpose.

  • cwood24

    This is a very good review, your details in every review are fantastic, love this site. I really wanna try these out, I have run in the Zoom Structure 18 with the stability rail and I appreciated this new feature.

    • solereview

      Thanks for the kind words, and we’re happy you like our little website :)
      Nice to hear your feedback about the Structure 18, and we look forward to reviewing it when it launches in October.
      And the Pegasus 31, it is one lovely piece of running equipment! You should give them a try.

  • dobblou

    For cushioning, would you pick Pegasus over Adidas Glide 6 Boost or Energy Boost 2?

    • solereview

      Yes. The Pegasus 31 is softer than the other two.

      • jusjoo

        How about the adidas pure boost? Those are like running on clouds

        • solereview

          Haven’t run in them yet, so can’t comment from a wear-test perspective.

          They do look super cushy and we’ll do a detailed review in August along with the Primeknit Boost.

  • ruchi

    which one is better??…nike pegasus 31 or nike free??

    • solereview

      Depends on what your needs are. These are two very different shoes.The Pegasus 31 is much more cushioned than the Free. On the other hand, Free is more flexible than the Pegasus, with lesser weight. And within Free, there’s the Free Flyknit, Free 3.0 and 4.0 Flyknit and the Nike Free 5.0.

  • ruchi

    I actually want shoes for walking purpose…so which one would u advice between pegasus 31 and free?? and is adidas better or nike??

    • solereview

      The Pegasus 31 will work better for walking.

      • Pincher

        Which is better for walking, Air Pegasus 31 or Vomero 9? Looking for a comfortable cushioned sneaker for walking around Disney World..

        • solereview

          We’d pick the Peg 31.

          • Pincher

            Thank you!!
            Peg 31 it is

  • ruchi

    thank u so much for ur help solereview..

    • solereview

      You’re welcome! :)

  • Emily

    Im really enjoying the cushioning in the Pegasus 30 and am a bit worried about the harder surface of the 31s. Are they still going to be protective for the joints and comfortable on the foot? is the difference in cushioning really noticeable?

    • solereview

      Even with the changes, Pegasus 31 is still a very well cushioned shoe, so you should be ok. Give it a try at your local store to see whether it feels cushioned enough for your needs.

      Otherwise, you could get a new pair of Pegasus 30 at a great price now that it is an old model. Let us know how it turned out for you!

  • Kevin Mathew

    I loved my Flyknit Lunar 1s and the Lunarglide 4 previous to them, I guess you could say I am a Nike Fanboy because I range from tolerate to hate the other brands I have tried in between them (ASICS Gel Kayano 18 + Saucony Kinvara 4).

    Could you shed some insight on the difference in feel between Flyknit Lunar 2 and the Pegasus 31?

    • solereview

      We need some time to answer this – we’ll have to throw the Lunar 2 and Pegasus into a comparative wear-test rotation. A few days should do it.

      • Kevin Mathew

        I ended up purchasing the Lunar 2s after trying both. The pegasus is much more responsive but I am not a light runner and prefer the extra cushion and bounce of the Lunars.

        • solereview

          Nice! The Lunar 2 is a well put together shoe, can’t go wrong with that.

          it would be great to hear about your ownership experience on the Flyknit Lunar 2 review page after you’ve got more than a few miles on them.
          http://www.solereview.com/nike-flyknit-lunar-2-review/

          • WhattoPick

            i’m a size 13 with a high arch and supinator…would the Flykit Lunar 2’s work for me, despite the Lunar platform being for Support (i.e. overpronator)…or would the more nuetral Pegasus still be the way to go? I like the idea of the Flyknit is all….

          • solereview

            Just try them (Pegasus+Flyknit) on and see how they feel – or if you can wait a couple of more months for the Flyknit Lunarglide to hit the market.

            We’re assuming that you’re a big runner (size 13 foot is a clue!) so would suggest a shoe which feels stable when you wear them. In that sense, Lunarglide 6 is not bad.

  • teezus

    Love the thorough review guys. i went to a running store and they did an analysis and said I’m a heel striker and with a neutral gait. They recommended the Brooks Ghost but I’m a big Nike fan. I also have bit of flat feet (mild arch). Would you recommend this shoe and does it have enough stability for flat feet & overpronating? Thank you!

    • solereview

      Thanks for the comment! If you’re neutral and heel striking, the Pegasus should work, even with a low arch.
      Or you can wait for our Nike Lunarglide 6 review end of this week and take a call then. That has cushioning +motion control. And the forefoot is much softer than the outgoing one, almost putting it in Pegasus territory.

    • solereview

      Update: The Lunarglide 6 review is online now.

      http://www.solereview.com/nike-lunarglide-6-review/

  • debs

    I loved the bowerman series of Pegasus. not a fan of the 30 because it has less cushioning so my knees ache after a long run, but after trying a bunch of other brands, I reluctantly returned to Pegasus as the best option for my narrow size 10 feet and heel striking running style that I’m not going to change. I didn’t feel 30 was as good as Pegasus used to be, but what to do after trying lots of other shoes. I have run in the brooks glycerin, which I really like the cushioning and the drop (i don’t want zero drop shoes or shoes that change the running style that has kept me injury free for 20 years), but the problem with glycerin is the weight – add a little sweat, and feel like blocks on my feet. how do these compare to glycerin, and sounds like the point of these is to move even Pegasus more toward the zero drop shoe?

    • solereview

      Hi Debs, the Pegasus 31 is far from a zero drop shoe, it still comes with a 10-12 mm heel drop. So there’s plenty of cushioning to go around, with a stack of foam, Zoom Air, and around 10 mm of footbed and EVA liner between your foot and running surface.

      May we ask which version of the Glycerin you are referring to? 10, 11, 12?

      • debs

        11 on the Glycerin.

      • debs

        also, how is it 10-12 drop v. a set measurement? I’m confused.

        • solereview

          10 mm is manufacturer specified under ideal circumstances, but in reality variances might occur. Things like change in foam expansion/contraction ratios, minor alignment difference of air bags, and outsole flare might affect that set measurement.

        • solereview

          Saw this page on the New Balance website, and recalled your comment. Scroll down to the ‘Features’ (under ‘Detail’) section, NB clarifies on quoted Heel drop for the Fresh Foam 980 and how it might vary:

          http://www.newbalance.com/M980.html#color=Blue_with_Green Gecko_and_Neon Orange

  • sami

    can I use them to run 15 km

    • solereview

      Yes.

  • john

    who is the best for long distance Adidas Energy Boost 2.0 or Nike Air Pegasus 31

    • solereview

      We’d prefer Energy Boost 2 over Pegasus 31.

  • Daniel Miller

    12 years ago, I finally found a running shoe I could use. At that time, it was the Nike Volmero. However, about 4 years ago, they changed the shoe with cushioning diminishing dramatically.
    I switched over to the Pegasus 29 and 30 a few years ago. They were great.
    I bought the Pegasus 31 directly from Nike. It did not have the cushioning of the 30. It was as clear as day when I put them on. Like the newer Volmero lines, the Pegasus 31 is dead on the bounce, has a harsher feel on contact, and I did not notice any improvement in running time. But that could be because I was dealing with pain.
    My point is: Volmero and Pegasus were originally designed for the neutral runner: the need for a flexible shoe with plenty of cushioning. Now both the Volmero and Pegasus would better serve a runner that needs stability and cushioning. They are not really neutral running shoes.
    The interesting thing is that I posted this (or at least tried to) on the Nike but they refused to post my review of the shoe.
    I think I hit a nerve. But I am a long time NIke buyer.
    Needless to say, I now have 5 pairs of brand new Pegasus 30s in my closet. What am I going to do when those run out.
    It does not seem Nike will revert back based upon what they have done to the Volmero shoe.
    However, great review on the Pegasus 31. You hit the mark about less cushioning and more stability. That is the problem for some of us who used to love this line of shoe.
    Any input would be appreciated.

    • solereview

      You’re right, it is unlikely that Nike will revert the Pegasus back to what it was once. Not sure about what Nike will do with the Vomero, though we can check with our friends in the industry and see what the Vomero 10 will look like. The Vomero ride has been unchanged for the last three years and hopefully next year should bring some changes. There is a chance It might go the Pegasus-Elite-Structure way, with a low profile sole. That would be a dampener.

      Good call buying 5 pairs of Pegasus 30, if it worked so well for you. When you run out of them, we’re sure there will be shoes in the market (not necessarily Nike) which can replace that in some way. When the day comes for you to buy a new pair, please drop a comment here and we’ll try our best to help!

      • Daniel Miller

        Let me ask you a question if you do not mind: Why is it you gave the Pegasus 31 a 9.4 but the Pegasus 30 a 8.8 in the area of cushioning? I cannot wrap my head around it after reading both your reviews. It seems obvious that the 30–with all its characteristics–is a more cushioned shoe and would have warranted a higher number than the Pegasus 31.

        • solereview

          Great question, and glad somebody noticed and asked! Happy to answer this for you.

          Our ratings is based on the sum of weight averages based on different attributes and sub-attributes, unlike a simple ratings system with a regular, arithmetical average.

          When we rate cushioning, we do so on four parameters which gauges the ‘quality’ of cushioning, and not just how it feels:

          a) Responsiveness: The quality of feedback from the midsole+outsole layer.

          b) Stability: Whether or not the cushioning impacts stability – for example, a midsole too soft might lead to undesired foot inversion, which can potentially cause injuries.

          c) Spread of cushioning: Whether the cushioning feel is localized in one area or delivers a better spread.

          d) Quality of sockliner+strobel material

          All the above mentioned attributes contribute to weighted averages which will decide the total ‘cushioning’ score. For example, we will give more weight to stability and spread, followed by responsiveness and sockliner quality.

          In this case, the Pegasus 31 scored higher on a)-c) relative to the Pegasus 30, hence the difference in score!

          Here’s a behind-the-scenes picture of how our ratings system looks like. This was posted a few months ago, and has been improved upon vastly, with attributes just described included. We’ll try and create a separate section on solereview describing our rating process.

          https://www.facebook.com/solereview/photos/a.115882701829260.27535.110609352356595/621241204626738/?type=1&theater

    • Qian Wang

      It’s a shame that Nike doesn’t have any more “ultra plush” shoes available. You might want to look into the Asics Nimbus 16/15, similar cushioning to the Pegasus 30, in my opinion actually a bit softer. If you REALLY want some more pairs of Pegasus’s, check out Nordstrom, they’re got a black and white colorway for half off at $50. I think they’re still avalible online, if not, check your local store. Meanwhile, Nike should have some online at $80.

      • solereview

        Second that, the Nimbus is a very plush shoe, more so than the Pegasus 30 – as you have pointed out.

      • Daniel Miller

        I tried the Asics Nimbus 15. It convinced me, after running in the Pegasus 31, that Nike still has it. The Pegasus 30 is the most cushioned, the 31 next, and then the Nimbus 15–in my opinion. Actually, the Nimbus 15 felt like I had bricks on.
        Working with the pair of Pegasus 31’s I have, I noticed they are fine if I change my style of running.

        If I start landing on my heal, I feel the cushion handling the impact that I need. However, over the past few years, to avoid the only problem I ever have, shin splints, I trained myself to land midfoot. Running midfoot in the Pegasus 31 is dramatically less cushioned than the 30’s. However, if you change your running and strike the heal, it becomes a pretty darn good shoe.
        I appreciate your input on the Asics Nimbus 15. At least for me, they were a big thumbs down.

        • solereview

          Happy to know that the Peg 31 worked out for you, and about your successful gait transition, which is a difficult thing to do!

          Yes, the Nimbus is plushly cushioned, but very heavy. Sorry to have missed calling that out earlier, though our review covers that point.

        • Qian Wang

          I’m sorry that the Nimbus didn’t work out for you… they work amazingly for me. It might be because the cushioning feels a bit different than that of the Pegasus, at first when I tried the Nimbus, they didn’t really feel as cushioned as the Pegasus 30. However, the more I ran in them, the more cushy they became, I dunno if it’s just me adapting the the type of cushion and noticing it more or if the shoe just had to be broken in. However, as solereview said, it might just be the weight issue, as the Nimbus is a very heavy shoe, much heavier then the Pegasus 30/31 as well as being much less flexible.

  • Paolo Di Langio

    Considering to buy the Pegasus 31. I mainly workout in the gym and don´t run that much. Is the Pegasus suitable for daily workouts in the gym?

    • solereview

      The Pegasus 31 is too soft for gym workouts (we’re assuming weight training) and offer less stability during exercises like leg lunges, medium weight dead-lifts and any exercise which involves standing with weights.

      Recommend cross training shoes from Nike or Under-Armour instead. Look for firm midsoles with broader yet flexible forefoot. The upper should be snug too.

  • Riley

    i’m currently trying to decide between the lunarglide 6 and pegasus 31, but if you could recommend a better nike shoe i would appreciate it. i have high arches and a forefoot strike, and run mostly on roads and gravel trails. i want something light but with enough cushion to go longer distances. i’ve been running in the flyknit lunar 2’s since february & absolutely love them, i had no arch problems like i experienced in the past with other brands, and the cushioning was perfect for high-speed workouts on an all-weather track surface. they need to be replaced and i’d like some advice on what my best bet would be.

    • solereview

      Generally speaking, the Pegasus 31 could be your shoe, but if the Flyknit Lunar 2 is working so well, why change it? It is still in the market, and newer colors are available.

  • Mwol

    Is the Pegasus 31, a relatively minimalist shoe or does it have full on cushioning system, which makes it a more conventional shoe?

    • solereview

      Conventional shoe with full-on cushioning.

  • Robt

    Great site ! Just discovered it a couple of days ago.

    Will you do reviews of Mizuno in the future ? Not a big Mizuno fan, but a “shoe freak” and love to read about all brands.

    • solereview

      Thanks for visiting!

      Yes, the Mizuno deluge will begin in October :)

  • Ksircy

    Great review!
    I am a heel-striker and I usually land on the back lateral side. I noticed on these shoes there is a bevel on the lateral portion of the back heel. Would these shoes help me to achieve a better stride or would you recommend something else?

    • solereview

      Thanks!

      The Pegasus 31 should work for you. The heel bevel is just there to ease foot-strike transition – it will have negligible influence on your stride, that’s something you must consciously work on. (From a body movement perspective)

      • Ksircy

        As far as being a heel-striker is concerned, would you recommend the Pegasus 31 or a shoe like the Asics Cumulus?

        • solereview

          Both work well for that purpose, depends on what you seek. Compared to the Pegasus, Cumulus has a softer heel strike due to the ‘breakaway’ crash pad+Gel units, and its forefoot is slightly more padded due to use of softer blown rubber underneath. The upper is plusher too.

          Give the shoes a try at your neighborhood store, and see what suits you better based off your personal preferences!

          • Ksircy

            I actually tried on both last weekend and both felt great. This will be a tough choice.
            Overall, would the Cumulus offer more cushioning? Would the Pegasus have any advantages over the Cumulus?

          • solereview

            The Cumulus is more cushioned overall, but gives less feedback. On the other hand, Pegasus 31 is more responsive/snappy, especially in the heel area.

  • willgeegee

    hello! i’ve just been told to switch from a nike structure 16 to a more neutral shoe as i’ve either learned to run better in the last year or i had the wrong shoe all along. either way, i’ve got regular feet, and hit my stride 99% straight. i’m now looking for a new shoe to train for a marathon. i’m not looking for speed, just the best ride to help me get through the 26 miles. thanks for your extensive reviews – but please could you tell me if i’d be better off with the pegasus 31 or the lunarglide 6 do you think? thanks!

    • solereview

      Hi there! Thank you for commenting.

      In your ‘shoes’, we would prefer the Pegasus 31. But you know what? The Nike Zoom Elite 7 will release in August and we’re probably fast tracking that review to be online in the next 10 days. We haven’t worn the Zoom Elite 7 yet, but first looks basis we think that is a lighter and speedier version of the Pegasus!

  • Jim

    Hi! I absolutely love your website and your detailed articles. I’m also a big fan of how you reply to almost every comment, this has made the comment section of your articles almost equally informative as your articles in some cases. I am new to this and I wanted a pair of shoes which I could use everyday as well as for running. For some reason, I’ve always been a Nike fanboy, though I don’t mind using Adidas either. The other companies (Brooks, Saucony etc) do not have presence in India and thus are out of my choice list.
    I absolutely love how the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31 sounds on paper, particularly the fact that this shoe has been in development for over three decades. Anyway, I was wondering if these would be a good option for my needs? I am moving to Denmark in a month for higher education and wanted to buy a pair that would come to use in every aspect of my life there.
    Thank You :)

    • solereview

      Hi there! Thank you for visiting us and for the comment :)

      The Pegasus 31 is a good shoe, but you mentioned you’re going to Denmark – which among things it’s known for, has unpredictable weather with rain and breeze thrown in.

      If you’re looking to buy one pair of shoes, it might make more sense to buy something which is water-resistant and a little toasty. Pegasus has none of these properties.

      If you want to buy Nike and can wait for two months, the upcoming winter or ‘Shield’ pack is perfect for you. These usually drop in September in time for the darker months. From what we know, the Flyknit Lunarglide with a H2O Repel upper is part of the collection. We suggest that you buy that shoe when it releases in Denmark.

      We took the liberty of spending some time on some of the popular shopping websites in India, and the only water resistant shoes they sell are ones from Salomon and Merrell. Those are good shoes, but will seriously cramp your style.

      Looking good is important too, especially if its one shoe to do it all. Hope this helps!

      PS: On a related note, it is funny that Merrell sells there but not Saucony – they are owned by one company globally.

      • Jim

        Thank you for that particularly insightful reply. You are right about my requirement of a water resistant shoe, and I hadn’t considered that fact yet.

        Since your post, I’ve been searching high and low for the Nike Shield shoes all over Delhi, but have been unsuccessful. I got great deals on Pegasus 31 and the likes though.

        Finding Nike Shield shoes thus, in September and in Denmark, is unlikely if not very expensive.

        You mentioned something about you finding Merrells and Salomons here. Could you point me in the right direction? Or can you suggest any other shoes (preferably by Nike)?

        Thanks a lot!!

  • Eric

    Hey guys. Im an overweight beginner runner that is looking for suggestions as for what shoes to buy if I plan to run 3 times a week around 5k-8k a day. The last pair that I loved was the lunarglide 3s and I know the lunar glide 6 have came out abd as such have read ur review on that shoe as well. Im wondering whether the pegasus oe lunar glide 6 would be a good choice for me or are there any suggestions that you could give me.

    • solereview

      Try the LG6 and the Brooks Transcend. Two very different shoes, but good ones at that.

  • DJ

    Hi,

    My name is DJ from india and i am over weighted person and i would like to start running, is peg31 shoes suits to me?

    Please reply us.

    Best Regards,
    DJ

    • solereview

      Hi DJ – you could try the following shoes and see which one feels better shaped off your shoe size.

      a) Nike Pegasus 31

      b) Asics Gel Nimbus 15

      Good luck with your running!

  • Robert

    I have medium to high arches and tend to land on the outer forefoot area so I really need a really cushioned forefoot area (I guess I am a supinator). I am 6′ 235 and run a little over 20 miles per week. I have used the Triumph before but durability is an issue. Read your review on the Pegasus so thinking I might give it a try. Any thoughts on how it might suit me? Thanks Robert

    • solereview

      Hard to say with certainty whether these will match your needs 100%, but at face value, seems like a good fit.

      In many cases, conventional brand-advocated science (so and so arch type = buy this model) doesn’t work, given the variables of anatomy and gait.

      Try the Brooks Transcend too, that shoe has a wide and very well cushioned forefoot. Downside is outsole durability when compared to the Peg.

  • Pri

    Hi, I am looking for shoes for practicing indoor sports especially fitness classes that involve high intensity plyo moves and high impacts. I follow the Les Mills Body attack, Body step and GRIT classes. I need shoes that provide stability, good shock absorption and dynamics. Additionally looking for good grip on the inner and outer arch so that the foot doesn’t move whiie in motion. Do you think the Nike Air Pegasus 31 is recommended for what I am looking? Thanking you

    • solereview

      What is the surface you’re training on? (Example: Hardwood, Urethane, or Gym mat floor?)

      Regardless, the Pegasus isn’t suitable for those activities.

      • Pri

        Essentially hardwood but once a week also on gym mat

        • solereview

          Without recommending a specific shoe, we can give you a general guideline:

          a) Avoid footwear with high and/or very soft midsoles. This compromises your lateral stability (side to side movement). A lower profile shoe is better suited for these workouts.

          b) Forefoot stability and grip is important. Look for a shoe which has a wide forefoot, with sufficient rubber coverage beneath.

          c) Forefoot cushioning and flexibility: See if the shoe feels padded enough, and also there should be minimal overlays over your forefoot.

          d) Marking / non-marking rubber: Some gyms and studios are fussy about ‘marking’ shoes, ones which leave black skid marks. In that case, look for a shoe with non-marking out-soles. Otherwise regular rubber will do just fine.

          For the arch support, you need to try the shoe on to find out. Brands like Asics and Under-Armour sells a lot of women’s training shoe models, you could give those shops a try.

          Some people also do well in non-Flyknit Nike Free’s, but the arch area could be less than ideal.

          • Pri

            Thank s for this insightful information. My current work out shoes are Nike’s Flyknit but as you rightly pointed out the only reason why I am looking to change is the arch area comfort. I tried Asics gel shoes (latest released model can’t recollect the model) but they were strictly OK in comparison to the Flyknit… I have ordered the Air pegasus zoom 31W, lets see how that works.

          • solereview

            You’re welcome.

            Let us know how it goes with the Pegasus. If you feel the under-arch support is inadequate, then try putting an after-market insole inside (Spenco, Sofsoles, Scholl).

            But if you happen to face any issues with the Pegasus during your workouts, it is better to stop using them instead of risking potential injuries.

            By the way, under-arch support of the Free can be improved by inserting in-expensive foam Arch cookies available at running shops or online.

  • Todd

    I absolutely love this website and have hands down the best reviews on the web! I will be going to Disney World in September and will be doing a lot of walking for the 10 days I am there. Since it will be quite hot and being on my feet/walking all day I am looking for a comfortable breathable shoe so my feet don’t killed after a couple of days. Last time I went I used the Nike Flex 2012 RN and they worked out OK, could have used a bit more cushioning. I was thinking that the Peg 31 would work out well. Any thoughts?

    • solereview

      Thank you for the comment, and happy to hear you like our labor of love :)

      The Pegasus 31 is way more comfortable than the Flex Run. In fact, the shoe has become one of our favorite walking shoes, with socks or without it!

  • michael

    hi. thx for the review, thats help a lot.
    which one of nike zoom series that have a forefoot zoom?
    thanks

    • solereview

      The Zoom Elite 7 has one…. our review coming up in 10 days time.

  • Nikos

    Hi, I would like to ask if the toe box of is comfort enough (big).

    I used to run with Nike flyknit lunar 1 and I would like to test something with more cushion features that’s why I am interested in pegasus 31

    • solereview

      Yes, for a regular width, the toe box is roomy enough, allowing the foot to splay.

      If that isn’t enough, it helps to know that wide and extra wide options are available in the Pegasus 31.

  • Mick

    Brilliant un biased review of running shoes. My go to site before I buy!
    Now looking for a neutral shoe for mid to high mileage. Cushioned wider foot area needed,Due to a toe injury which affects the ball of my foot.I am looking at the Pegasus 31, or Nimbus 16. Any other suggestions? I am a heel striker,70kg thanks
    ,

    • solereview

      Hi, thank you for stopping by!

      Wide and cushioned forefoot? That would be the Nimbus 16 – from what we’ve got our hands on so far.

      Just try them on in the store and get a sense of how the upper goes around the affected (injured) area.

  • Bonnieballoo

    Years ago I had a magic pair of Pegasus Air. Despite having had other brands since then I cannot find a pair of running shoes that feel part of me in the way the Pegasus Air did. I’m not imagining it as I still wear them for walking the dog and when I put my proper running shoes on the difference is really noticeable. Is the 31 anything like the Pegasus Air (if anyone can remember them)

    • solereview

      What vintage is your Pegasus? Any chance you could reply with uploading a picture of the shoe, any photo will do.

      Upload button is bottom left of this comment box.

      • Bonnie Balloo

        Pic attached. Think was about 10 years ago.

      • Bonnie Balloo

        Forgot to mention. Current shoes are asics cummulus gel 13 and feel TOO soft and wide

        • solereview

          Thank you for the picture!

          The new Pegasus 31 is nothing like the 2004 Pegasus you have. The new shoe is way softer, and the upper feels much more minimal in comparison. One of our readers suggested the Brooks Defyance, you might just want to give that shoe a shot.

          • Bonnie Balloo

            Thanks. Will hunt down a pair

  • Teresa

    Every year I go to the LRS and try on the new shoes which is both fun and frustrating. I always go back to the Air Pegasus. I’ve had 25 and 27 and loved them. I bought the 30’s and my toes went numb with each run so the store ordered them in a wider size and it worked great. I’m a size 8. Today I tried on the 31’s and was very disappointed. The size 8 was a horrible fit. I went up to a 9 and I could feel the seam where the mesh and the “windows” meet. The heel was not comfortable either. The heel cup was different with the new insole as well. I feel if the company is going to redesign a shoe, they should call it another name and leave the original alone. I don’t know what to do now. Any suggestions? I have a high arch and high instep.

    • solereview

      Have you given the Saucony Ride 7 a try yet?

      • Teresa

        I haven’t tried Saucony yet. I tried the Nike Vomero and there was just something about the feel of the insole on my forefoot that wasn’t right. I will look into the Saucony Ride 7 next. Thanks.

        • solereview

          The Vomero insole? You must have felt the Air bag underfoot.

          • Teresa

            It kind of felt like it was rolling. That’s the best way I can describe it. Would that be the Air Bag? Is that good or bad?

          • solereview

            The Air bag makes the forefoot stiffer, and could have contributed to what you describe as roll. Bad or good depends on what a runner wants from a shoe. Some people like the stiff forefoot.

          • Teresa

            Update: I tried on shoes again and ordered the Air Pegasus in a wide shoe. My first 3 runs, toes went numb again. I laced them differently and the next run caused blisters. I took them back to the store, tried on shoes again. I had it narrowed down to the Ride 7 (1/2 size bigger though) and the Brooks Glycerin 12. The Glycerins felt more “natural”. I hated the price difference and really hope they will work. I read your review on the Glycerins and it’s actually disappointing. I’m almost frustrated enough to stop running.

          • http://www.solereview.com solereview

            So did you end up buying the Ride 7?

          • Teresa

            I bought the Glycerins. I’ve only put 5 miles on them so far. They felt good. The test will be with longer runs.

          • http://www.solereview.com solereview

            Good on you, hope they work out for you. We see that you’ve been having bit of a struggle finding the right shoes.

  • Jeff

    Thanks for the great review! Would this shoe work for both tempo speed runs and long distance runs? Also what kind of surfaces do you think the shoe works well on?

    • solereview

      Thanks for the comment!

      We’d choose the newly released Zoom Elite 7 better suited for Tempo runs – that shoe has a firmer sole. Our review will be up later this week.

      The Pegasus works best on roads, and fares well on synthetic tracks too.

  • SanderVR

    First of all, great job on another great review!
    I was considering the Pegasus 31 for my next shoe.
    I’m looking for a rather versatile shoe to use in the gym for all purposes aswell as on the road/in the park for running (usually about 5 miles but perhaps i’ll be doing a 10 miles run soon).
    Would this be a good shoe for me or are there others you can recommend?
    Also worth mentioning is that runningshoes often give me a bit of pain on the outside of my feet. Especially new shoes and on long distances. So i’m looking for something comfortable in that area.
    Thx in advance for your feedback!

    • solereview

      Thank you for the comment!

      Do you do weight training in the gym? And when you say outside of the feet, where exactly is the pain?

      • sandervr

        Jep, weight training indeed, and occasionally running on the treadmill. The pain is on the outside (from little toe to heel) , more on the bottom than the top of the foot and more in the middle so not fully to the toe and heel. English is not my native language so sorry for the difficult explanation :)

        • solereview

          Thanks – the Pegasus is too spongy for weight training. You need something a little more firmer and planted, perhaps the Saucony Ride 7?

          And this pain – does it go away once you’ve taken the running shoes off?

  • Dan

    I have had this issue with pervious Nike shoes (stock version of the shoe being different in feel than the customized ID version). I ran in the stock Pegasus 31. I bought two different pairs one at a time and tried them out. They both were not as cushioned as the pervious generation. Sent them back to Nike for refund.
    However, when I bought my third pair, I bought it as a Nike ID where it is built to the color specifications you choose.
    This pair that is Nike ID feels different. It is much more cushioned. Much more enjoyable to run in.
    I had the same problem with a Pegasus 29 when it first came out. The stock pairs were not working for me. But when I bought the ID customized version, it seemed like such a better shoe.
    Is it just me or maybe there is a difference.
    Have you ever come across this issue? Could this be a quality control issue?

    • solereview

      The Pegasus 31 ID has an option of a ‘cushioned’ or ‘responsive’ sockliner. Did you check that option while customizing?

      • Dan

        Yes, each time I select cushioned. However, I always take my insoles out and put in all my shoes a Dr. Sholl’s Active Series replacement insole.
        Do you think the sockliner would make that big of a difference? What exactly is a sockliner?

        • solereview

          Sockliner is the same as insole. However, it is possible that your choice of ‘cushioning’ option on Nike ID also leads to a difference in how the foam midsoles are molded. Just an assumption.

          • Dan

            Could be.
            I wish you could get a pair of custom ID Pegasus to see if you notice a difference. I bet you would. It would be also interesting to know why if that was the case. I just know subjectively the custom ID has more of the attributes that I like in the Pegasus 30. I know you could do a better job that me teasing out the difference between the stock Pegasus 31 and the customized version.
            But you assumption might be it.

          • solereview

            Actually, we can reach out to our contacts in Nike and ask them directly. We’ll send an email, let’s see what comes back.

          • http://www.solereview.com solereview

            This is what came back from Nike, from a person who used to work for Nike ID:

            “I can’t speak for that exact shoe as I didn’t work on it but this was a customization option that was established when I was there, and what we did at that time was inject the midsole with a different density of foam to match the desired result.

            Hope this clears things for you, and the reason behind the difference in the Pegasus cushioning.

          • Dan

            First of all, SoleReview is awesome. Thank you for reaching out and actually receiving a response. You did not have to go through with this contact. But you did, which speaks volumes to what you do.
            I think your contact reveals the truth: when you pay more for NikeID, you get more of a custom shoe–mine is more cushioned than the stock version. In addition, as your review points out, the stock version does not have much reflectors on it. However, when you customize your shoe, you can put more reflectors on it. I did and mine glows in the dark like the previous version (Pegasus 30).
            I think we can conclude that the Pegasus 31 ID customized is not the same shoe as the stock version of the Pegasus 31. So, if other readers who prefer the previous generation feel of the Pegasus, you should opt to have it customized. The pro for doing so is more cushioning and the ability to glow in the dark if you run at night. The con is your going to pay about 35 dollars more for this shoe.
            In fact, I would state that anyone who runs at night should customize this shoe. The fact that Nike has put so little reflection on the stock version of the Pegasus 31 should have all of us up at arms–criminal neglect.

          • http://www.solereview.com solereview

            Thank you! Was lucky to get a response, those guys are always so caught up in their work. But appreciate your question in the first place, because the process of answering it increased our own knowledge. Actually most comments do, as we read and respond to queries or observations posted on solereview. Helps us become better shoe reviewers with each day of responding to comments. For example, we did not know how Nike ID worked to affect cushioning levels. Always thought it was just a upper and color deal.

            Agree that customization makes the shoe much better, and the $35 is a steep, yet justifiable price to pay for molding the shoe in shape of your own specific needs.

            We always wonder why Nike is so stingy with reflectivity from time to time. If anything, those guys are the ones who need it the most. Their office is in Portland, where you’re more likely to encounter rain, snow and darkness than days of sunshine.

            Talk about irony.

  • luca

    great review ! still I’m not sure about Pegasus 31 vs Nimbus 15 in terms of cushioning and transition. Being using vomero for years but when i compared Pegasus 31 with Vomero 9, no doubt Pegasus was the best by far. can you tell me if the Zoom Air is different in Pegasus 31 and vomero 9 ?
    also nimbus 16 just came out, do you reckon it might be really better than pegasus 31 or nimbus 15 ? Asics says they put more gel in the nimbus 16 than 15, but from the picture it does not seem like that

    thanks again

    • solereview

      Thanks! The Pegasus feels more responsive in cushioning than the Nimbus 15, which happens to be heavier and softer. When compared the Vomero 9, the Pegasus has only one heel Zoom Air Bag while the Vomero has both heel and forefoot Air bags.

      We’ll be able to answer your question on the Nimbus 16 once we review it later this month. Please see our ‘upcoming reviews’ section for tentative dates.

      • luca

        Thanks for the prompt reply. btw, just read your review for the Energy Boost 2 and really wondering your opinion in terms of cushioning, responsivness and transition amongst PG31 , nimbus 15 and Energy boost 2 (agree with you the plastic midfoot cage is worst than horrible..)
        Last thing, when you are going to review Nimbus 16 could you show the Gel cushioning units in heel and forefoot comparing with the nimbus 15 (similar great work you did in the Vomero 9 review with the pictures of the Zoom air bags) ??
        cheers

        • solereview

          Happy to help!

          The cushioning of Energy Boost 2 is superior to the Pegasus and the Nimbus 15 in its well rounded character, but we found the midfoot tight.

          We’ll be reviewing the Nimbus 16, but unfortunately we won’t be cutting it open since we have only one pair – which we need for long term tests.

  • muraxz

    Thank you for detailed reviews. My peg28 is old enough now. I decided to buy pegasus 30 or 31 without hesitation before checking out tests here and before going to stores. I have seen in the stores Pegasus 30 was too soft and both 30 and 31 have not given the feeling of cushioning, comfort, flexibility, support balance of the pegasus series i used to. I think Nike is not following the right strategy making radical changes on Pegasus, they should have made separatemodel instead of this. Pegasus series was my favourite but was, i think not anymore. I tried Lunarlon and lunar peg series too and did not find comfortable. I have regular arch and prefer the shoes with supportive and not softer than needed mid area and flexible forefoot, and have enough cushioning like elder pegasus 28 . I can get asics gt2000, kayano 19, kayano 20,nimbus 15, almost any adidas and reebok sold in this season. Any suggestions?

    • solereview

      Thank you for the comment, and for the compliment! :)

      It seems that the GT 2000-2 could be one of the shoes you can look at. How about the 2013 Brooks Ghost 6 (not 7), do you think you can get them where you live?

      • muraxz

        I live in Turkey and unfortunately i could not see Brooks in any trustable store. I liked Kayano 20 but i could found only red one and did not get them because of colour. Than i decided to give a chance to pegasus 31. After wearing for some weeks my opinions did not change so much. Some days ago, i have seen pegasus 28 in another store which is the product of 2014 and bought a pair. Next weekend, i will buy some more pairs of pegasus 28 because i do not know how long it will be produced.

        • http://www.solereview.com solereview

          Good call to consider buying a few more pairs of the Pegasus 28, considering your preference.

          Unlikely that Nike will be making these anymore.

  • Ania

    Thank you for that website and these reviews. I consider to buy Nike pegasus 31 (or maybe 30 ) or Nike Lunarglide 6. I also think about Adidas energy boost or adidas supernova glide 6. I’m a woman and I run about 10 km 4times a week, mainly on hard surface. I have nike lunarglide 4 and I really love it – very comfortable for me. I’ve never try adidas running shoes, and I’m not sure if they are worth of risk to buy… (sorry for my english, is not very good) I hope you can help me.

    • solereview

      HI Ania, thank you for the comment.

      If Lunarglide 4 is working for you well, why not stick to the similar Lunarglide 5? Should be available for much less as it is last year’s model. If you want to know about other models, the Lunarglide 6 is firmer than LG4 and 5, while the Pegasus is much softer in comparison.

      The Adidas Glide and Energy Boost are also very different from the LG4, both in cushioning behavior and upper fit.

      • Ania

        thanks for fast answer. I want to try something new, I mean a new model, not to run always in the same. I read that is good to change the shoes you’re running in. thanks why I think about adidas.

        How firmness and softness affect running ?

        • solereview

          It does not affect running so much (unless you are a pro or competing) – but it tends to become more a matter of personal preference. Changing a shoe (which you like) comes with a risk – you might either like it or not like it.

          But if you want to try Adidas, the Supernova Glide Boost and the Supernova Sequence Boost are shoes you can look at.

  • trainer10k

    Wow, very detailed reviews; haven’t found anything this nice anywhere else. Keep up the good work, I just got the bug to run a 10K, and started training seriously about a month ago! Need a lot of help in deciding what shoe to get. I’m a nike fan, so would you suggest pegasus 31, lunar glide 6, or the elite 7? They’re probably all very different, but seem to be the newest. I want something light on my feet, but stable with good padding to train in. I try to run a 10K every other day as training and try to improve my times. Thanks.

    • solereview

      Hey, thanks for the compliment! :)

      Here’s some information for you to base your decision on:

      Cushioning: Pegasus is the softest, followed by the Lunarglide and finally the Elite, which is the firmest of the lot,

      Weight: Zoom Elite 7 is the lightest, with the LG6 coming in a close second. The Pegasus is 12% heavier than the ZE7 and 9% than LG6

      Stability: Highest on the LG6, followed by the ZE7 and Pegasus.

      The Lunarglide 6 sits somewhere between the Pegasus and Elite 7 on weight, stability and padding.

      • guest

        so which one do you suggest to do not having injuries and last long ?

        • solereview

          Out of these two? We’d pick the Elite.

  • Scott Jeffreys

    Great shoes. Wow. I’m a new runner but I bought these on advice from another website because they are better for heavier runners. I have no loyalty to any brand at all but I slightly underpronate so these seemed like a good option. Absolutely perfect for me and how I run. My only negative is how the insole wears out. The letters inside the shoe started rubbing off only a week after I purchased them. Not a big deal but FYI Nike. I’m not that overweight…

    • solereview

      The letters on top are affixed using transfer prints – the easiest type to peel off!

  • Robt

    Can anyone comment on the durability of the Pegasus @ 75-100 miles plus ?

    Tried a pair on in the store today, felt real nice. Heel seemed a little soft for me, personally. I am curious if the Pegasus maintains its cushioning/support.

    • solereview

      We’re been wearing them off and on since June, and it still rides like new. If you wait for a month, we’ll be able to give you a post 100+ feedback.

      The heel has a massive Zoom air bag, so the cushioning should not change unless it loses air.

  • Tom

    Hi, I own a pair of Nike Zoom Air Milers which are quite old now and looking to get a new pair, I have had various pairs since I got my Milers but I keep going back to them as they are so comfortable. They are really done now and looking to try to replicate the feel with another pair. I am a reasonably big guy and primarily using for longer walks rather than runs so I am looking for comfort rather than response/speed. I love the cushioning of my Milers as my feet really sink into them and its like walking on pillows and really are the comfiest trainers I’ve ever had and as such have been looking at Nike Zoom trainers however the Milers have a full rear Zoom cushion exposed at all sides all round the heel and not sure what trainers will come close to these, I am looking at Pegasus 30 and 31 and Vomero, what would you recommend? Ideally I just want a new pair of Milers but Nike haven’t made for some time!

    • solereview

      The Milers are amazing, we had a pair lying around till a few months ago. The caged Zoom Air bag in the rear-foot is a tough act to follow. but out of the options you’ve laid out, the Pegasus 31 comes closest to the shoe.

      • Tom

        Than

        • solereview

          You’re welcome!

          The Pegasus 31 is the best bet out of the lot, since Nike has stopped making caged Zoom shoes. Try them out at your store, there are a few differences between the two, ones which we’re sure you’ll notice instantly:

          a) The Pegasus runs softer in the heel compared to the Miler, and lacks the stable, planted feel of the latter.

          b) The Pegasus is softer and more flexible in the forefoot.

          c) Upper of the Pegasus has a smoother feel compared to the Miler, and the heel fit is more relaxed, as it lacks the hard heel counter and (more) padded collar.

          d) Heel to toe transition is way better on the Pegasus when pitched against the Miler.

          e) We think the Pegasus will be less durable (25%, if you want a number) compared to the Miler’s outsole.

          Your question brought up so many memories, thanks! We had the Kenya Flag colorway in the Zoom Miler, was quite a looker too.

  • Raul

    Can you do a review over the hoka one one Clifton I would really like to get this shoe but don’t no if it’s for long distance running becuase I’m in cross country and I’m looking for some new shoes please

    • solereview

      We’ll do a review but it’ll take some time. Because we can’t review only the Clifton in isolation, but also the Conquest and the Rapa Nui. But thanks for the suggestion, it is definitely on our minds.

    • Raul

      Thank you! Love this website so helpful

      • solereview

        You’re welcome, hope we can get to doing those Hokas soon :)

  • Jer

    My Air Icarus have been great for me, but now ready to replace…trying
    others in the store is confusing because nothing feels as good as the
    Icarus (though maybe not fair due to well worn v new & not broken
    in) Didn’t like the Air Pegasus 30. But so far I’m liking the new
    Brooks Adrenaline 14 and Asics Gel Nimbus 15. Any suggestions re:
    duplicating the Air Icarus experience ? Thanks

    • solereview

      The Air Icarus had a ride similar to the Vomero 3-5, and hard to replicate that feel. The Nimbus 15 is the closest, though much heavier.

      • jerwine

        Thanks very much! very interesting (and right on the money) you know your craft extremely well… I wore out my Vomero 5 Bowermans and other Bowermans before buying the Air Icarus. I’m much more of a long walker than a runner these days, so I love cushioned but supportive rides. Would the Adrenaline 14’s be good for that since lighter than the Nimbus or should I possibly be looking elsewhere ?

        • http://www.solereview.com solereview

          You’re welcome! The Adrenaline is a fine shoe, as long as you can live with the slightly firm feel on the arch side of the shoe.

  • Dave

    Hi, love this site, easily the most comprehensive reviews on the net. I wouldn’t classify myself as a regular runner, I mainly run as a complement to my cycling (blasphemy to you?) but I do run once a week on average, 12-14km/h for anywhere between 60-150mins and run a half marathon distance once a month. Since I’ve been running my shoe history has been 3 generations of Gel Kayano, 1 Kinetic (think they rebranded it as Kinsei) and lately a Glycerine 11, was thinking of making these my next pair given your Glycerine 12 review but would value your opinion. I’m a pretty neutral runner but always run with knee strapping and sorbothane insoles, and have not bought into the minimalist movement, I like my cushioning but performance too.

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Thank you for the compliment!

      Going by your history, it would seem that you value cushioning, but don’t like the shoes very soft. That crosses the Pegasus off the list. Despite parts of negative opinion in the Glycerin 12 review (which was mostly about the lack of information), the shoe isn’t bad at all – as a standalone product. If you try the Glycerin 12 and like how the shoe feels, you could go for it.

      We loved the Transcend too, which to us came across as a beefed up Glycerin. Transcend comes with a chunky insole, so you might not need a Sorbothane.

  • Grumpy Runner

    I was torn between a pair of Nike Pegasus 31 and the new Adidas Response (I have other boost shoes and Pegasus 29s and 30s) and wore the super comfy 29s to get me round the London Marathon in one piece (just about) – In the end I bought both pairs (thinking I would take one back) but so far have only worn the Response Boost they are so light to wear although the materials used seem slightly cheaper and look like they may wear quickly they were only £80 compared with the normal £120 energy boost price. As far as the Pegasus are concerned it’s almost like they are another shoe compared with the big old comfy slippers of the past.

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      The Response Boost, we should wrap up that review later this month or early Sep. Agree, the Pegasus has changed vastly over the years.

  • Some dude

    You wrote, The Pegasus 31, while not as plush as the Pegasus 31 up there!

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Thanks for the spot, fixed it!

  • Adrenalina

    Hi there, what an awesome site, congrats!
    I still havn’t figured out the ideal user of this Nike air Pegasus 31: thin or fat, fast or slow; for long distances or not.

    I’m rather thin (66kg – 147lb), medium tall (179cm – nearly 6′); I run 3/4 times per week around 45-50km (30 miles). My pace for long runs on training (with little effort, not at maxium) is around 5’15” per km (around 8 min 30 sec per mile). I’m preparing for a half-marathon in october (target time: 1hour and 48 min) and my “final” aim is a complete marathon, ideally within 4 hours.
    So i need a running shoe suitable for long distance training / races. I don’t care too much about performance, my priority is to avoid injuries as much as possible.

    With the information provided, do you think the Air Pegasus 31 could be the right choice?

    Thanks in advance

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Hi, thank you for writing in!

      Since shoes work differently for people, we avoid generalizations. A shoe ideal for one person might not be the same for another. What we try to do here is to offer a frame of reference, calling out the shoe’s behavior during runs.

      The Pegasus is very comfortable with an overall easy going nature, but you can consider the Zoom Elite 7 too – firmer and stabler in the heel. We see both shoes as suitable for the purpose you’ve described.

      • Adrenalina

        thanks for the answer! I forgot to mention that I tend to a MILD over-pronation with my right foot/leg – whereas i’m perfectly neutral with my left foot/leg. Considering that it’s asymmetric and its soft “degree” (i.e. absolutely not a severe over-prontation), should it affect the shoes’ choice (and if so, how)?
        Last time I went to a specialised shop they told me I should target neutral shoes (a3) not anti-pronation shoes (a4), however with a little control. Do u agree and which shoes are these?

        • http://www.solereview.com solereview

          Regarding your question about shoe choice vs pronation, there’s no straight answer.

          At times,shoes with pronation control features don’t behave as advertised. Runners react to footwear in different ways and the best way to find the right shoe is to base things on history – if a particular shoe worked for you well in the past, do look for similar attributes which made that shoe suitable. This could mean a particular firmness of midsole, presence (or absence) of medial post, and upper fit, among other things.

          Both the Elite and Pegasus are neutral.

  • https://sites.google.com/site/timmacwilliammarathon/ Grumpy Runner

    Fantastic reviews, without doubt the best around – Thank you, just bought a pair of Pegasus 31 and about to give them a run – Slightly off topic – I wore Pegasus 29 for marathon last year (comfy and big toe box) to get round in comfort (not to race way over four hours) and have put them away in their box to use for my next marathon – Is this wise? I have done total of around 70 miles in them but intended to put them away until the next marathon and maybe then the one after this as I know they won’t chew up my feet – or will they decompose and lose any properties of bounce in the foam as they get older? Also, (strange question I know) would a shoe get more wear or damage from running a marathon or four lots of 10k on different days

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Thank you for reading our reviews!

      a) The Pegasus 29 foam won’t decompose or lose its cushioning properties since it has a EVA midsole. But it will be wise to go for a run in them at least once a month, that will keep the problem of potential hydrolysis(of the polyurethane adhesive) at bay.

      b) Great question, and we have a theoretical, non-evidence based answer. Weather conditions and running pace being equal in both cases, using the shoes for a marathon vs 4 x 10k should result in faster wear and tear. Reason? Continuous movement over a longer period of time will generate heat from friction, which will make rubber softer, hence lowering durability.

  • https://sites.google.com/site/timmacwilliammarathon/ Grumpy Runner

    Thanks for the reply very interesting – I hadn’t heard of hydrolysis (of the polyurethane adhesive) before and wonder if this would be a potential problem if shoes are left in the warehouse for too long unsold or is it only a problem once they are worn?

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Polyurethane degradation due to Hydrolysis is found mostly in midsole foams – thankfully foams these days are EVA based. But since the Polyurethane is used in all footwear adhesives, we think there is a small risk of the same process occurring there. We had a EVA foam based shoe, not much use but one day the sole just came off.

      It doesn’t matter whether it is kept in a warehouse or in drawer, the risk is the same. We think any longer than three years of non-use storage, and the shoe is living on borrowed time.

  • Sam Gurling

    Hi great review, I have been researching running shoes for a long time now and I just can’t decide whether to get the nike pegasus 31s or the adidas response boost. I race a lot doing anything up to around 10K and I do triathlons, I am a speed runner, not a distance runner as I do many races. I run 3/4 times a week. Please help to justify my decision I don’t know whether to get the $30 more expensive boosts or stick with the cheaper pegasus’. I usually run in nike frees but I started to get blisters because there wasn’t enough support please help me thanks.

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      We’ll be able to reply in a couple of days when the Adidas Response Boost gets into our weartest rotation. We’ll update this comment box, so please watch this space.

  • Sam Gurling

    Can someone please tell me how to delete this profile picture this is not right or me

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Just click on the profile picture and then select ‘edit profile’. Then you’ll see options on how to change it.

  • aimaim

    I have just found your site and read a review. Very informative and useful!
    Though I have a question, I’m now running in Flyknit Lunar 1 (average distance is 10 K )and loving them so much especially the fit. Now I need a new shoes which could take me to 21K and I’m hesitating between Flyknit Lunar 2 and Peg 31. Lately I feel that the Lunar foam is too soft and may not provide enough stability for longer distance,which I’m planning to go on a half marathon. What’d you suggest been tween those two models? Thank you.

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      The Pegasus 31 is a still soft shoe, how about the Zoom Elite 7 which is much firmer? Suggest you try the Pegasus and Elite together and then take a decision.

      • aimaim

        Thanks!

  • Gareth

    Great review very detailed which is why you have loads of comments below.

    Question is… you have related the landing to a heel strike but I am a fore foot/mid foot runner, and would like your conclusion of the level of impact in the mid-foot area where there is less cushioning?

    I am currently sporting Nike Free 3.0 v5 which are a “barefoot” show which are great, done half marathon in them, but now moving up to the Full Marathon and I am tempted by a new Nike Free or the Peg 31. I am a netrual runner 8-8.30mm but able to run a 6mm when required.

    Thank you

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Thank you for the comment, Gareth.

      Forefoot might not have Zoom Air, but is still very well cushioned. Also, the outsole continues unbroken from heel to toe, so transition is gentle too, regardless of where you land.

      • Gareth

        Thank you for this reply – this is the type of site people need and once found tell everyone about. Great review and can ask a question or two and get a reply. Top work.

        I have a set of Free FlyKnit 3.0 being delivered tomorrow and Pegasus next week to compare and contrast. I think with running the longer distance the cushioning will prove more benefical but the truth is in the pudding and everyone has their own favourite pudding.

        Thank you and ill come back and comment on here and the Free Flyknit review how I find them both after putting some milage upon them.

        • http://www.solereview.com solereview

          Appreciate the kind words.

          True about the whole pudding business, and that’s why we try to be as objective as possible. No shoe works the same for everyone. A model might be bliss for one, and medieval torture for another, with some in-betweens.

          Look forward to reading your feedback on both the shoes.

  • Singletrackroadie

    What a true gem of a website. Every now and then you stumble upon a website that delivers far and beyond what would normally expect at first. The depths of your reviews are mind blowing and yet you explain the information so that it is digestible to the average Joe on the street.
    I whole heartily agree on your views regarding the Vomero’s, as I seem to have fallen out of love with them. Each new version seems to deviate what it was originally intended for. I have run countless marathons and a couple of Comrades marathons (89km) in Vomero’s, but the Vomero 8 was the last straw. I purchased a pair of Pegasus Trail shoes for a 50km Mountain race and was very impressed with the Pegasus as it was basically a road version with a more trail friendly sole. I am keen on testing the new Pegasus 31 after this review as it seems to tick all my boxes. It is cushioned, but still stable. The inner sleeve tongue is certainly a big
    plus, as the Vomero 8 tongue drove me insane, due to slippage!
    I do however have a simple question. The Adidas Boost technology seems very interesting. What would you recommend in the Adidas Boost range that is a similar type of shoe to the Pegasus? Love to give it a try at my local running shop and would be good to know which shoe I should try off hand. Never got on with the Asics (Nimbus etc), but any other shoe suggestions welcome (Saucony, Brooks etc.).

    Keep up the great work.

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Hi, appreciate the kind words, and we think it awesome that you’ve run not one, but couple of Comrades!

      The past few Vomero’s were disappointing examples, but it appears some remedy is close at hand with the Nike Vomero 10 – due to be released around Spring next year. Hopefully it turns out to be a plusher version of the Pegasus, which by the way happens to a great balance of cushioning, stability, fit and retail price.

      If you’re exploring the Boost line, the closest in price (and positioning) would be the Adidas Response Boost. We’re currently scheduled to post a review by next weekend, and will be happy to include a small comparison vs. the Pegasus.

  • Singletrackroadie

    Forgot to ask if you will ever review New Balance running shoes in the future?

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Absolutely.

      Starting with the 980, 890 V4, 1080 V4, 1260 V4 and 880 V4. We have some catching up to do.

  • lis

    Will these shoes be damaging to the feet or uncomfortable just to wear as a casual/walking shoe since they are designed for running and not casual/walking?

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Not at all. The outsole has an uninterrupted coverage of rubber from heel to toe, so ideal for walking too. The cushioning is also comfortable at walking speeds.

  • M

    When taking about durability, do you think these or the Adidas energy boost will last longer? And besides your ratings, which one would you prefer overall?

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      The Energy Boost will outlive the Pegasus as far as retaining its cushioning property is concerned. Outsole durability will be similar across both, and we’d prefer the Energy Boost 2 ESM over the Pegasus 31 due to its responsive and more consistent cushioning behavior.

  • Jay Denson

    So I have a gripe that wasn’t discussed in this article. I’m training for the NYC marathon and although I love the feel of the shoe, there is one flaw. The Air Zoom Pegasus 31 doesn’t come equipped with the Nike GPS pod that’s compatible with the GPS watch. This saddens me because I really wanted to use my watch for the marathon and like previous models, it was easy to pop the pod in the sole without the worry of my cellphone dying during long runs. Nike dropped the ball on this.

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Yes, Nike has dropped the Nike+ cavity on all 2014 models. The reason for this is that more and more wearables now feature a built in system without the need for a separate transmitter.

      However, you can buy of those pods which attach to the laces. Costs just a few bucks and it’s easy to take off and on regardless which shoe you’re running in.

  • William

    this or lunarglide 6

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Can’t say without knowing what exactly you’re looking for in a shoe.

  • Alli

    I’m both a long distance runner and a sprinter and are looking for a pair of shoes that’ll fit all of my needs for both running types. I can’t decide between the Pegasus 31 or Lunarglide 6. Is there any way I might get some opinions?

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Between the two shoes, we’d choose Lunarglide 6. Firmer and snugger than the Pegasus, which in our opinion, makes it work better for faster runs.

  • William

    i own the lunarglide 3 and pegasus 29 and so far i didn’t like the lunarglides feel. I felt like the pegasus (worn pegasus from the 26th one) it feels like i can sprint faster. You also mentioned Nike said this pegasus is more of a speed demon? Anyway I’m just curious if i should give the lunarglide 6 another chance since it looks better(dunno if the painted foam is an issue) If ill train for track runs on the road and track which shoe may be better? My lunarglide 3 feels like it cant absorb much impact but its light and unresponsive. Hope the lunarglide 6 has got better. Thanks for the help!!

    • William

      hi solereview it would be really awesome if u reply soon cause its kinda urgent for me to decide between those shoes. Much appreciated! :D

      • http://www.solereview.com solereview

        If you felt that the Pegasus 29 (which has the same sole as 30) works better for you to sprint, then the Pegasus 31 should do well too. That said, our preference of shoe would be the Zoom Elite 7, because firmer shoes just feel better when going fast. But that is purely based on what we think, and might not hold water for you. Since the Lunarglide 6 has a firmer feel and snugger midfoot (than the Pegasus), we would choose it to do our fast interval runs. The Pegasus is something we’ll choose to do our recovery runs in, because it is much softer and comfortable.

        It’s been a few years since the Lunarglide 3, and our memories of it are bit vague. That said, we think the LG6 runs slightly more cushioned than the LG3.

        • William

          gee thanks truly appreciate you guys putting time in making these awesome indepth reviews and responding to comments. Keep up the good work!:D

        • Chris

          I am looking for a shoe with a soft heel (like nike free 5.0 2014) but with added dynamic support sole (don’t like nike free sole).. Will pegasus 31 suit me? What about lunar launch or lunal eclipse 4?

          • http://www.solereview.com solereview

            How about the Lunarglide 6? The Lunarlaunch does not have dynamic support.

          • Chris

            I had the lunarglide 5 and I was really satisfied!! I purchased the lunarglide 6, but returned it after 1 day. Very wide on the front, and no stability on the back :(. Looking something similar to lunarglide 5 but with soft heel.

          • http://www.solereview.com solereview

            Then the Lunareclipse 4 is an obvious choice!

          • Chris

            You prefer them from lunarlaunch and pegasus 31?

            A lunarglide 6 -flyknit model (snug fit) – will be perfect… but I dont know if will ever exist

          • http://www.solereview.com solereview

            Because you wanted a model with Nike’s dynamic support midsole -the Pegasus or the Launch doesn’t have it.

            The Flyknit Lunarglide has been dropped, as far as we know.

          • Chris

            Thanks for your reply/advise. I need something similar to lunarglide 5. Not necessary dynamic support midsole but close one with soft heel

          • http://www.solereview.com solereview

            Soft heel? That would be the Lunarlaunch by a great margin over other models.

          • Chris

            thanks again! lunarlaunch upper material, midsole are the same as lunarglide 6? what about wide?

          • http://www.solereview.com solereview

            This review will answer all your questions! :)

            http://www.solereview.com/nike-lunarlaunch-review/

          • Chris

            Thank you! I am between pegasus 31 and lunarlaunch.., which is closer to lunarglide 5 heel and midsole?

          • http://www.solereview.com solereview

            Lunarlaunch is closer.

          • Chris

            thank you!! last days after 10k running the ball of my foot becomes painful. is this caused by the midsole of nike free 5.0? should I go for a more cushioning shoe? like pegasus?

          • http://www.solereview.com solereview

            It is possible that the high forefoot flexibility of the Free is causing your foot to work more, and hence resulting in soreness. Yes, it might be a good idea to switch to a shoe with a thicker forefoot.

          • Chris

            The kg and my body (1.85/90kg) plays any role this? Should I go for a more structured, cushioned shoes? Lunarglide? Pegasus? I had the LG5 in the past

          • http://www.solereview.com solereview

            If you’ve run in the LG5’s, the Lunarglide 6 could work for you.

  • ShoelessInSeattle

    Great Reviews! As a Zoom Elite 6 wearer I’m a bit disappointed with Zoom Elite 7. It’s a great shoe but doesn’t work as an every day trainer or feel as durable as the 6s. Do you think the Pegasus 31 with its forefoot cushioning could serve as a replacement? If not any other shoes you might suggest?

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Yes, the Pegasus 31 could work, and perhaps the Saucony Ride 7 too.

  • Shirley Cunningham

    I have had the 27 and 30 and I need a new pair. I suffer from shin splints so I have insoles in when running I also have high arches. Debating about trying another runner as my toes rub together and blister and I dont know if a dif runner would help. I would really appreciate your input.

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      The Pegasus 31 will serve you well if you’ve been running in the 30’s. If you have blisters, two things might help – choose a shoe with a roomy and breathable forefoot based on your foot shape, and use of an anti-blister foot powder (talc) which you can use between your toes. The socks should be comfortable, and not cause the front to bunch together.

  • Ling Esh

    I’ve read almost all your reviews and they are just so detailed!Thank God I bumped into this site! I’m 133lb,5 foot 10,and a neutral runner with normal arch .I’ve been running in the Nike Free 3.0 v4 and Nike Air Pegasus 29 for awhile and I love them both . Now I’ve decided to get a new pair-either the Air Pegasus 31 or the Free 5.0(2014) , but I’m having a hard time choosing!I run 20-25 miles per week . Can I get a clearer answer for my decision?I just want to confirm and make sure I don’t waste my cash on the wrong shoe.Thanks!!

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Thanks! Between the 2014 Free 5.0 and Pegasus, the latter is softer and completely niggle free. So the Pegasus would be our choice.

      Is Nike Lunar Launch available in your location? It is a curious combination of the Nike Free last (fit) and soft Lunarlon, which places it in between the Free 3.0 V4 and Pegasus 29.

      • Ling Esh

        I’m afraid no .I’ve never heard about Lunar Launch.Anyway,thanks for giving me your thoughts!Really appreciate them!I’m heading towards the store now to get my Pegasus 31!

  • John

    Great review of the Pegasus 31. I have small feet and struggle to fit mens sizes available in stores, have recently taken to buying womens shoes for smaller sizes and also just discovered that largest size in youth versions fits me perfectly. Are there any differences in the way womens and in particular the youth versions are made that would affect me and the length of time shoes should last. My weight is 62kg.

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Nike has not called out that they’ve used Women and Kid’s specific lasts, so in all likelihood they are following one type of last. This would translate into similar fit across, except for the size. We can’t be 100% sure of that, but our best guess with the available information.

      No effect on durability regardless of the gender.

  • Chris n.

    In your opinion, do you think the Pegasus 31 are more cushioned than the 30? I have been running in the lunarglide 5s but have seen the Pegasus 30 on sale for cheap because of the release of the 31. I felt the 30 is way more cushioned than the lunarglides and I like it a lot. But am wondering if the 31 are just as cushioned or even more.

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      The Pegasus 30 is softer than the 31, and as you correctly pointed out, much more so than the Lunarglide. If you’re getting a good deal, it’s worth buying a previous generation Pegasus.

  • JustTruth23

    On your sensory scorecard, when something is more towards 1/2 +, that means it runs small and you should get a half size bigger?

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      It actually means the other way around. If the green is closer to 1/2+, then it means the shoe runs larger.

      But thank you for asking the question, since this means we need to re-evaluate how that information is presented. Coming to think of it from your point of view, that row could be confusing.

      We’ll make some tweaks starting from the next review so that sizing score is clearer. And if you have any suggestions for improving that, please feel free to do so.

      • JustTruth23

        I could have seen it either way. But, like you said, that does lead to confusion.

        Hm..I just spent some time looking at the scale to try to help. You could switch sides with ‘deep’ and ‘high’..To keep everything being larger on one side. But, then you’ll have to change too many dots on previous scorecards. Ha. And, it still would leave it indefinite. The best bet would be to simply change the word “true” to ‘small’. This way you also have the option of showing that something runs small. (Cause now you dont. Its just true or large.) ..And, dont have to move dots.

        I tried to figure it out based on what you said in the review on size. But, in the review you said it ran true to size. And, on the scale it was towards large.

        • http://www.solereview.com solereview

          Thank you – this is helpful, constructive feedback. How about removing the ‘true’ bit and have 1/2 size – and 1/2 size+ on both ends. You’re right about the scorecard not telling people whether a shoe runs small.

          When we say (in the review) that the shoe runs true to size, this might also mean that while the shoe has some space up ahead, but it does not warrant going 1/2 size up, and you’re better off with buying your regular size. When the green marker moves towards the extreme end of the scale, only then we’ll call the shoe as half a size larger.

          The scorecards are generally structured with ‘desirables’ on right and non-desirables on left, with some neutral rows thrown in – where neither side is good or bad. We’d like to leave it that way.

          • JustTruth23

            The only thing I worry about with the + / -, is that with running shoes the suggestion to buy a half size bigger or smaller tends to be given; and I dont know if some will look at that as they should buy a half size bigger or smaller. Rather than the shoe runs bigger or smaller. But, your idea has a nicer ring that large/small.

          • http://www.solereview.com solereview

            Thanks. Think we can combine both these thoughts together. Just look at the Skechers Gorun Ride 3 review later today/tomorrow to see if the changes make sense.

  • David Tello

    Hi, Do you think this shoes will fit my profile? I’m pronator middle arc around 200lbs. Thanks!

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      What shoes have worked for you in the past?

      • David Tello

        The pegasus 30 worked perfectly, but now they worned out after 400miles, I am willing to change or chose between Lunarglide 6, Pegasus 31, and the Vomero 9; what I really like about the 30’s is that they are wide and confortable, and as I said before I’m a bit overprenator and need very good cushioning because of my weight. Thank you in advance.

        • http://www.solereview.com solereview

          If the Pegasus 30 worked for you, the Pegasus 31 should do the job too. Just know that the forefoot isn’t as wide and the shoe isn’t overall as cushy as the 30, so those are a few areas you’ll feel different about. Give them a try and see what you think of the fit and feel.

          • David Tello

            Thanks a lot! Regards!

  • Vasile Lucian BUJOR ( Vasi )

    Hello,

    I own a pair of Nike Air Trail Pegasus+ ( launched in 2008 I guess ). Size 46 ( european ).

    Works like charm, just a bit big for my size – Usually wear 45 at regular shoes.

    What would be the current equivalent and what size? I understood that for instance, if in the past someone used size 46 wearing nike, current generation Pegasus is too big.

    This is a picture of them with some modifications to extend their life until a find a new pair.

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Thanks for sharing the picture, some nice DIY there!

      Honestly, we don’t have an answer to your question since we don’t know what last (fit) was used in the Trail Pegasus III. But heel to toe sizing does not have change over the years, that is a set measurement. So you wore a 45, then the Pegasus 31 should be good at 45. Why don’t you try them on at the local store?

      • Vasile Lucian BUJOR ( Vasi )

        Thank you for you appreciations. I hope that other people learned from my DIY and apply the knowloedge to extend their shoes life.

        In Romania we don’t have the new shoes in stores, only on-line but not trustworthy cause of the counterfait.

        In Romania are almost twice the money and considering our buying power, It’s like 700 dolars for you so,it’s expensive.

        • http://www.solereview.com solereview

          Understand your challenges around buying new shoes, hope you get something soon!

  • Jonshon

    Would you please make reviews about Puma running shoes ?

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Sure, but will take us some time, maybe around November-December.

  • Emmanuel

    Hi guys,

    I have just bought the Nike Vomero 9, after being dauting between the Vomero 9 to the Pegasus 31.
    I saw that its score of the Vomero was 7.6 when the Pegasus 9.4. How those scores have such a big gap?

    Those shoes came out almost the same time, and one shoe is much worse then the other.

    I should be upset now that I have bought the Vomero 9 instead of the pegasus 31? I am not sure that I can give the shoes back to the store…

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Don’t be upset – our review ratings are weighted in their calculation, and the Vomero scores lower because of deduction in variable elements. The Vomero is functionally a good shoe, and if they suit your running needs, then you have nothing to worry about!

  • Slavka

    I’m a long distance runner … Currently training for Marathon … Running in Vomero 8 (which I’m very happy with) but willing to change trainers !!! Can not decide if to go for Vomero 9 of Pegasus 31 !!!

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      If you’re happy with the Vomero 8, the 9 should be your choice. Just that the Vomero 9 is slightly warmer than the 8 because of the change in its mesh.

  • http://www.fdp.org/dtc AUTOPILOT DTC FDP

    Awesome review, I can’t believe the level of depth and details, wow.

    Actually, I just purchased those this weekend and had a first 10K run this morning. I confirm what you wrote: narrow front (I should have taken half size above), these are clearly the 1st nike I buy that are not true to size.
    Also, I wanted to ask you: “Not recommended for low arch or flat footed runners.” I have almost flat fleet but felt confortable in them. Why aren’t they recommended for low arch runners??
    Tx

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      That is why we have stopped generalizing as far as classification of foot type to shoes is concerned. All our recent reviews don’t have this callout – we have realized (your comment proves it) that these categorizations don’t work.

      The bottomline is, shoes work in different ways for runners.

    • Jay

      What shoe did you train in before the peg 31?

      • http://www.fdp.org/dtc AUTOPILOT DTC FDP

        for 1hour + runs I use my asics cumulus
        but actually for the past few months, I mostly used (don’t mock me :D ) my nike free TR xilla.
        I have low arch feets and these are the most comfy shoes I ever run with. Also, I added a small gel pad on the heel cause it has almost no cushion there.

        Now I’m getting used to the Pegasus, have some blisters but that was expected during break in…

  • Jay

    Great review. Looking for a shoe with semi-soft feel, but still a responsive shoe. Considering the Nike Lunarglide 6 and the Nike Pegasus 31. As a mild mild over pronator, I know it would be better to get the Lunarglide. But I think I’d be able to handle the Nike Pegasus without hurting myself also. So I know that they both have pretty soft rides, but which one is more responsive than the other? I’m currently leaning towards the Pegasus because I know it has the zoom air unit in the heel which supposedly makes it more responsive, while the Lunarglide has nothing. Which do you think would be a better pick for me?

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Based on what you’ve described, the Pegasus seems the shoe you should go for. You’re right in assuming that a heel Zoom bag makes the shoe rear-foot more responsive.

      • Jay

        Quick question, how responsive did you find the Lunarglide 6 to be? How bout compared to the Pegasus 31?

        • http://www.solereview.com solereview

          Responsiveness is average on LG6, the Pegasus is better.

          • Heath

            I tried on both the Pegasus 31 and the LunarGlide 6 today. Pegasus felt the best. The LunarGlide 6 was too supportive and I prefer neutral cushioning. However, the FlyKnit Lunar 2 was very close to the same feeling of the Pegasus 31 with juuuust a little wider heel at the sole it seemed, which may help prevent ankle roll-overs a bit more. Still going with the Pegasus 31 though.

          • http://www.solereview.com solereview

            Good call. The Pegasus has a lot going for it.

  • Fe Danos

    Is Nike air Pegasus 31 are the same with nike zoom Pegasus 31??

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Yes. These two names point to the same shoe.

  • Tifosian

    Thanks for the detailed review…

    I am slightly torn between the Brooks 6 And the Pegasus 31. The Brooks has better cushioning near the foot area..while the Pegasus has more cushion/bounce under the Heel area.

    Which would would u prefer when pitted against each other in terms of stability & durability ?

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Stability – Brooks Ghost 6 is better.
      Outsole durability – Pegasus 31 rates higher.

      • Tifosian

        Thanks!

      • francis

        How is Ghost 6 more stable? Ghost’s stability score is 7, compared to Pegasus’ 9.5?

        • http://www.solereview.com solereview

          The Ghost 6 was the first shoe review to feature our multi-point ratings system. Our ratings systems have evolved since then, and we have chosen not to retrospectively apply that to prior reviews.

          • francis

            Thanks. Been looking to replace my Pegasus 28, I’ve tried the Ghost 6 and Pegasus 31, leaning towards the Pegasus because of the better outsole. Waiting for Ride 7 to arrive at our shores to give it a try first before I buy. Also looking forward to you Mizuno Wave Rider 18 review. I have the 16 (gym shoes) and liked it much better than the 17. The 18 seems to look like the 16 with a u4ic midsole.

          • http://www.solereview.com solereview

            Yes, the Ride 7 is a great shoe, we thought highly of it.

            Don’t have history with the Wave Rider 16 and 17, but the new 18 rides firm. Yes, you’re right, it comes with a U4IC midsole, and immediate cushioning comes from the insole which has a buttery smooth top cloth.

            Our Wave Rider 18 review will be up next week.

          • Tifosian

            Could you plz throw some light..on why Pegasus cannot be used for Flat Foot or Low Arch runners

          • http://www.solereview.com solereview

            Great question.

            The truth is, the Pegasus CAN be used for flat foot or low arched runners. Previously, we said that as that was recommended by the brands. As we put on more miles in other shoes, we realized that generalization did not work – shoes behave in various ways based on running style/gait and foot anatomy.

            As a result, we had stopped using that description in the past dozen reviews or so. Now that you’ve called it out, we have deleted that from all our reviews.

            In hindsight, we think it was a mistake to generally classify a shoe based on its compatibility with arch types. Apologies if this caused any confusion!

          • Tifosian

            Thanks for your Quick & Detailed Response !

  • Erik

    Great review! I have a current shoe crisis. I’m running the NYC marathon in 2 weeks (my first) and still haven’t found a shoe that works for me.

    I am a heavy runner (215 lbs) and have wide, slightly flat, very high volume feet that don’t fit into your average running shoe. My 3 top shoes for distances up to half marathons, in order of preference are Brooks Pure Cadence2 (with insole removed for added volume), Altra The One 2 (insole removed), and at a distant 3rd place the Brooks Ravenna 5 (in EE). I’ve done 2 18 mile runs for training, one in the cadence, one in ravenna 5. At the ends of both i wanted to saw my feet off just to not feel the pain anymore. the ravenna 5 held up better than the cadence (as i’d expect) but there are two problems with them. 1. i think that training run blew out my pair, they don’t feel the same since and 2. they’ve never been great to begin with. I’ve felt a slight pain on the outside of my right heel after higher intensity runs in them.

    I just received a pair of 4E Pegs and the initial fit is outstanding, I will be taking them for a 12-15 mi run tomorrow as part of my tapering. I’ve never been overly concerned with pronation control, as long as a shoe isn’t particularly wobbly, but obviously this will be the least stable shoe i’ve ever run longer distances in. Assuming a successful run this weekend, Do you think these shoes will be able to stand up to my weight over 26.2 miles? or is it safer to get a new pair of the imperfect Ravenna 5 (the devil you know)

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      What you have there is quite a predicament, considering that NYC is barely 10 days away.

      Based on the information you’ve laid out, it would be wise to let go of the Cadence and Ravenna if you’ve experienced pain in them during training runs.

      Now, don’t know for sure how the Pegasus will respond during your training run, but if at the end of 15 miles they feel ok, then there’s a good chance they will see you through the full 26.2.

      Don’t want to compound your crisis, but just asking – have you tried a pair of Saucony Ride 7’s in wide yet?

      • Erik

        I had tried the Ride 6’s in wide (as well as the Guide 7) and they were both too small. Maybe if i had taken the insole out they would fit, but since i’m looking for marathon level cushioning I thought that’d defeat the purpose.

        I had a decent 13 mi run in the Pegasus, but it was an entirely different experience than i was used to. The springyness combined with a higher heel-toe drop was a very new feeling. I’ll use them over the next two weeks of taper runs and hopefully get used to them. If not, I think i just have to go with the pure cadence2 and hope the adrenaline of the day overcomes the soreness from the lesser amount of cushion

        • http://www.solereview.com solereview

          Good luck with NYC! Hope the Pegasus works out for you.

  • Hunter

    Curiously, how is the Pegasus 31 stack up with the Ride 7 from Saucny?

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      From what perspective do you want us to summarize? (cushioning, fit,stability, etc)

  • Finch

    I’m wondering why they would put a piece of cardboard on top of the air unit — won’t that break down over time, especially if it gets wet?

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Great question. The cardboard is actually densely bonded cellulose, similar to what’s found in most dress shoes, and also performance outdoor shoes. Not come across material failure in trekking/hiking boots, despite moisture getting in all the time.

      Not sure what’s going to happen with water creeping into the Pegasus but given the material’s history, they’re pretty hardy for what they are.

  • Rhody runner

    Great reviews! I love the website! I am rotating between peg 30 and vomero 8. I did my first run yesterday in the peg31 and my legs and feet were a little sore. I am hoping it was just because I am not used to them! I really don’t want to search for a new shoe. Do the 31’s “soften” a little?

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Thanks! Not exactly sure why your legs were sore, maybe it is a matter of time. The ride quality does not change – at least in short term use of 40-50 miles. The foam might start losing its compression only after a few hundred miles at the very least.

  • http://www.solereview.com solereview

    The Pegasus 31 has a more durable outsole.

  • Tifosian

    Are there any differences between the Pegasus 31 Flash & (Regular)Non Flash Version..apart from the Cosmetic Look ?

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      The Flash version upper has more night time reflectivity, and comes with a water resistant upper – which makes the shoe run a bit warmer. Rest everything is the same.

  • Johnny

    Just purchased the Pegasus 31 Flash and they are smaller than the Pegasus 30 is this normal?

    • http://www.solereview.com solereview

      Haven’t tested the Flash version yet, but it is possible that the non-stretch, water resistant upper eats into the upper space. And overall, even the Pegasus 31 runs slightly snugger than version 30 – we’ve called out the details in this review.

      • Johnny

        Just went for a walk in them they did stretch and get more looser which is good. What Nike Shoes to you recommend for long distance walks? Thanks in advance.