Nike has long led the pack when it comes to providing running shoes, and one of their most popular brands has been the Air Zoom Pegasus. But when it comes to jumping off the paved road to take a path less travelled, the Pegasus has fallen short. With the resurgence in popularity of trail running, Nike listened to that complaint and is bringing back the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus Trail, which has been on a hiatus since the early 2000s.
As a hybrid shoe, the Pegasus Trail 36 lets you keep running even when the road comes to an end.
The Pegasus Trail 36 features the familiar soft rubber outsole of the Pegasus, but with chunkier lugs to provide better grip on rough terrain and not pass along the discomfort of every sharp rock you hit. Though the lugs are bigger, they’ve been designed in such a way that the shoes won’t feel clunky when you get back to the road. The upper mesh of the Pegasus Trail 36 is completely redesigned, featuring a perforated full mesh in the forefoot to promote better ventilation and watershed when you hit those puddles or cross a stream.
The heel has also been reinforced as has the toe to help protect against knicks and scratches from rough and cluttered terrain. The new design is said to be extra durable while also providing your foot with extra protection from any trail obstacles. In the midsole, you’ll find two Zoom Air units. Located in the forefoot and in the heel, these Zoom Air units provide better support for changing terrain.
NikePlus members in Europe were able to pick up the shoes early, but as of June 13, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail are available to everyone in luminous green and black or green and burgundy ash colorways. They are priced at USD$130.