- Ideal for short, medium and long distances
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Solid lockdown (even with new tapered heel)
- Breathable, soft mesh upper
- Smooth ride and transitions
- Tongue is long and can rub top of foot
- Some people may think they run long and narrow
Nike made some nice upgrades to the Pegasus 35 running shoes. They’re great for all types of runners and all types of distances.
We here at RIZKNOWS are big fans of the Nike Pegasus line, which is arguably the most popular line of neutral road-running shoes from Nike. It’s pretty crazy to think that the original Pegasus shoes debuted in 1983! That’s the year Michael Jackson first introduced the moonwalk.
What does this have to do with running shoes? Nothing… it’s just a little fun fact for you. But I do really like the Pegasus running shoes. Before the 35s were released, I had been wearing the Pegasus 34s for about six months straight. So instead of just ticking down a list of generic running terms and talking about these shoes in generalities, I’m going to focus on what’s changed on the 35s and how that translates into your runs.
Nike Pegasus 35 vs 34 – What’s Changed?
So first up, it’s worth mentioning that Nike got a lot of input from professional athletes and runners for the 35s, most notably from Mo Farah, the UK’s most successful long distance runner. And perhaps the biggest change on the 35s actually came as a result of Mo’s feedback. The heel on the 35s is now tapered away from the achilles. This is supposed to be for added comfort and something that Mo had on his custom Pegasus shoes. In the past, Nike used a padded heel counter that came all the way up along the back of the ankle and locked in your heel and foot. The Pegasus 35s use a similar padded heel counter, but it stops much further down and then it sort of bends backwards. At first, I have to admit, I was little worried about lockdown with the 35s. When you’re just standing there, it feels a little odd, like your heel is completely free but once you start running, you don’t even notice the new tapered heel. I didn’t have any issues whatsoever with heel slippage. So all in all, I like this change. You feel a little more free and nimble, but you still get solid lockdown. However, I have heard some people say it makes the 35s look a little elf-like, which is sort of true and a little funny.
The next change is in the air bags. It’s called the Air Zoom Pegasus for a reason. In previous versions, Nike used two airbags – one under the heel and one under the forefoot. The 35s now use just one air bag that runs from the heel to the forefoot. This is supposed to help with transition and I will say the 35s do feel a little smoother when you’re running. Nike gets another thumbs up for this change.
Next, Nike also moved the bottom eyelet up. Now I know this sounds like a super minor change and it kind of is in the grand scheme of things, but it actually does give the shoes a little more flex. It’s a minor upgrade, but all these small changes do start to make a difference.
The tongue also changed on the 35s. It’s now attached to the sides and it’s notched for easier on-and-off. However, this is one change I’m not a fan of. It’s much bigger and longer than the tongue on the 34s. It’s so long that when you’re wearing ankle socks, the tongue actually rubs against the top of your foot in certain angles. Plus, I just don’t buy the whole easier on-and-off rhetoric. The 34s were just fine in that regard.
The last big change is on the outsole of the shoe. The 35s now use short lugs near the front of the shoe for a more aggressive toe-off. To me, this is sort of a throw-away change. I didn’t even notice a difference and I doubt you will either… unless you’re a professional runner, I guess.
The last thing I’d mention is that I have heard some complaints that the 35s are too long and narrow, but I think this is more of a person by person situation. I didn’t have any issues and I actually thought the toe box was just right for my foot. But hey, everyone’s feet are different, so it’s tough for me to definitively comment.
So those are the major changes. Some changes are good in my eyes and some are sort of meaningless. I do like the new tapered heel, the use of just one air bag, and the change to the eyelet, though. These changes make the 35s a tad bit more comfortable, more flexible, and just more streamlined overall. And the weight might have something to do with that as well. The 35s are about a half ounce lighter than the 34s.
Nike Pegasus 35 Review – Price
The Pegasus 35 have an MSRP of $120 [see on Amazon], which is actually $10 more than what the Pegasus 34s originally retailed for. Yes, $120 is a lot of money… I can’t argue with that, but it’s actually not a crazy amount for a pair of premium running shoes.
However, since the 35s have been released, we’ve seen the price on the Pegasus 34 shoes drop quite a bit. You can routinely find them for about $60-$80 [check price on Amazon].
Nike Pegasus 35 Running Shoes – Everything Else
So we’ve already covered the major changes with the 35s, but let’s quickly run through what hasn’t changed.
- Still have a 10mm drop
- They fit true to size
- The midsole still uses a combination of Nike Air Zoom and cushion foam
- The FlyWire lacing system largely stayed the same (sans the position of the bottom eyelet)
- The 35s still have a nice lightweight, breathable upper
SEE ALSO: Nike Free RN FlyKnit 2018 Review
Are the Nike Pegasus 35 Running Shoes Worth It?
I think the answer to that question comes down to two factors – your budget and what type of runner you are. If you’re on a tight budget and don’t want to drop over $100 on new running shoes, then it’s a simple answer – No. Likewise, if you’re just a casual runner… maybe you run 1-3 short to medium distance runs per week, I’d say save the money and go with the 34s.
However, if you’re a serious runner… you’re out there pounding the pavement almost everyday, I do think they are worth the upgrade.
I sort of already tipped my hand on what I think about these shoes throughout the review, but just case you missed it – I’m a big fan of the Pegasus 35s. They kept a lot of the same features from the Pegasus 34s, but Nike did some make meaningful updates, most notably with the heel, the transition, and how flexible and light these shoes are.
I think the 35s are great running shoes for all types of runners. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner, a casual runner, or a big dog like Mo Farah, these shoes will do the job. They can handle shorter distances as well as long distance endurance runs. Yes, the Nike Epic React FlyKnit [see on Amazon] have been getting a lot of love in recent days, but the Pegasus 35s are a safe choice.