Nike Pegasus 29 Review

Whether we realize it or not at some stage in our lives most runners have owned a pair of Nike Air Pegasus. My sister still refuses to throw away her “gardening” pair from the late 1990s! Now in its 29th edition, and with a couple of new updates, we thought it would be a good time to revisit this Nike mainstay.

On first impressions the new Pegasus 29 doesn’t seem to have changed a whole lot from the 27 and 28 models but if you dig a little deeper some positive additions have been added. Wearers of the Lunarglide 4 will know just how comfortable Nike’s one piece fly knit upper feels on the foot, and while the new Peg 29 only has it in the forefoot, it makes for a great feeling as the shoe slips on. The Pegasus upper has always been fairly uncomplicated and durable and nothing changes here. I’ve logged about 250 kilometers in mine so far (on and off road) and I believe the upper could still sit on the shelf as if about to be sold.

Nike has a reputation here in Australia for producing shoes that suit runners with narrow feet but that’s definitely not the case with the Pegasus. There’s plenty of volume throughout the shoe to accommodate a variety of foot shapes and sizes. I’ve personally always liked a snug fit, especially around the mid-foot, which is probably a throw back to my days of wearing spikes and racing flats. So I found I had to tighten up the laces a fair bit to get that same feel but the majority of runners wont have this issue. The forefoot has plenty of room for the toes to find their rightful place and if you’re an orthotic wearer then the Pegasus won’t have any trouble accommodating them.

The mid-sole of the Pegasus 29 is where this shoe gets the business done. Why? Simply because it’s simple! Nike designers might not agree with me on that but this shoe is simple in construction with an uncomplicated Waffle tread and flexibility in the forefoot perfect for easy running whether it’s long or short. I personally find the Zoom cushioning that Nike use in the Pegasus 29 much more responsive than the Lunar foam of various models so the ride is pretty smooth and not too soft.

Without a lot of fanfare this shoe continues to soldier on and be a favorite around the world with good reason. In working out the type of runner the Pegasus 29 suits I almost wanted to say everyone, but that is a bit ridiculous, so I’m suggesting nearly everyone amongst traditional running shoe wearers. It’s a great shoe when used as a daily trainer/long run shoe but I’d look elsewhere if you were thinking of using it as a tempo shoe. The Peg is a big mile logger, not a speed machine.

In our coaching work Brian and I constantly reenforce the keep it simple motto. Whether it’s technique assessment, strength training, building training schedules or recommending shoes, removing anything that is over complicating the matter is a must to gain improvement. To quote a well known slogan for a sugary breakfast cereal that no one should ever eat “the simple things in life are often the best”. This certainly rings true for the Nike Air Pegasus 29.

By Mark Gorski

If you’d like a bit more information about the Pegasus you can watch Mark and I having a chat about it in the video below.

6 Responses to Nike Pegasus 29 Review

  1. Rosie February 11, 2014 at 6:14 am #

    Just ordered my second pair… couldn’t bring myself to buy any other having loved my first pair sooo much – they got me over some serious shin pain the very first time I wore them and have looked after me ever since. First pair have lasted just over 2 years and have done getting on for 1000 km in them. Cant wait for my second pair to arrive later this week :)))

    • Brian February 12, 2014 at 7:28 am #

      Nice one Rosie!

  2. Quentin October 3, 2013 at 12:37 am #

    Hi,

    Thanks for the review. I have had a pair since December 2012 and trained in them and ran 2 half marathons ± 400km, I then continued to train for and run a full marathon adding another ±500km. I noticed in my marathon that my feet took a serious knock from the 25km mark. I have been told that I have done to many kilometers in them and that is why my feet were in so much pain. What are your thoughts on the amount of km’s a pair of Pegasus are good for. I know it differs from runner to runner.

    I’m looking at the Pegasus 30 as a replacement, any thoughts?

    • Brian October 3, 2013 at 6:27 am #

      Hi Quentin, You probably took them close to the end of their life but a trainer like the Peg should get you to close to 1000km in my opinion. Not sure if this is the cause of your foot pain, so many other factors could be involved there. How fast did you run your marathon? There could be some other shoes you could try. It’s a good idea to rotate between 2 different models, the shoes last longer and it gives your body something different to deal with. Not tried the 30 yet – hoping to soon.

  3. Chez June 20, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Nice article / tribute to my favourite shoe. Been running in these since early teens and scottish schools competition days, still wearing two decades later, flirted with other shoes over the years but can’t see past the Pegasus – KISS principle , simples 😉

    • Brian June 20, 2013 at 7:49 am #

      Simple is hard to beat in so many areas. Thanks for the comment 🙂