Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 Review

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Type of supportUniversal (neutral)
Inclination of the sole10mm
Sole thickness (heel)28mm
Sole thickness (forefoot)18mm
Weight (men’s model)275g
Weight (female model)235g
Great comfortCushioning that lacks dynamism according to the majority of testers
Cushioning that absorbs shocks well
Snug foot support with more room than the previous model
Versatile model
Sturdy shoe


Nike’s benchmark training shoe is back: the Pegasus 38! The previous model marked a major evolution in the range (notably with the introduction of Nike’s star foam: React) and the Pegasus 38 resumes the same configuration more or less. Clearly, this new model keeps the elements that had seduced and corrects those that had disappointed .

Let’s start with what does not change or little: the midsole, with its React foam and its Air Zoom unit, continues to offer comfortable and fluid cushioning . Nothing spectacular in the dynamism department– this is a point that inevitably comes up every year. At the same time it is not his vocation. For a more dynamic training model, we recommend the Nike ZoomX Invincible Run . The sole is still 28mm thick under the heel and 18mm under the forefoot (10mm drop). It is therefore a good option for athletes who like good cushioning without succumbing to maximalism. In terms of feel, the testers note that the sole is a little softer than before, while the testers report a bit more firmness (you should know that the configuration is slightly different between men and women). Overall, the cushioning is therefore of moderate density .

The rubber outsole gives agood grip and seems sturdy . The main change here is the use of 9% recycled materials . Well, it’s still modest but it’s a start!

Now let’s move on to the upper which concentrates the biggest part of the changes. The forefoot is higher and wider , which will delight people who need volume. Some testers had complained that the shoe slipped in the heel area on the P37 and Nike adjusted that part for a more secure fit. On the other hand, there are small lacing straps to allow the upper to grip the foot more evenly when pulling on the laces. Finally, the tongue is larger and more padded. The Pegasus has always offered impeccable supportand this version 38 is no exception.

The consensus
In summary, the Pegasus is no surprise… a Pegasus: comfortable, solid, well-adjusted and affordable ! Without being exceptional in terms of responsiveness, it is a reliable shoe that has the merit of being suitable for everyone (or almost). A reference model for daily training that continues to seduce.



  • The rubber made of 9% Nike Grind (recycled materials) is strong and provides impressive traction on asphalt surfaces.


  • The midsole uses React : a specially soft foam developed by the American brand. It provides comfortable and responsive cushioning throughout the run.
  • Zoom Air : a compressed air bubble located under the forefoot that improves shock absorption and the dynamism of the sole.

Upper part (upper)

  • The mesh upper provides precise support for your foot and lets air circulate to provide a pleasant feeling of freshness.
  • Midfoot straps tighten with the laces for a more snug fit.
  • Padded tongue maximizes comfort on top of the foot.
  • Finally, the forefoot is wider to suit more foot shapes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How does the Nike Pegasus 38 fit?

This running shoe fits without surprise according to the runners who tested it. So you can opt for your usual size.

Is the Pegasus 38 suitable for pronator athletes?

Yes, because it is a universal stride shoe. Thus, it is designed to be suitable for all athletes regardless of their type of stride. It does not display any special aid to better balance the foot and avoid pronation. There are shoes specifically designed to prevent overpronation but, in the absence of scientific evidence, we don’t recommend them, unless of course you find them comfortable.

Is this model for the road recommended for heavy athletes (80 kg or more)?

Yes, the P38 offers comfortable cushioning with a relatively thick sole (28 m under the heel) and it should therefore be suitable whatever your weight.

Is it possible to run a half marathon or a marathon with these shoes?

This Nike road shoe is versatile enough to suit different types of training and distances. For the marathon, you must above all rely on your feelings. Best to add it to your rotation in your training to be sure there is no discomfort or pain on your long rides. This is a favorite shoe for many marathon runners every year so there should be no worries.

Comparisons – Nike Pegasus 38 vs:

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37

There are few changes from one model to another. Same weight, same sole thickness and same drop. We find the React foam and the rubber of the outsole. The main changes can be found in the upper with a more spacious forefoot and a better fitted heel.

Nike ZoomX Invincible Run

See the detailed comparison .

Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2

See the detailed comparison .

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 15

See the detailed comparison .

Adidas UltraBoost 22

Ultra Boost offers more cushioning but with a firmer feel and higher weight. Read our full comparison .

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