Nike Pegasus Trail 3 Review

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Type of supportUniversal (neutral)
Inclination of the sole10mm
Sole thickness (heel)31mm
Sole thickness (forefoot)21mm
Weight (men’s model)293g
Weight (female model)271g
Good comfortLimited grip on technical surfaces like mud
Improved, more secure shank fit
Versatile shoe: it can venture on the road and is suitable for all types of training
Pleasant and rather dynamic cushioning


The Pegasus Trail 3 is Nike’s trail shoe with the most generous cushioning in the brand’s collection with a thick 31mm sole under the heel equipped with Nike React foam. The racing sensations are good whatever the speed thanks to the good dynamism of the platform.

This new version has the advantage of offering a new and clearly improved upper that offers more precise foot support for more stability. In addition, the design is top notch, like the Terra Kiger or the Wildhorse.

The main flaw of this trail shoe, as with its predecessors, is its grip: thetraction is not optimal on delicate terrain such as muddy passages. However, it allows you to venture on asphalt, which makes it a good option if you want to do outings that combine road and trail. In summary, the Nike Pegasus Trail 3 is a very good comfortable and versatile

trail shoe for long outings but with which you have to avoid very technical terrain. If you want to learn more, check out our full review of the Nike Pegasus Trail 3 .


The Nike Pegasus Trail 3 is the most cushioned shoe in the American brand’s trail range. Historically, it is a shoe that has always prioritized style and comfort over performance.

Although it has similarities with its road colleague, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus , it would be simplistic, as we will see, to reduce it to a simple trail version of it.

This new version (2021) offers a better fitted upper for more stability on technical trails. The real question is therefore whether the bet is successful or whether the Terra Kiger remains the queen of Nike’s trail collection.

Keep reading to find out if this shoe is effective and compatible with your profile.


The midsole has a simple configuration: full-length Nike React foam . No Zoom Air unit therefore like on the Pegasus for the road or the Terra Kiger.

The sole is 31mm thick under the heel and 21mm under the toe. The drop is therefore 10 mm, which is relatively standard and works well for most people.

Testers were very impressed with the underfoot feel with good shock absorption, moderately soft cushioning , and a hint of springiness for an enjoyable run.

The Pegasus Trail 3 doesn’t have a rock plate but, as we’ll see without the grip section, you probably won’t need one as it’s not a shoe for very rough terrain. techniques.

Foot support (upper)

The upper was one of the main weak points of the previous model: the trailers criticized it for being too loose and not precise enough to provide the necessary security on difficult trails, especially downhill. Indeed, the risky maintenance led to stability problems.

On the Pegasus Trail 3, Nike addressed this weak point by improving midfoot support with the Dynamic Fit system . The heel also fits better and wedges the foot well into the shoe. Thus, according to the trailers, the stability is much better than in the past and reassuring.

In addition, the toe box (Toe Box) is wider (it was low on the P2) which offers more comfort without compromising support.

In terms of weight, without being as light as the Terra Kiger, the PT3 is not doing too badly with 293 g for men and 271 g for women. This is still very reasonable compared to the overall comfort and cushioning of the shoe.

And finally, the design. Are we talking about it or not? Have you ever seen such a stylish trail shoe? We must recognize that Nike has a certain talent for polished looks, inherited from its know-how for sneakers, which make you want to wear your trail shoes in all circumstances (don’t do it, you risk damaging them!). A very good point, then, before tackling the next subject which is annoying.

Adhesion and durability

With trail shoes, we usually start by talking about grip because it’s one of the basics in determining whether you’re dealing with a good shoe. In the case of the Pegasus Trail 3, the feedback from the testers is, let’s be clear, quite bad ! So we didn’t want to scare you right away…

Well, that’s not catastrophic either: the shoe is effective on dry dirt trails and is even comfortable on the road . It’s on wet ground that things go wrong. According to users, the nice rubber with a shock wave design and its multidirectional lugs do not provide enough grip, especially on muddy surfaces .

Unfortunately, this disqualifies the shoe for ultra-trail where the topography is often varied and can include downright tough passages. Thus, the Nike Pegasus Trail 3 is reserved for your daily outings and your long-distance sessions on low or moderately technical trails.

Small consolation, the durability is quite good . The testers note that the rubber is durable and does not deteriorate quickly. With a price of 130 euros, this makes it an interesting shoe to survey the kilometers in training.

Racing feeling

The Nike Pegasus Trail 3 offers comfortable cushioning with enough response to have fun on the trails. The React foam provides a light rebound and the 10mm drop helps ensure smooth heel-to-toe transitions.

On the other hand, these trail shoes show good versatility by being comfortable at all paces, whether for quiet recovery outings or more vigorous training on the trails.


Despite a disappointing grip on difficult ground such as mud, the third version of the Nike Pegasus Trail has other assets to seduce.

Its plush, slightly responsive cushioning, combined with an upgraded upper that’s both safer and more comfortable, makes it an attractive option for uncomplicated everyday rides.

We therefore recommend it to budding trail runners who are looking for a comfortable and versatile shoe, as well as to more experienced runners who want a comfortable model to alternate with their more “pointy” shoes.

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