Nike Air Pegasus 2002 £59.99

Posted: 17 June 2000

Weight 324g
Evaluation In the two years since it was launched, Nike’s Air Pegasus has proved two things. One, that simple is good. Two, that familiarity is good. The Pegasus has won over many comfort-oriented runners with its light, easy ride and soft cushioning, and the latest version changes little.
It keeps the same roomy last, the same full-length Air cushioning unit, and has an ever-so-slightly deeper waffle grip on the outsole. The heel-strike area has a flex groove (or ‘crash pad’) for a smoother ride. And while the upper keeps its ultra-soft feel and airy open mesh in the toe-box, it’s been vented in the overlays around the midfoot. The midsole itself has been slightly built up to give a little more arch support.
All small tweaks, and our testers had to work pretty hard to notice these differences. If you’re coming to the shoe for the first time, you might be surprised to find that it’s more balanced than its pillowy reputation suggests. It’s soft, but it’s reasonably stable and responsive, too.
In short The Pegasus is all about comfort. But it’s light, too. The latest version changes little, and will still win over biomechanically neutral runners who like a soft, smooth shoe.
Try it on if you liked Nike Air Pegasus 2000 (£60); Saucony GRID Jazz GTO or HRC (£60); Asics Gel Cumulus (£64.99); Adidas Boston (£60)

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Has anyone moved from Mizuno to Nike? I may be forced to because my retailer has stopped stocking Mizuno.
Posted: 06/12/2002 at 20:36

Alan, I did just that last year and am now on to my 4th or 5th pair of Nike Pegasus. A truly magnificent training shoe.
Posted: 06/12/2002 at 21:42

Thanks Drew,I'll start looking now, I've used Mizuno for 7 years now and I'll look long and hard(although time is running out for my feet).
Posted: 07/12/2002 at 13:30

I tried the Pegasus before choosing Wave Riders. The Pegasus felt a bit insubstantial to me, it didn't seem to offer enough lateral support. I opted for the Wave Riders. Try Saucony Grid Jazz as well, I've always been ok with them.
Posted: 07/12/2002 at 18:27

Has anyone moved from Pegasus 2001 to 2002 and found them not as good?
Posted: 13/01/2003 at 14:53

finally resorted to asic gel cumulus, couldn't get on with the pegasus. I felt like i had to walk on my toes all the time. The Asics felt a bit more like my Mizuno's
Posted: 13/01/2003 at 18:08

sounds a bit ominous - I went to Sweatshop today and for the first time ever they told me they had no Mizuno Wave Precisions in stock adn I'd have to order them.

are Mizuno cutting back on distribution? no way am I buying Nikes.
Posted: 13/01/2003 at 19:03

it does sound like mizuno are losing out to "popular" makes,but try the Asics they do feel the same. May be they are replacing Minzuno!!!
Posted: 13/01/2003 at 20:59


let's hope not, this would be bad news indeed.

Mizuno are the only brand out there that don't feel like platform shoes or something you'd wear if you had a club foot.
Posted: 13/01/2003 at 21:38

PS. there used to be a charming gentleman from Mizuno who used to contribute the odd message. perhaps he's given up and gone back to Japan. if not maybe he'd care to comment.
Posted: 13/01/2003 at 22:09

I visited my nearest Up and Running shop in Cheltenham with the intention to buy a pair of Wave Riders, last pair were the Pegasus. Except they don't carry Mizuno, at all.

The Manager told me the reason for this is everyone who wants a Mizuno shoe want the Wave Rider, but Mizuno wont allow them to carry just that type alone they have to have the whole line or not at all. The smaller shops and chains can't afford to hold hundreds of Mizuno shoes that they wont sell.

I settled for Saucony Grid Jazz.

Happy running.
Posted: 14/01/2003 at 09:52

I tried the Nikes, but felt that having killed them (800-900 miles) I needed a different brand. Chose Adidas, and selected my Webname from the result. Glad to get shut of them. Am now in Saucony, but looking to get another pair of Nikes as a second pair of shoes. They were light, and looked after my tootsies, as well as my arches.
Truth is I still haven't throw the old Nikes away, as they are too comfy, even if knackered now. Same goes for the Pegasus I had years ago. They look light but are deceptively robust.
Posted: 07/08/2003 at 00:40

Nikes i find are to small and narrow - I used to be mizumo wive rider but my last 2 pair have been mizumo wave creation - nwich i think are the best shoes for nutrals in the world
Posted: 07/08/2003 at 00:59

After my last entry, I've bought another pair of Mizuno, I got the from a store in Reading, 300 miles from home and they said they always stock them and will supply me if I want. I bought the wave rider again and I swear by them. They're the only shoe I've tried and don't get any problems.
I ran the Edinburgh Marathon in them and recorded my third best time, all top three have been in Mizunos and no blisters.(I could be a mizuno salesman)
Cheers for now
Posted: 07/08/2003 at 09:07

I used to wear wave riders and thought they were perfect until I tried Nike Pegasus -I'm now onto my third pair.

Rob McLennan - I wasn't sure if my 2002 Pegasus weren't as good because my 2001 were worn in so well but I have just found a pair of 2001 Pegasus in a remainder bin in a French sports shop and they were perfect from the first run.
Posted: 17/08/2003 at 15:55

Same as Blisters above tried Asics blisters, so tried Saucony Jazz did not stand up to the mileage for marathon training so back to Nike Pegasus no blisters ran a half in virtually a new pair no problem would recommend Leisure Ways at Rotherham always in stock plus 10% off for club runners
Posted: 17/08/2003 at 19:59

I have been running seriously for 8 years and at the beginnig I tried out a number of brands. I soon settled for the Pegasus and in the last 4 years I have run 12 marathons, 1Ironman, 2 runs across the desert (108 miles and 147 miles) and 2 runs in the Arctic (Alaska 135 miles - Yukon 300 miles) - all in Nike Pegasus. I reckon that ought to be a good enough recommendation for them. Unlike Wildwill above I found that Nike were one of the few brands wide enough for my feet. During my experimenting I tried Mizuno Wave and found them to be superb. My main reason for not sticking with Mizuno was because I couldn't get them locally - and I strongly believe in support my local retailer wherever possible.
Posted: 17/08/2003 at 22:03

My Air Pegasus have been giving me blister problems when I run anything over 10 miles, as someone with broad feet I can understand the "small and narrow" comment of WildWill.

After my 13.5 mile training run yesterday my toes are a complete mess.

I'm not sure if I need to buy another shoe or just a slightly bigeer size. The one thing for sure is I need a new pair of trainers.
Posted: 18/08/2003 at 09:06

Wild will

You can get the Pegasus in a wide fitting if you search hard enough. If no look try mail order from the US, I swear by them.
Posted: 18/08/2003 at 12:07


Not look but luck - having a bad day!!
Posted: 18/08/2003 at 12:07

I know what people mean when they say Pegasus feel like you're walking on your toes and it concerned me at first, but have found them a great shoe, hardly ever get blisters (a couple of small ones at FLM) and have just boought a pair of the Trail Pegasus. Think I'll stick with them next time but have been tempted by the cumulus.

Blisters-I bought some addidas super nova's, never experienced blisters like that before, I'll never buy addidas running shoes again. (like their footy boots though)
Posted: 18/08/2003 at 14:09

Recently moved from Pagesus to Saucony Jazz and not going that well on them to be honest. For a 10k the Saucony Jazz are fine but for anything half-marathon and above, my feet start feeling numb. Don't feel that I get as much cushion in the heel and my calves feel like they have been worked a lot harder than with the Pegasus. All in all, wish I never changed 'just to try something different' :(
Posted: 18/08/2003 at 14:35

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