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.
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.
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Nike Air Pegasus 2000 (£60); Saucony GRID Jazz GTO or HRC (£60)
; Asics Gel Cumulus (£64.99)
; Adidas Boston (£60)