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Nike Air Pegasus+ 30 Product Review

Short Take

Entering its third decade of service as a high mileage neutral trainer, the Nike Air Pegasus+ 30 continues to supply the reliable cushioning high mileage runners depend on.

Big Updates

  • Seamless Construction: A no-sew upper reduces hotspots and irritations on the foot while a flexible midfoot saddle and engineered mesh provide structure and security.
  • Carryover Platform: The cushioned midsole and grooved outsole of the previous version remain for a similar underfoot feel and ride.

Road Test

2013 marks the 30th anniversary of Nike’s Air Pegasus. As always, Nike’s flagship neutral trainer aims to deliver plenty of cushioning in a comfortable and lightweight package.

Changes in this version of the Peg are limited to the upper. While its predecessor featured minimal stitching, the newest version ups the ante with a fully seamless upper to help minimize the risk of blistering. The fit is on the snugger side, though engineered mesh around the toebox is nowhere near constricting, and will fit a variety of foot shapes without issue.

The Peg 30’s midsole remains as cushioned as ever, delivering a cloudlike feel especially suited towards runners who pound pavement for miles on end. Though this shoe packs plenty of impact protection, the Peg 30 still manages to remain fairly light on the scale and on the foot.

When the original Nike Pegasus was released back in 1983, it was touted for its “Air Wedge” cushioning and Waffle outsole. And though much has changed in the following three decades, the Nike Air Pegasus+ 30 retains its core values, delivering a great ride to high mileage runners.

Runners Say

Jonathan

“The cushioning feels a touch more responsive compared to the last version, and while the shoe remains soft, I think this update will appeal more to runners who don’t like running on marshmallows.”

Joanna

“For a shoe with this much cushioning ,the Pegasus 30 is surprisingly flexible, especially in the forefoot, thanks to the deep flex grooves in the outsole.”

Taro

“The fit may be slightly lower volume than average, but the lack of overlays around the forefoot allows it to flex easily around the foot for a cozy fit.”