Nike Pegasus+ 29 Review

The Nike Pegasus has been a traditional favorite with runners who prefer soft and cushiony rides. The Pegasus+ 29 is a slightly modified and upgraded version of the 28. The mesh finish on the upper side of the shoe provides a breathable shape to it. It helps hold your foot in place. The independent crash pad at the heel of the shoe has given way to cutouts in the sidewalls. The cutouts help compress the heel and promote steady inward roll of the feet. Just like the previous versions, I find Nike Pegasus+ 29 to be a great everyday shoe that can provide comfort and protection even during long-distance running.

Overview of the Nike Pegasus+ 29

If you have been using Pegasus 28, you will notice that the newer 29 version is sleeker and more streamlined, especially in the midsole region. This gives the shoe a futuristic and modern feel to it. Certain features such as the Flywire lacing system and the patterns on the top of the shoe have been retained. On the whole, I loved the appearance of the new Nike Pegasus+ 29.


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The shoe weighs only 8.4 ounces. The disappearance of the plastic shank piece behind the forefoot may have contributed to the light weight. However, it hasn’t affected the flexibility, one of the most important features of a Pegasus shoe for me. In fact, the 29 version appears more flexible, if anything. I think it also twists very easily towards the side. The firm heel counter will also help you lock down your heel during the run. The heel counter is firm, which should lock down the heel nicely on the run.

The shoe weighs only 8.4 ounces. The disappearance of the plastic shank piece behind the forefoot may have contributed to the light weight. However, it hasn’t affected the flexibility, one of the most important features of a Pegasus shoe for me. In fact, the 29 version appears more flexible, if anything. I think it also twists very easily towards the side. The firm heel counter will also help you lock down your heel during the run. The heel counter is firm, which should lock down the heel nicely on the run.

Pros and Cons of the Nike Pegasus+ 29

Pros

  • Light weight
  • Great flexibility
  • Fantastic cushioning
  • Highly responsive
  • Breathability

Cons

  • Some users have complained that the high heel tab of the Nike Pegasus+ 29 can irritate the Achilles tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone.
  • The Flywire lace does not provide the snug and adaptable fit offered by the Nike’s Dynamic Fit system found in some of the other shoes such as Vomero 7.
  • I am not sure of the engineered mesh used in the upper part of the shoe. While it offers breathability, its durability is still under question.

Recommendations

The breathable engineered mesh on the upper surface, cushion foam in the heel, the Nike Zoom unit, and the lateral rubber blades offer comfort, support, responsive cushioning, and flexibility. The Nike Pegasus+ 29 provides minimal pronation control and is a great shoe for the neutral runner. While the heelstrikers appreciate the Zoom Air unit in the heel, forefoot and midfoot strikers love the stacked cushion in the front and middle of the shoe. I think the shoe is the ideal choice for recovery runs and long-distance events such as full- and half-marathons. The reasonably priced shoe is a winner, in spite of some minor flaws.


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