Hey, I finally got a brand-new pair of Nike Pegasus+ 30 running shoes. Ready to take them for a spin tomorrow and so I figured it would be great to do a quick pre-run review and then in a couple of weeks compare them with some real miles of marathon under their (my) belt. Here is a quick re-cap of my story about how I ended up getting them. In my posting here I revealed that I had some bad luck with the Mizuno Waver Rider 17 running shoes. It was the first time in a long time that I actually switched shoe models and brand at the same time and I had high hopes to have found a better running shoe for myself, but the experience turned a bit ugly after experiencing running related wounds on my toes coming from the Mizuno Wave Rider 17. I then reached out to Mizuno’s customer support, but besides getting some generic advice the risk of buying another Mizuno running shoe and having a similar experience made me go back to buy the Nike Pegasus running shoe.
I called Road Runner Sports and used my VIP membership benefits to return the (used) Mizuno shoes and to exchange them with the latest incarnation of the Nike Pegasus. I actually had plenty of time to wait for these shoes to arrive because right after I ordered them I got some incarnation of the flu or flu-like symptoms and have been down in bed for several days. Today is day 3 of being out of bed and back at work and I desperately want to be outside running tomorrow again.
As you can see from the picture above the Nike Air Pegasus+ 30 looks pretty cool with a fairly new design-style that Nike has released for the 30th version of this running shoe. I have to admit it took me a few months to come to peace with the new design options, but seeing one of them up close has me excited at least for this model. There are two other options that I like, but they were both not available when I ordered these. Worry not, I received a coupon for the new store that Road Runner Sports has opened here in Colorado and I will give them a visit soon to pick up another pair (different color option).
Ok, let’s get to it. What is new for the Nike Air Pegasus+ 30?
The first thing I noticed is along the mid-foot section. Nike got rid of the Flywire. Wonder what that was? Well, take a look at this picture of my old Pegasus 29. The Flywire pieces are those strands of plastic that you see along the mid-foot section right where the Nike logo is. Now Nike uses something they call Hyperfuse technology that will (hopefully) do an equal or better job in providing stability in this area of the shoe. That being said, you will notice the biggest differences on the upper, while the sole looks exactly the same (see picture further below for a comparison). The upper is made from Flyknit. Flyknit is a special woven (Nike) fabric that makes the upper of a running shoe more feel like a sock, less than a shoe (at least that is the idea). I heard rumors that Nike works on the uppers of a shoe and updates them every 12 months while the sole unit gets an upgrade (debatable) every 24 months.
Nike has introduced completely new designs for the Pegasus 30. If you browse through different online forums or blogs you will see a lot of people not being happy with the design options. If I am not mistaken the original startup line really did not leave much room for people who loved a more conservative look. When I look at the available options today I think I see a few more designs than earlier last fall when the shoe was released. I assume Nike did that to save the shoe from becoming dud. I usually use my “old” running shoes as day-to-day shoes because the more conservative designs go great with shorts and Jeans and even make a good impression at the office – not sure if that applies to many of the current designs, but I am not there yet.
Other than that there is not really that much new to this shoe which is good to a certain extend. I was not that happy with the Nike Pegasus+ 29 and had the feeling I was able to get less miles from these shoes compared to earlier versions of the Pegasus. My feet and shins started to hurt somewhere around the 250 mile marker at the latest and while the shoe looked in great shape from the outside, the inside felt shot. I am kind of expecting the same for the Pegasus 30 now as the sole seems untouched (the shoe is still using the “traditional” Cushlon cushioning material). On the plus-side this means that Nike carried over the good characteristics from the 29 to the 30 as well. When the shoes are new they offer really good cushioning and are flexible while providing a stable enough upper for good running be it on trail (at least for me) or on the road. When I ran the Las Vegas Marathon in November I did not have time to actually break-in the new pair of the Nike Pegasus 29 because of being sick for two weeks right before the race. I wore the new shoes as day-to-day shoes for a few days before the race and had two 2 mile runs in Vegas before doing the marathon and had no issues with blisters or anything. So, the shoes are flexible and barely need to be broken in from my experience.