Air Zoom Pegasus 40

The latest version of the well-known mid-range, neutral daily trainer is the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 40. Despite marking its 40th anniversary, Nike has chosen not to make significant improvements as other brands might have done. This is a departure from the past, where major milestones were celebrated with more substantial changes.

Weighing 9.4 oz, the Pegasus 40 is a bit heavier than its previous iteration. It features an updated upper that incorporates a softer and more flexible mesh, resulting in a more spacious forefoot and toe box. The midfoot Flywire system has been replaced with panels to enhance midfoot lockdown. The heel counter design remains similar to that of the Pegasus 39.

The sole unit of the Pegasus 40 remains consistent with that of its predecessor, the Pegasus 39. The forefoot and heel are equipped with Zoom airbags; however, these airbags, while firm, prevent the ride from becoming excessively soft. Some critics note the absence of modern technologies such as midsoles with energy-returning capabilities or a rockered geometry.

The outsole maintains its strength, featuring durable rubber strategically placed for effective traction and durability over long distances. Nonetheless, the rubber can produce noise and a slapping sound on certain surfaces. All in all, the Pegasus 40 offers a comfortable yet somewhat outdated running experience, better suited for easy runs rather than high-speed workouts.

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