Nike Pegasus Trail 5 Review

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The Nike Pegasus series is one of my all time favourite shoes for daily training on non technical trail routes. So I was very excited to try the new Nike Pegasus Trail 5. This trainer is fast, comfortable and offers excellent support and traction out on those trecharous trails. In this Nike Pegasus Trail 5 review I will go over my experience with this model and see how it compares to its competitors.

Cushioning

A good level of cushioning is an essential component of a great shoe. A cushioned midsole helps relieve stress from the joints and provides support that makes long distance runs much easier.

Support

Good support is essential for all runners, so it is very important that when buying trainers an individual buys running shoes that have enough support. That may look different for all runners but it is important to consider.

It is important that a supportive running shoe provides a stable platform and reduces the risk of potential injuries.

Durability

I believe that it is important to buy shoes that have been built to last. If you are going to spend your own money on shoes then they should stay in good working condition for many months to come.

Fit

Making sure your shoes fit properly is very important as if a shoe is too big it can cause the shoes to start to rub against you feet causing blisters and other discomforts. By not having a shoe that fits it will also get rid of the possibility of a comfortable run.

Breathability

Breathable materials in the upper part of the shoe helps keep the feet cool and dry during runs. This is because it helps prevent the build up of sweat and moisture in the shoe which reduces discomfort and irritation when running.

A breathable upper shoe enhances comfort and can be a life saver when running in hot days as it helps prevent overheating. This makes shoes with this feature an excellent choice as well as a comfortable fit.

Value

Running shoes can get really expensive and if you are someone that runs a lot you will have to keep coming back to buy more. This can really add up which is why I have added cost to the list of important factor.

Energy Return

There is no better feeling than being propelled by a responsive running shoe. A running shoe should that gives energy back to the runner can make all types of runs feel so much nicer. This category is even more important in race day shoes.

Price: £130

Weight: 286g

Stack height: 37mm

Usage: Daily training

Pros

  • Responsive
  • Comfortable
  • Very durable

Cons

  • Weight increase
  • Possibly too plush for trails
  • Upper Breathability: 7/10
  • Energy return: 7/10
  • Durability: 10/10
  • Support: 8/10
  • Grip: 6/10
  • Style: 8/10
  • Versitility: 7/10
  • Value for money: 7/10
  • Comfort: 8/10
  • Fit: 8/10
  • Overall rating: 75/100

Nike Pegasus Trail 5 First Impressions

My first run in these shoes was a 15km mid tempo run and I was very impressed with how these shoes performed. The shoe was soft and plush which allowed for a very comfortable ride. The upper was also plush which really added to the comfort of the shoe. I was alos impressed with how responsive these shoes felt. I could feel myself bouncing along which really allowed me to pick up the pace on trails.

Transitions in this shoe were smooth and the overall ride felt very good. One small critism was that the traction was not great. I could sometimes feel myself slipping over wet surfaces or on more technical terrain so this shoe is definetly for easy to moderate terrain.

I did also think that this shoe may be too plush for a trail shoe however this comes down to personal preference but I do prefer trail shoes to be a little more firm in the midsole but some people may prefer the opposite.

Why Should I Buy These Shoes?

If you are in the market for a fast, comfortable and lightweight trainer then this model is an excellent choice. I love how fast and nimble this shoe feels.

Why Should I Not Buy These Shoes?

If you are looking for a trail shoe that can be used on technical trails then this is not the shoe for you. I would recommend having a look at either the Hoka Speedgoat 5 or the Hoka Speedgoat 6.

Upper of the foam

The upper of this model has had some big changes. This one is slightly wider with a bit more volume throughout the forefoot. My toes remained completely blister free which is rare when running on trails.

The upper is made from a single layer of mesh which provides excellent breathability and keeps the shoe as light as possible. Even though this model is slightly heavier than the last it is still considered light for a trail shoe.

The upper also provides good protection from water, dirt and sand which is very useful when running across beaches or wet and muddy conditions.

Foam of the shoe

The midsole of this shoe has durable ReactX foam which provides much higher levels of energy return than any previous model did. I also found this foam made the shoe much more comfortable on longer runs.

Sole of the shoe

The outsole is covered in ATC rubber which adds high levels of durability to the shoe. I wore this shoe for over 70 miles and saw very little signs of wear and tear.

The only critism of this shoe is that the outsole does not provide good traction which does limit this shoe in terms of the difficutly level of terrain it can be used on.

Conclusions to the Nike Pegasus Trail 5

Overall, this is an amazing shoe that offers great speed assistance, comfort and durability. If only it had offered more traction and then it would of been as close to perfect as a shoe gets.

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