This year marks the 40th anniversary of Nike’s boundary-pushing Pegasus road running shoe, which took the increased specialization in the space at the time and brought it to the populace by making an affordable, versatile shoe for every runner. Since then, each new iteration has been an improvement over the last, and a few years back, Nike decided to make a road-to-trail version of the Pegasus 36, which broke off into its own line with the very next model (Pegasus Trail 2). Now, the athletic apparel giant has added a fourth version of the Trail, and it’s easily the best one yet.
Making a single shoe that’s for both the road and the trail is no easy task. It must be durable and sturdy enough to resist rougher terrain, yet lightweight and cushioned enough to support your feet on hard asphalt. Ready for any condition, the Pegasus Trail 4 GORE-TEX has been updated with some extra material around the ankles to prevent debris from getting in. Likewise, the GORE-TEX lining on the uppers make them waterproof while still breathable enough for the most intense runs.
This time around, the amount of rubber on the outsole has decreased, which allows the Pegasus Trail 4 to be more flexible and lightweight, while also transitioning smoothly from road to trail. Wrapped around the front of the shoe for extra protection and durability, the outsole also helps to preserve the React midsole, a lightweight, responsive foam that has a full-length design for added stability on more uneven, rocky terrain. To help you with gripping the more technical trails on your run while also making for a smoother road ride, the bottom of the shoe features a generative traction pattern and forefoot rubber.
Available in ten different color schemes, the Pegasus Trail 4 GORE-TEX is now available from Nike’s website for $160.