The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 is the latest version of the brand’s neutral road running shoe. Nike recommends the Pegasus 39 for people that want an everyday runner with a springy feel.
The Air Zoom Pegasus 39 utilizes Nike’s Zoom Air units, Flywire and React foam. In the Pegasus 39, Nike has added one more air unit to the Pegasus, now there is one in the forefoot and the heel. Nike claims these Zoom Air units create an energized feel. The Flywire technology is utilized throughout the midfoot to support your feet and keep them in place.
Finally, the midsole now uses Nike’s newer React foam, a combination of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA). Nike shares that React foam is 11% softer and provides 13% more energy return than other Nike foams. They also claim that React foam is both lighter and more durable than their other foams.
Nike has added extra padding around the collar and tongue to increase comfort. This change has been very popular with customers. The upper has been updated to use engineered mesh, which Nike states, is stronger and more flexible than traditional mesh.
Reviewers have really enjoyed the new Pegasus 39, with multiple people stating that it is the best Pegasus yet. They found the additional padding at the tongue and collar very comfortable. They also thought that the upper was more breathable than previous models. Customers said the shoe had better energy return than the 38.
There were conflicting opinions on the level of cushioning. Some thought the 39 was softer and had more cushioning than the 38. Other reviewers wished the 39 had more cushioning and that it had less cushioning than 38.