Nike Pegasus Trail 3

9.2
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Editor’s Conclusion
For a great trail to road running hybrid shoe that provides great traction, plush cushioning, and classic Nike styling, look no further than the Nike Pegasus Trail 3. At first glance, this shoe lacks the beefy design features that are often found in many supportive trail running shoes. It may look like your classic sidewalk running shoe, but it really shines out there on the trails.

One of the things that I liked most about this trail runner is that it has really plush cushioning. It works overtime to protect your knees and joints and really helps to absorb impact from hard and unforgiving trailheads. The plush cushioning doesn’t provide that light and snappy ride required for race days or speedy laps times, so it may not be ideal for those concerned about time or performance.

Overall, I would recommend this shoe for runners that want to take it nice and easy or push for longer and longer distances. If you are in the market for an insanely comfortable trail runner that looks sharp, the Nike Pegasus Trail 3 is worth a look.

Below, I wanted to take a deep dive into all of the features that make this shoe one of the best hybrid running shoes to really rack up the miles!
Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Very plush React foam cushioning

Can transition from trails to sidewalks

Breathable and cushioned upper

Ideal for running long distances

Stylish design

Cons

Very short laces

Shallow toe box

Not ideal for speed or race days

Heavy

Key Features

Key Features

MIDSOLE

I am a sucker for plush cushioning, and the Pegasus Trail 3 really delivers. The midsole of this design is composed of Nikes React foam that is one of the softest midsole materials in the Nike lineup. This midsole foam is one of the softest options that Nike has to offer in any of their training shoes. In fact, it is considered to be 11 percent softer than many of the other highly cushioned training shoes, while still keeping things lightweight and easy.

While the midsole is insanely cushioned and comfortable, this added layer of comfort does come at a bit of a cost. The plush foam isn’t as responsive as other Nike midsole materials and lacks that pop of energy return found in other options. On hard surfaces, it gives you just enough feedback to keep your gait cycle nice and even. However, when the ground under your feet gets soft (when running through mud or grass) the super-soft React foam may make your stride feel a little mushy.

OUTSOLE

The outsole of this design is where the Pegasus shines. It is composed of highly durable rubber that allows runners to rack up hundreds of quality miles. The lugs built into the rubber are less lug-like and more like shallow nubs that are able to easily transition from the trails to the sidewalk. Nike describes the nubs built into the rubber as treads on a mountain bike, and I feel that is a great way to describe the traction on the outsole of this shoe.

What I also like about the rubber outsole is that it is incredibly versatile. The nubs are more shallow than your classic trail runner but are more tightly spaced in the toe box and on the heel for confident uphill climbs and downhill descents. Plus, the less aggressive outsole pattern allows the Pegasus Trail 3 to work just as well on the sidewalk or the treadmill as it does on the trail. Wherever you want to go, the outsole of this shoe is prepared to take you there.

UPPER

What I love most about the design of this upper is that it walks that fine line between breathability and support. It utilizes mesh panels in key areas to help move hot air up and away from your feet. The synthetic panels help to keep your foot locked in place, and provide a bit of added stability to keep your gait cycle nice and even when the road ahead is far from smooth sailing. This shoe also boasts a dynamic fit that contours to the shape of your foot like a glove that not only feels great but also boosts lockdown as well.

There are a few issues about the overall fit of this shoe that is worth mentioning. The laces on this design are surprisingly short. While the dynamic fit of the laces allows you to really tinker with them to craft that perfect fit, you can’t toy with them too much due to the shallow design. If you prefer a runner's knot, the very short laces may not give you enough length to create that classic knot. The good news, however, is that the stretchy knit materials fit your foot like a glove which may eliminate the need for various knots for a secure fit.

PERFORMANCE

Overall, I would recommend this shoe for runners that want to really rack up the miles while keeping their legs and joints protected. The high level of plush cushioning is great for long runs, and the durable outsole is built to tackle whatever you can throw at it. While it’s great for long-distance running or nice and easy tempo shoes, it’s not a great shoe for races. The cushioning is super soft and helps deal with impact absorption, but it can make your gait cycle feel a little bit on the mush side when you want to pick up the pace.

FIT

If you are a tried and tested veteran of Nike shoes, there are a few fit issues worth discussing. While they generally run true to size, there are a few changes made to the fit of this shoe that are a little different. Overall, Nike shoes tend to run a little on the narrow side, and the Pegasus Trail 3 is built slightly wider. The wide fit gives your feet plenty of room to breathe, as well as allows your toes to naturally splay inside of the shoe. If your foot runs on the narrow side, you may want a half size down to ensure that these shoes are really locked in place.

Another thing that I noticed about the overall fit of this shoe is the fit of the toe box. While it is wide enough to allow your toes to naturally splay inside of the shoe, it is slightly shallow. Many runners felt that the upper of this design fit a little too tightly to the top of their foot to the point that it was a little uncomfortable. Be sure to take these shoes for a test drive before you smack down your credit card!

STYLE

Fans of the classic Nike Pegasus sneaker will not be disappointed with the styling of these trail runners. While it is a little bulkier than classic Pegasus running shoes, it carries many similar style attributes that make these shoes sleek and stylish. One of the only downsides to this shoe, however, is that it is only offered in two color options (at the moment, at least).

Runners can select from a classic black and white option, or modern teal color. What I love most about the teal design is that it boasts a beige outsole with a speckled black design that is similar to the super stylish Air Jordan 1 High Zoom Crater

PRICE

The price of this shoe is very competitive to other trail runners out there on the market. While it isn’t exactly a budget-friendly shoe, you will get a pretty big bang for your buck with the Nike Pegasus Trail 3. It boasts many durable features that won’t break down quickly, and offers the same quality miles at mile 100 as it did at mile 1! If you can swing the slightly higher price point, this shoe is well worth every penny.

Comparisons to Previous Versions

Comparisons to Previous Versions

For the fans of the Nike Pegasus Trail 2, there were very few changes made to the overall performance of this shoe. The current version still utilizes the Nike React foam for the midsole, the styling of the nubs on the outsole remains largely unchanged. Many of the changes made to the design of this shoe lie in the upper, and they are small style changes that don’t affect the overall performance of this shoe.

Overall, the changes made to the upper make it look a little more modern, and capture the essence of the classic Pegasus shoe a little bit more than previous versions.
Verdict

Verdict

The Nike Pegasus Trail 3 is a great option for runners that aren’t setting out to break and speed records. The heavy design and plush cushioning aren’t really ideal for speed or races but really shine on nice and easy tempo runs out on the trails. I love that the hybrid design of this shoe very easily transitions from the trails to the sidewalk or treadmill, and it can even be used for working out at the gym.

When you consider the versatility of this shoe and compare it to the price point, the Nike Pegasus Trail 3 is a really incredible value that is worth checking out!