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Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39

Overall Grades And Reviews

8.5 Overall Grade
130 reviews

Nike's workhorse trainer, reviewers like its looks and give it above average ratings on comfort and cushioning, but not durability.

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Shoe Properties
Shoe Type
Trainer
Trainer
Trainer
Trainer
Pronation Control
Neutral
Neutral
Neutral
Neutral
Weight
9.4 oz. (men's), 7.7 oz. (women's)
10.2 oz. (men's), 8.5 oz. (women's)
9.6 oz. (men's), 8.4 oz. (women's)
11.1 oz. (men's), 10.1 oz. (women's)
Stack Height
33mm.
33mm.
35mm.
43mm.
Forefoot Height
23mm.
23mm.
23mm.
39mm.
Drop Height
10 mm.
10 mm.
12 mm.
4 mm.
Upper material
Engineered Mesh, Flywire technology
Engineered Mesh, Flywire technology
Refined 3D Fit Print mesh, Recycled Materials include:
Engineered mesh, Lycra comfort frame, Internal heel counter, Pillowed Tongue
Shoe Released
Q2 2022
Q2 2023
Q4 2022
Q3 2022
MSRP
$130
$130
$140
$165
LRC Ratings
Out of 10
Overall
8.5
8.1
9.2
9.0
Comfort
8.4
8.0
9.1
9.4
Cushioning
8.2
8.0
9.0
9.7
Durability
8.3
7.9
8.7
8.2
Appearance
9.3
8.4
8.3
7.9
Value
8.6
7.7
8.6
7.6

Reader Reviews

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Best trainer I have worn

    30 miles per week, overpronator, medium arches
    Overall
    7.0
    Comfort
    7.0
    Cushioning
    6.0
    Durability
    9.0
    Appearance
    6.0
    Value
    7.0

    One of the greatest strengths of this shoe is that I can wear these for any occasion. I have ran in these shoes on trails, sidewalks, and the track doing various workouts from speed intervals to long runs. When I run in them they feel snug around my foot and I never have to worry about them coming off. They are light and provide decent cushioning on many of these runs. They are however geared more towards easy daily mileage than the track workouts. They lack some bounce and energy return for it to do things such as a 400 meter track workout. In my experience they feel great on the longer runs from 4-10 mile runs. After around 350 miles you can slightly feel that the energy return is fading but I still use them even after 500 miles since the effects are minimal. Overall a solid shoe considering the price of $80-90.

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    The most versatile shoe you can find

    50 miles per week, neutral pronator, low arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    8.0
    Cushioning
    7.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    9.0

    This shoe has really taken me everywhere! Track, trail, gravel, grass, road, dirt; anywhere you can think of, it can handle the terrain! What’s important to know about the pegasus line is that Nike makes a big difference in the shoe every other year. The Pegasus 39 was redesigned much better than the mediocre Peg 38 and that was something that caught my eye at first. The reason that I didn’t buy the Peg 40 after having multiple pairs of the Peg 39 is that it was practically the exact same! The difference between small changes in the upper but really, that doesn’t make a difference. You could buy a Peg 39, and still can, for a huge discount for such a versatile and trustworthy trainer. Currently I am on my fourth pair of the shoe and I have nothing bad to say. This shoe can take on long hilly runs, stride runs, tempo runs, and workouts. The air zoom pods in the front embedded in the foam are what makes the feel of the truly unlike any other. All shoes have a special way they feel when turning over and for the peg, it’s the pods. Overall, it’s a lightweight shoe that is very durable and can bring you many miles of quality running.

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Another solid Pegasus

    31 miles per week, overpronator, low arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    8.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    9.0
    Value
    10.0

    Put simply, the Pegasus 39 is yet another solid edition. Sufficient cushioning for a good ride, but plenty of feel and control as well. Doesn’t have the bounce or the obvious return of the higher end Nike’s, but wouldn’t expect it for half the price. Holds up very nice (5 months at 50K a week). It’s just hard to beat Pegasus for an everyday running shoe at the price point, especially given the frequency they are on sell (well, less desirable color ways at least).

  • LRC Editor's Choice

    Stalwart Trainer in Most Iterations

    50 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    7.0
    Durability
    7.0
    Appearance
    6.0
    Value
    8.0

    The Nike Peg is a consistent, not at all flashy trainer. Not the prettiest, not the snappiest, but all-around solid. I've worn many iterations over the years because it's comfortable straight from the box and lasts 300+ miles depending on whether I'm alternating with another shoe. 

  • Reliable!

    15 miles per week, neutral pronator, low arches
    Overall
    10.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    8.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    10.0

    The most reliable nike shoe I've ever used. My runs are more on the recreational/personal fitness but I have had no foot, calf issues as my mileage builds

  • Old Reliable

    Neutral pronator, high arches
    Overall
    8.0
    Comfort
    8.0
    Cushioning
    6.0
    Durability
    9.0
    Appearance
    7.0
    Value
    10.0

    Some years are better than others, but the Pegasus consistently delivers as a reliable and durable daily trainer at an affordable price. 

  • Best All Around Shoe and Very Durable

    50 miles per week, overpronator, low arches
    Overall
    10.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    8.0

    My peg's have lasted me 500-700 miles so far (my friend's has lasted 1000). I've had half a dozen pairs and love these for easy and long runs. Seeing as they aren't too heavy they are also good for tempo's in my opinion and they come in good colorways. You can often find them for around $60 at factory outlets or on sale online.

  • Pegasus 39

    40 miles per week, neutral pronator, medium arches
    Overall
    10.0
    Comfort
    10.0
    Cushioning
    10.0
    Durability
    7.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    10.0

    My love affair with the iconic Nike Pegasus goes back to 1980`s. Currently i rotate between Peg 38 and Peg 39. Though the geometry and uppers are quite different ( midsole design specifically, as is the fit and lace up) they complment one another as dual training shoes. The 39 is probably a bit loser around the toe box, but not uncomfortably so. I did find the 39 a bit flater on ground contact. Cushioning and heel fit in both models were very comfortable.

  • Affordable and great for every type of run

    40 miles per week, underpronator, low arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    8.0
    Cushioning
    8.0
    Durability
    10.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    10.0
  • Reliable

    30 miles per week, overpronator, medium arches
    Overall
    9.0
    Comfort
    9.0
    Cushioning
    7.0
    Durability
    9.0
    Appearance
    10.0
    Value
    7.0

    i have never had any big problems with this shoe, the only thing is the laces were a little short for a runners loop. the stack is good for almost everything, from strides to long runs. i did intervals,strides,tempos long and easy runs in it and never really had any problems. the only other thing is it is not very good for competitive races.i raced a few XC 5ks in it and much preferred my spikes.