Nike Pegasus Trail 3 review

One minute review

The Pegasus Trail 3 is a straight out of the box product that will appeal to most runners. Whether you’re looking for something a little more rugged to go to work, a more cushioned ride to rack up long training miles or to get off the road, this is a great option that’s truly versatile for a multitude of people. uses cases.

This running shoe doesn’t complicate matters too much, which is refreshing – a fairly regular mesh upper strikes the right balance between breathability and support, the underside of the foot is really comfortable without being spongy, the foot sits comfortably in the heel and the good size box toe means you are not cramped.

The only downside is the wet grip; you would like to take another pair of shoes when it rains. Other than that, the Pegasus Trail 3 is first class.

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 price and release date

The Nike Pegasus Trail 3 was released in June 2021, priced at $ 130 / £ 114.95 / AU $ 190 – the same introductory price as the Pegasus Trail 2.


It’s always nice to wear a running shoe that looks great, and Nike’s latest trail running offering certainly ticks that box – it’s one of the best options available. We’ll dig deeper below, but the design ethics for these don’t seem to overcomplicate anything, which is quite refreshing.

The rod is a simple two-layer mesh. The exterior is a lightweight, slightly harder material with approximately 1mm perforations for good ventilation, and the interior is a softer, tighter fabric that helps wick sweat and keep the foot comfortable.

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 close-up of the tongue

The tongue of the shoe is free at the top and gusseted lower, which helps prevent debris from getting inside (Image credit: Fergus Scholes)

The top of the padded tongue is independent for the top few inches, which means you can open the shoe for easy on and off, and it is gusseted afterwards, with the inner lining aiding in the keep it in place and slightly reducing the risk of debris entering around the laces.

The lace eyelets go into a strip of rubbery-like material that runs down both sides. It sounds like a great, rugged solution that should withstand the rigors of almost countless lacing and unlacing.

There is a nice bumper, which is an extension of the rubber outsole that wraps around the front and then extends to the sides for added protection. And on the heel there is a tongue, which is really useful to put them on quickly. It looks pretty cool too.

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 heel and toe close-up

The toe has a sturdy bumper and the sole extends upward to the heel for rear protection (Image credit: Fergus Scholes)

The midsole features full-length Nike React foam (more on how that goes in the performance section below), and features cute stylistic contours and colorful spots, which add to the look. appearance of the shoe.

The shoe has a 9.5mm drop, with a 24.5mm heel height and a 15mm forefoot, so there’s a good amount of cushioning without being too much.

It weighs 321 g, so not the lightest. However, this is the perfect stadium for a pair of strong and very comfortable trail kicks, so we can’t complain too much.

There is no sign of Vibram, or any other specialist third-party input on the outsole, so it’s Nike’s own rubber compound they claim to be grippy, but testing has proven otherwise (more to come on this). The cleats are pretty decent, and as it seems to be the trend with many trail running shoes, they extend from the heel as well.


One problem with this shoe – and it’s one that seems to be inherent in Nike trail runners – is that it feels slippery underfoot when wet. Whether it’s on smoother urban surfaces, such as bricks or paving, or on trails over smoother stones or boulders, you might feel unstable. However, we tested it extensively in the dry and it performed just as expected on all surfaces. Decent studs provide great grip on gravel and loose terrain.

As far as the good – actually the really good – Nike’s React foam is pretty flawless. It offers an excellent level of cushioning while remaining responsive and by no means sloppy. This means that these trainers also lend themselves perfectly to use on the tarmac – longer runs for high mileage, or even a bit of low speed work.

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 upper and sole

Studs provide good traction on soft surfaces (Image credit: Fergus Scholes)

The foot is really comfortable; the toe box is big enough that it doesn’t restrict you, but not big enough to be sloppy. It is also perfect around the collar, without rubbing on the ankle.

From a protection point of view, there is a small bumper at the toe and the back of the heel, the protruding sole also serves as a rear bumper. This is probably not a shoe to tackle on volcanic lava type trails like Mount Teide in Tenerife – it would start to take a pounding pretty quickly – but for most trails including gravel, boulders and forests , Everything will be alright .

It is absolutely a shoe in which you can walk hundreds of miles smoothly. It’s well built and comfortable, with a great ride that should help avoid those recurring injuries as well as any shoe.

It’s definitely a shoe that you can use for general city use as well, which complements the Pegasus Trail 3 as a fantastic all-rounder.

Buy it if

You appreciate the comfort
The foam in the midsole offers plenty of cushioning, while remaining elastic and responsive.

You want a shoe that lasts
The construction of the Pegasus Trail 3 is excellent.

You will change terrain
The Pegasus Trail 3 is a versatile running shoe that performs well on and off the road.

Don’t buy it though

You intend to use it in the wet
While the crampons provide a lot of traction on soft surfaces, we found them a bit slippery when the rain fell.

You will hit some super gnarled trails
The bumpers offer great protection against the usual rocks and tree roots, but we wouldn’t recommend the Pegasus Trail 3 for something really extreme.

It would be your only pair of running shoes
You would need a second pair on standby when it rains.

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