Sunday, December 11, 2022

Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 GTX Multi Tester Review: Versatile, All Weather, All Terrain Shoe with Improved Traction & Superb Gore-Tex Invisible Fit Upper

Article by Dominique Winebaum, Jeremy Marie, Renee Krusemark, Jeff Valliere, Mike Postaski, Jacob Brady, and John Tribbia

Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 GTX ($160)


Jeremy: I’m starting to have a good view of Nike’s trail offering , after reviewing the Kiger 8, the Zegama, and now this Pegasus Trail 4 GTX. The Nike Trail range covers different kinds of applications, from w  racy/technical focus shoe with the Kiger, to the long haul beast for tamer trail the Zegama, and now their door-to-trail Pegasus trail 4 in its GTX version.

The standard Peg 4 Trail was well received in our multi-tester review, so I was eager to see how this GTX incarnation would hold up. 

The upper, apart from the obvious Gore-Tex Invisible Fit addition, is quite different from the original version: gone are the Flywire holding the laces, replaced by loops already seen on TK8 and Zegama, and a semi-gaiter ankle collar has been added to limit debris and water entrance.

Also most interesting is that the GTX has a new forefoot “mitten rubber” said by Nike to be tackier and softer than their standard, well known for its poor wet grip performance. 

RTR Editor Sam was at the Golden Trail Final on very wet and rocky Madeira Island reporting and tells me he asked eventual winner Nienke Brinkman about the grip of her Peg Trail 4 GTX which she wore for more than one stage. He tells me she responded every time just fine and that Nike was working on further improvements, confirmed at the recent The Running Event with Nike that the GTX rubber is indeed different, tackier and softer. While of course she is a top elite (also 2:22 marathoner and sponsored by Nike) her results speak for themselves!

This kind of “do-it-all” road/trail hybrid is perfect for my surroundings , and last year’s PUMA Voyager GTX has changed my perception of Gore-Tex uppers, not much for the protection from elements but for the heat it brings (I suffer from Raynaud’s syndrome), so I was really excited to put my feet on the Pegasus Trail 4 GTX.

Mike P:  After being a bit disappointed with recent Nike trail offerings, the recently tested Zemaga started to turn the tide for me. It’s a solid shoe - great for long miles on moderate terrain and in my opinion a big step up from recent Wildhorse and Terra Kiger models. 

Alas, the outsole rubber and traction issue still persisted with the Zegama- an issue that Nike is directly addressing with the new Pegasus Trail 4 GTX. The GTX version features what they call a new “mitten” rubber compound under the forefoot. It’s the first time I’ve heard of Nike directly addressing the most glaring issue with their trail shoes . Does the Pegasus Trail GTX version add enhanced grip and traction to build upon the well-reviewed non-GTX version???


GORE-TEX Invisible Fit upper provides waterproof protection without bulk and is more breathable than regular GTX Dominique/ Mike P/Jacob/John

Roomy yet “snuggable” and comfortable forefoot Mike P/Jacob

Warm yet breathable upper - perfect for autumn and winter weather Mike P

Gaiter style upper adds protection while being is extremely flexible and comfortable Dominique/ Mike P/Jacob/John

Attractive design with a sleek look along with great color choices Dominique/ Mike P/Jacob/John

React midsole is soft and comfortable and has good rebound Dominique/John

Comfy but not mushy at all, the React midsole packs a punch if desired Jeremy/Mike P

Hybrid trail shoe that can be run comfortably on the road John

Smooth, fluid ride with easy transitions Jeremy

“Mitten Rubber” in the forefoot is for real -great grip and traction and is stickier and softer than Nike’s regular rubber and does not get in the way on road.Dominique/ Mike P./Jacob

Great rubber compound, grips well on wet hard surfaces (finally!) and does get in the way on road stretches. Jeremy/ Mike P

The looks! Jeremy/ Mike P

Works equally great in the road as on easy trails Jeremy

Low weight considering Gore-Tex, protection and outsole coverage Jeremy/Mike P/Jacob

Jeff V: Comfort, fit, streamlined flexible light Gore upper, cushioning, light weight for GTX winter shoe, improved traction, versatile/road manners


Not for all trail terrains Dominique/ Jeremy

Usage limited to colder/milder temperatures otherwise your feet will get warm Jeremy/Mike P

Don’t let water in, it’ll never come back out on the run! Jeremy

For a GoreTex shoe, there is quite a bit of breathability John

Lack of reflective elements.Jeremy

High drop is noticeable, every mm of 9.5mm drop is apparent Jeremy/Mike P/John

Somewhat back-weighted, chunky under the heel (better for heel strikers?) Jeremy/ Mike P

Protection in the forefoot is lacking on road, sort of tiring to run—feels a bit flat Jacob

Toe protection (to stick or rock hits) is limited (which is fine if you keep to less rugged terrain) Jacob

Foothold is inadequate for technical terrain Jacob/John

Traction could still be improved, a more substantial gaiter (higher and Gore waterproof) would be nice Jeff V.


  Sample Weight: men’s: 10.3 oz  /  292g (10.5US),10.0 oz / 284g (US 9.5),11.6 oz  / 329 g (US 12)

                            women’s:  9.03 oz / 256 grams  US9, 8.19 oz / 232g US8

Stack Heights: 

men’s 32 mm heel / 23 mm forefoot (9.5 mm drop spec)

women’s  mm 32 heel (measured) / 24 mm forefoot (8.5mm drop spec) 

Available now. $160

First Impressions, Fit and Upper

Dominique: The Pegasus Trail 4 GTX is a trail running shoe with a hybrid platform that is primarily designed for the trails, yet, I have been surprised how good it is also on the road.  This “Nike Trail” model is very attractive looking, but more importantly, is quite cutting-edge in terms of the features and design elements that have been incorporated into this shoe .  I am very excited about this shoe and to run again in a Nike model , and a “Nike Trail” to boot!

I received mine in my regular size 9 and the fit is definitely snug though comfortable.  

As a result,  I might suggest to follow Nike’s recommendations to size up half a size for a roomier fit around the toes, especially when running down the trails.  The upper is positively a favorite of mine, especially for a GTX trail shoe!  Designed for wet conditions, the GTX upper has a gaiter around the collar providing added protection against water along with debris from penetrating into the shoe.  

This gaiter style upper is super snug around your ankles and a touch supportive.  By all means, this is not your basic GTX upper.  Made with GORE-TEX invisible Fit, a waterproof, windproof, and very breathable membrane, which is bonded directly to the outer upper, it has all the benefits of GTX protection but is lighter than the conventional bootie construction with superior comfort for your feet along with being more breathable.  

The upper is very flexible with an extremely comfortable feel, yet it is plenty protective and supportive.  

It is reinforced with 3-D printed overlays in the toe box with an abundance of overlays strategically placed along the upper for added support.  

A lightweight upper with seamless and sleek construction that contours your foot like a glove.  

The shoelace system is well designed with a slightly padded tongue that comes with a pull loop.  

Extra padding in the heel counter creates a snug fit.  It has a sophisticated look enhanced by an artful color combination with 4 color choices available.  I received my pair in Purple Smoke/Enamel Green/Ghost Green/Peach Cream, which is my favorite color combination though they are all wonderful choices. 


Jeremy: Despite Nike's recommendation to go half a size up, I stayed with my usual 10.5US and the fit is nice. Note that “my usual 10.5” fits a bit long, as it’s how I like my shoes. The fit is a tad snug, more so than the Zegama in the same size, but is not too tight by any means. I only wear light to mid weight socks, and thicker ones won’t work for me.  I would miss the room around the instep. That’s how “snug” it is. The good news is that with the Gore-Tex layer, chances are you won’t need heavy socks to keep your feet away from the cold. 

I had already tested a Gore-Tex Invisible fit upper shoe last winter, the Puma Voyager NItro GTX, and it made me change my mind about GTX uppers. The Invisible Fit is supple, breathable, and soft, and does not add too much weight to the shoe. 

The Pegasus Trail 4 GTX is even softer, and without the branding - and the added warmth - I’d have a hard time guessing the upper uses a GTX layer.

The upper is soft and comfortable thanks to some wisely placed padding. The tongue is a good example, being generously padded, but still soft and pliable. It has wide “wings” at the top that requires some care not to fold, but then it creates a continuity with the semi-gaiter going around the ankle, effectively keeping debris at bay.

This gaiter-like ankle collar is reminiscent of that found in the Zegama or Wildhorse NIke trail shoes, creating a snug yet soft fit and bringing a tad of support.

The heel area is thickly padded thus protecting from the rigid counter. It creates a very efficient hold but is still pillowy-like. 

The lacing system uses large loops with lots of movement latitude. Once again it looks like the lacing system of the other ‘22 Nike trail shoes, and works with an equal success here. The laces slide easily through them and this construction allows for a very customized fit. 

This is a major change from the Flywire used in the standard version shown in Jeff’s picture above, and it makes this a bit sturdier. Actually I am  not sure that Flywires are compatible with the GoreTex Invisible Fit membrane actually, as it needs to pass through the upper.

Volume in the midfoot is…adequate. Just like in the Zegama and the Terra Kiger 8, I figured out that I need to apply minimal tightness when lacing the Peg4, otherwise I’ll get some discomfort after ~10kms, when I need to stop and untie the laces. It’s just something I have to keep in mind, and the good news is that even with those loose laces, the foothold is correct. Remember that it’s a Door-to-trail shoe, not a technical mountain racer.

Upfront, the toe box is accommodating. It’s spacious, and apart from being comfortable for wide-feet people, it also enhances the warmth of the shoe: with more volume, the toes are not constricted, hence blood flow is not limited, and it allows for a larger volume of air…which is primordial for heat.

As a “road to trail” hybrid shoe, the Pegasus trail 4 has a very adequate fit: foot hold is good, not too tight, with some support thanks to 3D-printed overlays: it can then handle some trail with uneven terrain and still be secure, but it’s not too tight nor constricting for an efficient road use. Plus, you get the added bonus of protection from the elements and some more heat - perfect for the autumn-winter season. It achieves this nice compromise with a very soft and comfortable upper despite the additional GoreTex Invisible Fit upper.

Furthermore, the look of the shoes are, as usual with Nike, really beautiful. The white upper may not stay clean very long, but even with some mud thrown on it, the Pegasus Trail 4 just shines in this colorway. 

I’m just a bit disappointed by the lack of reflective elements. Save from the laces, I can’t see any reflective patch on the upper, not even a spot on the heel. For a dedicated “bad season” shoe, when the days are short, I think having reflective elements all around the shoe is a must.

Renee: The Pegasus Trail 4 non-GTX was a surprisingly fun shoe for me, especially as someone who doesn’t enjoy the road version of the Pegasus, or high-drop shoes in general. The GTX keeps all of the great features of the non-GTX and (obviously) provides the GORE-TEX upper and a different rubber material on the outsole. 

It’s still a road-to-trail shoe, and I think it runs slightly firmer underfoot as compared to the non-GTX. Most of my review miles were in snow and slush on single track trails and gravel roads. The GTX upper is flexible, comfortable, and secure. The non-GTX has a Flywire connecting to the laces, which I loved. While that’s missing on the GTX, the security is still great. I don’t normally wear gaiters, but the faux gaiter here is well implemented. The material of the gaiter is not waterproof, but it does prevent snow and small gravel from entering the shoe. The upper has some breathability, and it’s not entirely waterproof, which I find to be a good balance for snow running. Like the non-GTX version, the heel collar/counter sits higher than I would like for nimble running. However, it feels less annoyingly high as compared to the non-GTX version.

For sizing, I’m always between half sizes in Nikes. I suggest whatever size you normally wear in Nike shoes. I have a women’s 7.5 in the non-GTX Peg Trail 4 and opted for a size 8 in the GTX version. The sizing is the same, but the extra room helps with thicker wool socks in winter weather. 

Jeff V:  The Pegasus Trail 4 for me has been the most comfortable pair of shoes I have ever put on my feet and while not necessarily ideally suited for the technical trails that I prefer, I love wearing them for less technical runs, road runs, door to trail, casual use, etc…  If I had a fresh/clean pair, I would likely use them as house slippers, they are that comfy.  When I learned of the GTX version, I was hopeful to get a pair so that I could extend the use of them through winter.  Additionally the addition of an improved more sticky rubber outsole was very appealing as well.  

Out of the box I am very impressed with the look of the shoe, a bit loud in the white colorway with bright orange and yellow accents, but simultaneously sleek, modern and stylish in design/appearance.  

I am impressed at how light they feel for a Gore winter shoe and the supple flexibility of the invisible fit Gore Tex liner is the best I have seen, as it is so soft, supple and well put together.  If not for the Gore logo (and eventual realization that they are warm and waterproof), you would hardly know the difference in a blind side by side touch/feel test.  In fact, when I first ran in them, I approached snow and slush with a bit of trepidation, as the upper just feels so “normal”that it seemed unlikely that they would keep my feet dry! 

But, as intended, the Peg Trail 4 GTX delivers, providing surprisingly great waterproof protection and reasonable warmth.  They are not my warmest winter shoes as I have hi topped Sportiva and Scarapa, but warm enough to keep the cold and draft out in temps in the 20’s F or so.  Even on warmer days however and even a recent day spent wearing them for a visit to the office in Salt Lake City, they were not overly warm or clammy.

The fit for me is true to size and consistent with the non GTX version, with excellent heel and midfoot hold, adequate wiggle room and comfort in the forefoot while still providing enough security for most trail use that I have done.  

The only limitation in security I have found, being faster speeds on technical descents, though even then, while not ideally secure, they are manageable enough to get through shorter stretches of tech if you are attentive.  Any movement inside the shoe is minimal and predictable, something I can work with.

Sometimes with winter shoes that have a Gore wrap or another waterproof/resistant upper, I will size up a half size because sometimes that wrap can have a snugging effect on the upper.  In winter I am always running with a midweight wool sock, so it is prudent to allow for extra room for comfort and also, I do not want cramped toes going cold.  With the Peg Trail 4 GTX, I am fine in my usual size 10, but if you are borderline on the upper end of sizing and/or wear thicker socks than a mid weight, going up a half size might be prudent.

I will say that at first, I was not certain that comfort was up to par with the non Gore version, but after a few runs, they broke in a bit and wearing them side by side as I type, can confirm that they are equal in comfort. While I found security of the non GTX version to be good, the GTX with Gore wrap tightens it all up a bit and is even more secure.

Mike P: Immediately noticeable is the Invisible Fit variety of the GORE-TEX upper. As Dominique describes above, the upper is bonded with membrane and outer mesh a single layer, so no silvery inner floatingGTX bootie liner. It’s all one single layer, which must give quite a good amount of weight savings as my test pair in US 9.5 is a quite light 10.0 ounces. That’s very good for a GTX shoe. Most other GTX shoes I’ve run in have been around 11 ounces and usually even heavier.

Also noticeable is the volume of the upper material - especially at the toebox. Even visually the toebox looks pretty wide and accommodating.

When lacing them up and snugging down the laces, I find the GTX upper snugs down really well around the good for a solid lockdown. There’s a bit of puckering of the material for me at the front, but it’s no issue at all. In fact, I can adjust lace tension to get just the right fit and feel. The upper should be quite accommodating for most foot shapes. 

Moving towards the rear of the shoe - the throat of the shoe (at the upper eyelets) is very wide. When I slip my foot in the shoe, I have to tuck the tongue down on both sides under the upper eyelets. I was a bit concerned about the upper lace crossing having to wrap so far around the front of the ankle (potential lace bite). But the tongue is very well padded, and plenty high enough, so it is surprisingly a non-issue.

Fit-wise, they are true to size, I’m perfect in my regular US 9.5 as opposed to my larger 10.0 ultra race sizing. I find them more specious, especially up front, in comparison to the Zegama. 

Jacob: The Pegasus Trail 4 GTX was off to a good start from the moment I saw the custom Nike box on my front step; the box text that stated all carbon emissions from the shipment were offset. The inner box and tissue paper around the shoes was undyed which I always like to see. There was no indication of recycled content on the box, however, but things are still going in the right direction for sustainability. 

Out of the box, the shoe looks and feels great. I tend to like Nike’s sort of bright, often light colored trail colorways and the Pegasus Trail 4 GTX fits in with the expected style, having a light lavender upper, some subtle mint sections, and a brighter yellow and red-orange midsole. 

The Pegasus Trail 4 GTX feels lightweight for being Gore -Tex waterproof—at 329 g / 11.6 oz in my US 12, it is the lightest Gore-Tex shoe that I have tested and I often forgot it was waterproof while on the run. 

As for fit, it is comfortable, soft, and accommodating. I was surprised how roomy the toe box is—certainly the widest of any Nike road or trail shoe I have tested. 

The materials are all comfortable, it is easy to lace up, and it feels somewhat like a road trainer around the foot. With the spacious fit, I can wear thick socks and thus now have a great winter or shoulder season option. This is great as with traditional inner bootie Gore-Tex shoes, the volume is decreased and I have a hard time fitting a wool sock for winter. Even with the relaxed fit, I have no foot movement within the shoe on smoother terrain, however, on technical trails, foothold does suffer and I have an undesirable amount of movement of my forefoot within the shoe, decreasing confidence. I did one mountain run (in the Green Mountains of Vermont) and would not choose the Pegasus Trail 4 GTX again for mountainous terrain. Even after stopping to re-lace much tighter, it was still sketchily loose in the forefoot for my preferences, especially when running fast downhill.

John: My immediate impression of the Nike Pegasus Trail 4 GTX out of the box is that the shoe looks sleek and it feels comfortable. I walked around the house in them, initially, and noticed that the shoe was soft and form fitting, though there is quite a bit of roominess in the forefoot for my slightly narrow foot. Needless to say, the upper on this shoe fits great for the most part and the lockdown is solid. I like that the laces don’t put pressure on the crease of my front foot, despite it being a thinner layer that could produce “lace bite”. My heel locks down well despite the room in the toe box and my toes definitely don’t feel cramped given the ample room to splay. 

As others have pointed out, I noticed the lack of security on off-camber and up/down trail sections. The Gore Tex upper is a nice feature and, as Jacob mentions, the shoe feels lightweight for a waterproof shoe. I did take them on a cold wintry run and noticed that the upper was more breathable than other GTX shoes, making it a less ideal choice for the really cold days (i.e. below 20*F). Although my feet were cold, the upper does repel water, but I wouldn’t recommend submerging your foot too deep since the tongue attaches to the shoe halfway up and would let water inside. 


Dominique: The midsole is made with Nike React foam which is an EVA Olefin copolymer block blend. It is a lightweight midsole with good energy return that feels good underfoot without being super plush.  The women’s version has an 8.5 mm drop with an approximate stack height of 32 mm at the heel and 24 mm at the forefoot.  The drop is within my preferred range at 8.5 mm.  

The midsole is very protective and comfortable with just the right amount of firmness and rebound for both road and trail.


Jeremy: Entirely made of React foam (no air units), the midsole hits a nice spot between being comfortably soft and engagingly reactive. It’s not a soft mushy midsole, and clearly leans more towards a dynamic behavior. This allows for a secure ride on trail, as the midsole does not compress too much and gives some feedback, as well as a very lively ride on the roads. It’s quite stable thanks to its durometer.

The midsole is flexible thanks to a controlled stack of 32mm at the heel and the outsole design. It’s not a super cushioned shoe, especially by today’s standards, but can easily handle runs of around 3-4 hours, especially in a “door to trail” context. For long road stretches of asphalt that occur at the end of a long run, the forefoot might feel a bit too thin though.

Renee: Everyone else wrote the details. I agree with Jeremy about the midsole cushion being enough for mid distances, especially on single track when the landing is not as hard or as consistent as on pavement. The forefoot does feel a bit too thin for me to take for a long run on the road. In comparison to the non-GTX Peg Trail 4, the forefoot feel is slightly less cushioned/soft. If the midsole components are the same (which they probably are), the difference might be because of the changes to the outsole under the forefoot. On single track, the midsole feels very similar to the non-GTX version, but I could feel the difference under the forefoot during an A/B test run with one of each version. Without a plate and because of the low stack under the forefoot, any rocks or large gravel can be felt. As a road-to-trail option, that’s not a big deal. 

Jeff V:  The React midsole foam for me has been a complete joy, with a very soft, compliant and supple feel, light, responsive, yet with enough firmness to not feel mushy or unstable.  I find this foam ideal for running at any pace , up to tempo on roads, on smooth trails, on dirt roads and on somewhat moderately technical trails.  When dipping into more technical terrain, I would want more firmness and protection underfoot if I were pushing hard, but for less intense running or hiking, the performance is excellent.

Mike P: The React foam feels right for the Pegasus Trail. It’s not too soft and not too firm, which makes the shoe feel quite stable. The much thicker slab of foam under the heel is very noticeable, and makes the high-ish drop feel every bit of 9.5 mm. That probably would be my only gripe about the shoe - I typically don’t prefer such a high drop in a trail shoe. Some shoes advertise similarly high drops, but don’t feel like it on the run.  (ex- Adidas Speed Ultra - 8mm, Scott Supertrac - 8mm).The Pegasus Trail definitely gives the feel of being on a forward tilt. But as I previously mentioned, even with the high drop, I still find the shoe quite stable. I believe the broad toebox, good ground feel under the forefoot , and new outsole (read on) helps with that.

Another point to mention is the underfoot feel is quite “full”, especially under the arch. What I mean by this is that the shoe is contoured underfoot and for me, fills up all the space under my arch. It’s less of a sensation of a distinct high arch point, but more of a broader, volume thing. If you need some arch support this may be great, but if you have flatter arches it may be bothersome. It doesn’t cause me any issue, but is something to consider.

Jacob: The Pegasus Trail 4 GTX uses Nike React midsole which is relatively soft, lightly springy, flexible, and cushioned. It feels softer and more flexible than in some Nike road shoes I have run, such as the Tempo NEXT%, Zoom Fly, and Epic React. It has good energy return but not in the bouncy sense—it is quick to respond at faster paces as well as far from mushy. The platform feels broad and stable even with the relatively high flexibility. The cushion feels mid-range and in the forefoot protection and smoothness is a bit lacking for me on road, but ample on trail. 

Unlike Mike, I wasn’t struck by the high-ish drop. I run shoes with a variety of drops—in some models it is noticeable, others I don’t think about it. The Pegasus Trail 4 GTX is a shoe where I don’t think about the drop.

John: The React midsole is soft, springy, cushy, but definitely not mushy. There’s some firmness to it that makes the shoe feel responsive. Like Jacob mentions, there’s good energy return but you won’t blaze a fast 10K in it. The energy return is felt when taking to hilly terrain. Mike mentions the high drop drop feeling. I noticed it too and I’m a big fan of it for uphill running. It takes the strain off my calves.


  • Softer tackier Mitten Rubber upfront

  • Usual Nike rubber at the rear

Dominique: The outsole has a new type of forefoot rubber in the forefoot called  “mitten rubber” which is tackier and softer to provide better grip on wet surfaces than the usual Nike rubber which remains at the heel.  I will admit that I have mostly run packed dirt and gentle trails in them.  

As Jeremy pointed, they are not designed for muddy terrain, unlike the Speedcross 6, which I have been testing in parallel to the Pegasus Trail 4 GTX.  Likewise, taking them on snowy packed trails would be pushing the envelope.  For sure, I get great satisfaction transitioning from trail to road without having to worry and/or think about the grip or the outsole feel on various surfaces.

Jeremy: The outsole of Nike’s trail shoes…I cannot be happier to write that finally that the outsole of the Peg 4 Trail GTX is good! The new mitten rubber used in the Peg Trail GTX is effective on wet pavement like hard ground and rocks, wet asphalt, and does not come in the way during road running. It’s soft but does not “stick” to the road, and yet it looks to be quite durable as I can’t see any wear after 70 km of testing with ⅔ road and ⅓ trails.

If I compare this rubber to the Zegama or the Terra Kiger 8, both of which share the same compound as far as I know, the difference is night and day. I can take turns at speed on wet asphalt without any second thoughts, or put a step on a round humid rock without risking breaking my back. 

The grip is SECURE. And this is the best news this shoe can hopefully...bring for Nike’s trail line in the coming months.

The lugs are typically “hybrid lugs'', with a do-it-all pattern and measuring around 3-4 mm in height. Of course, muddy terrain will not be their strong point, but it’s not what the shoe is designed for. I find them to work wel on my “field trails”, even with very light mud. Soil does not stick too much in the lugs, so the shoe keeps a consistent traction.

Renee: The outsole is the real story here. In comparison to the non-GTX version, the pattern and treads look exactly the same. And to the touch, the rubber feels exactly the same. Honestly, this might be a “Princess and the Pea” situation, and I’m not a princess. I can’t tell much of a difference in the rubber component between the GTX and non-GTX outsoles. I did not experience any slipping when running on slush, snow, mild mud, or wet leaves, so that’s a plus! 

In an A/B test with the non-GTX on one foot and the GTX on the other, I thought they both felt felt slippery on a trail of packed leaves during light rain, although temps were near freezing and that rain quickly turned icy. While I do think the outsole is upgraded (which is why the forefoot ride feels different as compared to the non-GTX version), the outsole is not as great as some more technical, wet-rock running specific outsoles (Vibram, Inov-8’s Graphene Grip). 

All that said, this is a road-to-trail shoe and because it runs so great on trail, I think the outsole is less appreciated than it should be. 

Jeff V:  I am reluctant to declare here that Nike has figured out their rubber compound for trail shoes, but do concede that the new rubber on the GTX version is a marked improvement over the non GTX version’s rubber.  The lug shape/depth/configuration is identical, so traction on dry ground, dirt, snow, loose terrain is about the same as the non Gore version, which for me has been good considering the door to trail/light trail intent of this shoe.  In wet conditions and particularly on wet rock, slab, hard surfaces, I find the new rubber to be a little bit better, but is not is the same class as outsoles made by La Sportiva, VJ or Scarpa to name a few of my most trusted brands for confidence inspiring outsole grip.  When the footing is wet and iffy, I find myself instinctively treading more cautiously than I would with some of the aforementioned brands.  That said, I find traction to be perfectly acceptable for the overall intent of this shoe.

Mike P: The moment everyone has been waiting for.. YES Nike has a new trail rubber compound and YES it works! I won’t rehash old complaints here, but the point is - their new “Mitten” rubber is the best outsole compound of any Nike trail shoe I’ve run in. I’ve been able to test grip and traction in all manner of wet, slushy, snowy, and even icy conditions with our early winter weather here in Idaho. I know the rubber works well as I find myself running with full confidence through some pretty gnarly mixed wintery terrain. 

It’s not just the rubber itself that is the star of the show - the lugs and their arrangement is very effective as well. In the past it has seemed like Nike has designed their trail outsoles based on aesthetics rather than functionality. Not so with the Pegasus Trail. The main section under the medial ball of the foot features a web-like array of lugs, interconnected by thin spans of rubber. With the new, softer, more flexible rubber, it feels like this web of lugs really contorts and conforms to terrain, giving a slight grabbing sensation.

On the lateral side of the forefoot, there are horizontally arranged sets of lugs which flex and grab well on initial ground contact. Similar segmented sections in the rear give solid downhill grip. Nike has done well here to segment the sections, which gives the shoe a bit more flex, which in turn helps with grip and traction. To re-emphasize - Nike’s best trail outsole to date. 

[Outsole at 47 miles / 75k]

Durability is always something of a concern once you go with a softer rubber compound. I’ve got 47 miles so far in my test pair, with little/no noticeable wear. I’d say about ⅔’s of that running has been in snowy terrain though - not the dry stuff that tends to grind down outsoles. But I’ve also done a bit of running on the roads to and from the trails, as well as that 30:00 fast run, so I’d say overall durability has not been a concern so far.

Jacob: As with Mike, I was impressed by Nike’s new rubber compound used on the Pegasus Trail 4 GTX. It has great traction on all terrain including when wet or snowy. It’s also notably soft and leads to a comfortable feel on road. Despite the softness and tacky grip, the rubber is proving durable so far. I took it to the mountains as well as over a dozen miles on pavement and am seeing very minimal wear. 

The outsole nicely adds stability to the flexible midsole through extensive coverage, thicker “bar”-shaped pieces (which can’t flex as much), and a wrap up around the midsole at points. I also like how the rubber rises to surround the upper at the front of the shoe to protect the big toes.

In an effort to push the outsole to the limit, I had one notable slip on wet rock (granite) where the forefoot slid out unexpectedly in a scenario that I am confident VJ Shoe’s butyl rubber outsole would not have lost traction. 

Thus, though great, Nike’s mitten rubber does not best VJ in wet traction (as expected, but worth a try), though it runs much smoother on road and less technical terrain, so the trade-off is worth it. For another comparison, I don’t think it is as good as Vibram MegaGrip in wet conditions either, though the loose forefoot may contribute to generally having less of a locked-in experience.

John: Mike P tells it like it is – The new rubber works. It’s sticky and grippy for a rolling terrain type of trail shoe. I took the shoes on the road, hard packed gravel, some technical terrain, snow, mud, and ice. It performed really well on the mellower terrain, but lacked precision and grip on dry rock in cold conditions. It is still nice rubber and handles well on wet trail and off trail grassy sections.


Dominique: I am really enjoying the ride especially as I can effortlessly transition from running road to trail, or just packed dirt. Trails with packed dirt and covered in leaves in Stratham, along scenic route 1A in Rye, NH, and the Lady Bird Lake Trail along the Colorado river in downtown Austin, TX, are a few places I have taken my Pegasus Trail 4 GTX for a run.  Ready for more terrain diversity! 

Jeremy: The ride is soft, energetic, and stays consistent between road and trails. The React midsole hits a sweet spot between comfort and energy return. It’s not harsh at all, but us maybe a bit thin at the end of longer runs with lots of road. I find the Pegasus Trail 4 much more cushioned and friendly than the Kiger 8, where I found the Zoom Air Pods at the front not really pleasant. I also find the Pegasus flows more easily than the Kiger.

I’ve done an exclusively road run with it, and they worked really well for this. Never had I regretted this choice: it’s an easy shoe to run in, no matter the terrain. The drop is on the higher end of my preferences, but I don’t find this to be an issue at all. It’s not really noticeable on the trails, and the flex of the shoe minimizes the feeling of higher drop.

Renee: I don’t like high drop trail shoes, but the Peg Trail 4 GTX (and non GTX) is surprisingly nimble and fun on single track. The midsole is soft (at short distances) and secure. Again, I agree with Jeremy: The forefoot is not super cushioned for long runs on roads, but it’s still good for hours on single track or routes with some inclines/declines when a hard, fast forefoot landing is mellowed. The Peg Trail 4 does feel more cushioned than the Kiger under the forefoot, mostly because it lacks the plate (which can be felt under the forefoot in the Kiger). Likewise, the high drop is not uncomfortable on single track, and it’s actually pretty fun because of the flex at the forefoot. 

Jeff V:  I agree with Jeremy 100%.  I have run the Pegasus 4 Trail GTX on a variety of terrain/conditions, from my usual steep, rocky technical trails, steep snowy trails, buttery smooth dry singletrack, snowy city paths, dry cement paths, roads, etc.. and the ride is excellent all the way around.  The Pegasus Trail 4 GTX is very well cushioned, adequately supportive, comfortable, compliant, flexible, responsible, consistent and predictable.  While not intended for rough trails, I find them protective and secure enough to handle technical terrain in small doses relatively well.

Mike P: I find the ride to be quite versatile. Being so supportive underfoot, they feel great just cruising around, especially in softer, muckier conditions. The grip and traction also works well in dry conditions, and there’s not much weight penalty either the GTX upper since the weight remains relatively low, 10 oz in my US9.5. As I mentioned earlier, a high-ish drop in a trail shoe is just not my cup of tea, but I’m sure it’s a nice and smooth ride for those that prefer a higher drop, and especially heel strikers.

Typically a high drop trail shoe becomes noticeable for me in technical terrain, and that’s somewhat true with the Pegasus Trail. At times I notice a bit of instability in uneven terrain, but on the other hand - with the nice and broad forefoot, and solid upper lockdown, I find them manageable in smaller doses of technical terrain (as Jeff V also finds). How much technical terrain they can handle is likely a matter of personal preference with these. 

I do find them quite responsive and quick as well. I’ve been concurrently testing the Next Gen Stryd pod, so I took them for a 30:00 threshold run at 6:08/mi pace on rolling trails in mixed snow and some ice. While a bit lighter shoe would have been better for running that fast on trail , the Pegasus Trail held its own, and really demonstrated the responsiveness of the React foam.

Jacob: The Pegasus Trail 4 GTX ride is versatile, feeling fun and peppy at fast paces and casual and comfortable at slow paces. It is mid-range in cushion, protection, energy return, and stability which allows it to handle a variety of uses. It excels in flexibility and with the light springy feel and soft outsole reminds me of the New Balance Rebel v2 when running on smoother terrain such as dirt roads. 

I did a wide variety of test runs from slow road/city trail commute runs , mountainous runs, to hard efforts on hilly dirt roads. The major weakness I found was inadequate forefoot hold on technical terrain which was problematic while descending in the mountains. Even on my local flat but rocky and root-dense singletrack, it is not ideal and I prefer a snugger and more secure forefoot (e.g. with the midsole wrapping up to hug the foot more, such as the Hoka Speedgoat). 

At fast paces on smooth terrain, it ran very well, especially given the moderately high weight (though light for a waterproof trail shoe). I felt like I was favoring a forefoot strike, which is interesting given the moderate drop.

At slow paces, it is nicely comfortable and smooth on trail, though feels a bit flat and doesn’t have a smooth transition or roll when running easy on road. Though the Pegasus Trail line has been focused on road/trail hybrid, the Pegasus Trail 4 GTX feels more like a trail shoe that is decent on road rather than a dedicated hybrid.

John: If you are a heel or midfoot striker or someone who likes to run uphill, this shoe seems well designed for you. A midfoot runner will find the Pegasus Trail 4 GTX to be responsive and springy; it does not lose much energy on the return. I specifically found this to be a smooth riding shoe for rolling terrain with less technical conditions where you exploit the energy return on flat and slightl up or downhills. As Jacob mentions, technical terrain can be problematic due to the lack of security in the forefoot but that said as a limitation the shoe is a great option for crossover running from trail to road.

Conclusions and Recommendations

Dominique: Running shoes with a hybrid platform are definitely a growing trend in the running industry.  I consider the Pegasus Trail 4 GTX just as good on the trails as it is on the road.  The gaiter is an added bonus for a trail shoe along with the smooth feel and weather protection of the GORE-TEX Invisible Fit, which is also more breathable than regular GTX.  

Very sleek and attractive, the fit is extremely comfortable, yet on the snug side, which might warrant sizing up half a size. The new “mitten rubber” is definitely a big improvement in the make-up of the outsole helping create better traction and a softer landing but may be at the expense of some durability.  I am planning to keep on running in my Pegasus Trail 4 GTX so will find out more on how well they hold up.  They are quite reasonably  priced at $160 for a trail shoe loaded with many technical and design features.  A definite favorite of mine! 

Dominique’s Score: 9.5


Jeremy: Definitely a surprise. I did not expect to appreciate this shoe as much as I did.

The GoreTex Invisible Fit upper is almost…invisible (!) as it does not stiffen the mesh or the feeling of the shoe. The upper keeps my feet warm, and perfectly compliments the feeling of the midsole: smooth, energetic, cushioned.

The best part is that this nice upper and energetic midsole sits on top of a finally really good outsole rubber. It  grips well on wet hard surfaces, it’s hardly felt on the road and really disappears, while the lug pattern holds its own on dry to moderately humid or muddy grounds.

The weight, price and apparent durability makes it one of my top choices this year!

Jeremy’s Score: 9.4

(Ride: 9.5, Fit: 9, Value 9.5, Style: 9.5, Traction: 9.5, Rock protection 8)


Jeff V:  The Pegasus Trail 4 GTX is an amazingly versatile door to trail shoe, or a road shoe for bad conditions, or a moderate difficulty trail shoe for those inclement or just colder days where you want that extra protection of a Gore upper, without the penalty of added weight, bulk, or fit/comfort issues.  The Gore Invisible Fit membrane is truly one of the most minimal, flexible, least noticeable waterproof uppers I have experienced and I marvel at its soft, supple flexibility and comfort.  

With such incredible comfort, great performance, weather protection and versatility, this is one of my favorite shoes of the year. I highly recommend it!

Jeff V’s Score:  9.8/10 

Ride: 10, Fit: 10, Value: 10, Style: 10, Traction 9.5, Rock Protection: 9


Renee: The Peg Trail 4 GTX is just as fun to run with as the non-GTX version (please read our review!), as a road-to-trail option and on single track

The GTX upper is great for snow and slush on single track and gravel and provides some breathability. The upper is also flexible and truly “invisible” compared to other GTX uppers. 

I’d prefer a more cushioned forefoot for road running, and the high drop is felt a bit more than I prefer. 

I still wouldn’t choose it for a wet rocky trail, but the outsole works well for wet running in snow and slush. As a winter running shoe, it’s a good option for mixed terrain, which adds to the cost efficiency and its value. Also, it’s pretty. I score it the same as the non GTX Peg Trail 4, but the upper works great for winter running and the outsole seems to have some slight improvements, so an extra “smile” is in order!

Renee’s Score: 9.3/10 (-.20 forefoot/stack height not always great for distances, -.20 lateral outsole patterns trail pebbles/mud,.-30 high sitting heel collar/counter)


Mike P: The Pegasus Trail 4 GTX is the best Nike trail shoe I’ve run in a long time. I can’t help but feel that Nike is turning a corner with the Zegama and both of the latest Peg Trail 4’s. 

The GTX version is also the best running GTX shoe I’ve had and it is easily a go-to for fall/winter/cold weather conditions. I’m very happy to see that Nike is taking their  outsole gripissues seriously now, and hopefully they can integrate this compound or refined versions in their future trail offerings. 

The only downside to this shoe, for me personally, is the high drop and chunky feel under the heel. I can’t help but imagine that if they just shaved down the heel a bit, and pegged it around 4-5 mm - that would be a dynamite next gen (back to its roots) Terra Kiger!

Mike P’s Score:  9.0 / 10

Ride: 9 - Versatile for easy miles , or they can pick up the pace

Fit: 9 - Great toebox, solid foothold

Value: 9 - These can be a go-to for fall/winter months

Style: 10 - Very dynamic looking design

Traction: 9 - Excellent, much improved, still a cut below top performers

Rock Protection: 8.5 - Good overall, but high drop concentrates impact at the forefoot

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Jacob: The Pegasus Trail 4 GTX is a solid option for a variety of run types and terrain. It has a grippy outsole, waterproof construction, and relatively speaking (for waterproof trail shoes) light weight. The ride is fairly fun and flexible; the fit is comfortable and accommodating. This leads to a versatile shoe for shoulder season or winter running of any pace on mixed terrain. It is best on smoother to moderate terrain as I don’t find foothold (especially in the forefoot) to be adequate for technical terrain. 

I think most runners in colder areas of the world who do at least some trail would appreciate the Pegasus Trail 4 GTX for providing a versatile run experience while staying warm, dry, and comfortable. Living in Maine, USA, I expect to get a lot of use out of the shoe over the years, especially in the fall and spring.

Jacob’s Score:  9.2/10 

Ride: 9 (30%), Fit: 9 (30%), Value: 10 (10%), Style: 10 (5%), Traction: 9.5 (15%), Rock Protection: 9 (10%)


John: Nike’s Pegasus Trail 4 GTX is an incredibly comfortable and do-it-all shoe for road to rolling trails. The outsole is grippy and sticky, it has a comfortable upper that is stylish and waterproof, and has a smooth ride. The fit of the upper is more roomy up front, providing comfort as a walking shoe, light hiking, road running, and especially moderate terrain trail running. 

John’s Score:  8.7/10

Ride:9.5 (great shoe for variety of paces on the smooth trails and road)

Fit: 8 (a little sloppy for a slightly narrow foot)

Value: 8 

Style:10 (I love the white and bright colors)

Traction: 9 (recent Nike upgrade that performs well on a variety of surfaces)

Rock Protection:8.5

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6 Comparisons

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Nike React Pegasus Trail 4, non GTX (RTR Review)

Renee: I have compared throughout the review. Overall, they run the same. The forefoot feels slightly less soft/cushioned in the GTX version, maybe because of the changes in the forefoot outsole material?  The GTX upper is secure and comfortable while being flexible. Basically, the GTX is the winter running version of the non-GTX. Sizing is the same. If you need a GTX upper (I like it for snow), go with the GTX. Otherwise, the non-GTX is expensive. Honestly, I’m not noticing a huge wet-grip difference between the outsoles, but a slight improvement might be enough to not fall on wet rock. If you really need wet terrain trail shoes, don’t buy either. 

Jeff V:  Agreed with Renee on all points, but I am not really catching the difference in forefoot cushion.  The GTX’s  traction is an improvement over the non Gore version, though neither have impressive grip/traction relative to some of the other winter shoes I have tested, but again, given the less technical intent of this shoe, will likely be sufficient for most wet/snowy road runs, door to trail and easy trails.  Of course if really icy, I would suggest adding traction, such as Kahtoola EXOspikes, which I found  fit comfortably onto the Peg Trail 4 GTX.

Nike Terra Kiger 8 (RTR Review)

Mike P (9.5): The recent versions of the TK have morphed into an ultra distance cruiser. I’m not sure where the next version of the TK will go, considering they now have the updated Pegasus Trail and Zegama in the trail lineup. The TK is much softer underfoot, and I find the upper to me much less secure than the Peg Trail’s here. It also uses Nike’s standard rubber, so not good in wet terrain, and I also I found the lug arrangement to be ineffective. The Pegasus Trail is overall a much better shoe. As mentioned in my conclusion, I hope they strip the TK down and bring it back to its roots as a speedster.

Nike ZoomX Zegama Trail (RTR Review)

Mike P (9.5): First off, big difference upfront - The Zegama toebox is much shallower, and there’s not much wiggle room to reduce that pressure if it bothers you. The Peg Trail has more space, but once you cinch it down, you can get equal security to the Zegama. 

Zegama’s ZoomX is softer underfoot, and there’s also much more foam stack. I found it to feel a bit tall, so for me restricted to moderate terrain and longer distances. I’m more comfortable running the closer to the ground Peg Trail in moderate + up to some technical terrain. 

Both have very good traction in dry terrain, but the Peg Trail’s new compound really works much better in the wet. Both shoes feel a bit back-weighted for me, good for heel strikers. The Zegama has much more cushion under the forefoot with the Peg Trail’s higher drop is noticeable in comparison.

Puma Voyage Nitro GTX (RTR Review

Renee: The Voyager Nitro GTX is not much of a running shoe. It’s heavy and is fine for hiking. The upper runs hot. The outsole rubber and tread pattern work better for me on trail, but that’s not enough to be a better trail shoe compared to the Peg Trail 4. Sizing is similar, although the Peg Trail 4 has a roomier toebox. 

Jeremy: It took me some time to appreciate the Voyager GTX, as it leans more towards a fine hiking shoe than running one. Nevertheless, as time went by, I found it adequate for really easy runs on those sub-zero centigrade days where I really don’t care much about performance. It is not even remotely close to the Peg4 Trail GTX in terms of versatility, energetic smooth ride and overall comfort-due to the tighter toebox. 

Mike P (9.5): This shoe didn’t work for me at all. The toebox was extremely tight and especially pointy - essentially the opposite of the Peg Trail GTX’s. The Puma GTX upper was also seemingly thicker and heavier, and the shoe overall noticeably heavier. The Nitro foam was interesting, but ultimately held back by the heavy upper, and over-done outsole. The Nike is clearly a better shoe.

Jacob: The Voyage Nitro GTX is much heavier, stiffer, and feels closer to  a boot. The toebox is also much narrower and it has a clunkier ride. However, I like it for walking and it is more stable as well as more locked-in for mountainous terrain. The Pegasus Trail 4 GTX is lighter, more flexible, springier, more fun to run, softer and more comfortable, and more versatile. Both have great traction. The Pegasus Trail 4 GTX isn’t as secure in technical terrain and isn’t as solid for hiking, which is the only area I would choose the Voyage Nitro over the Nike. For most running purposes, especially smoother terrain, the Pegasus Trail 4 GTX is definitely my pick .

Puma Fast-Trac NITRO (RTR Review)

Renee: The Nitro Fast Trac has a ripstop upper that appears to have some weather resistance, but it’s not GTX or waterproof. The shoe is a budget buy at $110 . Overall, the Peg Trail 4 runs better in all conditions. The Puma outsole is good, but the lugs are small, which affects the traction and grip on all surfaces. Sizing is similar, but the toebox in the Peg Trail 4 has more room. 

Jeff V:  Agreed again with Renee.  The Puma is a very good value and I would recommend this shoe, especially if you are on a budget, but the Nike blows it  away in terms of comfort, performance, versatility and streamlined protective upper with little to no weight penalty.

Jeremy: I can only get in line with Renee and Jeff: the PUMA is a fine shoe per se, and especially at $110 it offers tremendous value. But the Peg 4 is comfier, livelier, more cushioned and runs better on every surface. The PUMA gets points for reflectivity. 

Mike P (9.5): I have yet to test this shoe but I did receive a test pair in size US 9.5. I will just mention that the size US 9.5 is unrunnable for me due to the extreme tightness in the toebox - even more so than the Voyage Nitro GTX. The Peg Trail 4 in 9.5 is much roomier, and accurate sizing wise, especially in the toebox.

Salomon Sense Ride 4 GTX

Mike P (10.0): The Salomon also has a shallower toebox, similar in feel there to the Zegama. I use it more as a rain/hiking shoe, so I sized up to a 10 for better comfort (9.5 here with the Peg Trail 4 GTX). The Salomon has a firmer and stiffer ride, and a touch more protection from its Profilm flexible rock plate. The Salomon also uses a regular bootie style GTX liner leading to separte upper layers as opposed to Nike’s integrated single layer upper. I prefer the fit of the Nike, as I can get a better lockdown. That said I prefer the more balanced ride of the Salomon, with its less chunky heel and less noticeable drop. 

Saucony Peregrine Ice+ 3 (RTR Review)

Jeff V:  The Peregrine Ice+ 3 with RUNSHIELD is light, fast and responsive, very performance oriented with excellent fit.  The RUNSHIELD may not be quite as water resistant as the Gore Invisible Fit, but I have not yet had any moisture penetrate and it is still a top pick.  The Peregrine upper is not as thin, flexible and supple as the Peg GTX, which is noticeable to the touch and by the feel of the upper. Weight is close, but with the edge to the Peg GTX, The Peregrine is $10 less and has superior traction, especially factoring in traction on ice and snow, for which the shoe is intended.  I think the Peg GTX is more comfortable and versatile, but you really can’t go wrong with the Peregrine either.

Saucony Peregrine 12 (RTR Review)

Jacob: The Peregrine 12 is somewhat similar in feeling lower stack and moving quickly on trail. The P12 is notably lighter but is not waterproof (actually a fairly airy upper, so not suitable for winter for me) and wet traction is not as good as the Pegasus Trail 4 GTX's. The Pegasus Trail 4 GTX is a bit softer underfoot and more accommodating/soft above the foot with a wider toebox but has worse security on technical terrain. I think the Pegasus Trail 4 GTX is a more versatile shoe especially with the waterproofing and it runs smoother on road, but is not very good for fast running on technical terrain which is where the Peregrine 12 excels. 

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Tester Profiles

Dominique has run for over 40 years, consistently about 25 miles per week at paces between 10 and 11 minute miles and once a week down in the mid 9 minute miles. She races rarely, but always surprises more hard core runners in her age group when she does. She has a 1985 marathon PR of 3:16 in her second marathon which at the time put her on the top 10 Swiss women’s lists. She is the mother of two grown children, both runners post college, and enjoys nordic and alpine skiing, hiking and trekking, and gardening. 

Jeremy MARIE, French, 40y/o. Running since 2013 and quickly transitioned to trails, focused on ultras since 2015 : TDS, Maxi-Race, “100 miles du Sud”, 90kms du Mt Blanc, GRP 120kms, Some shorter mellow races (Saintelyon 45kms, Ecotrail Paris 45kms…) with always in the mix road and flat running, but not many road races. Recovery/easy runs ~4’45/km - 4’30/km. He has an un-official marathon PR of 2h54 (solo) and 10K PR of 36’25. He does few timed road races.

Renee is a former U. S. Marine journalist, which is when her enjoyment of running and writing started. She isn’t that awesome of a runner, but she tries really hard. Most of her weekly 50-60 miles take place on rural country roads in Nebraska, meaning mud, gravel, dirt, hills, and the occasional field. She has PR’s of 1:30:59 for the half marathon and 3:26:45 for the marathon.

Jeff Valliere loves to run and explore the mountains of Colorado, the steeper and more technical the better.  He has summited all of the 14ers in the state and can be found on mountain trails daily, no matter the weather, season, conditions or whether there is daylight or not.  On the side he loves to bike and hike, often with his family, as he introduces his 12 year old daughters to the outdoors.  Jeff was born and raised in New Hampshire, but has called Colorado home for over 25 years. He is 5’9” and 145 lbs.

Mike Postaski currently focuses on long mountainous ultras - anywhere from 50K up to his favorite - 100M. 5'10", 138 lbs, midfoot/forefoot striker - he typically averages 70 mpw (mostly on trails), ramping up to nearly 100 mpw during race buildups. A recent 2:39 road marathoner, his easy running pace ranges from 7:30 - 9:00/mi. In 2022 Mike won both the Standhope 100M and IMTUF 100M trail ultras within a 7 week period - both extremely rugged Idaho mountain races. Mike's shoe preferences lean towards firmer, dense cushioning, and shoes with narrower profiles. He prefers extra forefoot space, especially for long ultras, and he strongly dislikes pointy toe boxes.

Jacob is a runner and general endurance sports enthusiast. He runs a mix of roads and trails in the Portland, Maine area. He has been running every day for over four years and averages around 50 miles per week. Jacob races on road and trail at a variety of distances from 5k to 50k. He has a recent PR of 2:49 in the marathon. In addition to running, he does hiking, biking (mountain/gravel/road), and nordic skiing. He is 27 years old, 6 ft / 182 cm tall and 155 lbs / 70 kg. You can check out Jacob’s recent activities on Strava.

John Tribbia (5' 6", 130lbs) is a former sponsored mountain/trail runner who has run with La Sportiva, Brooks/Fleet Feet, Pearl Izumi, and Salomon. Even though he competes less frequently these days, you can still find John enjoying the daily grind of running on any surface, though his favorite terrain is 30-40% grade climbs. He has won races such as America's Uphill, Imogene Pass Run, and the US Skyrunner Vertical Kilometer Series; and he's held several FKTs on several iconic mountains in Boulder, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah. If you follow him on Strava, you'll notice he runs at varying paces between 5 minutes/mile to 12 minutes/mile before the break of dawn almost every day.

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Jeff Valliere said...


Anonymous said...

Ugliest looking shoe in recent memory!

Jeff Valliere said...

Anon, haha, beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess. In all seriousness though, they look much better in real life. I wore them to the office on a snowy day last week and got compliments on them from runners and non runners alike. One of my co-workers ordered a pair on the spot after seeing them

Mike P said...

Agree to disagree! They really "pop" on the snowy trails that's for sure

Anonymous said...

Would you recommend these for a 50k race? It’s not very technical and has around 4k feet of elevation. If not, which of the current Nike trail shoes do you are best for ultras in the 50k - 50mile range?

Anonymous said...

Would you recommend these shoes for 50k race? It’s not super technical and has around 4k feet of elevation. Which of the current Nike trail shoes do you think are best for the 50k - 50 mile range?

Sam Winebaum said...

@anoymous 50K
My fellow testers may have different opinions but if you are relatively fast yes. but the relatively thin forefoot may bet tiring. A safer bet might be the Zegama Trail
Sam, Editor

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the response, I’ll check them out! Have you all had the chance to test out the Nike Wildhorse 8s?

Anonymous said...

We have not tested latest Wildhorse. Sorry. Outside of Nike of course also many many fine choices

Mike P said...

I think they'd be great in the 50k to 50M range. But the GTX may be a bit warm, so depends on the weather too. There's also the non-GTX version, but the rubber is not as good as the GTX's "mitten" rubber. For me, the Zegama is a bit too bulky for a 50k, especially if running fast. It could work well though for longer stuff, at a bit slower paces.

tjko13 said...

Thinking about buying these as an all rounder as i cant really afford more than 1 shoe for different terrain. From what I can gather from a few different reviews, the only real issue is technical terrain. What exactly is the issue? not enough traction/grip on scree, dirt sticking between lugs, not enough protection? I know i wont ever find a perfect all rounder, and other than the technical terrain criticisms this is as close as i can find at the moment...
for context they will be used mostly for thru hiking, but rarely venturing above 3000m

Jeff Valliere said...

For real technical terrain, traction, midsole firmness/protection/stability and perhaps to a degree foothold will be the limiting factors. They are great though on moderate to less tech terrain.