Nike Pegasus 41 Release Date & Info

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The Nike Pegasus franchise is one of the most iconic names in the running world. With a history spanning decades, these shoes have been the go-to choice for runners of all levels, boasting a winning combination of cushioning, responsiveness, and durability.

Nike has continuously tried to push the boundaries with each new iteration of the Pegasus, trying to refine and enhance its performance to solidify its status as a top contender in the market.

However, the Pegasus has stagnated a little bit over the previous few generations.

Now, as we eagerly await the release of the Nike Pegasus 41, let’s dive into what we know so far. From leaked photos to early insights, we’ll uncover the latest updates and innovations in the world of Pegasus.

Plus, we’ll take a closer look at the evolution of the Pegasus line, from the 35th edition to the upcoming Pegasus 41, to see where Nike is taking this beloved franchise.

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Nike Pegasus 41 Release Date

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Following its usual rhythm, Nike maintains a yearly release cycle for the Pegasus series, typically dropping new editions around April each year. However, we have some solid information that the Pegasus 41 is coming in May 2024 instead of April 2024.

So, mark your calendars for May 2024 because that’s when the highly anticipated Nike Pegasus 41 is set to hit the shelves. If I hear anything else, I will certainly update you.

Next up, I’ll dive into the nitty-gritty details of the Pegasus 41, providing you with all the insider info we’ve gathered so far.

From its ride characteristics to its potential market placement and its role in your running shoe rotation, I’ve got you covered. So, stick around for an in-depth analysis of Nike’s latest addition to the Pegasus lineup.

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Nike Pegasus 41 – Everything We Know

Why is the Pegasus Still a Traditional Shoe?

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As I mentioned earlier, the Nike Pegasus is practically legendary in the running world. But you know, it’s also a shoe that stagnated a little bit over the previous few generations.

A lot of folks were really hoping for something big with the Pegasus 40. I mean, after 40 iterations, you’d expect some major changes, right?

Unfortunately, the Pegasus 40 dropped in an even year, which is kind of an off-cycle for Nike. Translation? We’re looking at just a minor tweak to the upper.

So, when we talk about going from the Pegasus 39 to the 40, it’s like déjà vu. Same outsole, same midsole, and same Air Zoom units in the forefoot and heel. Sure, the 40 boasts a bit more breathability, a tweaked heel, and some lace-locking adjustments, but overall, it’s pretty darn similar.

Now, while other brands are spicing up their daily trainers with fancy foams like Asics’ Novablast or Nimbus, even Nike’s Vomero 17, Nike decided to stick to tradition with the Pegasus. It’s still firm, it’s still classic, and it’s still… well, pretty traditional.

But why keep things the same?

Well, it’s all about keeping the Pegasus as that dependable, everyday running trainer that won’t break the bank. You see, once you start tossing in premium materials like ZoomX, the price tag shoots up, just like with the Vomero priced at $160.

By sticking to the traditional formula with the Pegasus line and minimizing research and development costs, Nike turns this into a profit center rather than a loss leader.

Now, the Pegasus 39 and 40? They’re straightforward shoes, featuring that full-length bed of React foam. It’s kind of like your traditional EVA, although Nike keeps mum about the exact polymer they use for the foam.

But, despite its simplicity, the Pegasus stands out in comfort with its cushioned upper and boasts a hefty amount of outsole rubber, setting it apart from many other daily trainers out there.

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Pegasus 41 – React X Midsole

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The Pegasus 40 features React foam, but Nike’s gearing up to level up with a revamped React compound they call React X for the Pegasus 41. And guess what? It’s the same stuff used in the latest Nike Infinity Run.

According to Nike, React X packs a punch with higher energy return compared to the traditional React in the current Pegasus. Plus, it’s promised to be softer and bouncier, too.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting. While React X is denser, it’s also expected to offer a tad more cushion and protection compared to the current Pegasus.

Now, I can’t give you the lowdown on weight just yet, but here’s a heads-up: the Infinity Run got a bit hefty, tipping the scales at around 11 ounces. So, there’s a chance React X might add a smidge of weight to the Pegasus 41.

Now, are we going to have ZoomX in the Pegasus 41, 42, or 43? I think ZoomX is cost-effective enough for Nike where they can’t integrate it more into these entry-level performance shoes like the Pegasus franchise.

Maybe we’re going to see sort of a combination of foams and maybe we’re going to see some sort of Cushlon or React mixture but not ZoomX.

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Pegasus 41 – Stack Height & Drop

With a 33mm stack height in the heel and a 23mm stack height in the forefoot, the Pegasus 40 offers a pretty flexible ride. And that 23mm upfront gives you a decent amount of ground feel, adding to the overall ride sensation that Nike aims for with the Pegasus.

Now, when you compare it to the Vomero 17, which boasts a thicker stack height of 30mm in the forefoot and features ZoomX and Cushlon, it’s clear that the Vomero is the go-to for those looking for extra cushioning and protection.

As for the midsole height, it seems the Pegasus 41 has bumped up a few millimeters in the back, though the contoured foam design might give it the appearance of being higher.

But fear not, the 10mm drop—the Pegasus’ signature—looks set to stay, with the forefoot stack height staying below 30mm, as per the images.

At this stage, it’s practically a Pegasus trademark to sport that 10mm drop, so it’d be quite the surprise if it changed. And from what we can see, that heel stack still packs a punch, ensuring a substantial feel underfoot.

Pegasus 41 – Heel Foam

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A major change that we are seeing in the Pegasus 41 is they’re beefing up the foam around the heels. Take a peek at the Pegasus 39, and you’ll notice the foam doesn’t quite reach up into the upper of the shoe like it does with the Vomero 17 (Picture below).

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With the Vomero, Nike’s added a touch of ZoomX that extends upward, cradling the foot for enhanced heel stability on landings.

The Vomero boasts a seriously stable and structured heel, and it seems like Nike’s steering all their neutral road running shoes in that direction.

Now, here’s the why behind it all: with more folks lacing up and hitting the pavement, stability issues are becoming more common. So, by adding this design element, Nike’s aiming to provide a bit more support, especially if you’re a mild overpronator.

Pegasus 41 – Rocker?

One thing that I’m really excited to see is that the geometry of the midsole has changed a little bit.

The Pegasus is known for its super flat, super traditional midsole construction. But guess what? With the Pegasus 41, Nike’s throwing in a little surprise out back—a subtle heel rocker. And it seems they’re finally catching on to what a lot of us runners have been clamoring for.

Now, ever wondered why some running shoes look like they’re rocking back and forth?

That’s thanks to something called a rockered midsole. These curved midsoles are a nifty invention by running shoe brands to make your runs smoother and comfier. With each step, the midsole’s shape helps your foot roll forward naturally, giving you a more fluid stride. It’s like your shoe’s busting a move to keep you moving efficiently!

But let’s keep it real. This rocker in the Pegasus 41 is on the mild side, especially when you compare it to the likes of the Asics Gel Nimbus, Novablast, or Saucony Endorphin Speed. These kicks have been killing it in the innovation game lately, especially with that rolling geometry. And it looks like Nike’s just starting to catch up to the party in the Pegasus.

Again, Nike seems to be upping the ante with a touch more rocker in the heel area of the Pegasus 41. This tweak should result in a smoother transition, especially since the 39 and 40 can feel a tad blocky and stiff upon heel strike.

Now, don’t expect the Pegasus 41 to go full throttle with the rocker, like the Endorphin Speed, which is built for intense workouts. The Endorphin boasts a much more pronounced rolling rocker feel underfoot. But hey, this shift is definitely a step in the right direction for the Pegasus 41, bringing it up to speed with the modern era of running shoes.

Now, let’s talk about the evolution of the Air Zoom unit in the Pegasus lineup…

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Pegasus 41 – Zoom Air Units

Over the years, the Zoom Air units shifted quite a bit. The 35 and 36 had a single unit from forefoot to heel. Then came the 37 and 38 with a single unit solely in the forefoot. And most recently, the 39 and 40 boasted two units—one in the forefoot and one in the heel.

Now, whether you see this as fortunate or not depends on where you stand. But, those two Zoom Air units are here to stay in the Pegasus 41. Currently, the Pegasus 40 flaunts a Zoom Air unit both in the heel and forefoot.

The Nike Air technology is quintessentially Nike, and these days, the Pegasus is the sole Nike shoe that still rocks Air. However, the Zoom Air units in the Pegasus are a bit different from those in the Alphafly. While the Alphafly’s Zoom Air units are all about that pop and energy return, the Pegasus are designed for stiffness and rigidity, offering more absorption rather than energy return.

Now, as much as I’d love to see ZoomX make its way into the Pegasus 41, I don’t think it’s happening. And if they stick with these Air Units, personally, I’d prefer Nike to revert back to the single forefoot-to-heel Air Unit setup.

Let’s zoom in on the upper of the Pegasus 39 and 40…

Pegasus 41 – Upper & Fit

It seems all that cushy padding around the back is sticking around for the Pegasus 41, along with that snazzy heel collar and flared-out back. So, you’re getting some solid structure and padding in the rear of the shoe—a real comfort win for a daily trainer.

I’m all about comfort when it comes to everyday trainers. That’s why the lack of structure and comfort in the Adidas Boston 12’s upper has been a major gripe for me lately.

Now, when it comes to the lacing system, the Pegasus 41 is keeping things cozy with those soft laces up front and that padded tongue, ensuring a secure lockdown.

And here’s a neat tidbit: with the Pegasus 41, Nike’s ditching the wires and opting to thread the laces straight through the upper’s holes—a simple yet effective approach.

Now, let’s talk fit

Pegasus 41 – Fit

Just like before, Nike’s rolling out a wide width option for the Pegasus 41. So, if you’ve got wider feet and have run in Nike’s wide shoes in the past, you’re in luck. However, the standard fit of the Pegasus tends to lean a bit on the narrow side.

Now, in recent versions of their road runners like the Vomero, Nike’s been tweaking their last—making it a tad wider and longer to amp up stability.

Plus, they’re giving the uppers a bit more roominess and forgiveness. So, if your feet aren’t crazy wide, you might just find that the standard width of the Pegasus 41 suits you just fine.

Pegasus 41 – Outsole & Durability

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It appears that they’re sticking with the full outsole rubber coverage we’ve seen on the 39 and 40 for the Pegasus 41. But, they seem to be beefing up the rubber and opting for more of a waffle net design. The outsole of the Pegasus 41 bears a striking resemblance to the pattern seen on the Vaporfly 3, with those tiny nubs up front.

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Now, when it comes to the layout, it’s taking cues from the Vomero 17, featuring a J-shaped piece at the back and full coverage upfront.

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Durability-wise, unlike the Vaporfly, the Pegasus is known for its exceptional durability thanks to its thick outsole. And the Pegasus 41 shouldn’t stray from that reputation.

That’s one thing the Pegasus has always nailed down. So, whatever mileage you’re used to getting from your Pegasus, you can expect the same from the Pegasus 41.

Who is the Pegasus 41 Best For?

The Pegasus 41 is staying true to its roots as a neutral, moderately cushioned daily trainer. If you’ve been a fan of the Pegasus in the past, and you enjoy a shoe with a slightly firmer, not overly cushioned feel, you’ll still find that familiar comfort in the 41.

I anticipate that it’ll offer a tad more softness and bounce compared to the 39 and 40, thanks to the introduction of React X. However, don’t expect any drastic changes.

Now, if you haven’t loved the Pegasus before, or perhaps you’ve made the switch to the Novablast, it might be worth giving the Pegasus 41 another go. It seems Nike has fine-tuned the specs to appeal to some of their longtime fans who may have strayed.

If stability is a top priority for you, or if you prefer running in ultra-cushioned shoes, Nike’s got you covered with the Zoom Structure and the Vomero.

The Structure is your go-to for overpronation support, while the Vomero 17 delivers that plush, cushioned feel you crave.

Personally, I’ve been rocking the Vomero 17 as my go-to cushioned daily trainer, paired with the New Balance 1080v13 for recovery runs. But once the Pegasus 41 hits the shelves, you can bet I’ll be snagging a pair. The Pegasus has always had a special place in my rotation.

Pegasus 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40

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Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and revisit the Pegasus 35 and 36. That’s where we witnessed the birth of the modern Pegasus silhouette—a sleek, clean midsole foam stack with a minimalist upper design.

Take a peek at the heel, and you’ll notice a taller Achilles protection area that carried over into the Pegasus 37 and Pegasus 38. Now, while the 37 and 38 underwent a major redesign with added foam and the switch to React, design-wise, they introduced some intriguing elements that we still see in Nike shoes today.

Check out the diagonal lines and angular heel area in the midsole sidewall. It’s clear how they seamlessly integrate the upper into the midsole, especially in the 37 and 38.

Overall, looking back at the Pegasus evolution, Nike aimed to maintain the simpler silhouette of the 35 and 36 while transitioning to the thicker, larger stack of the 37 and 38. But what’s really intriguing is how the 37 and 38 seemed to draw inspiration from the Next% 1 and 2.

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Now, while the Pegasus 40 is not a groundbreaking update, there are some key changes that started in the 39 and are evolving in the 40, which we’ll likely see across the Nike line.

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To get a glimpse into where the Pegasus 41 and beyond might be headed, look no further than the Nike Vomero 17. The Vomero 17 is a particularly intriguing update for a couple of reasons.

Nike responded to customer feedback by streamlining and simplifying the midsole, resulting in a full ZoomX top layer and a new formulation of Cushlon called Cushlon 3.0. Notably, React foam and Air Zoom units are no longer part of the equation.

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The last aspect to touch on regarding the Vomero 17 is the upper. It bears a striking resemblance to the Pegasus 40, but Nike seems to be experimenting with how they secure the midfoot in this model.

In the Pegasus 40, they’ve introduced something called the Arch Lock—a piece of material that spans from one side of the shoe under the foot to the other side, aimed at locking down the midfoot and arch area.

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Lastly, it feels like Nike is really honing in on refining each model to be the best version of itself. It reminds me of 2016 when they optimized each model with current technologies before introducing game-changers like the Vaporfly in 2017.

I have a hunch that we’re on the cusp of some significant technological advancements in the Nike running line over the next two to three years.

So, there you have it—a glimpse into a possible release date and a deep dive into the design of the Nike Pegasus 41.

Are you planning to snag a pair? Let me know your thoughts!

About Eric Barber

Eric Barber is a happy father of two little angels, a husband, and a runner. He eats, sleeps, and dreams anything foot related: running shoes, walking shoes, sneakers, you name it. It all started when Eric was a shoe store specialist watching and fitting people's feet day in and day out.

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