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Nike has released its updated its trail running shoes with the Pegasus Trail 5 and Zegama Trail 2. The trail products of Nike has not been at the very forefront of consideration compared to other brands. Yet the company continued to invest and update their products to cater to the market.

Whats’ New?

The Pegasus Trail 5 takes on a different design this time while maintaining its duality in both road and trail running. Overall, the updates does make it more trail ready than before. Here are the main changes compared to its predecessor.

FeaturePegasus Trail 4Pegasus Trail 5
PriceSGD 215SGD 229
Upper Engineered Mesh w/ Flywire TechEngineered Mesh w/ Flywire Tech
MidsoleReactReactX
OutsoleRubber OutsoleRubber Outsole
Weight289300
Drop (Heel-to-Toe)9.59.5
Table 1: Comparison Pegasus Trail 4 and 5

The Good Changes

The change to the midsole to ReactX will help position the Trail 5 to be better suited in today’s market. The ReactX is Nike’s new foam that we will be seeing in the upcoming Pegasus 41 as well. Another good change is the front with more coverage for your toe. While it is unclear if that is rigid and strong enough to protect your toes, it is a step in the right direction for a trail running shoes. The heel tab has also been changed which seems to be reinforced. Another good change is in its outsole which seems to take a page from the Kiger and Wildhorse series.

The Bad Changes

The only downside is the increase in price for the Trail 5. This puts the Pegasus trail 5 in a higher price point in comparison to other options in the market today. At SGD 229, the Pegasus Trail 5 is getting closer to the likes of HOKA (e.g., SpeedGoat and Challenger), Salomon (e.g., Sense Ride 5), and even more expensive than Saucony (e.g., Peregrine) for their trail options.

For Nike’s main rivals, such as Adidas and ASICS, the compeition intensify. Adidas has its new TERREX Agravic Speed Trail which has Lightstrike Pro and Continental outsole. While ASICS Fuji Lite 4 and Gel-Trabuco 12 are much lower in cost for seemingly better specifications. Lastly, we cannot forget about Puma who has recently launched their refreshed trail offering with Fast-Trac NITRO 2 and Voyage Nitro 3, both at a lower cost.

Will Nike Gain Market Share in the Trail Segment with its Update?

The key question for Nike is if its refresh to its trail offereing will help it gain any market share among runners. These are good updates but it will be only be as good relative to what other competitors are offering. A food for thought – will we be seeing more running shoes with duality in the future as we pushing the boundaries of what is possible and what is not? Till next time, just keep running.

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