Summary

We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers agree that the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 is lightweight; in fact, even lighter than the previous version. Others specify that it feels less bulky than the first Zoom Pegasus Turbo.
  • Some commenters have observed a firmer and, therefore, more stable ride with the shoe.
  • The Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 enables snappy toe-offs, according to runners.
  • Several runners praise the comfortability of the shoe. One user, in particular, stated that there were no hot spots in the foot.
  • The fit of the shoe is commended by several wearers. Some say its sizing is accurate, while others mention a comfortable fit especially at the midfoot.
  • The mesh of the Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 is “highly breathable,” and might be “Nike’s best in years,” according to a reviewer.
  • A number of buyers are pleased with how the shoe looks and feels high-quality.
  • The midsole provides a responsive step, wrote a satisfied customer.
  • The Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 promotes a consistent running form, a reviewer reported.
  • Runners concur that the shoe is ideal for race days and uptempo workouts because of its structure.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users are unhappy with the construction of the upper, particularly the tongue. Some feel it was too thin, while others think it feels odd against the skin.
  • One commenter wrote that there is no padding in the heel area, which made for a bothersome ride.
  • Although breathable, the mesh upper of the Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 is rigid, according to a wearer.
  • Several customers agree that the shoe is expensive.

Bottom line

With the second version of the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo, users have found more positive points than negative ones. A number of factors that pertain to the shoe’s performance have been noticed and appreciated by runners. In addition, the construction and fit of the Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 have also impressed. Minor disappointments about a few structural elements and pricing make up the negative reviews of the shoe. Despite the criticisms, the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 is considered by the majority as a big improvement from its predecessor and, thus, a worthy purchase.

Facts

Expert Reviews

88 / 100 based on 24 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 |

    Pegasus Turbo 2: Night and day upgrade

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    Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2's predecessor, the Pegasus 35 Turbo, was possibly the worst shoe I have ever run in. One 8km run in them, and it gave me an injury that had me limping for a week.

    Cuboid syndrome was the diagnosis. It happens when your cuboid bone everts (moves outward) from your foot while your calcaneus, or heel bone inverts (moves inward) from your foot.

    There were two problems with the first version that caused my injury:

    1. The upper and midsole were designed in such a way that it loaded over the edge, so your foot partially rested on the edge of the midsole.
    2. The shoe flexed in the middle instead of the forefoot, providing absolutely no midfoot stability.

     

    Thus, when I first saw pictures of the Pegasus Turbo 2, I was not excited. The updates looked minor, and the midsole looked exactly like the previous version. I was going to sit this one out.

     

     

    However, when I tried them on in the store, they felt VERY different. The first difference was the obvious one, the upper: It is now more accommodating and not as shallow in the toe box.

    The second difference was the midsole. It feels firmer and more stable. This is due to the holes in the strobel lining being covered up. The ZoomX foam no longer pokes through the holes.

    Overall, the shoe felt more stable. The pleasant surprise was that the midsole now flexed further up the shoe towards the forefoot and no longer in the middle.

    I decided to give this one a try.

    The Upper

    Gone is the thick racing stripe. The new upper feels thinner, lighter, more breathable, and more flexible. It kind of feels like the Vomero 14 upper, except with less pronounced heel pods.

    The tongue is thin and slides around as there is no gusset. I prefered the Pegasus 35 Turbo’s tongue over this one.

    With the Pegasus Turbo 2’s tongue, when you lace the shoe right up until the last eyelet, you feel the pressure of the laces since the tongue is not long or padded enough.

    The toe box is not as shallow. Hence, it is much more comfortable, especially if your feet have a large volume.

    The more relaxed toe box allows the foot to rest in the centre of the shoe—not off to the side like in the first version. The heel has very little padding, but there is no heel slip if you tighten the laces.

    I ordered it in my normal 8.5, and it runs true to size. It is a little too roomy if you wear it with thin, hidden socks. But, the fit is perfect with thick running socks.

    The Midsole

    This is one of those rare shoes where the forefoot is softer than the heel. This is due to the ZoomX being thicker than the React foam in the forefoot.

    In the heel, it is the opposite: there is more React than ZoomX. Because the forefoot is softer than the heel, the shoe encourages you to forefoot strike.

     

     

    ZoomX is so lively and springy that even when you are walking at normal speeds, you can feel the foam compress and bounce back.

    I ran in the Zoom Fly 3 before this shoe. In comparison to the Zoom Fly 3’s firm, heavy midsole, the Turbo 2’s midsole is a breath of fresh air.

    Sure there is no carbon fibre plate, but I don’t miss it one bit. I would rather have a light shoe than a heavy carbon plated midsole.

    The Outsole

    The hard rubber is placed in the forefoot and heel but not in the middle. The placement causes the shoe to bend in the path of least resistance, just where the hard rubber starts, in the forefoot.

     

     

    This is the only Nike shoe model with such an outsole design. The outsole has acceptable levels of durability. However, it still doesn’t come close to Continental levels.

    The outer heel area where I heel strike is the place that shows the most wear.

    Conclusion

    On paper, this update looks minor, but the tweaks that Nike made have turned the shoe from being unwearable to an excellent shoe.

    It is light and responsive enough to be used for short runs, yet cushioned and springy enough to be used for marathons.

    Of all the new Nike releases this year, this has been my favourite. While the VaporFly is reserved for only the elite runners with perfect form, the Pegasus Turbo is the shoe for the masses.

    No matter if you are a rearfoot or forefoot striker, neutral runner or pronator, the Turbo 2 will most likely suit your needs.

    It is now the softest Nike running shoe, and I will use it to fill the plush void that the Zoom Vomero has left.

  • 94 / 100 |

    Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2: An improvement or a step in the wrong direction?

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    The predecessor of the Turbo 2 (Nike Pegasus 35 Turbo) was and still is one of the best shoes I have ever worn. Is the Turbo 2 an improvement to an already near-perfect shoe, or is it a step in the wrong direction?

     

    First Glance

    Opening the box, the Turbo 2 looked pretty much the same as the 35 that was until I pulled it out of the box. The upper felt firmer and more rigid. The shoe is noticeably lighter.

    What immediately struck me was the padding or lack thereof. Of most concern was the heel counter, it’s thin and felt stiff.

    Where has all the padding gone? I felt inside, and there is a small padded ridge on each side of the Achilles. It raised plenty of alarm bells as I could already feel the blisters.

     

     

    After trying on the shoes and a small jog inside the house, the anxiety of imminent blisters subsided a little as the heel counter felt surprisingly comfortable. The small padded ridges hugged the ankle. I didn’t feel any rubbing or friction.

    It fits true to size, just like the 35. The toe box is a little roomier - a big improvement- and the tongue is very thin and fiddly to get in place as you lace up.

    The lacing system does its job. However, when I tighten up to provide a good lockdown, I’m getting a little bunching around near the toe box.

    The science

    Zoom X - is there anything else I need to say?

    If you are not familiar with Zoom X, it is the foam they utilize in all of the top-shelf records breaking Nike shoes (4%, Next%, and Alpha Fly).

    This foam is so soft yet extremely responsive. This drastically reduces fatigue in your legs. From my personal experience, the leg/foot fatigue after a 27km long run in Zoom X is comparable to a competitor after about a 10km run.

    The midsole actually has two layers of foam - Zoom X and React Foam. The Zoom X layer is directly under the foot providing the soft ride, and the React layer is on the bottom, designed to add durability.

    It’s a great combo that compliments the tried and tested Pegasus.

    The offset is fairly high (10mm), typical for the Pegasus, which can assist in keeping up the pace and taking some load off the lower legs. The upper is a thin tight engineered mesh that is a little stiff but very breathable.

    The outsole seems identical to the Pegasus 35, which has proven to do a great job in all conditions. The durability is amazing. There is a small section of exposed foam in the middle of the sole, but this barely sees any wear.

    Performance

    I have put it to the test on all of my weekly runs, which include recovery, easy, tempo, fartlek, and long runs. This shoe is soft, comfortable, stable, responsive, fast, light, and durable.

    Meaning, the Turbo 2 will handle everything you can throw at it (excluding nasty trails, of course). Not only does it perform in all types of runs, but it feels like it’s made, especially for what you are running on that day.

    Recovery and easy runs feel so soft and effortless. It peps up for the snappy fartlek and delivers a very smooth, consistent ride for those tempo days. It has plenty of speed and is light enough to pull it out race day for any distance.

    It truly is suited to any distance run, workout, or race.

    Durability

    If it is anything like its predecessor, I have reason to believe it will be excellent. I have over 800 km on the previous model (Pegasus 35 Turbo - see comparison picture below).

    I have over 160 km in the Turbo 2’s with virtually no signs of wear and tear. The Zoom X midsole does crease, but that is normal and has no impact on the performance.

    The durability is very much mirroring the previous model. I can see the Turbo 2 getting up to the 7-800 km (400 + miles) mark. The upper has no visible signs of wear and tear.

     

    Issues

    The thin fiddly tongue. I understand the need to drop weight, but this design does not work. It affects comfort and can be annoying.

    Annoying because the last thing you want to do before you head off on your run is to play around with the tongue. Trying to fiddle the tongue into a position through the laces can prove difficult.

     

     

    This issue doesn’t go away even after a few weeks. There is a constant battle to get the tongue flush against the top of your foot. Once you have it in place and tie up, it usually stays in place.

    This could be fixed if they just kept the old tongue design or utilized the booty type tongue in the Zoom Fly 3.

    Love & hate

    I absolutely love the Zoom X midsole and the versatility!

    I hate the tongue!

    Overall

    The Nike Pegasus Turbo 2 really is one shoe that can do it all. Use it as your daily trainer, easy, workouts, long runs, and races. Any distance and pace, these babies will perform!

    If I didn’t have the issue with the tongue, the Turbo 2’s would be getting a near-perfect score for a near-perfect shoe.

  • 87 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    I think it's probably a shoe intended ideally for midfoot strikers who can take advantage of landing a bit further forward.

  • 95 / 100 | Fordy Runs | | Level 3 expert

    It's a great shoe. The only thing I would say... is these are 60 pounds [more expensive]... I'm not sure whether there's [a significant difference] to justify the extra money because the Pegasus 36 is [already] a really good shoe.

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  • The Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo returns in its second iteration as a lighter and sleeker running shoe that is ideal for everyday runs. The shoe brings signature, innovative features from Nike that allow for a responsive ride, even in the long distances. 
  • A new textile upper is more lightweight and more breathable compared to the first Zoom Pegasus Turbo. This version does away with the Flywire cables, which is replaced with a new technique to reinforce the shoelaces.
  • The midsole gets a familiar treatment as the ZoomX foam is retained in this Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2. Working together with the React foam, the ZoomX produces a midsole that is bouncy yet stable at the same time. The outsole also utilizes the same elements as the previous edition of the Zoom Pegasus Turbo.

The Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 is a neutral running shoe that is built following the standard in running shoes. Thus, runners should expect a comfortable fit in their usual sizing. The shoe’s heel width, midfoot room, and toe box are able to accommodate up to medium-volume feet. On the other hand, the toe box height is kept at a minimal to ensure a snug fit. The Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 is available in Medium width in both men’s and women’s versions.

The blown rubber outsole of the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 provides multi-surface traction that contributes to a smooth and consistent ride. The lightweight quality of this material ensures the convenience of wear for the runner. Also, when compared to carbon rubber, blown rubber is less firm, thus providing a softer platform during the transition phase. 

The forefoot and rearfoot areas of the outsole feature the signature Waffle pattern that is unique to the brand. This detail promotes efficient shock absorption and multi-directional grip by means of using the least amount of rubber as possible. The Waffle pattern is formed by pentagon-shaped lugs that equip the shoe with a durable yet flexible underfoot unit that effectively cushions the forces upon impact. Another Nike running shoe that uses this outsole detail is the Zoom Vaporfly 4%, which is a highly-popular shoe for race days.

At the lateral side of the outsole is a rubber crash rail that aids in smooth transitions and flexible movements. This benefit is further augmented by the angled shape of the heel.

The Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 uses a combination of two foam compounds in the midsole to deliver double the cushioning and the responsiveness that aid in long-distance runs—the ZoomX and the React foams. The two foams are positioned stacking one another, with the ZoomX on top and slightly concentrated on the forefoot area, aiming for a soft toe-off.

The ZoomX is built as the most lightweight and most responsive foam from the brand, thus providing greater energy return. This characteristic is guaranteed as the ZoomX is derived from a material that is used in aerospace innovation. The result is a midsole foam that is soft and plush but without the added bulk. The ZoomX foam is positioned directly underfoot to ensure a propulsive sensation as the runner moves forward.

While the ZoomX claims to be the lightest, the React foam, on the other hand, prides itself as the most durable cushioning material from Nike. The React works alongside the runner by—as its name implies—reacting to each step, bouncing back to its original shape, and making sure the ride is consistent with a steady stride. The React foam is closer to the outsole of the Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 because it delivers a high level of shock absorption. 

The engineered mesh upper of the Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 has a lofted design, which gives it a slanted, translucent finish. The material has the combined characteristics of breathability, durability, and lightness.

One of the most notable updates in this shoe is the removal of the Flywire cables. Instead, the shoelaces pass through a synthetic strip of fused material that acts as an eye-stay. The synthetic strip provides a second set of holes, or eyelets, which allow for customization when lacing up the shoe.

Beneath the mesh is an inner sleeve that goes across from the toe to the midfoot gives the necessary support to help log longer miles. 

In place of a stiff toe bumper, the forefront of the Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 features a densely woven-in material that creates a soft yet protective coverage for the toes. 

Meanwhile, the collar remains similar to its predecessor as it presents a low-cut profile and a minimalistic, thin design that tapers away at its end. This layout intends to promote maximum comfort in the ankle and Achilles areas as it prevents chafing. The thin collar is partnered with an equally slim heel cup, which allows the foot to stay centered as it rests on the midsole foam.

In addition to the collar, the tongue also has a thin finish with minimal padding. This is to keep the shoe lightweight and to provide comfort through the least material possible. It also displays a slightly asymmetrical design, which is for aesthetic purposes. 

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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