Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo review

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Turbo is an upgraded version of Nike Air Pegasus 35. It is significantly lighter and more breathable. So, all the good things I wrote about 35s, apply here too.

Now, I will focus more on the differences between these two shoes.

The Pegasus Turbo is true to size

Both the fit and feel are quite similar to Pegasus 35. Actually, it is because of these shoes that I decided to purchase the Turbo. The fit was true to size for me.

The heel is properly and securely locked—something that I think is very important and was struggling to find in other shoes. Flywire laces work well, too.

It is a very soft, squishy ride

Yes, this is why you wish to try these shoes. This shoe is for runners who prefer a very soft and squishy ride. I’m pretty sure many people will be genuinely impressed after a few steps.

High flexibility and cushioning come at a price of lower responsiveness. Some serious runners will prefer a stiffer shoe for their races. Nonetheless, I’m not a professional athlete, so I’m good with that.

Very competitive weight

How much lighter are they compared to the Pegasus 35? There is about 30g difference for 42.5EUR sized single shoe, so you can definitely feel it. At approximately 225g, this is a very competitive weight.

Durability is a disappointment

For me, it is more like a race type of shoe. But, often, I cannot resist to put it on even when not racing.

Are you chasing a Strava CR or some hard intervals with a friend? Then it is time for Turbos. So far, I have run 230km.

In the beginning, I already thought it would not last very long; everything went fine, but then the soles started to separate.

This seems to be a common problem, and I've learned that many people have had the same issue.

Luckily, I was given a new pair, as these shoes were bought from a reputable shop—still, I’m not impressed.

Much better in terms of breathability

The upper of Turbo is more breathable as compared to the Pegasus 35. These are much better!

Meant for the road

Much of the sole is exposed foam, so I would not recommend using these shoes for trail running. Although there are some wrinkles on the sides that showed after a first run, the outsole, after 230km, looks very good. 

It has this ZoomX type of foam that is found on the crazy expensive Vaporfly 4% shoes paired with React foam, which makes it a lot more durable.

Still, it feels a bit less durable than the regular Pegs (400km but almost in a pristine condition!).

Nonetheles, I have not had any issues with traction, but I mostly ran on hard surfaces.

The Pegasus Turbo is expensive

They are more expensive, but is it worth the price? You may get it for around 100€ (vs 80€ for regular Pegasus), so I think it is. Is it worth the RRP? No, but very few shoes are.

Summary: Would I recommend it?

Well, yes and no.

I feel this is an ideal shoe for a road running enthusiast. The very soft and plush ride allows a runner to go very hard.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 10oz / Women 6.9oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2
Forefoot height: 18mm
Heel height: 28mm

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Author
Lukas Laffers
Lukas Laffers

I’m Lukas, 33 years old, and I have been running well before it was cool. When not cycling, I run about 30-40kms a week. I have tried many different brands and types of shoes and I pretty much know what I like or dislike.