|Weight:||Men: 7.2oz | Women: 6.9oz|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm|
|Fit:||Medium heel, Medium toe box, Medium forefoot|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Material:||Mesh upper, Rubber sole|
|Features:||Breathable | Cushioned | Comfortable|
|Strike Pattern:||Heel strike|
|Heel height:||Men: 28mm | Women: 28mm|
|Forefoot height:||Men: 18mm | Women: 18mm|
|Release date:||Jul 2019|
|Width:||Men: Normal | Women: Normal|
|Colorways:||Green, Purple, Black, Grey, Pink, Blue, Red, Orange, White|
|Special editions:||1 special editions|
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86 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews
Pegasus Turbo 2: Night and day upgrade
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 after 100 milesMore photos
When I first slid my foot into this shoe, I was surprised to find quite a large toe box within this new version of Nike’s fast-paced training shoe.
In this new version, Nike removed the racing stripe across the toe box of that was on the original iteration. This makes for a more flexible feeling in the upper at the front of the shoe.
However, this is mostly aesthetic and has little impact on the feel of the upper. After 100 miles, the upper hasn't flexed or loosened and remains very comfortable from a minimal view.
The lockdown over the forefoot is magnificent and features a slightly different design to a typical running shoe.
Laces loop through extra eyelets along each side of the shoe, almost locking each loop in place. It is brilliant and effective in creating a really comfortable lockdown over the forefoot.
I hope Nike implements this innovation into their other running shoes in the future.
The tongue appears to be made of a neoprene type material. This material is thin but supplies enough cushioning to protect the forefoot from the laces.
But, I sometimes notice when putting on the shoes that time must be taken to smooth out the tongue. It is because it is possible to experience bunching either side of the forefoot.
The heel area is refined and minimalist but provides enough support for my needs. After 100 miles, I have experienced no rubbing, and the heel lock is appropriate enough.
This is considering the midsole's flexibility and the intended purpose of the shoe. Although I don't feel there is enough support for a full marathon, you could race a half marathon without issue.
These shoes really do feel very comfortable on foot. Although I wear some slightly thicker socks, such as the Stance Tab model, because the upper has a bit more room than I usual.
Regardless, I would not recommend sizing down to remedy this, and I feel that this shoe is true to size.
The upper is breathable and thin without feeling too fragile. Even through standing water or wet conditions, it appears to vent moisture appropriately.
In high humidity, the shoe has performed well, and my feet have enjoyed a number of training sessions within the upper. Over the 100 miles, I haven't experienced any hotspots or any discomfort.
And from a comfort perspective, I am struggling to find any negative points—an extremely comfortable upper and fit from my perspective.
Midsole and outsole
There are no changes to the outsole or midsole pattern from the previous iteration of the shoe. So, if you are a fan of this arrangement, it will feel very familiar.
This shoe's main target are runners with a neutral stride. With this, if you overpronate, then this shoe may not work for you.
A local runner who does overpronate somewhat did try using these shoes and found them to wear considerably even after 35 miles towards the outer edge of the outsole.
He was perplexed at the very speedy wear on the outsole until they analysed his gait. They pointed him in the direction of a more stabilised offering such as the Structure 22.
The midsole comprises of two different Nike cushioning technologies. One is in the shape of Zoom X, which appears in the Vaporfly series of shoes.
The second one is the React, which is a denser, more durable foam used in the current iterations of the Zoom Fly series.
This sandwich of foam is very comfortable underfoot without feeling too squashy or dense. The react portion takes up the surface wear with some rubber traction hexagons providing the grip.
Meanwhile, the Zoom X portion undertakes the underfoot heavy lifting. At 100 miles, I see typical signs of midsole creasing, as shown in the images below.
The original iteration suffers from this also. Nonetheless, the midsole unit remains responsive.
Moreover, these creases are aesthetic in nature and have not changed the response of the midsole unit at present.
After runs between 6 and 13 miles, my feet and legs felt superb directly after and into the next day. You can see why top athletes choose these shoes for those harder efforts over middle distance.
It is all due to this midsole combination, which really does work well together. I am keen to see how and if they can improve upon this in the future, if at all possible!
After 100 miles, I have used the shoe on a variety of different surfaces to test its traction. It works excellently on pavements and roads.
It has a good grip from the rubber additions to the outer reaction portion of the midsole.
On grass, there is a decent grip. If you intended to reduce impact from time to time, then the shoe will work without issue on this surface.
I even used the shoe for some hill work on some dirt roads and compacted trail surfaces. It held up well, allowing me to power up the inclines.
Unfortunately, the volt green upper soon became very discoloured from the soil! Obviously, the shoe is not intended for such use.
But, it has to be noted that several high profile Kenyan runners use these shoes on those surfaces with great success. So, this shoe isn't just a road warrior and can be used for other purposes.
Weight of the shoe has been reduced a little from the previous iteration. Nike has undertaken a similar reduction process as with the Pegasus 36.
And now, we have a neoprene style tongue that is shorter, lighter, and thinner than before. The absence of the flywire cables could also contribute to this weight loss.
Weight in a UK size 11 or US size 12 is about 9oz or 256g. This is a change in about ½ an oz or 14g from the original iteration of the shoe.
Other weight savings come from the more streamlined heel cup area, which features less of a flare and far less padding than before.
After several miles, the shoe is lightweight enough to not add to fatigue that can develop.
Price & value
This is an expensive shoe without a doubt, and this will, unfortunately, put some runners off from experiencing what it has to offer.
I paid just over £160 for this shoe on the launch, but haven't once questioned my purchase thus far.
The Turbo 2 is a big improvement on the initial version in terms of the feel and comfort of the upper and slight decrease in weight.
If you can get a discount on the price using a sale or voucher code, I feel it is worth pursuing due to its versatility and performance at a range of paces.
In terms of value, I have found many local runners have racked up huge numbers of miles in the previous iteration of the shoe.
I feel this second version could reach the same level of use before the midsole reaches the end of its life or the lighter upper begins to show signs of wear.
Take with a pinch of salt when reading any comments in other reviews that suggest this shoe may not be worth £50+ or above from the Pegasus 36 model.
It is a very different shoe in terms of fit, feel, weight, and versatility of use.
Possible usage for the shoe
I have used this shoe extensively for higher paced training, or at least higher paced for me anyway!
It really shines when put into action for interval work and speed training. The midsole and outsole combination is versatile without the use of a carbon plate.
Those shoes want you to turn the legs over faster, which is obviously not the point of a recovery segment! The Pegasus Turbo 2 handles the higher paced intervals well.
Additionally, I found that I could easily drop back into a rhythm of around 7:30/m or 4:40/km with high cadence and roll along racking up the miles with ease.
I have worn the shoe for a 5k road race. But, I did find it a little soft and lacked solidity and surface response for very high paced work.
Hence, I would suggest this is best suited for races of distances above 6 miles, such as 10k road races or half marathons.
I would rate the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 at 90/100—a high score for a very successfully implemented shoe.
I believe this to be an excellent shoe for a variety of different training purposes. Recently, I have been training for a sub 1:30 half marathon attempt.
I have extensively used this shoe for interval work, speed training, and longer runs. It handles all of these types of activities at paces between 6:30/m and 7:40/m with no issues at all.
My legs and body have felt great after runs in these shoes, and I believe this is down to the sandwich of midsole materials within the Turbo 2.
The Zoom X and React combination really does cut down on the fatigue you could experience when undertaking more gruelling and extensive training.
The shoe is more costly than other recent competitors, such as the New Balance Fuel Cell Rebel. However, I feel it provides greater performance as well as durability with a premium feel.
Additionally, it could well last the user an extensive number of miles toward 350 and above before the midfoot area of the midsole reach an overcompressed point and lose effectiveness.
Turbo 2 is a real winner of a shoe that can help you achieve high pace over mid-distance without fatigue and with shorter recovery times.
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I think it's probably a shoe intended ideally for midfoot strikers who can take advantage of landing a bit further forward.
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.
- 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.