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.

  • 90 / 100 |

    Nike Pegasus Turbo 2 Review: Stop hating Nike running shoes

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    Why do so many people hate running in Nike shoes? If you haven’t been running in Nikes, the Turbo 2 is a shoe to consider.

    I’ll breakdown my thoughts about the Turbo 2 into 1) run types, 2) terrain, and 3) the overall “feel” of the shoe.

    Tempo runs

    For me, the shoe feels fast—almost too fast. The comfort of the shoes and their ability to somewhat propel the leg forward are best obtained when running fast and steady.

    That said, I balance tempo workouts of 10-20 minutes slow (8:30min/mile pace) and 31 minutes faster (7:15min/mile pace) without a problem. My foot does “shift” inside the shoe when changing speeds, however. That goes away once I hit an even stride for new speed.

    I would not wear this shoe for sprints or short “down and back” runs when sharps turns are needed. The heel does look as if it would cause slipping, but I haven’t noticed that when running.

     

    There is a gap between the foot heel and the shoe, but this was not something that was noticed while running

    Interval runs

    Again, the shoe works best (to me) when running steady. However, I ran a decent 8 mile run of 1-mile intervals at a 7:00min/mile pace with a .25 mile jog in between sets.

    On pavement, the shoe is fast. So much so, that I was running a 6:40min/mile pace instead of my desired 7min/mile pace, and I had to focus on running slower. Again, the shoe works for this workout, but it’s not the ideal use of this shoe.

    The ideal use: Faster, steady long runs

    The shoe feels great when running with even strides and speed. I consider this shoe both a trainer and race-day shoe for anything more than 10 miles (maybe even a marathon, but at that distance, consider the Vaporfly Next %).

    For me, this is the shoe to use on my long (10 to 20 mile) steady, race-pace (7:30 to 8min/mile) runs.

    In short, this shoe works for everything except slow runs. If you don’t want to buy a shoe for each type of run, the Turbo 2 works well for tempo, intervals, and long distance pace runs.

    This is not my go-to for recovery runs or anything on a surface with thick rock or mud.

    Speaking of terrain...

    What terrains work best with this shoe?

    For me, this works on the pavement and the treadmill—nothing else. The sole is narrow and not my choice for any surface that isn’t smooth and steady. For a trail, I’d prefer another shoe for stability.

    The feel—not as narrow as it looks

    Nikes are known for their narrow toe box and fit. I usually wear a size 8 running shoe because I like the extra room for my toes. However, I found that a size 7.5 worked better in this shoe. I bought both a size 8 and size 7.5.

    The 8 would work, but I’m going with a thinner sock. In the summer with heat and swelling, a size 8 might work better. I’d suggest buying the same size you wear in other Nike running shoes, which is likely one-half size up.

    My toes do not feel cramped, and I did not find the shoe to feel too narrow. I think the shape and feel all contribute to the ability of the shoe to be fast and comfortable.

    If you want fast and plan to run fast, wear them. If you want support, then don’t wear them.

    When running slow or walking, I find that the outside portions of my feet sink into the area between the upper of the shoe and the sole itself. Luckily, I don’t notice this “sinking” while running.

     

     

    In terms of support, I had been running in the Brooks Ravenna 10 for stability and support, which slowed me down and always felt heavy despite the Ravenna 10 being lightweight for the stability it offers.

    I do not feel that the Turbo 2s lack support. I slightly overpronate but have no issues running in this shoe. I haven’t yet run more than 11 miles at a time in the shoes, but at that distance, my feet felt great.

     

    The left shows the soles of Brooks Ravenna 10; the right is the Pegasus Turbo 2

     

    In fact, my 11-mile run was two-days after a 16-mile run on massive hills in 30-40 mph wind gusts (wearing Brooks), and my legs were still sore. However, that didn’t seem to affect keeping a decent pace.

    I have 50 miles in the shoes now. I do suspect that the cushion of the shoe will wear down and have a shorter life-expectancy than daily running shoes.

    Again, I think the shoe is best purchased as a long distance race-pace shoe or even a race day shoe for a 10k to maybe marathon distance. The tongue seems like it would not stay in place, but it does. I find that it “bunches” less when the laces are not weaved into it.

    The overall

    If don’t you like Nikes, at least try on the shoe. If you are worried about the shoe being too narrow or not offering enough support, try the shoe. I found none of those to be of concern.

    Nike totes the Turbo 2 as a long distance trainer that can also be a long distance race shoe, and I agree. It works for interval and tempo runs too. For slow/easy runs or trail surfaces, you’ll need another option.

    An aside

    If you are using this shoe as a trainer, for the Vaporfly Next %, consider the sizing to be different. If you feel your Turbo 2s are shorter with minimal room in the toe box, buy a half size up for the Vaporfly Next %.

    If your Turbo 2s feel roomy enough (maybe even too much room at the end of the toes), then order the same size for the Vaporfly Next %. For me, the Vaporfly’s have less top room for the toes when compared to Turbo 2s of the same size (the toe box is fine, but length seemed short).

    Perhaps, this is because I wear a women’s shoe and of course, had to buy a men’s Vaporfly Next %.

  • 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. 

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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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