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.
This means it handles the lower paced recovery portions of a run more comfortably than something like the Zoom Fly 3 or the Hoka Carbon X.
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.