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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:
- 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.
I originally bought this shoe for the 2020 London Marathon (before it was cancelled) as I had read good things and had never owned a pair of Nike shoes before. Now over 100km in here is my honest review of the shoe with the fastest name: the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2!
Size & weight
I tried on the Turbo 2s at my local running shop and found that the UK10 was the perfect fit for me (I am normally a UK10 so I would definitely say they are true to size).
I’ll cover the upper more later in the review but I did notice the upper was snug to my foot so if you have wider feet then I would recommend trying the shoe on before you buy it.
Weight-wise my Turbo 2s come in at a racy 234g for the UK10 which is pretty light for the amount of foam you are getting in the shoe (again, more on that later).
An attractive shoe is a fast shoe.... At least psychologically it is. Luckily for you, the Turbo 2 looks as fast as it sounds.
It looks classy and quick without being super overstated like the Alphaflys. I went for the grey and pink colourway which has a predominantly light grey patterned upper with pink detailing and black laces/trims.
The midsole fades from black at the toes through to white at the heel and, as with all shoes with ZoomX foam in, the ticks are oversized going partly onto the midsole.
The heel has the all-important point signifying that it is one of Nike’s high-end racing shoes and giving the shoe a streamlined profile. I would go as far as saying that, out of the numerous shoes I have owned and run in, this ranks amongst my favourite in terms of looks.
The pink outsole with the white midsole highlights the pink detailing on the tongue and upper whilst the Turbo 2 stays true to its roots with a black strip running through the forefoot of the outsole (similar to the stripe found through the original Turbos).
Stack & drop
The Turbo 2s have a 10mm drop from the heel of 28mm to the forefoot of 18mm. This isn’t the heady heights of the Next % but is more than enough to give you some good cushioning between you and the road.
The upper on the Turbo 2s is made of a lightweight synthetic mesh. It has a slightly glossy appearance to it but feels thick and durable – always a bonus in lightweight shoes.
During warmer weather runs I found the upper to be well-ventilated and didn’t feel any hot spots even during faster tempos or speedwork.
In the colder weather, my foot wasn’t cold, but I did notice that the upper does retain water in the wet. This isn’t a big issue for us weather-hardened runners but will add a few grams to the shoe until it dries out (something keen racers won’t be overjoyed about).
I have found the upper to be easy to clean and maintain with a wet wipe doing the trick for most runs.
It hasn’t shown any signs of wear after logging some good miles and speed in them so I have no reason to think that it is going to fall apart in the next few hundred miles.
I don’t normally include a section of my reviews dedicated purely to laces but I am a fan of the laces in the Turbo 2s.
The laces are flat with little grooves in which means that you can get a nice tight knot with them whist reducing the pressure point on the top of your foot.
This is really useful when paired with the tongue which has little in the way of padding. The laces are also long enough to use in the upper eyelet or do a proper lockdown lacing if you prefer doing that.
The insole is removable and very lightweight which helps it dry quicker. The ZOOM logo is present on the left insole whilst the right one features a big Nike tick.
The insoles in my colourway are pink so I would assume that every other colourway also has matching insoles.
I haven’t noticed any weak patches (such as under the ball of my foot) in the midsole nor are they compressed at any point so I can assume that they are durable and will last the life of the shoe.
And now we get to the part you’ve all been waiting for; the midsole! This is the make-or-break part of shoes for me – if the midsole is too firm or too soft then I find I’ll hardly use the shoe or demote it to warm-ups or other runs where you’re just ticking over.
The midsole on the Turbo 2s is split between an upper layer of the infamous ZoomX foam and Nike’s trusty React foam. The ZoomX foam is the same that is found in all of Nike’s top-end shoes due to its incredibly low weight but amazing cushioning qualities.
The React foam is firmer and more durable which is needed with the ZoomX so that you don’t sink into the shoe.
Do I like the midsole? For the hype and price of the shoe, I can’t say that the midsole blows my mind.
Don’t get me wrong it is good quality and can handle faster paces without feeling clunky, but I find it as the gap between responsive and soft. It does push you back but not as much as I was expecting or as much as I would be needed if I was using this as a 5k racer.
In the end, I have found that I lean towards this shoe when I am doing faster longer road runs (10+ miles at marathon pace or quicker so somewhere around the 6:20s through to the 5:50s) because of the cushioning but mid-responsiveness of the midsole.
There isn’t too much to say about the outsole. The rubber stripe down the forefoot harks back to the stripe found in the Turbo 1 which is a nice touch and the rubber diamonds provide a good level of grip on wet and gritty roads.
I found the wet track to be slightly sketchier but this isn’t really a shoe to use on tracks so I wouldn’t let this dissuade you from getting the shoe. I haven’t tried the shoe on trails but the grip was fine on the grass.
I like that the colourway extends down to the rubber on the outsole which keeps the shoe looking good and stands out from most other shoes that end up with a black outsole. The rubber is durable with very few signs of degradation after 100km.
The tongue is a classic thin Nike tongue. I like the touch of pink on it and the ability to personalise it if you want to (I didn’t but I have seen people who have and it does look good). The tongue is a good length and gives you plenty of play for lacing the shoe up higher or lower.
It is on the thin side (in terms of thickness, not width) so if you like to really pull your laces tight then you may find they dig into the top of your foot. I tie my laces on the tighter side but didn’t feel any discomfort from the tongue or laces.
The heel is definitely within the range of most racing-type shoes.
There isn’t a huge amount of heel support going on as it is just a fabric heel rather than having a firmer heel counter which can be found in more supportive shoes. There are 2 pads of foam towards the top of the heel which sit on either side of your achilles and keep the shoe firmly in place.
Again, the heel looks nice with the customisable pink numbers and of course the heel ‘point’ where the midsole foam ends.
People, dare I say myself included, now lookout for this point to determine how fast the shoe is – the bigger the point the faster the shoe!
As I have alluded to above, this shoe seems durable. I don’t feel any difference in performance after 100kms nor are there any signs of wear and tear on the outsole, insole, or upper that would worry me.
My worry is that the ZoomX foam has a more limited lifespan than the React foam so I wonder whether I may start to feel less cushioning from this in another 50-100 miles. This is purely speculation and I cannot say for certain whether this would happen.
Comfort & fit
The shoes are definitely comfortable. The foam in the heel minimises rub and you can get the laces tight to keep the shoe snug.
The upper feels close to the foot but light and breathable which helps with making the shoe feel like an extension of your foot. When running I haven’t experienced and hot spots or pressure points even when doing longer faster runs where my form may be worsening in the last mile or 2.
Size-wise they fit true to size. I normally go for a UK 10 and there was bang on the money in terms of width and length. I have thinner feet and found that I could get the shoe snug but also that there was room to accommodate wider feet too.
So, the bit you have all been waiting for.. How do these shoes perform?
The first run I did in the shoes was an easy 5 miler out and back along a canal. The shoes felt great and I ended up running a fair bit faster than I anticipated because the shoes made me want to push on.
I did a few speed workouts in the shoe and a tempo as well during the first couple of weeks. I wasn’t as impressed with how they stood up to shorter reps (2mins or less) but they felt good enough on the tempo (4 miles at 5:30/mile). Still not as impressive as they were billed as but not bad nonetheless.
I wouldn’t have wanted to try them in a race as I felt they weren’t working for me as much as some other shoes I tried and the softer cushioning means that you have to work harder to stay up on your toes.
Where I found the shoe was more suited to was threshold or longer faster runs where you aren’t up on your toes as much and want a little bit more cushioning without sacrificing weight and responsiveness.
I have taken these out on several road runs between 10 and 14 miles at a faster pace than a usual Sunday run and found them to perform well through the whole run and even left my legs feeling slightly fresher than when I have previously done this kind of run in other shoes.
I have a place in the London Marathon and, despite having the Zoom Fly 3s and Next %s, I’ll probably be leaning towards the Turbo 2s for the marathon by the time race day comes around.
What I like
The looks are obviously a big part of the shoe. The shoe looks cool and with that it makes you feel cool, so you’ll probably enjoy running in them more.
The midsole is a good level balance of cushioning and responsiveness which I have found especially suited to longer road runs where this shoe seems at home.
The upper is breathable and light which helps aid performance and the shoe can be customised so if you are using these as a race day shoe then that is a great option to give you another little boost.
Moreover, the shoe is really light for the amount of cushioning so is a great choice for a longer race when less weight on your foot will really help.
What I didn't like
It has to be mentioned first: the price. We are getting used to paying a premium for Nike shoes and the performance benefits they bring but $180 for a pair of shoes is steep!
I could justify this if they were going to shave my minutes off my 10k or half marathon time, but I don’t feel that the performance benefits are there to back this price up.
I also wasn’t overly impressed with the midsole and the fact it's stuck between being cushioned and being a more performance midsole. Yes, it's good for longer road runs but if I pay $180 for a pair of shoes I want them to be good at more than that and not just average on everything else.
Perhaps I am being harsh here but I found that a shoe half the price can do just as well on the shorter reps and tempos which did disappoint me.
I am becoming more of a Nike fan every day despite originally being against them. I have several pairs of Nike shoes now, but these just didn’t quite hit my high expectations.
They look great, they feel great, but they just don’t perform as well as the hype around them suggests.
I do have to say these are still a good shoe and would definitely be a good introduction to more racy shoes for people who haven’t tried them yet. However, for people who like getting a pair of shoes that are more of an all-rounder or perform better at speed or races, this shoe may not be the right choice.
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.
The Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 looks good—it really does! But even for the vain runner, there should be more to a shoe to justify a $180 price tag.
I was able to snatch a pair for about half that, so if you’re interested, I highly highly recommend looking around and waiting for a deal, as much as I like this iteration, I think it would be a lot to ask to spend that much money buying it at full price.
Money aside, let’s dive in. It looks good—I already said that, but I wanted to emphasize it even more. It’s fairly light, comfortable, and has the right amount of firmness for fast days, while still providing enough support for long runs.
If you like this colorway, this is the “Platinum Tint/White/Light Smoke Grey/Laser Crimson” version—that’s a mouthful!
This might be the biggest difference compared to the initial version of the shoe released in 2018, and in my opinion, it is a massive improvement.
The new version is thinner and lighter. It’s especially noticeable around the heel area and the tongue. Both of those had a lot of padding in the previous version and almost none in the new one.
And, it turns out that the padding was fairly unnecessary because the shoe is still really comfortable and feels snugger now. The lack of padding also means that my foot feels more stable.
With the initial version, it always felt like my heels were not comfortably locked inside the shoe, whereas the problem is now completely gone.
At 7.2 oz for a size 9, it is definitely on the lighter side, and it really shows when picking up the pace.
Tongue & laces
The tongue has two small holes that allow the laces to go through it and effectively lock it and prevent it from moving on either side while running. I now wish more shoes had this because this is just perfect. The tongue never slips and stays in the middle where it’s supposed to.
But more importantly, while the previous tongue had a lot of padding, this one has almost none, and for a shoe that is aimed for race day and/or tempo days. This is exactly what I want, nothing extra.
The laces are a little bit short and are barely long enough for a single knot after doing a lace lock. Not a big deal, but just a teeny tiny bit much would have made the laces the perfect length.
This feels almost unchanged from the previous version, and that’s a good thing. I ran about 700 km (~440 miles) in the previous one, and the outsole is still looking fresh.
So far, I’m at 250km (158 miles) with this pair, and there are very few signs of wear and tear. There s nothing to worry about on the durability side.
With an average stack height and heel-toe drop, 28 mm for the Heel, 18 mm at the toe box, the shoe feels pretty standard on that aspect.
The React/ZoomX mix they introduced with the first Pegasus Turbo is still a winning recipe. The shoe is firm, doesn’t feel like it sinks at all—even on longer runs—and still feels bouncy and responsive.
Where’s my racing stripe? Seriously, one of the really sweet design touches of the previous version was the racing stripe on the toe box. It made the shoe look like a race car, and I really loved it.
But alas, someone at Nike decided it wasn’t that cool, and they got rid of it. The most frustrating part? As you can see on the outsole, the bottom part of the stripe is still there, where no one can see it.
As much as I love the look of the shoe, it’s worth noting that they didn’t stay white really long. You can see below what they looked like after a few runs, about 20 to 30 miles, and after about 150 miles on the following pictures.
That being said, I still like how they look, even when dirty!
This is a great shoe, and it improved on the few negative points from the previous iteration. It is mainly the unnecessary padding in the upper and the tongue while keeping all the great elements of the outsole.
There’s really only one drawback with the Pegasus Turbo 2: the price tag. But, if you’re patient enough to find a good deal, and there are a few out there. You can easily get a great shoe at a reasonable price!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 %.
The Pegasus turbo 2 is a great all-around running shoe for your easy, hard, and long days run. I’ve had about 100-150 miles in this shoe, and I’ve personally enjoyed the experience.
I’ve worn the shoe in several terrains, and races (I’ll go over that more later). The shoe is one of the most versatile ones I’ve tried from Nike.
The midsole feels great and probably the biggest highlight of the shoe. The mixture of zoom x on the top and react on the bottom feels great.
The shoe gives a satisfying “bounce” feeling on your heel even when walking in them. You can notice a nice propulsion type feeling with every step on your run.
The only downside with the midsole is its questionable durability.
The zoom x section of the shoe seems to be wearing down slightly, but it’s still doing great and has many miles to come. The react foam portion ensures it to be more durable because it absorbs most of the impact.
The outsole consists of a simple, grippy pattern that I can imagine working well in most terrain. On the road, they feel great with a strong grip on it.
The shoe also gives a firm ride on trails and grass too.
The upper of the shoe is breathable, and it feels like a normal fabric. I wore this shoe in wet conditions, and it let in some water so I wouldn’t wear these shoes in the rain or snow.
I also want to add that this shoe is true to size; it was a great fit! Behind the heel is a cushioned counter, and I haven’t encountered any issues with heel slippage.
The laces of the shoe are a downside, though. They are thin, hard to tie and come undone. Make sure to double-knot them, so you don’t have to redo them.
I’d say the preferable use of these shoes would be easy/long runs. I wouldn’t say that these are fully built for speed days, even though they will be able to take on faster paces.
I feel like a 6-8 minute pace per mile would have to be the optimal speed for this shoe. You can definitely race a 5k to 10k in this shoe, but wouldn’t go much longer.
I’ve ran a few 5k’s in this, and it felt very good. However, there are some faster options.
The shoe comes at a hefty price (you may find a deal on them), but I think it’s truly worth it. Keep in mind that you get to enjoy that great energy return and great feeling from the zoom x foam without having to purchase the next% or 4%.
- Comfortable and propulsive
- Questionable durability
- Poor laces
If you’re a new runner, I think the Pegasus 35 or 36 would benefit you a bit more due to the lower price. But if you’re a dedicated runner and open to dropping a few bills, the Pegasus turbo 2 is a heck of a shoe.
When it comes to colorways, there are several options you can enjoy. My favorite was the blue and orange (the one I currently have).
In my opinion, the black option would most likely be the smartest to purchase as it won’t show all of the dirt if you're trail running. For most shoes, the road/track won’t cause the shoe to become too dirty.
Thanks for reading, hope you found this helpful.
Good to know
- 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 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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